Book Index – Non-Fiction

(In rather vague groups right now):


The American Woman’s Home – Catherine Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe

America’s Women – Gail Collins (women’s history)

Behind Closed Doors: At Home in Georgian England – Amanda Vickery

Black Women of the Old West – William Loren Katz

Blue Latitudes : Boldly Going Where Captain Cook has Gone Before – Tony Horowitz

Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire’s Slaves – Adam Hochschild

The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform Victorian Medicine – Lindsey Fitzharris (2017)

Columbine – Dave Cullen

Consuming Passions: Victorians and Leisure – Judith Flanders

The Country Diaries – Alan Taylor (ed.)

The Countryman’s Cottage Life Book – Fred Archer

Death at the Priory – James Ruddick (no blog post)

The Devil and Sherlock Holmes – David Grann (no blog post)

Diary Without Dates – Edith Bagnold

The Edwardian Lady (bio Edith Holden) – Ina Taylor

Elizabeth the Queen – Sally Bedell Smith

Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life – Sally Bedell Smith (no blog post)

Fashion: The Definitive History – Smithsonian Museum

The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic – Steven Johnson

The Great Starvation Experiment – Todd Tucker

Great Tales from English History Volume III – Robert Lacey

The Great Train Robbery – Michael Crichton

Great Tales of English History (Vol. III) – Robert Lacey

Inside the Victorian Home – Judith Flanders

Killers of the Flower Moon – David Grann

London: A History – A. N. Wilson

Love Among the Butterflies – Margaret Fountaine

Mad, Sad, and Bad (women/mental illness history) – Lisa Appignanesi

Magnificent Obsession (Queen Vic/Prince Albert death) – Helen Rappaport

Miles from Nowhere: In Search of the American Frontier – Dayton Duncan

Narrative of Frederick Douglass – Frederick Douglass

Necropolis (London graveyards history) – Catherine Arnold

Not in Front of the Servants: Domestic Service in England 1850-1939 – Frank Dawes

No Idle Hands: Social History of Knitting – Anne L. McDonald

Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie – Laurie Redniss

Thunder and Lightning: Weather Past, Present and Future – Laurie Redniss

Remember, Remember –  Judy Parkinson

Shadows of the Workhouse – Jennifer Worth

The Social Calendar – Anna Sproules

Ten Days in a Madhouse – Nellie Bly

Upstairs and Downstairs (Downton Abbey tie-in) – Sarah Warwick

Venus with Biceps: A Pictorial History of Muscular Women – David L. Chapman and Patricia Vertinsky

When Everything Changed (history of women’s movement in the U.S.) – Gail Collins

Writers in Resident (U.S. writers) – Glynne Robinson Bette

The Great Filth: Disease, Death and the Victorian Times – Stephen Halliday

Saturday is for Funerals – Unity Dow/Max Essex (HIV/AIDS in Botswana)

The Inconvenient Indian – Thomas King

Going Home to Nicodemus – Daniel Chu and Bill Shaw

The Queen’s Houses – Alan Titchmarsh

So We Read On: The Great Gatsby – Maureen Corrigan

Yellow Woman and Spirit of Beauty – Leslie Marmot Silko

The Fifties: Oral Women’s History – Brett Harvey

The Victorian Hospital – Lavinia Mitton

Miles from Nowhere (history of contemporary American Frontier) – Dayton Duncan

Medical Apartheid – Harriet Washington

Our Longest Days (WWII diaries) – Sandra Koa Wing (ed)

Mrs. Robinson’s Disgrace: The Private Diary of a Victorian Lady – Kate Summerscale (no blog post)

Book – DK Eye Witness Book

Texas Quilts, Texas Women – Suzanne Yabsley

The Making of Home – Judith Flanders

The Negro Motorist Green Book – Victor Hugo Green

At Her Majesty’s Request: An African Princess in Victorian England – Walter Dean Myers (1999)

Obama: The Historic Journey (2009) – New York Times

Empty Mansions: Huguette Clark – Bill Dedman and Paulk Clark Newell

Victoria and Abdul – Shrabani Basu

Diana: In Search of Herself – Sally Bedell Smith

The Harlem Hellfighters – Max Brooks

Warriors don’t Cry – Melba Padillo Beals

Explorers – DK Eye Witness

Victoria: A Life – A.N. Wilson

Pandora’s Daughters: The Secret History of Independent Women – Jane Robinson


In the Broken Places: A Mother and Trans Son Pick up the Pieces – Mary Collins and Donald Collins

A Long Way Home – Saroo Brierley

As I Went Out One Midsummer Morning – Laurie Lee

The Assassin’s Cloak: An Anthology of the World’s Greatest Diarists – Irene and Alan Taylor (eds.)

