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Nonfiction November 2022: Your Year in Nonfiction

Happy Halloween, all! It might be the last day of October, but today also marks the official start of Nonfiction November. So grab some candy and let’s dive into this week’s topic courtesy of Katie over at Doing Dewey.

Your Year in Nonfiction: Take a look back at your year of nonfiction and reflect on the following questions – What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year? Do you have a particular topic you’ve been attracted to more this year? What nonfiction book have you recommended the most? What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?

All in all, I had a great year reading nonfiction. My pile of books was still full of its usual chaos. From humorous essays to food-focused memoirs to political sludge, I didn’t find myself gravitating toward one particular nonfiction arena. If anything, I found myself reaching for worlds and experiences I was less familiar with—even sports!

So this year, instead of highlighting a list of favorites, I’m going to include all the nonfiction I’ve gotten through over the past year. I’m sure I’ll go into more detail on a few in later weeks, but maybe you’ll find a new favorite from this tangle of books in the meanwhile. That’s my favorite part of participating in Nonfiction November—you all always leave my TBR pile stacked and my bookshelves groaning.

Before I do that, though, I need to give a special shoutout to Séamas O’Reilly’s Did Ye Hear Mammy Died? It might be the hardest I’ve ever laughed while reading a book.

And with that, here’s what I’ve been reading:


All Over but the Shoutin’
by Rick Bragg

Goodreads


All the Truth is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid
by Matt Bai

Goodreads


Are You in the House Alone?: A TV Movie Compendium 1964-1999
edited by Amanda Reyes

Goodreads


The Best Book in the World: Tales from My Mama’s Table
by Rick Bragg

Goodreads


The Book of Eels: Our Enduring Fascination with the Most Mysterious Creature in the Natural World
by Patrick Svensson
translated by Agnes Broomé

Goodreads


Bullwhip Days: The Slaves Remember: An Oral History
edited by James Mellon

Goodreads


Calling Bullshit: The Art of Skepticism in a Data-Driven World
by Carl T. Bergstrom & Jevin D. West

Goodreads


Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War
by Tony Horwitz

Goodreads


Did Ye Hear Mammy Died?
by Séamas O’Reilly

Goodreads


DisneyWar
by James B. Stewart

Goodreads


Elite Capture: How the Powerful Took Over Identity Politics (and Everything Else)
by Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò

Goodreads


Fed, White, and Blue: Finding America with My Fork
by Simon Majumdar

Goodreads


Harry, a History: The True Story of a Boy Wizard, His Fans, and Life Inside the Harry Potter Phenomenon
by Melissa Anelli

Goodreads


Hello, Molly!: A Memoir
by Molly Shannon

Goodreads


How to Stitch an American Dream: A Story of Family, Faith, and the Power of Giving
by Jenny Doan

Goodreads


Humble Pi: When Math Goes Wrong in the Real World
by Matt Parker

Goodreads


If You Lived Here, I’d Know Your Name: News from Small-Town Alaska
by Heather Lende

Goodreads


The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of a Donner Party Bride
by Daniel James Brown

Goodreads


Knitlandia: A Knitter Sees the World
by Clara Parkes

Goodreads


Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Mostly True Stories of Growing Up Scieszka
by Jon Scieszka

Goodreads


Madam Ambassador: Three Years of Diplomacy, Dinner Parties, and Democracy in Budapest
by Eleni Kounalakis

Goodreads


May at 10
by Anthony Seldon
with Raymond Newell

Goodreads


Mysterious America: The Ultimate Guide to the Nation’s Weirdest Wonders, Strangest Spots, and Creepiest Creatures
by Loren Coleman

Goodreads


Off the Edge: Flat Earthers, Conspiracy Culture, and Why People will Believe Anything
by Kelly Weill

Goodreads


The Palace Papers: Inside the House of Windsor – the Truth and the Turmoil
by Tina Brown

Goodreads


Pastrami on Rye: An Overstuffed History of the Jewish Deli
by Ted Merwin

Goodreads


Quakery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything
by Lydia Kang & Nate Pedersen

Goodreads


The Radioactive Boy Scout: The Frightening True Story of a Whiz Kid and His Homemade Nuclear Reactor
by Ken Silverstein

