Nonfiction Reads Like Fiction

Sixpence House: Lost in a Town of Books by Paul Collins (002.075 COL)
The author and his family left San Francisco and settled in a Welsh town that boasts fifteen hundred inhabitants and forty bookstores.


Wide as the Waters by Benson Bobrick (220.52 BOB)
The author interweaves the history of theology, politics, and language that paved the way for the King James Version of the Bible.


Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths by Bruce Feiler (222.11 FEI)
Abraham served as a patriarch for three different faiths — Christianity, Judaism and Islam.


The Sisters of Sinai by Janet Soskice (225.0922 SOS)
In 1892, two Scottish sisters discovered one of the earliest known copies of the Gospels hidden in a monastery at Mount Sinai.


The Magic Room by Jeffrey Zaslow (306.874 ZAS)
The cultural process of getting married is described by patrons at a family-owned bridal shop in Michigan.


Blind Man’s Bluff by Sherry Sontag (359.984 SON)
A history of U.S. submarine espionage begins with the early days of the cold war when the diesel submarine Cochino was lost on a spy mission.


The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston (363.1523 PRE)
The author discovered that his new family home in Florence had been the scene of a double murder.


The Suspicions of Mr. Whicherby by Kate Summerscale (364.1523 SUM)
When a three-year-old boy was slashed in 1860, Scotland Yard detective Jonathan Whicher believed that someone within the family was the murderer.


A Death in Belmont by Sebastian Junger (364.1523097444 JUN)
In 1963, a murder that fit the profile of the Boston Strangler was committed in a neighboring town and a young black man was convicted of the crime.


Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing by Ted Conover (365.92 CON)
Journalist enrolled in guard training school with a plan to experience the life of a rookie prison guard.


Nothing Daunted by Dorothy Wickenden (371.100922 WIC)
In 1916, two recent Smith College graduates left their affluent East Cost lives and sought work as teachers in the small town of Hayden, Colorado.


Rin Tin Tin: The Life and Legend by Susan Orlean (636.7376 ORL)
Lee Duncan rescued a special puppy found on a World War I battlefield leading to a magical bond and international fame.


Giant George: Life with the World’s Biggest Dog by Dave Nasser (636.73092 NAS)
The author and his wife chose the runt of a litter of Great Danes, a sweet-natured dog who eventually topped the scales at 245 pounds.


Vanished Smile: The Mysterious Theft of Mona Lisa by R.A. Scotti (759.5 SCO)
Who stole the Mona Lisa from the Louvre in 1911, and why?


Up: A Mother and Daughter’s Peakbaggin Adventure by Patricia Ellis Herr (796.522 HER)
The author and her daughter climbed all 48 of New Hampshire’s highest peaks from 2008 to 2009.


Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpert (817.6 HAL)
A twenty-nine-year old comedy writer describes his relationship with his foul-mouthed father


In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick (910.9164 PHI)
After the Essex is splintered by an 80-ton sperm whale in 1820, her crew tries to reach South America in three small boats.


The Greater Journey by David McCullough (920.009213 MCC)
Colorful, educated, Victorian-era American travelers found life-changing experiences in Paris between 1830 and 1900.


The Murder of King Tut by James Patterson (932.014 PAT)
Forensic clues, historical information and the writings of Howard Carter led the author to conclude that Tut did not die of natural causes.


In Harm’s Way by Doug Stanton (940.545973 STA)
On July 29, 1945, the battle cruiser, returning from a secret mission to deliver parts for the atomic bomb, was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine.


Saboteurs by Michael Dobbs (940.548743 DOB)
Eight Nazi saboteurs land on America’s East Cost in 1942 and are betrayed by two of their number.


A Voyage Long and Strange by Tony Horwitz (970.01 HOR)
Numerous European adventurers visited America between Columbus’s discovery of the new world and Jamestown’s founding.


Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell (973.099 VOW)
Take a tour of key historic sites in America where incidents of political violence have occurred.


Unlikely Allies by Joel Richard Paul (973.385 PAU)
Three individuals spun a web of international intrigue to smuggle weapons and supplies to American revolutionaries.


The Hour of Peril by Daniel Stashower (973.7092 STA)
The “Baltimore Plot” was an audacious conspiracy to assassinate Abraham Lincoln on the eve of the Civil War.


Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard (973.84092 MIL)
A scholar, Civil War hero and admired reformist congressman, James Garfield was shot in the back four months after his inauguration.


The Lady in the Tower by Alison Weir (B BOLEYN)
Anne Boleyn, whose tempestuous love affair with Henry VII scandalized England, spent her final months as a prisoner in the Tower of London.


Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder (B FARMER)
Infectious disease expert Dr. Paul Farmer labored to understand the world’s great health, economic and social problems.


Paris in Love by Eloisa James (B JAMES)
The author chronicles her family’s joyful year in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.


Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen (B JANZEN)
A woman returns home to her close-knit Mennonite family after a personal crisis.


Fifty Acres and a Poodle by Jeanne Marie Laskas (B LASKAS)
The author recounts the first year of following her childhood dream to live on a farm.


The Tender Bar by J. R. Moehringer (B MOEHRI)
Raised poor by his melancholy mother, the author found male role models among the regulars at a Long Island bar.


I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai (B YOUSAF)
When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley,one girl refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.


Where Men Win Glory by Jon Krakauer (B TILLMA)
Arizona Cardinals star safety Pat Tillman felt compelled to join the army after 9/11 but lost his life in Afghanistan.


The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Tzemach (B SEDIQI)
When her father and brother were forced to flee Kabul, Kamila Sidiqi became the sole breadwinner for her five siblings.