Book Index – Non-Fiction

(In rather vague groups right now):


Akenfield – Ronald Blythe

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

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

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

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

Black Like Me – John Howard Griffin

Black Women of the Old West – William Loren Katz

BlackkKlansman – Ron Stallworth

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

Book – DK Eye Witness Book

A Book on Medical Discourses in Two Parts – Rebecca Lee Crumpler

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)

Diana: In Search of Herself – Sally Bedell Smith

Diary Without Dates – Edith Bagnold

Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights – Gretchen Sorin

The Edwardian Lady (bio Edith Holden) – Ina Taylor

Elizabeth the Queen – Sally Bedell Smith

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

Explorers – DK Eye Witness

Fashion: The Definitive History – Smithsonian Museum

The Fifties: Oral Women’s History – Brett Harvey

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

Going Home to Nicodemus – Daniel Chu and Bill Shaw

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

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

The Harlem Hellfighters – Max Brooks

Home Fires: The Story of the Women’s Institute in WW2 – Julie Summers

The Inconvenient Indian – Thomas King

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

The Making of Home – Judith Flanders

Medical Apartheid – Harriet Washington

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

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

Narrative of Frederick Douglass – Frederick Douglass

Necropolis (London graveyards history) – Catherine Arnold

The Negro Motorist Green Book – Victor Hugo Green

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

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

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

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

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

The Queen’s Houses – Alan Titchmarsh

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

Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie – Laurie Redniss

They Called Us Enemy – George Takei et al. (post to come)

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

Remember, Remember –  Judy Parkinson

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

Shadows of the Workhouse – Jennifer Worth

The Social Calendar – Anna Sproules

So We Read On: The Great Gatsby – Maureen Corrigan

Ten Days in a Madhouse – Nellie Bly

Texas Quilts, Texas Women – Suzanne Yabsley

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

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

The Victorian Hospital – Lavinia Mitton

Victoria and Abdul – Shrabani Basu

Victoria: A Life – A.N. Wilson

Warriors don’t Cry – Melba Padillo Beals

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

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

Yellow Woman and Spirit of Beauty – Leslie Marmot Silko


A Long Way Home – Saroo Brierley

A Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor Frankl

All-American Murder: The Aaron Hernandez Story – James Patterson (no post)

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

Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates

Becoming – Michelle Obama

The Bite of the Mango – Mariato Kamara/Susan McClelland

Black is the Body – Emily Harrison (essays)

Black Like Me – John Howard Griffin

BlacKKKlansman – Ron Stallworth

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind – William Kambwanba

Celia, a Slave – Melton McLaurin

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

The Best We Could Do – Thi Bui

Born a Crime – Trevor Noah

Diary Without Dates – Edith Bagnold

Diary of a Bookseller – Sean Bychell

Dreams from my Father – Barack Obama

The Education of a WASP – Lois Mark Stalvey

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

Ethel and Ernest – Raymond Briggs

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer – Suddartha Muhkerjee

Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, the First Lady of the Black Press – James McGrath Morris

The Family Next Door: The Heartbreaking Imprisonment of the Thirteen Turpin Siblings and their Extraordinary Rescue – John Glatt (2019)

From Middle England – Philip Oake

Ghost World – Daniel Clowes

Gift From the Sea – Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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

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

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

Kaffir Boy – Mark Mathabone

Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Controlled Chaos – Lucy Knisley (graphic novel)

Letters from New York – Helen Hanff

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

Me – Elton John

Merry Hall – Beverley Nichols

Queen Victoria: A Biography – Giles Lytton Strachey

One and the Same (identical twins) – Abigail Pogrebin

Orange is the New Black – Piper Kerman

John Lewis

Me – Sir Elton John

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

The Lady and the Panda – Vicki Constantine Croke

My Life in France – Julia Child

Narrative of Frederick Douglass – Frederick Douglass

Negroland: A Memoir – Margo Jefferson (2015)

The Points of My Compass – E. B. White

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 Ravenmaster – Christopher Skaife

The Sanctuary of Outcasts – Neil White

She Came to Slay: The Life and Times of Harriet Tubman – Erica Armstrong Dunbar

Something Happened Yesterday – Beryl Bainbridge

Something New – Lucy Knisley

The Story of My Life –  Helen Keller

Tangles – Sarah Leavitt

They Called Us the Enemy – George Takei et al.

