During any season, but especially the beginning of fall, I love to add narrative nonfiction to my to-read list. Maybe it’s the feeling that a fresh school year is upon us and it’s time to learn something new. Whatever the reason, it’s always fun and exciting to learn about real people, places, and things—and even better if the books are so interesting, they read like novels. Lucky for us, there are plenty of masters of the form to take us there. Here’s a list of 8 great books I read over the summer that you should add to your fall stack.
In this landmark investigation of a landmark event, Fink’s medical and journalism backgrounds come together to show what happened at Memorial Medical Center in the five days following the landfall of Hurricane Katrina. Though many of us know how the story ends, the book reads like a suspense novel, introducing a number of memorable characters and the question that we frequently ask ourselves when disaster strikes: “What would I do?”
Dangerous obsession and greed meet in this wickedly funny modern classic, which follows an eccentric plant dealer as he attempts to poach the endangered ghost orchid from a Florida preserve and clone it for profit. This true crime book is actually a charming, passionate underdog story.