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Below is a list of titles in the nonfiction section. Here, you will find titles broken down by subject matter.

(Not all titles in the folklore, gender studies, history, music-related and world religion sections are listed on this page.)



Mark Abley
Spoken Here: Travels Among Threatened Languages

Caren A. Adams
Life 101: For the Young & the Young at Heart

Douglas Adams
Last Chance to See, with Mark Carwardine
The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time

Jake Adelstein
Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan

Kim Addonizio & Dorianne Laux
The Poet's Companion

Bill Adler Jr.
Tell Me a Fairy Tale

Alan Alda
Never Have Your Dog Stuffed & Other Things I've Learned
Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself

Shanti Ananda
Conversations with My Dark Side

Brian David Andersen
"My God, I'm Hit!"

Barbara Blossom Ashmun
Married to My Garden

Anthony Aveni
The End of Time: The Maya Mystery of 2012


Christina Baldwin
Life's Companion: Journal Writing as a Spiritual Quest

Gay Balliet
Lowell: the True Story of an Existential Pig

Stephen Banick
Accidental Enlightenment: The Extraordinary Travels of a Modern-Day Gulliver

John D. Barrow
The Infinite Book: A Short Guide to the Boundless, Timeless & Endless

John Baur & Mark Summers
Well Blow Me Down! A Guy's Guide to Talking Like a Pirate

Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher
Passages: Photographs in Africa

Peter Benchley
Shark Life: True Stories about Sharks & the Sea

Hy Bender
The Sandman Companion

John Berendt
The City of Falling Angels

Deborah Bergman
The Knitting Goddess

Kate Bernheimer, editor
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Teleri Bevan
Years on Air

J.F. Bierlein
Parallel Myths

Christina Binkley
Winner Takes All

John Bird, Lorraine Land, Murray Macadam & Diane Engelstad
Nation to Nation: Aboriginal Sovereignty & the Future of Canada

Tom Bissell
Chasing the Sea

Jayme Lynn Blaschke
Voices of Vision: Creators of Fantasy & Science Fiction Speak

Francesca Lia Block & Hillary Carlip
Zine Scene: The Do It Yourself Guide to Zines

Robert W. Bly
The Science in Science Fiction

Phyllis Pray Bober
Art, Culture & Cuisine: Ancient & Medieval Gastronomy

Alex Boese
Elephants on Acid: & Other Bizarre Experiments

Martha Bolton
I Think, Therefore I Have a Headache!

David Borgenicht
How to Con Your Kid: Simple Scams for Mealtime, Bedtime, Bathtime, Anytime

C. Alan Bradley & William A.S. Sargeant
Ms. Holmes of Baker Street: The Truth about Sherlock

Kristen Breitweiser
Wake-Up Call: The Political Education of a 9/11 Widow

Derek Brockway & Julian Carey
Weatherman Walking (Walks around Wales)

Norman Brosterman
Out of Time: Designs for the Twentieth Century Future

Joseph Bruchac
The Native American Sweat Lodge: History & Legends

Diana Brueton
The Moon: Myth, Magic & Fact

Dawn Baumann Brunke
Animal Voices: Telepathic Communication in the Web of Life

Bill Bryson
A Short History of Nearly Everything

Dale Burg
Sloth: Ode to Disarray & Delay (Sin Series No. 4)

Ben Buxton
Mingulay: An Island & its People


Tim Cahill
Jaguars Ripped My Flesh

Mayra Calvani & Anne K. Edwards
The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing

Julia Cameron
The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity
Vein of Gold: A Journey to Your Creative Heart

Rufus C. Camphausen
Return of the Tribal: A Celebration of Body Adornment

Cheryl Canfield
Profound Healing: The Power of Acceptance on the Path to Wellness

Mark C. Carnes, editor
Novel History: Historians & Novelists Confront America's Past