This One Summer – Mariko Tamaki/Jillian Tamaki

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

Village Christmas and other Stories – Laurie Lee

Victoria: A Life – A.N. Wilson

We Should all be Feminists – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

When Breath Becomes Air – Paul Kalanithi

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


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

American Notes – Charles Dickens

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

The Astronaut’s Guide to Life – Chris Hadfield

The Best American Travel 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.)

The Best American Travel Writing 2019 – Alexandra Fuller (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

I was a Stranger – John Hackett

In Search of England – H.V. Morton

A Kim Jong Il Production – Paul Fischer

Let Not the Waves – Simon Stephenson

Mustn’t Grumble – Joe Bennett

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

Off-Season (winter US beaches) – Ken McAlpine

Packing for Mars – Mary Roach

Saddlebags to Suitcases – Mary Bosanquet

The Sex Lives of Cannibals – J. Maarten Troost

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

Strength in What Remains – Tracy Kidder (2000)

Strange Stones – Peter Hessler

Twelve Years a Slave – Solomon Northup

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

Vacationland – John Hodgman

Knisley, Lucy


101 Things I Learned in Engineering School – John Kuprenas

500 Art Quilts – Ray Hemechandra and Karey Patterson Bresenhan

A Book on Medical Discourses in Two Parts – Rebecca Crumpler (1885) (post to come)

And the Band Played On – Randy Shiltz (1987)

The Beanie Baby Bubble – Zac Bissonette

Browsings – Michael Dirda

By the Lake of the Sleeping Children – Luis Alberto Urrea

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

Collected – Fritz Karch and Rebecca Robertson

A Curious Mind – Brian Grazer and Charles Fishman

David and Goliath – Malcolm Gladwell

The Dead Beat – Marilyn Johnson

The Devil and Sherlock Holmes – David Grann

The Devil’s Highway – Louis Albero Urrea

The Emperor of All Maladies – Siddartha Muhkerjee

Endings: Deaths, Glorious and Otherwise… – Leon Prochnik

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

The England of Ravilious – Freda Constable

Essays of E. B. White – E. B. White

Extra Extraordinary Chickens – Stephen Armitage-Green

The Gentle Art of Domesticity – Jane Brocket

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal – Mary Roach

Grunt – Mary Roach

Forever England – Beryl Bainbridge

Happier at Home – Gretchen Rubin

Home (interior design) – Ellen DeGeneres

Housekeeping vs. the Dirt – Nick Hornby

Hope in the Dark – Rebecca Solnit

How to Disappear Completely: On Modern Anorexia – Kelsey Osgood

How to Get Dressed – Alison Freer

How to be a Woman – Caitlin Moran

How to be a Good Creature – Sy Montgomery

Inside the Not-So-Big House – Susan Susanka

Inside Scientology – Janet Reitman

Join Me – Danny Wallace

The Joy of Less – Francine Jay

The Lady in the Van – Alan Bennett

The Lady and the Panda: The True Adventures of the First American Explorer to Bring Back China’s Most Exotic Animal – Vicki Constantine Croke

Lean In –  Sheryl Sandberg

Men of Niagara – W. E. B. DuBois

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

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

Normal (essays on gender) – Amy Bloom

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

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

On Writing Well – William Zinsser

Once Upon a Quinceneara – Julie Alvarez

Old Faithful: Dogs of a Certain Age – Nick Thorne

On Studies – Sir Francis Bacon

Pledged: The Secret Life of Sororities – Alexandra Robbins

The Polysyllabic Spree – Nick Hornby

The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg

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

Pledged: The Secret Life of Sororities – Alexandra Robbins

Quiet Girl in a Noisy World – Debbie Tung

Readings – Michael Dirda

Running the Books (prison library) – Avi Steinberg

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

The Snowflake – Kenneth Kibbrecht and Patricia Rasmussen

The Social Animal – David Brooks

Steroid Nation – Sean Assael

Something Happened Yesterday – Beryl Bainbridge

The Summer Book – Susan Branch

Superfreakonomics – Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner

Sweetness and Light: The Mysterious History of the Honeybee – Hattie Ellis

Thunder and Lightning – Laura Redniss

The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival – John Vaillant

This is What a Librarian Looks Like – Kyle Cassidy

Unforgettable Behavior – Rosemary Kidman Cox

The United States of Arugula – David Kamp

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

Wesley the Owl – Stacey O’Brien

Why do All the Black Kids Sit Together in the Cafeteria? – Beverly Daniel Tatum (post to come)

(Updated: 02/22/2021.)

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