So part of my summer reading assignment for my English class is to read a nonfiction book. Does anyone have any really great books that you'd recommend?
I read 1491 by Charles Mann for my english class this year. It was good, and very informational. It takes a while to read though, as it is kinda long and in depth.
an inconvenient truth by al gore
Oh, I've actually been meaning to read that for a while but I hadn't thought of it recently, that's a good idea
How To Sat Goodbye In Robot - Natalie Standiford
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami. Light, interesting, and insightful :)
Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
Also, would a biography meet the non-fiction requirement?
If so, then I would totally read Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson.
Living My Life by Emma Goldman. Currently reading this one, Emma Goldman was a feminist and an anarchist (she's a famous philosopher) who immigrated to America from Russia. It's really interesting so far because she had that awful childhood with a horrible father in Russia childhood and she came to America to be free but when she got here she could only get a crappy job and she basically decided that the American Dream was a lie. She began going on the speaking circuit and delivering speeches on social issues. I'm only on chapter five but going in I knew a bit about her life already I can say it gets very cool. She lived a really really radical lifestyle and it's just cool to read about. She doesn't preach in her book so far so if that would be a turn off for you don't worry. The only problem with it is it's split into two volumes so it's pretty long.
Along those lines, The Long Loneliness by Dorothy Day is also very good.
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. Non-fiction and great book, if you like mystery novels/thrillers.
I second the recommendation for Devil in the White City. It's REALLY good. It reads more like fiction than non-fiction.
Seconded. Also Thunderstruck, by the same author.
You should check out Zeitoun by Dave Eggers.