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20 (Yes, 20!) New Nonfiction Books for Your TBR

Welcome to October, nonfiction friends! As I sat down to write this newsletter, I realized that I have 20 new books on my list for this week. Twenty! It really is an embarrassment of riches.

To keep this newsletter from turning into a novella, I decided to feature just the five I’m most excited about, then include the rest with links near the end. Let’s dive in!

Things We Didn’t Talk About When I Was a Girl by Jeannie Vanasco – As a teenager, Jeannie Vanasco was raped by a boy she considered a close friend. As an adult, Vanasco reached out to him for an interview to try and understand whether a good person can commit a terrible act.

Crisis of Conscience: Whistleblowing in an Age of Fraud by Tom Mueller – This book wasn’t initially near the top of my list… but then last week happened. In this book, Tom Mueller shares the stories of whistleblowers from healthcare, business, and politics to understand “what inspires some to speak out while the rest of us become complicit in our silence.”

Stealing Green Mangoes: Two Brothers, Two Fates, One Indian Childhood by Sunil Dutta – After being diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer, Sunil Dutta looks back to his childhood to understand how he and his brother Raju ended up on such different paths in life. Sunil became a 20-year veteran of the LAPD, while Raju became a fugitive, terrorist, and murderer.

Daughters of Chivalry: The Forgotten Children of King Edward Longshanks by Kelcey Wileson-Lee – I haven’t pulled a history book for a while, so I want to change that! This book tells the story of the five daughters of King Edward I, who “ran the full gamut of experiences open to royal women in the Middle Ages.”

The Greater Freedom: My Life as a Middle Eastern Woman Outside the Stereotypes by Alya Mooro – born in Egypt and raised in London, Alya Mooro always felt pulled between two cultures. In this book, Mooro pushes back against the idea she should be one thing or another and makes peace with not fitting in.

And finally, here are 15 that might pique your interest:

  1. Fair Play: A Game-Changing Solution for When You Have Too Much to Do (and More Life to Live) Eve Rodsky
  2. Toil and Trouble by Augusten Burroughs
  3. Radical: The Science, Culture, and History of Breast Cancer in America by Kate Pickert
  4. Here We Are: American Dreams, American Nightmares Aarti Namdev Shahani
  5. Face It by Debbie Harry
  6. The Preacher’s Wife: The Precarious Power of Evangelical Women Celebrities by Kate Bowler
  7. A Human Algorithm: How Artificial Intelligence is Redefining Who We Are by Flynn Coleman
  8. The Forest City Killer: A Serial Murderer, a Cold-Case Sleuth, and a Search for Justice by Vanessa Brown
  9. I Will Never See the World Again: The Memoir of an Imprisoned Writer by Ahmet Altan and Yasemin Congar
  10. Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth by Rachel Maddow
  11. The Ingenious Language: Nine Epic Reasons to Love Greek by Andrea Marcolongo and Will Schutt
  12. Good Habits, Bad Habits: The Science of Making Positive Changes That Stick by Wendy Wood
  13. The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience by Chelsea Clinton and HIllary Rodham Clinton
  14. The Districts: Stories of American Justice from the Federal Courts by Johnny Dwyer
  15. This is Your Brain on Birth Control: The Surprising Science of Women, Hormones, and the Law of Unintended Consequences by Sarah Hill

My goodness, that’s a lot of books! You can find me on Twitter @kimthedork, on email at, and co-hosting the For Real podcast here at Book Riot. This week, we chatted about cozy nonfiction you just want to snuggle up with. Happy reading! – Kim