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The Merriam-Webster definition of nonfiction is simply : writing or cinema that is about facts or real events

There are so many types of nonfiction that everybody should be able to find something to pique their interest.

Nonfiction is often put into categories such as Narrative (memoir, autobiography), Expository (explanations or information on a topic), Persuasive or Argumentative (position taken on a side), and Descriptive (illustrative – such as travel writing).

Within those categories you will find opinions, essays, biographies, true crime, journalism, historical, scientific/technical writing, and so much more.

Some of the best nonfiction in my opinion can include more than one of those things at a time. Included in the list below is the book The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper. This book includes biographical information on the five women. It’s also true crime AND it’s historical!

For this week’s list of books, I am going to include true crime and memoir. Some of the books might include elements of both.  If you really like memoir, or would like to explore that a little more, you can go to our memoir guide to find many more titles. 

I will continue to post each of the next two weeks. If you have any favorites you want to share, please comment on this post or send an email to library@kirkwood.edu and in a future post I can include your first name, book title, and a brief description of why you loved it or why you recommend it.

Posted by Julie – one of your Kirkwood Librarians

Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church by Megan Phelps-Roper, Call Number: 286.5 P541u

The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold, Call Number: 364.152 R895f

The Girls: An All-American Town, a Predatory Doctor, and the Untold Story of the Gymnasts who Brought Him Down by Abigail Pesta, Call Number: 364.153 P476g

Know My Name: A Memoir by Chanel Miller, Call Number: 371.782 M647k

Notes from a Young Black Chef: A Memoir by Kwami Onwuachi, Call Number: 641.509 O598n

Rough Magic: Riding the Word’s Loneliest Horse Race by Lara Prior-Palmer, Call Number: 798.4 P958r

Classics of the Week

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt, Call Number: 345.73 W724b

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, Call Number: 364.1 C246i

Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway, Call Number: 813.52 H488mo

Black Boy : (American Hunger) : A Record of Childhood and Youth by Richard Wright, Call Number: 813.52 W952b

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, Call Number: 813.54 A584i

My Dark Places: An L.A. Crime Memoir by James Ellroy, Call Number: 813.54 E47m