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Non-Fiction: Home

Enjoy reading about real life? Here are some great picks.


Non-fiction books are about facts or true events. This guide focuses on non-fiction subjects and books that are often chosen based on personal interests, rather than for research. At WPL our most popular non-fiction genres are biography & memoir, cookbooks, self help, and true crime. We've also included here a section called Our World, which features books in history, social issues and science.

Many other important and interesting topics have their own Info Guides. There are also new staff picks and lists on the Readers' Salon blog.

Staff pick

Pride all year

A two-spirit journey : the autobiography of a lesbian Ojibwa-Cree elder by Ma-Nee Chacaby
Unapologetic : a Black, queer, and feminist mandate for radical movement by Charlene A. Carruthers
Real queer America : LGBT stories from red states by Samantha Allen
How we fight for our lives : a memoir by Saeed Jones
Tomorrow will be different : love, loss, and the fight for trans equality by Sarah McBride
Sissy : a coming-of-gender story by Jacob Tobia
I'm afraid of men by Vivek Shraya
No ashes in the fire : coming of age black & free in America by Darnell L. Moore
When we rise : my life in the movement by Cleve Jones
Logical family : a memoir by Armistead Maupin
Why be happy when you could be normal? by Jeanette Winterson

LGBT2SQ+ Info Guide

Find a ton of info on our LGBT2SQ+ Info Guide, including book lists, guides, websites, lists of local and national resources, and LGBT2SQ+ history and archive resources.

Manitoba Book Award Winners 2020

Friends, foes, and furs : George Nelson's Lake Winnipeg journals, 1804-1822 by Harry Duckworth
The North-West is our mother : the story of Louis Riel's people, the Métis nation by Jean Teillet
Older sister. Not necessarily related : a memoir by Jenny Heijun Wills
St. Boniface elegies by Catherine Hunter
Portraits of the Far North by Gerald Kuehl

Great graphic non-fiction

In love with art : Françoise Mouly's adventures in comics with Art Spiegelman by Jeet Heer
How about never-- is never good for you? : my life in cartoons by Bob Mankoff
Am I there yet? : the loop-de-loop, zigzagging journey to adulthood by Mari Andrew
My friend Dahmer : a graphic novel by Derf Backderf
The best we could do : an illustrated memoir by Thi Bui
How to tell if your cat is plotting to kill you by Matthew Inman
Relish : my life in the kitchen by Lucy Knisley
Amazing fantastic incredible : a marvelous memoir by Stan Lee

Outstanding audiobooks

You Can't Touch My Hair And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson
Stay sexy & don't get murdered : the definitive how-to guide by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark
In the dream house : a memoir by Carmen Maria Machado
Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern
How Not to Get Shot And Other Advice From White People and Doug Moe
In conclusion, don't worry about it by Lauren Graham
I'm Just a Person by Tig Notaro
When they call you a terrorist : a Black Lives Matter memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele
The greatest love story ever told : an oral history by Megan Mullaley and Nick Offerman
Dad is fat by Jim Gaffigan
When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris

More staff picks

The cowkeeper's wish : a genealogical journey by Tracy Kasaboski
Braiding sweetgrass : indigenous wisdom, scientific knowledge and the teachings of plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Thing explainer : complicated stuff in simple words by Randall Munroe
Utopia for Realists by Rutger Bregman
You are here : around the world in 92 minutes by Chris Hadfield
Broken circle : the dark legacy of Indian residential schools : a memoir by Theodore Fontaine
I contain multitudes : the microbes within us and a grander view of life by Ed Yong
Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery
Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston

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