Barracoon: The Story of the “Last Cargo” – Zora Neale Hurston

Black is the Body – Emily Harrison (essays)

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind – William Kambwanba

The Country Diaries: A Year in the British Countryside – Alan Taylor (ed.)

Crowdie and Cream (Hebridean childhood) – Finley J. McDonald

The Crofter and the Laird (American expat in Hebrides) – John McPhee

The Bite of the Mango – Mariato Kamara/Susan McClelland

Diary Without Dates – Edith Bagnold

Diary of a Bookseller – Sean Bychell

Dreams from my Father – Barack Obama

Elvis Presley: The Reluctant Rebel – Glen Jeannsome, David Luhrsson and Dan Sokolovic

The End of Your Life Book Club – Will Schwalbe (no blog post)

The Endless Steppe – Esther Hautzig

Gift From the Sea – Anne Morrow Lindbergh

The Great Western Beach: A Memoir of a Cornish Childhood Between the Wars – Emma Smith

Letters of a Woman Homesteader – Elinore Pruitt Stewart

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History – Vashti Harrison

Logavina Street: Life and Death in a Sarajevo Neighborhood – Barbara Demick

Love Among the Butterflies – Margaret Fountaine

Queen Victoria: A Biography – Giles Lytton Strachey

One and the Same (identical twins) – Abigail Pogrebin

Orange is the New Black – Piper Kerman

My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey – Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D.

My Life in France – Julia Child

Narrative of Frederick Douglass – Frederick Douglass

Negroland: A Memoir – Margo Jefferson (2015)

Plain and Simple – Sue Bender (post to come)

Relish: My Life in the Kitchen – Lucy Knisley (graphic novel)

Queen Victoria: A Life – Giles Lytton Strachey (1921)

The Sanctuary of Outcasts – Neil White

Something Happened Yesterday – Beryl Bainbridge

The Story of My Life –  Helen Keller

Tangles – Sarah Leavitt

This One Summer – Mariko Tamaki/Jillian Tamaki

The Worst Journey in the World: Antarctic (1910-1913) Volume I – Apsley Cherry-Garrard

The Worst Journey in the World: Antarctic (1910-1913) Volume II – Apsley Cherry-Garrard

Zahra’s Paradise – Amir and Khalil (2011) GN

The Bite of the Mango – Mariato Kamara/Susan McClelland

I Speak for Myself (American Muslim women) – Maria Ebrihimiji and Zahra Suratwala

When Breath Becomes Air – Paul Kalanithi

Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates

We Should all be Feminists – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Village Christmas and other Stories – Laurie Lee

The Points of My Compass – E. B. White

From Middle England – Philip Oake

Letters from New York – Helen Hanff

Ghost World – Daniel Clowes

Ethel and Ernest – Raymond Briggs

Something New – Lucy Knisley

Negroland: A Memoir – Margo Jefferson (2015)

A Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor Frankl

John Lewis

Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology – Leah Remini (2015)

Born a Crime – Trevor Noah

The Best We Could Do – Thi Bui

Kaffir Boy – Mark Mathabone

The Ravenmaster – Christopher Skaife

Victoria: A Life – A.N. Wilson

Becoming – Michelle Obama (post to come)


A Fine Romance (US/UK travel) – Susan Branch

The Art of Travel: Shifts and Contrivances Available in Wild Countries – Francis Galton (1854)

The Best AmericanTravel Writing 2011 – Sloane Crosley (ed.)

The Best American Travel Writing 2000 – Bill Bryson (ed.)

The Best American Travel Writing 2012 – William Vollman (ed.)

The Best American Travel Writing 2013 – Elizabeth Gilbert (ed.)

The Best American Travel Writing 2018 – Cheryl Strayed (ed.)

