Best Nonfiction Books 2014: New Essays, Memoirs, Recommendations

underdog literature best nonfiction books 2014.

Here are 15 books that caught my interest lately.

Fresh, off-beat, quirky or curious titles that might deserve more attention…

memoirs. non-fiction. essays.

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01: JOHN W. EWANS, „Young Widower“, 200 pages, January 2014. [Memoir]

Young Widower: A Memoir

02: MIMI POND, „Over Easy“, 272 pages, April 2014. [Graphic Novel „Semi-Memoir“]

Over Easy

03: DAVID GIFFELS, „The Hard Way on Purpose: Essays and Dispatches from the Rust Belt“, 272 pages, March 2014. [Essays / Journalism]

The Hard Way on Purpose: Essays and Dispatches from the Rust Belt

04: IVAN E. COYOTE & RAE SPOON, „Gender Failure“, 256 pages, April 2014. [personal Essays]

Gender Failure

05: CAROLINE CLARKE, „Postcards from Cookie“, 320 pages, April 2014. [Memoir]

Postcards from Cookie: A Memoir of Motherhood, Miracles, and a Whole Lot of Mail

06: SEAN STRUB, „Body Counts: A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS and Survival“, 432 pages, January 2014. [Memoir / Politics]

Body Counts: A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS, and Survival

07: ANALD GOPAL, „No Good Men among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes“, 320 pages, April 2014. [Politics]

No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes

08: HISHAM D. AIDI, „Rebel Music: Race, Empire and the New Muslim Youth Culture“, 432 pages, March 2014. [Cultural Studies / Politics]

Rebel Music: Race, Empire and the New Muslim Youth Culture

09: ROBERT A. FERGUSON, „Inferno: An Anatomy of American Punishment“, 337 pages, March 2014 [Politics / Sociology / Cultural Studies]

Inferno: An Anatomy of American Punishment

10: ARIEL GORE, „The End of Eve. A Memoir“, 234 pages, February 2014. [Memoir]

The End of Eve: A Memoir

11: MARK GEVISSER, „Lost and Found in Johannesburg“, 352 pages, April 2014. [Memoir: South Africa]

Lost and Found in Johannesburg: A Memoir

12: TIM ANDERSON, „Sweet Tooth“, 333 pages, March 2014. [Mainstream Humor / Comedic Memoir]

Sweet Tooth

13: GREG GUTFELD, „Not Cool: The Hipster Elite and their War on You“, 272 pages, March 2014. [a right-wing „Fox News“ employee tries to trash hipsters! 🙂 ]

Not Cool: The Hipster Elite and Their War on You

14: BRIGID SCHULTE, „Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play when no one has the Time“, 368 pages, March 2014. [Psychology]

Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time

15: PATRICIA WOODELL, „Are the Keys in the Freezer? An Advocate’s Guide for Alzheimer’s and other Dementias“, 243 pages, January 2014.

Are the Keys in the Freezer?--An Advocate's Guide for Alzheimer's and Other Dementias

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Here are five books that made me curious enough to buy them:

01: LESLIE JAMISON, „The Empathy Exams“, 256 pages, April 2014. [personal Essays]

The Empathy Exams: Essays

02: PLUM JOHNSON, „They left us everything“, 288 pages, March 2014. [Memoir]

They Left Us Everything: A Memoir

03: ADAM BEGLEY, „Updike“, 576 pages, April 2014. [Biography]

Updike

04: EILEEN CRONIN, „Mermaid: A Memoir of Resilience“, 336 pages, January 2014.

Mermaid: A Memoir of Resilience

05: YASHA MOUNK, „Stranger in my own Country: A Jewish Family in modern Germany“, 272 pages, January 2014. [Memoir / Cultural Studies]

Stranger in My Own Country: A Jewish Family in Modern Germany

[German article here (Link)]
…and I’m excited about:

SERAH-MARIE McMAHON: „The WORN Reader: A Fashion Journal about the Art, Ideas & History of what we wear“, 416 pages, April 2014.

The WORN Archive: A Fashion Journal about the Art, Ideas, & History of What We Wear

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