W. Hodding Carter
A Viking Voyage: In Which an Unlikely Crew of Adventurers Attempts an Epic Journey to the New World

Lisa Carver
Dancing Queen: The Lusty Adventures of Lisa Crystal Carver

Mark Carwardine & Douglas Adams
Last Chance to See

Shanna Caughey, editor
Revisiting Narnia: Fantasy, Myth & Religion in C.S. Lewis' Chronicles

Jerome Charyn
Gangsters & Gold Diggers: Old New York, the Jazz Age & the Birth of Broadway
Sizzling Chops & Devilish Spins: Ping Pong & the Art of Staying Alive

Ron Chepesiuk
The Scotch-Irish: From the North of Ireland to the Making of America

Elizabeth J. Cockey
Drawn from Memory: A Personal Story of Healing Through Art

Michael D. Coe, editor
Swords & Hilt Weapons

Ronald D. Cohen, editor
Wasn't That a Time! Firsthand Accounts of the Folk Music Revival

David Colbert
The Magical Worlds of Harry Potter:
  A Treasury of Myths, Legends & Fascinating Facts

The Magical Worlds of the Lord of the Rings:
  The Amazing Myths, Legends & Facts Behind the Masterpiece

Sue Ellen Cooper
The Red Hat Society: Fun & Friendship After 50

Kathleen Cox
Vastu Living: Creating a Home for the Soul

John Crawford
The Last True Story I'll Ever Tell: An Accidental Soldier's Account of the War in Iraq

Betty Crocker
Betty Crocker's Best Christmas Cookbook

Noreen Crone-Findlay
Soul Mate Dolls: Dollmaking as a Healing Art

Jennifer Crusie, editor
Totally Charmed: Demons, Whitelighters & the Power of Three

Lynn Marie Cuny
Through Animal's Eyes: True Stories From a Wildlife Sanctuary


Richard Davenport-Hines

Cennard Davies
The Welsh Language

Donald Davis
Ride the Butterflies: Back to School with Donald Davis

Scott C. Davis
The Road from Damascus: A Journey Through Syria

Jean Davison
The Ostrich Wakes: Struggles for Change in Highland Kenya

Disaster Science

Gus diZerega
Pagans & Christians: The Personal Spiritual Experience

Sue Doggett

Linda Culp Dowling & Cecile Culp Mielenz
Mentor Manager/Mentor Parent

Martin Dugard
Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley & Livingstone

Kevin Dwyer
Beyond Casablanca: M.A. Tazi & the Adventure of Moroccan Cinema


Umberto Eco
On Literature

Bruce Edwards
Further Up & Further In: Understanding C.S. Lewis's The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe

Peter Edwards
One Dead Indian: The Premier, the Police & the Ipperwash Crisis

Dan Eldon
The Journey is the Destination: The Journals of Dan Eldon

Peter Berresford Ellis
The Celtic Revolution

Richard Ellis
Monsters of the Sea

Patricia Evans
The Verbally Abusive Relationship

Greg Everett
Screaming at a Wall


Anne Fadiman
Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader

Clifton Fadiman & John S. Major
The New Lifetime Reading Plan: The Classic Guide to World Literature

Chuck T. Falcon
Family Desk Reference to Psychology

Suzanne Falter-Barns
Living Your Joy: A Practical Guide to Happiness

Will & Ian Ferguson
How to Be a Canadian

Drew Fetherston
Greed & Its Rewards (Sin Series No. 3)

Emma Ford
Fledgling Days: Memoir of a Falconer

Emma Forrest
Damage Control: Women on the Therapists, Beauticians, & Trainers Who Navigate Their Bodies

Sandi Fox
Cats on Quilts

Al Franken
Lies (And the Lying Liars Who Tell Them)

Benjamin Franklin
Fart Proudly: Writings of Benjamin Franklin You Never Read in School

Lynne Franks
The SEED Handbook: The Feminine Way to Create Business

Bobby Freeman
Welsh Country Cookery: Traditional Recipes from the Country Kitchens of Wales