Chasing the Monsoon – Alexander Frater

The City of Djinns – William Dalrymple

Crowdie and Cream (Hebrides childhood) – Finlay J. McDonald

England for All Seasons – Susan Allen Toth

Himalaya – Michael Palin

Let Not the Waves – Simon Stephenson

Mustn’t Grumble – Joe Bennett

Off-Season (winter US beaches) – Ken McAlpine

The Sex Lives of Cannibals – J. Maarten Troost

Shooting the Boh: A Woman’s Voyage Down the Wildest River in Borneo – Tracy Johnston

Strange Stones – Peter Hessler

Turn Right at Machu Picchu – Mark Adams

Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven – Susan Jane Gilman

The Worst Journey in the World: Antarctic (1910-1913) – Apsley Cherry-Garrard

Nothing To Envy (life in N. Korea) – Barbara Demick

Saddlebags to Suitcases – Mary Bosanquet

American Notes – Charles Dickens

Twelve Years a Slave – Solomon Northup

Packing for Mars – Mary Roach

The Astronaut’s Guide to Life – Chris Hadfield

Knisley, Lucy

I was a Stranger – John Hackett

A Kim Jong Il Production – Paul Fischer

Strength in What Remains – Tracy Kidder (2000)

In Search of England – H.V. Morton


500 Art Quilts – Ray Hemechandra and Karey Patterson Bresenhan

A Curious Mind – Brian Grazer and Charles Fishman

The Wal-Mart Effect – Charles Fishman (no blog post)

The Dead Beat – Marilyn Johnson

The Devil and Sherlock Holmes – David Grann

The Devil’s Highway – Louis Albero Urrea

Endings: Deaths, Glorious and Otherwise… – Leon Prochnik

Envelopes: A Puzzling Journey Through the Royal Mail – Harriet Russell

Essays of E. B. White – E. B. White

Extra Extraordinary Chickens – Stephen Armitage-Green

Forever England – Beryl Bainbridge

Happier at Home – Gretchen Rubin

How to Disappear Completely: On Modern Anorexia – Kelsey Osgood

Inside Scientology – Janet Reitman

Methland: Death and Life of an American Rural Town – Nick Reding

One and the Same (identical twins science) – Abigail Pogrebin

Running the Books (prison library) – Avi Steinberg

The Pleasures of Reading in the Age of Distraction – Alan Jacobs

Of Studies – Sir Francis Bacon (1597) (essay)

The Joy of Less – Francine Jay

The England of Ravilious – Freda Constable

The Lady in the Van – Alan Bennett

The Gentle Art of Domesticity – Jane Brocket

The Snowflake – Kenneth Kibbrecht and Patricia Rasmussen

Something Happened Yesterday – Beryl Bainbridge

The Summer Book – Susan Branch

Superfreakonomics – Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner

The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg

Join Me – Danny Wallace

On Writing Well – William Zinsser

On Studies – Sir Francis Bacon

How to be a Woman – Caitlin Moran

The United States of Arugula – David Kamp

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal – Mary Roach

The Social Animal – David Brooks

Essays of E. B. White – E. B. White

The Secret Life of the Grown-Up Brain – Barbara Strauch

Inside the Not-So-Big House – Susan Susanka

101 Things I Learned in Engineering School – John Kuprenas

Wesley the Owl – Stacey O’Brien

The Beanie Baby Bubble – Zac Bissonette

Collected – Fritz Karch and Rebecca Robertson

Readings – Michael Dirda

Browsings – Michael Dirda

David and Goliath – Malcolm Gladwell

How to Get Dressed – Alison Freer

The Polysyllabic Spree – Nick Hornby

Once Upon a Quinceneara – Julie Alvarez

Lean In –  Sheryl Sandberg

Normal (essays on gender) – Amy Bloom

Housekeeping vs. the Dirt – Nick Hornby

Grunt – Mary Roach

Old Faithful: Dogs of a Certain Age – Nick Thorne

Men of Niagara – W. E. B. DuBois

Steroid Nation – Sean Assael

Hope in the Dark – Rebecca Solnit

A Curious Mind – Brian Grazer

Thunder and Lightning – Laura Redniss

This is What a Librarian Looks Like – Kyle Cassidy

By the Lake of the Sleeping Children – Luis Alberto Urrea

Moondust: In Search of the Men who Fell to Earth – Andrew Smith

Unforgettable Behavior – Rosemary Kidman Cox

How to be a Good Creature – Sy Montgomery

Quiet Girl in a Noisy World – Debbie Tung

Cooking and Stealing: A Tin House Non-fiction Anthology – Charles d’Ambrosia (ed.)

(Updated: 04/19/2019.)

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