Book Reviews By Genre: Non-Fiction

updated Wednesday, March 13, 2013

(alphabetical by author’s name, sorted by genre – books are cross-listed where appropriate)

Art History/Archaeology

The Man Who Loved Books Too Much – Allison Hoover Bartlett

The Gardner Heist – Ulrich Boser

Chasing Aphrodite – Jason Felch & Ralph Frammolino

The Lost City of Z – David Grann

The Lost Empire of Atlantis – Gavin Menzies

The Art Detective – Philip Mould

Beneath the Sands of Egypt – Donald P. Ryan

Provenance – Laney Salisbury & Aly Sujo

Old Masters, New World – Cynthia Saltzman

The Lost Chalice – Vernon Silver

Priceless – Robert K. Wittman & John Shiffman


Audiobooks

Open – Andre Agassi

I Know I Am, But What Are You – Samantha Bee

Medium Raw – Anthony Bourdain

My Life in France – Julia Child & Alex Prud’homme

Lift – Kelly Corrigan

Seriously…I’m Kidding – Ellen DeGeneres

The Year of Magical Thinking – Joan Didion

Forged – Bart D. Ehrman

Bossypants – Tina Fey

Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea – Chelsea Handler

Paris in Love – Eloisa James

Escape – Carolyn Jessop

Triumph – Carolyn Jessop

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) – Mindy Kaling

Sometimes I Feel Like a Nut: Essays and Observations – Jill Kargman

You Had Me At Woof – Julie Klam

Stiff – Mary Roach

Love is a Mix Tape – Rob Sheffield

Tough Sh*t – Kevin Smith

America (the audiobook) – Jon Stewart & the writers of The Daily Show

Earth (the audiobook) – Jon Stewart & the writers of The Daily Show

Assassination Vacation – Sarah Vowell

The Partly Cloudy Patriot – Sarah Vowell

Unfamiliar Fishes – Sarah Vowell

In the Land of Believers – Gina Welch

Ali in Wonderland – Ali Wentworth

Just a Geek – Wil Wheaton

Bonobo Handshake – Vanessa Woods


Biography

Queen of the Conqueror – Tracy Borman

Starman – Jamie Doran & Piers Bizony

Gandhi: A Manga Biography – Kazuki Ebine

Alexander the Great – Philip Freeman

The Maid and the Queen – Nancy Goldstone

Catherine the Great – Robert K. Massie

Katherine the Queen – Linda Porter

The Myth of Bloody Mary – Linda Porter

A Boy Named Shel – Lisa Rogak

Cleopatra: A Life – Stacy Schiff

Sonia Gandhi – Rani Singh

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot

Mary Boleyn: The Mistress of Kings – Alison Weir

Mistress of the Monarchy – Alison Weir

The Man Who Loved China – Simon Winchester

Cookbooks

Perfect One Dish Dinners – Pam Anderson

Modern Spice – Monica Bhide

The New Southern Garden Cookbook – Sheri Castle

The Sriracha Cookbook – Randy Clemens

Cat Cora’s Classics with a Twist – Cat Cora

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier – Ree Drummond

Lorena Garcia’s New Latin Classics – Lorena Garcia

Quinoa Revolution – Patricia Green and Carolyn Hemming

The Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook, 2nd Edition – Beth Hensperger & Julie Kaufmann

