Summer Book List – Non-Fiction Edition

Hey there, book clan!

Part 3 of the Summer Book List is here! I’ve dow Young Adult and Fiction (which you can check out by clicking on those) and now I’ve got Non-Fiction for you. I’m not a big NF reader. It’s not like the Mystery genre where I fall asleep. I’m just not drawn to biographies and such. I live my own life and that’s enough NF for me most days. LOL. Still, I do find myself drifting toward an NF on occasion. Like any book, it depends on the topic and draw I have towards it.

Below, the NF list contains some memoirs, true crime, and unexpected subject matter. Some definitely caught my attention and some I’m sure you’ll add to your TBR if you haven’t already. Take a scroll to see what books should definitely be on your summer list.

A Ghost in the Throat

Author: Doireann Ni Ghriofa


A cross of prose and essay as two women connect across time. In the 1700s, an Irishwoman discovers her husband murdered and collects his blood to create a poem. In the present, said poem is found by a mother who narrowly avoided tragedy. She goes on a journey to discover the rest of the story behind it.

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Lost & Found

Author: Kathryn Schultz

Penguin Random House

About 18 months before her father passed away, Kathryn met the woman she would marry. Here, she explores the relationships and the roles of loss and discovery. She delves into the wonder and joy of life as well as the suffering and wretchedness of it.

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Trejo: My Life of Crime, Redemption, and Hollywood

Author: Danny Trejo & Donal Logue


Danny Trejo has become a beloved icon onscreen and off. A role model to so many hwo’ve struggled to get back on their feet. Here is his story, full ups and downs. A journey through his childhood, stints in prison, drug addiction and how he rose above it all. How he became the incredible, inspiring, cultural icon of a man.

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Miss Memory Lane: A Memoir

Author: Colton Haynes


Four years ago, Colton Haynes nearly died. Having suffered two seizures, he’d lost sight in one eye and nearly ruptured a kidney. Working toward sobriety, he allowed himself to finally become vulnerable, and though scared, he bares all in this memoir. From his unorthodox childhood in a small Kansas town to coming to terms with his sexuality to his drug abuse. Colton Haynes hides no longer as he bares not just his soul, but his apology, confession, and more.

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Below the Edge of Darkness: A Memoir of Exploring Light and Life in the Deep Sea

Author: Edith Widder


A marine biologist takes us to the ocean depths where the bioluminescent lifeforms dwell to share its language with us and how it communicates in the darkness. More so, it tells us about the future of life on Earth.

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Breathing Fire: Female Inmate Firefighters on the Front Lines of California’s Wildfires

Author: Jaime Lowe


California’s fire season grows longer, hotter, and more extreme every year. In fact, it’s year-round now. Of the fire crews that fight these fires, 30% are inmate crews and 200 of those are women barely earning a wage for a dangerous job. Lowe takes a deep dive into this, having interviewed inmates, captains, loved ones and more while exploring these “fire camps”–how they work and everything in California’s underlying histories surrounding these.

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Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

Author: Mary Roach


How can a book about cadavers be funny? Roach answers that question. She dives into the question: What happens to us after we die? She explores the real stories of cadavers and what happens to them, not only in the present but in history, like in the age of Ancient Egyptians and also how cadavers get used to further a variety of research like plastic surgery and even car safety. Unexpectedly and surprisingly, she bring forth a book that gives a lively and fresh take on dead bodies.

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More to come soon…


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