Goodreads


Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played and Games Are Won
by Tobias J. Moskowitz & L. Jon Wertheim

Goodreads


Sealand: The True Story of the World’s Most Stubborn Micronation and Its Eccentric Royal Family
by Dylan Taylor-Lehman

Goodreads


A Season with the Witch: The Magic and Mayhem of Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts
by J.W. Ocker

Goodreads


Selling Hitler
by Robert Harris

Goodreads


Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto
by Chuck Klosterman

Goodreads


The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating
by Elisabeth Tova Bailey

Goodreads


Still Standing: The Savage Years
by Paul O’Grady

Goodreads


Sunburn: The Unofficial History of The Sun Newspaper in 99 Headlines
by James Felton

Goodreads


Suspicious Minds: Why We Believe Conspiracy Theories
by Rob Brotherton

Goodreads


We Believe the Children: The Story of a Moral Panic
by Richard Beck

Goodreads


The Winning Ticket: Uncovering America’s Biggest Lottery Scam
by Rob Sand
with Reid Forgrave

Goodreads


Woman in the Making
by Rory O’Neill

Goodreads


You Don’t Want to Know: The Grisly, Jaw-Dropping and Most Macabre Moments from History, Nature and Beyond
by Rory O’Neill

Goodreads


That was my year in nonfiction. How was yours?

If you’re interested in participating in Nonfiction November, be sure to head over to Doing Dewey and link-up to this week’s prompt. And if you’re on Instagram, Jaymi @theocbookgirl is planning a ton of fun stuff starting November 1. She’s also the one who made all of the amazing Nonfiction November graphics, which you can find and share from here.

As always, happy reading!


38 responses to “Nonfiction November 2022: Your Year in Nonfiction”

  1. This is an awesome collection! I didn’t know any of them! Great post!

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    1. Thank you so much! Hopefully you found a new favorite in there.

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  2. You’ve had a fabulous year, lots of interesting reads here. Thanks for sharing your rec’s, I’ll be adding some to my TBR

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    1. I hope you find a couple of new favorites tucked in here. It was a really, really good year for nonfiction. Thanks for reading!

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  3. That’s it, I immediately put in my library hold for Did Ye Hear Mammy Died based on that endorsement. It had been on my list but I need the laughs right now!

    And seriously, this list…although I could probably add nearly every single one I haven’t read, I’m so excited for the conspiracy/skeptic-themed ones.

    The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating is one of my favorites! I read The Book of Eels too this year but wasn’t crazy about it. It wasn’t what I was expecting. So much about hunting them! It did succeed in taking them right off my sushi orders though, so there’s that. The Indifferent Stars Above has been on my list for a long time, I really need to get to it.

    What an amazing year of nonfiction reading you’ve had! Thanks for hosting again – looking forward to so many more weird and wonderful recommendations from you!!

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    1. YES! I think you’ll really enjoy Did Ye Hear Mammy Died … which sounds morbid, but it’s ridiculously funny and heartfelt and just such an amazing book. I wasn’t familiar with the author, but now I’m practically begging for another book.

      I thought you might enjoy the conspiracy selections. As terrible of a subject as it can be, I can’t stop reading them.

      Unfortunately I have to agree with you about The Book of Eels. I thought a deep-dive on eels would be right up my alley but something just never clicked. The Indifferent Stars Above is really good, though. Horrific, but hard to put down.

      Thank you so much for reaching out about hosting last year! I’m so glad to be hosting alongside you all. I can’t believe how many nonfiction titles I’m STILL hearing about for the first time.

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      1. And I already flew through Seamas O’Reilly’s book. Definitely one of my favorites of the year. I laughed, I cried, like you I cannot wait for more. Loved it – thank you for the push I needed to finally pick that one up!

        You were my immediate first thought when we needed a new host – you just have such a wonderfully unique take on nonfiction! I’m glad it’s proved to be a lot of fun for you as well 🙂

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      2. Okay, this legitimately made me VERY happy. I am so glad you enjoyed it. He’s just such a remarkably human writer. I don’t know how else to describe it!

        And you’re too nice! After constantly picking up book recommendations from you, I’m just glad to have the chance to give a few back.