Clinton St. Baking Company Cookbook – DeDe Lahrman & Neil Kleinberg

Quick-Fix Southern – Rebecca Lang

The Meatless Meat Lover’s Cookbook – Kim O’Donnel

5 Ingredient Fix – Claire Robinson

I Love Meatballs! – Rick Rodgers

B. Smith Cooks Southern Style – Barbara Smith


Essays

I Know I Am, But What Are You – Samantha Bee

The Heroine’s Bookshelf – Erin Blakemore

The Best American Travel Writing 2010 – ed. Bill Buford

Manhood for Amateurs – Michael Chabon

I Was Told There’d Be Cake – Sloane Crosley

Seriously…I’m Kidding – Ellen DeGeneres

Laughing Without an Accent – Fizooreh Dumas

Bossypants – Tina Fey

Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress – Susan Jane Gilman

What the Dog Saw – Malcolm Gladwell

Straphanger – Taras Grescoe

Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea – Chelsea Handler

Paris in Love – Eloisa James

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) – Mindy Kaling

Sometimes I Feel Like a Nut: Essays and Observations – Jill Kargman

Under the Duvet – Marian Keyes

Love at First Bark – Julie Klam

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened – Jenny Lawson

Holidays on Ice – David Sedaris

Live For Your Listening Pleasure – David Sedaris

Me Talk Pretty One Day – David Sedaris

When You Are Engulfed in Flames – David Sedaris

Reading Lips: A Memoir of Kisses – Claudia Sternbach

Death by Black Hole and Other Cosmic Quandaries – Neil deGrasse Tyson

The Partly Cloudy Patriot – Sarah Vowell

Ali in Wonderland – Ali Wentworth

Memories of the Future, Vol. 1 – Wil Wheaton

Boozehound – Jason Wilson


Foodie Books/Memoirs

The Language of Baklava – Diana Abu-Jaber

Brewed Awakening – Joshua M. Bernstein

Confections of a Closet Master Baker – Gesine Bullock-Prado

Keeping the Feast – Paula Butturini

How to Eat a Small Country – Amy Finley

The Sharper Your Knife, The Less You Cry – Kathleen Flinn

Spiced – Dalia Jurgensen

The Wild Vine – Todd Kliman

French Milk – Lucy Knisley

I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti – Giulia Melucci 

The Blueberry Years – Jim Minick

Uncorked – Marco Pasanella

Ginger and Ganesh – Nani Power

A Tiger in the Kitchen – Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan

The Spice Necklace – Ann Vanderhoof

The Billionaire’s Vinegar: The Mystery of the World’s Most Expensive Bottle of Wine – Benjamin Wallace

Boozehound – Jason Wilson

Graphic Memoir/Non-Fiction

Gandhi: A Manga Biography – Kazuki Ebine

Green River Killer – Jeff Jensen & Jonathan Cape

French Milk – Lucy Knisley

Tangles – Sarah Leavitt

The Complete Persepolis – Marjane Satrapi

Stitches – David Small


History (Excluding Space/NASA)

Turn Right at Machu Picchu – Mark Adams

Queen of the Conqueror – Tracy Borman

The Oracle – William J. Broad

Invictus: Nelson Mandela and the Game that Made a Nation – John Carlin

The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty, Delhi, 1857 – William Dalrymple

Forged – Bart D. Ehrman

Misquoting Jesus – Bart D. Ehrman

Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths – Bruce Feiler

America’s Prophet: Moses and the American Story – Bruce Feiler

The Divorce of Henry VIII – Catherine Fletcher

Alexander the Great – Philip Freeman

The Aleppo Codex – Matti Friedman

The Maid and the Queen – Nancy Goldstone

The Lost City of Z – David Grann

Mistress of the Vatican – Eleanor Herman

The Statues That Walked – Terry Hunt and Carl Lipo

Instant City: Life and Death in Karachi – Steve Inskeep

Full Body Burden – Kristen Iversen

Tower: An Epic History of the Tower of London – Nigel Jones

The Disappearing Spoon – Sam Kean

Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds – Stephen Kinzer

Leonardo’s Legacy – Stefan Klein

The Wild Vine – Todd Kliman

Catherine the Great – Robert K. Massie

The Widow Clicquot – Tilar Mazzeo

The Lost Empire of Atlantis – Gavin Menzies

The Accidental Billionaires – Ben Mezrich

Roanoke: Solving the Mystery of the Lost Colony – Lee Miller

The Emperor of All Maladies – Siddhartha Mukherjee

The Beekeeper’s Lament – Hannah Nordhaus

Katherine the Queen – Linda Porter

The Myth of Bloody Mary – Linda Porter

Walking With the Comrades – Arundhati Roy

Old Masters, New World – Cynthia Saltzman

Cleopatra: A Life – Stacy Schiff

Descartes’ Bones: A Skeletal History of the Conflict Between Faith and Reason – Russell Shorto

