General Nonfiction

As if I could even scratch the surface of general nonfiction! These are just a few of my favorites, the ones that I would highly recommend. Everything on this page fits into the “highly recommended” category, further subdivided into two categories: one is what I consider to be required reading and the other is everything else. Books are listed alphabetically by author’s last name (last name is in bold). (Compiling all this stuff takes time! So the list will start small and grow as I find time to add to it and dust off my memory.)

This page contains everything in the nonfiction category EXCEPT for cookbooks and pregnancy/parenting, which have their own category.

Disclaimer: The subject matter of these books varies widely (as does the language); they may or may not be appropriate for children. When do children become adults? I have no idea. Consult your own intuition for that one. 

Required Reading

  • The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease. If you know anyone pregnant or adopting or caring for a child, don’t walk but RUN out (or to your computer/phone) and buy this book! Then make them read it, out loud, of course. Ok, just kidding on that last part. But do make them read it. Or you can read it to them. And thanks to Amy Ewing’s mother (a librarian, of course!) for this recommendation. Really one of the best books ever written and at least part of the reason I have embarked on writing all these book reviews.
  • Your Erroneous Zones by Wayne W. Dyer — I first heard of this book on a podcast where Dr. Dyer was a guest on James Altucher’s podcast. Do yourself a favor and read this book as soon as possible! I wish I had found this in high school (when I thought I was totally nuts). Better late than never.

Everything Else Highly Recommended by Yours Truly