Nonfiction Doesn't Have to be Boring

The older I get, the more I find myself reaching for memoirs and other nonfiction pieces, rather than my usual novels. I find that people, myself included, sometimes brush off suggested titles when they learn that a book is nonfiction. But these days, I think there’s something about knowing a story is true that makes it all the more exciting to read. Here are a few of my favorite nonfiction picks – enjoy!

 

The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother

James McBride’s memoir serves as a powerful commentary on race, religion, family, and accepting and moving on from one’s past. His book never feels like nonfiction. It’s written much like a novel – with its strong plot and fascinating characters, it never drags. The book’s primary focus is McBride’s mother, a Jewish woman named Ruth, an incredibly perplexing woman who maintained an aura of mystery throughout her life, even to her own son.

 

Tuesdays with Morrie

Mitch Albom met Morrie Schwartz while studying at Brandeis University. Schwartz was Albom’s favorite professor, and the pair became very close, spending hours together every Tuesday during Albom’s time in college. After Albom graduated he fell out of touch with Schwartz, but nearly 20 years later a seemingly unfortunate turn of events lead the duo back together. The story of Morrie Schwartz will remind you to slow down a bit and find a genuine appreciation for life. It’s all very sentimental.  

 

Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison

Yes, Orange is the New Black is a true story. Kind of. The Netflix original series of the same name was heavily inspired by the book penned by Piper Kerman. Kerman’s memoir is slightly less dramatic than the show (though just as entertaining) and significantly more educational. If you’re interested in what prison does to people, or if you’re just a fan of the Netflix series, you’ll find something to love about this book.