Brian Freeman & Bev Vincent, editors
The Illustrated Stephen King Trivia Book

Stanton T. Friedman
Flying Saucers & Science


Charles Gant & Greg Lewis
End Your Addiction Now

J.T. Garrett
The Cherokee Herbal: Native Plant Medicine from the Four Directions

Stefan Gates
Gastronaut: Adventures in Food for the Romantic, the Foolhardy & the Brave

Michael J. Gelb
How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci

Lisa Gensheimer
Pennsylvania Wilds: Images from the Allegheny National Forest, with Ed Bernik

Mike George
Learn to Relax: A Practical Guide to Easing Tension & Conquering Stress

Susan Jane Gilman
Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress

James Gleick
Faster: The Acceleration of Just About Everything

Natalie Goldberg
Living Color: A Writer Paints Her World

Jane Goodall
Reason For Hope: A Spiritual Journey

Douglas Gresham
Jack's Life: The Life Story of C.S. Lewis

Daniel Grotta
J.R.R. Tolkien: Architect of Middle Earth

Rosemary Ellen Guiley
Encyclopedia of Ghosts & Spirits
Encyclopedia of the Strange, Mystical & Unexplained
Encyclopedia of Witches & Witchcraft

Richard Guy
The Mysterious Receding Seas
The Ascent of Man


Thomas E. Hachey
Britain & Irish Separatism: From the Fenians to the Free State

David Hadju
The Ten Cent Plague: The Great Comic Book Scare & How It Changed America

Rif K. Haffar
Away from My Desk

John & May Chu Harding
Escape from Paradise: From Third World to First

Hamish Haswell-Smith
The Scottish Islands: A Comprehensive Guide to Every Scottish Island

Denis Hayes
The Official Earth Day Guide to Planet Repair

N. Katherine Hayles
How We Became Posthuman

Robert M. Hazen & James Trefil
Science Matters: Achieving Scientific Literacy

Mairi Hedderwick
An Eye on the Hebrides: An Illustrated Journey

John Helfers & Denise Little, editors
The Valdemar Companion

Laura Hillenbrand

Peter Hillyard
The Book of the Spider

Hannah Hinchman
A Trail Through Leaves: The Journal as a Path to Place

Brian Hinton & Geoff Wall
Ashley Hutchings: The Authorised Biography

Marvin D. Hinten
The Keys to the Chronicles: Unlocking the Symbols of C.S. Lewis's Narnia

Jeff Hoke
The Museum of Lost Wonder

Bill Holm
Eccentric Islands: Travels Real & Imaginary

David Brendan Hopes
A Sense of the Morning

Tony Horwitz
Confederates in the Attic

Sean Howe, editor
Give Our Regards to the Atomsmashers: Writers on Comics

Sue Hubbell
Broadsides from the Other Orders: A Book of Bugs
Waiting for Aphrodite: Journeys In to the Time Before Bones

Aida Hudson & Susan-Ann Cooper, editors
Windows & Words: A Look at Canadian Children's Literature in English

Mark Hudson
Fire Management in the American West

Tom Hutton
Carrying the Black Bag: A Neurologist's Bedside Tales


Pico Iyer
The Global Soul: Jet Lag, Shopping Malls, & the Search for Home


Beverly Jackson
Splendid Slippers: A Thousand Years of an Erotic Tradition

Madhur Jaffrey
Indian Cooking

Jamie James
The Snake Charmer

Simon James
The World of the Celts

Carl Japikse, editor
Fart Proudly: Writings of Benjamin Franklin You Never Read in School

Carl Jensen, editor
Stories that Changed America

Richard Joseph


George Kahumoku Jr. with Paul Konwiser
A Hawaiian Life

Barry Kane
Fairy Houses ... Everywhere

Eric Kaplan
Does Santa Exist?