The Lost Chalice – Vernon Silver

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot

Bloody Crimes – James Swanson

The Lady in the Tower – Alison Weir

Mary Boleyn: The Mistress of Kings – Alison Weir

Mistress of the Monarchy – Alison Weir

The Wars of the Roses – Alison Weir

Atlantic – Simon Winchester

The Man Who Loved China – Simon Winchester

Assassination Vacation – Sarah Vowell

Unfamiliar Fishes – Sarah Vowell

The Wordy Shipmates – Sarah Vowell

Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. – Sam Wasson

A Wall of White – Jennifer Woodleif 


Memoirs

The Language of Baklava – Diana Abu-Jaber

Open – Andre Agassi

The Girl Who Fell to Earth – Sophia Al-Maria

My Dream of Stars – Anousheh Ansari & Homer Hickam

The Lost Girls – Jennifer Baggett, Holly Corbett & Amanda Pressner

Cancer is a Bitch – Gail Konop Baker

Lunch in Paris – Elizabeth Bard

Leaving the Saints – Martha Beck

MWF Seeking BFF – Rachel Bertsche

Medium Raw – Anthony Bourdain

Marriage and Other Acts of Charity – Kate Braestrup

First Come Love, Then Comes Malaria – Eve Brown-Waite

Confections of a Closet Master Baker – Gesine Bullock-Prado

Keeping the Feast – Paula Butturini

Let’s Take the Long Way Home – Gail Caldwell

The Forgetting River – Doreen Carvajal

The Last Man on the Moon – Eugene Cernan & Don Davis

A Little Bit Wicked – Kristin Chenoweth and Joni Rodgers

My Life in France – Julia Child & Alex Prud’homme

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother – Amy Chua

Carrying the Fire – Michael Collins

Lift – Kelly Corrigan

Seriously…I’m Kidding – Ellen DeGeneres

The Music Room – Namita Devidayal

The Mighty Queens of Freeville – Amy Dickinson

The Year of Magical Thinking – Joan Didion

The Pioneer Woman – Ree Drummond

Laughing Without an Accent – Fizooreh Dumas

Looking for Class: Days and Nights at Oxford and Cambridge – Bruce Feiler

Bossypants – Tina Fey

Confessions of a Rebel Debutante – Anna Fields

How to Eat a Small Country – Amy Finley

Wishful Drinking – Carrie Fisher

The Sharper Your Knife, The Less You Cry – Kathleen Flinn

Winging It – Jenny Gardiner

Committed – Elizabeth Gilbert

On the Outside Looking Indian – Rupinder Gill

Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress – Susan Jane Gilman

Undress Me In The Temple of Heaven – Susan Jane Gilman

Suits: A Woman on Wall Street – Nina Godiwalla

Little Princes – Conor Grennan

Leaving India – Minal Hajratwala

Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea – Chelsea Handler

Saved By Beauty – Roger Housden

Full Body Burden – Kristen Iversen

Shaking the Family Tree – Buzzy Jackson

The Know-It-All – A.J. Jacobs

The Year of Living Biblically – A.J. Jacobs

Paris in Love – Eloisa James

Mennonite in a Little Black Dress – Rhoda Janzen

Escape – Carolyn Jessop

Triumph – Carolyn Jessop

Curtains – Tom Jokinen

Lies My Mother Never Told Me – Kaylie Jones

Sky Walking – Tom Jones

Spiced – Dalia Jurgensen

India Becoming – Akash Kapur

Sometimes I Feel Like a Nut: Essays and Observations – Jill Kargman

Paradise Under Glass – Ruth Kassinger

Moon Lander – Thomas Kelly

Sideways on a Scooter – Miranda Kennedy

Orange is the New Black – Piper Kerman

Friendkeeping – Julie Klam

Love at First Bark – Julie Klam

You Had Me At Woof – Julie Klam

French Milk – Lucy Knisley

Failure is Not An Option: My Life in Mission Control – Gene Kranz

Jeneration X – Jen Lancaster

My Fair Lazy – Jen Lancaster

Pretty in Plaid – Jen Lancaster

Such a Pretty Fat – Jen Lancaster

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened – Jenny Lawson

Tangles – Sarah Leavitt

Stories I Only Tell My Friends – Rob Lowe

I’ll Scream Later – Marlee Matlin

Home Girl – Judith Matloff

Under the Tuscan Sun – Frances Mayes

An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination – Elizabeth McCracken