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  4. I also loved Did Ye Hear Mammy Died. You read a lot of non-fiction, Christopher. I will have to check and see what I read over the last year, but my guess is mostly memoirs and child friendly biographies.

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    1. So glad to hear you also loved Did Ye Hear Mammy Died! I’ve been recommending it to everyone.

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      1. Keep recommending it, Christopher.

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  5. I need to get into nonfiction a little bit more. You have an interesting list going on here. Definitely intrigued by some of these titles 😊

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    1. I’ll warn you: if you check out any of the Nonfiction November posts, your TBR pile is sure to grow … a lot.

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  6. That’s a nice selection! I really enjoyed Knitlandia: I have a feeling I bought it for a friend but read it first …

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    1. Ha! I’ve done that a time or two … And I can totally understand why you would have done that with Knitlandia. Such a cute read.

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  7. Well, now I know where you’ve been for the last year, Christopher…with your head firmly planted in nonfiction! What a collection. I know it has been a good reading year for you.

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    1. Ha! Looking through Goodreads, I was shocked to see how much nonfiction I had managed. I didn’t have much time for anything else, but apparently my reading didn’t suffer!

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  8. I miss Tony Horowitz.
    I immediately requested Fed, White, and Blue from my library.

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    1. This was my first book by Horowitz, but I loved it. Really looking forward to trying out some of his other work, though I was surprised to see he had passed. I do hope you enjoy Fed, White, and Blue, though! I thought it was a lot of fun.

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  9. wow, such an amazing list, covering so many topics! Humble Pi sounds intriguing!
    Here is mine: https://wordsandpeace.com/2022/11/02/nonfiction-november-my-year-2022-in-nonfiction/

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    1. It was finally a math book I had no problem reading cover-to-cover!

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  10. Marianne Maurer Avatar
    Marianne Maurer

    Wow, I was so looking forward to this first week of November but your post has blown me away. So many fantastic non-fiction reads. Thanks a lot.

    My Non-fiction November Week 1.

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    1. Oh you’re so kind! I love the first week of Nonfiction November. You never know what new books you’ll run into and it’s fascinating to see what people have gravitated toward over the past year.

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  11. All the lists I’ve seen so far look so incredible and there is no overlap! So much great nonfiction out there, it’s a bit overwhelming. But I’ll keep chewing my way along. Thanks for more to load up the TBR.

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    1. I really love this month, but it’s almost dangerous trying to keep up with the number of great books that are so … readable. You’re absolutely right though—I feel like there has been very little overlap between lists this year. Oh well! More books is a good problem to have.

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  12. Holy Crap-a-moley! Some GREAT books here! Sound of a Snail was my very favorite book the year it came out! Fed, White & Blue and a few others are going straight onto my tbr–and I thank you for introducing me to them.

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    1. So happy to hear that! I hope you enjoy them—I’d recommend most everything off this list.

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  13. This event always reminds me that there’s so much to love about nonfiction. I have a lot of fun when I manage to really focus in on one topic, but I also love that it’s possible for us all to read so eclectically within the genre. The Indifferent Stars Above and Off the Edge are both ones I’m excited to get to from your list.

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    1. I could not agree more with that. There’s something so much fun about doing a deep dive when I find a subject I really like, but bouncing around can be just as enjoyable. Hope you enjoy those too! I couldn’t put either one down.

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  14. Great to see Calling Bullshit on your list — I really enjoyed that one last year. i’m adding The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating to my TBR. Thanks!

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    1. Oh I hope you enjoy The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating! I loved it.

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  15. Wow that is quite a lot of nonfiction! Many of them sounds great, in particular I am interested in Calling Bullshit, Humble Pi and the Alaska book (I’ll read anything related to Alaska 😉 ).

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    1. I feel the same about Alaska books! What a fascinating region. Hope you enjoy all of those!

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  16. There are so many books on your list, Christopher, that I would like to read. I’ve added Fed, White, and Blue to my TBR.

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    1. Hope you enjoy it! I thought it was a lot of fun.

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  17. Oh, how I loved Quakery! I have added Suspicious Minds to my TBR. I feel very drawn to understanding Cult followings lately. Enjoy your NFN!

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    1. If you liked Quackery, then I think you’d really enjoy Suspicious Minds then. They both hit on those extremes in such an interesting way.

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