John Kasich
Stand for Something: The Battle for America's Soul

Kelee Katillac
House of Belief: Creating Your Own Personal Style

Malachy Kearns

Patricia Kennealy
Strange Days: My Life With & Without Jim Morrison

Conan Kennedy
Ancient Ireland: The User's Guide

Shawna Kenney
I Was a Teenage Dominatrix

John A. Kinch
A Journey for All Seasons: A Cross-Country Celebration of the Natural World

Stephen King
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Steve Kowit
In the Palm of Your Hand

Jon Krakauer
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith

Gabe G. Kubichek
Gold & Where You Find It

Cecil Kuhne, editor
Near Death in the Arctic: True Stories of Disaster & Survival

Mark Kurlansky
The Food of a Younger Land


Robert Lacey & Danny Danziger
The Year 1000

Gary Valentine Lachman
Turn Off Your Mind: The Mystic Sixties & the Dark Side of the Age of Aquarius

Lloyd & Jenny Laing
The Picts & the Scots

Brooks Landon
Science Fiction After 1900: From the Steam Man to the Stars

Erik Larson
Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, & the Deadliest Hurricane in History

Robert Laxalt
Sweet Promised Land

Laurel Leff
Buried by The Times: The Holocaust & America's Most Important Newspaper

Edmund Lenihan
In Search of Biddy Early

Bob Levin
The Pirates & the Mouse: Disney's War Against the Counterculture

Ralph Lewin
Merde: Excursions in Scientific, Cultural & Socio-Historical Coprology

Andy Lipschultz
How the Grinch Stole Hollywood

Norma J. Livo
Troubadour's Storybag

Jim Lovell & Jeffrey Kluger
Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13

Margaret Lowman
Life in the Treetops: Adventures of a Woman in Field Biology

Richard A. Lupoff
The Great American Paperback: An Illustrated Tribute to Legends of the Book

Nan Lyons
Gluttony: More Is More (Sin Series No. 1)


Suzanne Ma
Meet Me in Venice

Jacqueline Marcell
Elder Rage, or Take My Father ... Please: How to Survive Caring for Aging Parents

Stephen Hawley Martin
The Science of Life After Death

John Matthews
The Green Man: Spirit of Nature

Marianne Mays
Moggies: A Book for Owners of Non-Pedigree Cats

Joseph McCabe
Hanging Out with the Dream King: Conversations with Neil Gaiman & His Collaborators

Wendy McClure
The Amazing Mackerel Pudding Plan: Classic Diet Recipe Cards from the 1970s

Patrick McManus
The Deer on a Bicycle: Excursions into the Writing of Humor

Martin Melhuish
Celtic Tides: Traditional Music in a New Age

Edward Mendelson
The Things That Matter: What 7 Classic Novels Have to Say about the Stages of Life

Donna Merwick
Death of a Notary

Julie Moir Messervy
The Magic Land: Designing Your Own Enchanted Garden

Dave Meurer
Out on a Whim
Stark Raving Dad!

Christy Moore
One Voice: My Life in Song

Michael Moore
Dude, Where's My Country?

Richard Moore
Escaping the Matrix: How We the People Can Change the World

Cole Moreton
Hungry for Home: Leaving the Blaskets: A Journey from the Edge of Ireland

Eileen Morgan
Lust, Love & Longing (Sin Series No. 2)

Paula Morin
Honest Horses: Wild Horses in the Great Basin

Jill Morris
The Dream Workbook

Willie Morris
My Cat Spit McGee

Dorothy Morrison
Yule: A Celebration of Light & Warmth

A.S. Mott
Scary Movies

Paul Rhys Mountfort
Ogam, the Celtic Oracle of the Trees

Jesus Muhammad-Ali
The Evolution of the Nation of Islam

Don Mullan
Eyewitness Bloody Sunday: The Truth

Karin Muller
Japanland: A Year in Search of Wa

Colin Murphy & Donal O'Dea
The Book of Feckin' Irish Slang That's Great Craic for Cute Hoors & Bowsies