I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti – Giulia Melucci 

Perfection – Julie Metz

The Blueberry Years – Jim Minick

Riding Rockets – Mike Mullane

This Is Not The Story You Think It Is…A Memory of Unlikely Happiness – Laura Munson

Breaking Night – Liz Murray

Radio Shangri-La – Lisa Napoli

Riding the Ice Wind – Alastaire Vere Nicoll

The Cloister Walk – Kathleen Norris

Wife in the North – Judith O’Reilly

Uncorked – Marco Pasanella

The Last Lecture – Randy Pausch

The Foremost Good Fortune – Susan Conley

Faery Tale – Signe Pike

Ginger and Ganesh – Nani Power

Love in Condition Yellow – Sophie Raday

Dreaming in Hindi – Katherine Russell Rich

The Happiness Project – Gretchen Rubin

Joseph Anton – Salman Rushdie

Beneath the Sands of Egypt – Donald P. Ryan

The Complete Persepolis – Marjane Satrapi

You Don’t Look Like Anyone I Know – Heather Sellers

The Caliph’s House: A Year in Casablanca – Tahir Shah

Love is a Mix Tape – Rob Sheffield

The Girl from Foreign – Sadia Shepard

Stitches – David Small

Tough Sh*t – Kevin Smith

We Have Capture – Thomas Stafford & Michael Cassutt

The Woman Who Fell From the Sky – Jennifer Steil

Reading Lips: A Memoir of Kisses – Claudia Sternbach

Wild – Cheryl Strayed

A Tiger in the Kitchen – Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan

To a Mountain in Tibet – Colin Thubron

Don’t Sing at the Table – Adriana Trigiani

First Darling of the Morning: Selected Memories of an Indian Childhood – Thrity Umrigar

The Spice Necklace – Ann Vanderhoof

In the Land of Believers – Gina Welch

Ali in Wonderland – Ali Wentworth

Just a Geek – Wil Wheaton

Travels in a Thin Country – Sara Wheeler

Lonely – Emily White

In the Sanctuary of Outcasts – Neil White

Priceless – Robert K. Wittman & John Shiffman

Bonobo Handshake – Vanessa Woods


Social/Psychology Studies

Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell

What the Dog Saw – Malcolm Gladwell

Straphanger – Taras Grescoe

The Know-It-All – A.J. Jacobs

The Year of Living Biblically – A.J. Jacobs

Heaven – Lisa Miller

The Happiness Project – Gretchen Rubin

Coming of Age on Zoloft – Katherine Sharpe

Lonely – Emily White


South Asia

City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi – William Dalrymple

The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty, Delhi, 1857 – William Dalrymple

The Beautiful and the Damned – Siddhartha Deb

The Music Room – Namita Devidayal

On the Outside Looking Indian – Rupinder Gill

India Calling – Anand Giridharadas

Suits: A Woman on Wall Street – Nina Godiwalla 

Little Princes – Conor Grennan

Leaving India – Minal Hajratwala

Instant City: Life and Death in Karachi – Steve Inskeep

India Becoming – Akash Kapur

Sideways on a Scooter – Miranda Kennedy

Delhi: Adventures in a Megacity – Sam Miller

The Emperor of All Maladies – Siddhartha Mukherjee

Radio Shangri-La – Lisa Napoli

Ginger and Ganesh – Nani Power

Walking With the Comrades – Arundhati Roy

Dreaming in Hindi – Katherine Russell

The Girl from Foreign – Sadia Shepard

Sonia Gandhi – Rani Singh

To a Mountain in Tibet – Colin Thubron

First Darling of the Morning: Selected Memories of an Indian Childhood – Thrity Umrigar


