Non-Fiction’s Caped Crusader

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As a passionate non-fiction reader I seldom, if ever, get asked to recommend non-fiction. Generally, my patrons rarely consider reading non-fiction for pleasure. Non-fiction is real and this makes the reading doubly enthralling.

A college kid who steals moon rocks from NASA? Sounds like a great idea for a book, and even more so given that it actually happened: check out Ben Mezrich’s Sex on the Moon. A Barcelona chicken farmer, who fooled the Nazis, saved D-Day and became the greatest secret agent ever? That would make a great read, and it does in Stephan Talty’s book Agent Garbo.

Whenever a patron asks for a recommendation I’m confident that a title from my go-to list will rope them into the non-fiction world, as it has for one of my regulars, who always asks me, “What have you got for me this week?” And here is my go-to list. There’s more, a lot more, but these are some of my favorites:

  • Agent Garbo: The Brilliant, Eccentric Secret Agent Who Tricked Hitler and Saved D-Day by Stephen Talty
  • The Boy Kings of Texas: A Memoir by Domingo Martinez
  • Crossing the Borders of Time: A True Story of War, Exile, and a Love Reclaimed by Leslie Maitland
  • Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies by Ben Macintyre
  • The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, the Horse That Inspired a Nation by Elizabeth Letts
  • Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick
  • Paperboy: An Enchanting True Story of a Belfast Paperboy Coming to Terms with the Troubles by Tony Macaulay
  • The Secret Rooms: A True Gothic Mystery by Catherine Bailey
  • Sex on the Moon: The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History by Ben Mezrich
  • Some Girls, Some Hats and Hitler: A True Love Story Rediscovered by Trudi Kanter
  • The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World’s Most Glorious – and Perplexing – City by David Lebovitz

The following sites offer great non-fiction recommendations:

Margie Thompson, Librarian, GVPL

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