Kevin Murphy
A Year at the Movies

John C. Myre
Live Safely in a Dangerous World: How to Beat the Odds of Dying in an Accident


Henry Niese
The Man Who Knew the Medicine: The Teachings of Bill Eagle Feather

Jennifer Niven
Ada Blackjack: A True Story of Survival in the Arctic
The Ice Master: The Doomed 1913 Voyage of the Karluk

Robert W. Norris
The Many Roads to Japan: A Search for Identity

Bruce Nunn
History with a Twist: Unusual Stories from Mr. Nova Scotia Know-It-All


Barbara Oakley
Evil Genes: Why Rome Fell, Hitler Rose, Enron Failed & My Sister Stole My Mother's Boyfriend

Diarmuid O'Neill, editor
Rebuilding the Celtic Languages

Iona Opie & Moira Tatem, editors
A Dictionary of Superstitions

Fintan O'Toole
The Ex-Isle of Erin

Susan Overfield
Saturday Dogs ... & the owners they trained

Mark Oxbrow
Halloween: Pagan Festival to Trick or Treat


Roger Paine
Clear Lower Deck: A Collection of My Naval Yarns

Tudor Parfitt
The Thirteenth Gate: Travels Among the Lost Tribes of Israel

Camille Peri & Kate Moses, editors
Mothers Who Think: Tales of Real-Life Parenthood

Richard J. Perry
United We Stand: A Visual Journey of Wartime Patriotism

Karl Petzke, Lessley Berry & Sara Slavin
Tea: The Essence of the Leaf

Robert Phillips
The Madness of Art: Interviews with Poets & Writers

John Pilger, editor
Tell Me No Lies: Investigative Journalism & Its Triumphs

Carole Potter
Knock on Wood

Julie Powell
Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen

Michael Powell
Back in the Day

Dan Price
How to Make a Journal of Your Life

Heather Pringle
The Mummy Congress: Science, Obsession, & the Everlasting Dead

Michael Putzel
The Price They Paid: Enduring Wounds of War


Edwin & Mona A. Radford
Encyclopedia of Superstitions

Paul Raffaele
Among the Cannibals: Adventures on the Trail of Man's Darkest Ritual

Nicholas Rankin
Telegram from Guernica

Silver Ravenwolf
Halloween Customs, Spells & Recipes

Sheriff David Reichert
Chasing the Devil

Carol Ann Rinzler
Dictionary of Medical Folklore

Mary Roach
Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife

Roland Wells Robbins
Discovery at Walden

Frank M. Robinson
Science Fiction of the 20th Century: An Illustrated History

Seth Rogovoy
The Essential Klezmer: A Music Lover's Guide to Jewish Roots & Soul Music

Loretta Roome
Mehndi: The Timeless Art of Henna Painting

Allen "Skip" Roth
Chainsaw's Justice

James Ruddick
Death at the Priory: Sex, Love & Murder in Victorian England

Salman Rushdie
The Wizard of Oz: An Appreciation

John L. Ruth
Forgiveness: A Legacy of the West Nickel Mines Amish School

Hope Ryden
America's Last Wild Horses


Cynthia Sabotka
Life is Like a Line: A Memoir of Moods, Medication & Mania

Scott Russell Sanders
Hunting for Hope: A Father's Journey

May Sarton
At Seventy

John Ralston Saul
Joseph Howe & the Battle for Freedom of Speech

John Scalzi
You're Not Fooling Anyone When You Take Your Laptop to a Coffee Shop

Lou Scheimer & Andy Mangels
Creating the Filmation Generation

A.D. Schofield & J. Say
Billy Pigg: The Border Minstrel

Andreas Schroeder
Cheats, Charlatans, & Chicanery

Alice Sebold
Lucky: A Memoir

Amy Sedaris
I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence

David Sedaris
Dress Your Family in Corduroy & Denim

Vandana Shiva
Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature & Knowledge

Leonard Shlain
The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: The Conflict Between Word & Image