Space/Science/NASA

My Dream of Stars – Anousheh Ansari & Homer Hickam

The Sun’s Heartbeat – Bob Berman

How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming – Mike Brown

The Wave – Susan Casey

The Last Man on the Moon – Eugene Cernan & Don Davis

A Man on the Moon – Andrew Chaikin

Carrying the Fire – Michael Collins

Starman – Jamie Doran & Piers Bizony

The Elegant Universe – Brian Greene

Sky Walking – Tom Jones

Physics of the Future – Michio Kaku

First Contact – Marc Kaufman

The Disappearing Spoon – Sam Kean

Moon Lander – Thomas Kelly

Failure is Not An Option: My Life in Mission Control – Gene Kranz

Apollo 13 – Jim Lovell & Jeffrey Kluger

Constructing Reality – John Marburger

Sex on the Moon – Ben Mezrich

The Emperor of All Maladies – Siddhartha Mukherjee

Riding Rockets – Mike Mullane

Rocket Men – Craig Nelson

The 4 Percent Universe – Richard Panek

Packing for Mars – Mary Roach

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot

We Have Capture – Thomas Stafford & Michael Cassutt

Heat – Bill Streever

Death by Black Hole and Other Cosmic Quandaries – Neil deGrasse Tyson

The Pluto Files – Neil deGrasse Tyson

Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution – Neil deGrasse Tyson & Donald Goldsmith

Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier – Neil deGrasse Tyson

Apollo Moon Missions: The Unsung Heroes – Billy Watkins


Travel/Cultural

The Language of Baklava – Diana Abu-Jaber

Turn Right at Machu Picchu – Mark Adams

The Girl Who Fell to Earth – Sophia Al-Maria

The Lost Girls – Jennifer Baggett, Holly Corbett & Amanda Pressner

Lunch in Paris – Elizabeth Bard

The City of Falling Angels – John Berendt

First Come Love, Then Comes Malaria – Eve Brown-Waite

The Best American Travel Writing 2010 – ed. Bill Buford

Keeping the Feast – Paula Butturini

The Forgetting River – Doreen Carvajal

My Life in France – Julia Child & Alex Prud’homme

The Foremost Good Fortune – Susan Conley

City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi – William Dalrymple

The Beautiful and the Damned – Siddhartha Deb

Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths – Bruce Feiler

Looking for Class: Days and Nights at Oxford and Cambridge – Bruce Feiler

How to Eat a Small Country – Amy Finley

Undress Me In The Temple of Heaven – Susan Jane Gilman

India Calling – Anand Giridharadas

The Lost City of Z – David Grann

Straphanger – Taras Grescoe

Saved By Beauty – Roger Housden

India Becoming – Akash Kapur

Sideways on a Scooter – Miranda Kennedy

French Milk – Lucy Knisley

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana – Gayle Lemmon

Under the Tuscan Sun – Frances Mayes

Delhi: Adventures in a Megacity – Sam Miller

Radio Shangri-La – Lisa Napoli

Riding the Ice Wind – Alastaire Vere Nicoll

Faery Tale – Signe Pike

Dreaming in Hindi – Katherine Russell Rich

The Caliph’s House: A Year In Casablanca – Tahir Shah

The Woman Who Fell From the Sky – Jennifer Steil

Heat – Bill Streever

A Tiger in the Kitchen – Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan

To a Mountain in Tibet – Colin Thubron

Travels in a Thin Country – Sara Wheeler


True Crime

The Gardner Heist – Ulrich Boser

The Man Who Loved Books Too Much – Allison Hoover Bartlett

Green River Killer – Jeff Jensen & Jonathan Cape

Sex on the Moon – Ben Mezrich

The Monster of Florence – Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi

Provenance – Laney Salisbury & Aly Sujo

Flawless – Scott Andrew Selby & Greg Campbell

Winged Obsession – Jessica Speart

Bringing Adam Home – Lee Standiford & Joe Matthews

 

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