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Short Nonfiction Books You Can Read in a Day or Two

Nonfiction does not have to be long to be important. In fact, many of the titles I've listed below are the absolute best nonfiction books I've ever read. All of the books (except one) are under 300 pages, and the books closer to the 300 page mark are so absorbing and fast-paced they can be read in a single sitting. I've also included graphic memoirs and other graphic nonfiction that can be read quickly. Nonfiction can be just as fun as fiction as long as you find a subject that interests you, and don't feel bogged down by an endless number of pages.
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Africa's Tarnished Name (Achebe)
Africa's Tarnished Name (Achebe)
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Ain't I a Woman
Ain't I a Woman
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America (Jean Baudrillard)
America (Jean Baudrillard)
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Arbitrary Stupid Goal (Tamara Shopsin)
Arbitrary Stupid Goal (Tamara Shopsin)
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The Architecture of Happiness (De Botton)
The Architecture of Happiness (De Botton)
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The Art of Always Being Right (A C Grayling)
The Art of Always Being Right (A C Grayling)
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The Art of War
The Art of War
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The Beast (Oscar Martinez)
The Beast (Oscar Martinez)
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The Beekeeper (Dunya Mikhail)
The Beekeeper (Dunya Mikhail)
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Belonging (Nora Krug)
Belonging (Nora Krug)
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Between the World and Me (Ta-Nehisi Coates)
Between the World and Me (Ta-Nehisi Coates)
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Beyond Good and Evil
Beyond Good and Evil
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Bird by Bird
Bird by Bird
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Birds Art Life Death (Kyo Maclear)
Birds Art Life Death (Kyo Maclear)
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Black Skin, White Masks (Frantz Fanon)
Black Skin, White Masks (Frantz Fanon)
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A Brief History of Time
A Brief History of Time
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Can You Tolerate This? (Ashleigh Young)
Can You Tolerate This? (Ashleigh Young)
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The Character of Physical Law (Richard Feynman)
The Character of Physical Law (Richard Feynman)
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The Chibok Girls: The Boko Haram Kidnappings & Islamic Militancy in Nigeria (Helon Habila)
The Chibok Girls: The Boko Haram Kidnappings & Islamic Militancy in Nigeria (Helon Habila)
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Civilization and Its Discontents (Sigmund Freud)
Civilization and Its Discontents (Sigmund Freud)
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Cockroaches (Scholastique Mukasonga)
Cockroaches (Scholastique Mukasonga)
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Common Sense
Common Sense
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The Communist Manifesto
The Communist Manifesto
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The Conquest of Bread (Peter Kropotkin)
The Conquest of Bread (Peter Kropotkin)
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The Cost of Living (Deborah Levy)
The Cost of Living (Deborah Levy)
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Crapalachia (Scott McClanahan)
Crapalachia (Scott McClanahan)
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Days of Reading (Marcel Proust)
Days of Reading (Marcel Proust)
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The Descent of Man (Grayson Perry)
The Descent of Man (Grayson Perry)
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Difficult Women (David Plante)
Difficult Women (David Plante)
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Discourse on Inequality (Jean-Jacques Rousseau)
Discourse on Inequality (Jean-Jacques Rousseau)
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The Doors of Perception: Heaven and Hell
The Doors of Perception: Heaven and Hell
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The Double Helix
The Double Helix
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Endurance
Endurance
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The Ethics of Ambiguity (Simone De Beauvoir)
The Ethics of Ambiguity (Simone De Beauvoir)
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Everything Lost Is Found Again (Will McGrath)
Everything Lost Is Found Again (Will McGrath)
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Existentialism Is a Humanism
Existentialism Is a Humanism
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Experience and Education (John Dewey)
Experience and Education (John Dewey)
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Fear and Trembling
Fear and Trembling
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The Fire Next Time
The Fire Next Time
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First They Killed My Father
First They Killed My Father
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