Brian Sibley
Chicken Run: Hatching the Movie

Stephen M. Silverman
Envy, Anger & Sweet Revenge (Sin Series No. 5)

Dead Names: The Dark Story of the Necronomicon

Charles E. Skoller
Twisted Confessions: The True Story Behind the Kitty Genovese & Barbara Kralik Murder Trials

Paul Slansky
The George W. Bush Quiz Book

Rick Smith & Bruce Lourie
Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The Secret Danger of Everyday Things

Christopher Snyder
The World of King Arthur

Joseph Daniel Sobol
The Storytellers' Journey: An American Revival

Janeen Solberg
Staying Centered: The Art of Full-Time Parenting

Andrew Spielman & Michael D'Antonio

Michael Stallard, Carolyn Dewing-Hommes & Jason Pankau
Fired Up or Burned Out

John R. Stilgoe
Outside Lies Magic: Regaining History & Awareness in Everyday Places
 Shallow Water Dictionary

Matthew Sweet
Inventing the Victorians


Marcus Tanner
The Last of the Celts

Malinda Teel, editor
Fortitude: True Stories of True Grit

Beth Terry
Plastic Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit & How You Can Too

Alexander Theroux
The Strange Case of Edward Gorey

R.S. Thomas

Andrew Thompson
What Did We Use Before Toilet Paper?

Dave Thompson
Black & White & Blue: Adult Cinema from the Victorian Age to the VCR

Ryan J. Thomson
The Fiddler's Almanac

Frank Thorne
The Crystal Ballroom

Rayner Thrower
The Pirate Picture

Paul Tiffany & Steven Peterson
Business Plans for Dummies

Lillian Too
Easy To Use Feng Shui

John Rowe Townsend
Written for Children

Cathy Travis
Constitution Translated for Kids

Jack Tresidder
Symbols & Their Meanings: The Illustrated Guide To More Than 1,000 Symbols, Their Traditional & Contemporary Significance

Lynne Truss
Eats, Shoots & Leaves

Cameron Tuttle
The Bad Girl's Guide to the Open Road
The Paranoid's Pocket Guide


Steven P. Unger
In the Footsteps of Dracula: A Personal Journey & Travel Guide


Honey van Campe
The Drag Queen's Cookbook

Alan Villiers
Square-Rigged Ships

Fred von Bernewitz & Grant Geissman
Tales of Terror: The EC Companion


David Foster Wallace
A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: Essays & Ruminations

Frank Waters
Masked Gods: Navaho & Pueblo Ceremonialism

Veronica Webb
Veronica Webb Sight: Adventures in the Big City

Steve Weber
The Home-Based Bookstore
Plug Your Book
Sell On Amazon

Robert Weinberg
Horror of the 20th Century: An Illustrated History

Donna Marie Williams
Sensual Celibacy

Kayla Williams
Love My Rifle More Than You: Young & Female in the U.S. Army

Robin Williams
The Non-Designer's Design Book

David A. Wilson
Ireland, a Bicycle & a Tin Whistle

Peter Lamborn Wilson
Ploughing the Clouds: The Search for Irish Soma

Andrew F. Wood
Road Trip America

John Hardy Wright
Sorcery in Salem

Richard Thomas Wright & Cathryn Wellner
Castles in the Air

Michela Wrong
I Didn't Do It for You


Glenn Yeffeth, editor
Five Seasons of Angel
Seven Seasons of Buffy
Taking the Red Pill: Science, Philosophy & Religion in The Matrix
What Would Sipowicz Do? Race, Rights & Redemption in NYPD Blue

Jane Yolen
Mirror, Mirror: 40 Folktales for Mothers & Daughters to Share, with Heidi E.Y. Stemple
Take Joy: A Book for Writers
Touch Magic

John Yow
Wyland: 25 Years at Sea


Abbie Zabar
A Growing Gardener

Philip Zimbardo
The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil

Howard Zinn
Terrorism & War