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Nonfiction That Reads Like Fiction

Do you avoid reading nonfiction because you think the subjects boring or the prose dryly written? If you're looking to branch out and try some nonfiction but don't want to be bored to tears, try these nonfiction books that read like fiction. This list is a compilation of lists published by Mind Joggle, BookBub, Third Place Books, Vancouver Public Library, Booklist Queen, BiblioLifestyle, Book Riot, Off the Shelf, and Modern Mrs Darcy. Numbers 105-125 are additions of my own. I hope you find some new favorites!
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Adnan's Story (Rabia Chaudry)
Adnan's Story (Rabia Chaudry)
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All Creatures Great and Small (James Herriot)
All Creatures Great and Small (James Herriot)
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American Kingpin (Nick Bilton)
American Kingpin (Nick Bilton)
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Angela's Ashes
Angela's Ashes
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Bad Blood (John Carreyrou)
Bad Blood (John Carreyrou)
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Band of Brothers (Stephen Ambrose)
Band of Brothers (Stephen Ambrose)
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Batavia's Graveyard: The True Story of the Mad Heretic Who Led History's Bloodiest Mutiny (Mike Dash)
Batavia's Graveyard: The True Story of the Mad Heretic Who Led History's Bloodiest Mutiny (Mike Dash)
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Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Behind the Beautiful Forevers
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Being Mortal
Being Mortal
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Between Two Fires (Joshua Yaffa)
Between Two Fires (Joshua Yaffa)
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The Big Short
The Big Short
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Bleaker House: Chasing My Novel to the End of the World (Nell Stevens)
Bleaker House: Chasing My Novel to the End of the World (Nell Stevens)
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The Blind Side (Michael Lewis)
The Blind Side (Michael Lewis)
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The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo (Tom Reiss)
The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo (Tom Reiss)
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Black Hawk Down (Mark Bowden)
Black Hawk Down (Mark Bowden)
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Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood (Trevor Noah)
Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood (Trevor Noah)
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Boy Erased (Garrard Conley)
Boy Erased (Garrard Conley)
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The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics (Daniel James Brown)
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics (Daniel James Brown)
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Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys' Club of Silicon Valley (Emily Chang)
Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys' Club of Silicon Valley (Emily Chang)
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Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators (Ronan Farrow)
Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators (Ronan Farrow)
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Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman (Robert K. Massie)
Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman (Robert K. Massie)
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Columbine (Dave Cullen)
Columbine (Dave Cullen)
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Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania (Erik Larson)
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania (Erik Larson)
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Destiny of the Republic (Candice Millard)
Destiny of the Republic (Candice Millard)
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Devil in the White City
Devil in the White City
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The Dragon, the Giant, the Women (Wayetu)
The Dragon, the Giant, the Women (Wayetu)
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Educated: A Memoir (Tara Westover)
Educated: A Memoir (Tara Westover)
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The Emperor of All Maladies (Siddhartha Mukherjee)
The Emperor of All Maladies (Siddhartha Mukherjee)
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Everything's Trash, but It's Okay (Phoebe Robinson)
Everything's Trash, but It's Okay (Phoebe Robinson)
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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (Matthew Desmond)
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (Matthew Desmond)
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The Fact of a Body (Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich)
The Fact of a Body (Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich)
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Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11 (Mitchell Zuckoff)
Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11 (Mitchell Zuckoff)
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Five Days at Memorial
Five Days at Memorial
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Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019 (Ibram X. Kendi)
Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019 (Ibram X. Kendi)
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Friday Night Lights (H. G. Bissinger)
Friday Night Lights (H. G. Bissinger)
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The Ghost Map (Steven Johnson)
The Ghost Map (Steven Johnson)
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The Ghosts of Eden Park (Karen Abbott)
The Ghosts of Eden Park (Karen Abbott)
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Girl in the Dark (Anna Lyndsey)
Girl in the Dark (Anna Lyndsey)
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The Glass Castle (Jeannette Walls)
The Glass Castle (Jeannette Walls)
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Helter Skelter
Helter Skelter
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