Here’s a list of all the highly recommended titles that were bookslammed at this year’s RA in a Day. Click the image to visit the book’s Goodreads page. Share your bookslam worthy titles with us in the comments.
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:
- Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction
- National Book Awards
- National Public Radio
- Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction (motto: “All the Best Stories are True”)
Margie Thompson, Librarian, GVPL