misc. non-fiction

General nonfiction, sorted into topics of interest. Click below to select your destination. Or click [ here ] for nonfiction titles listed alphabetically by author.
Biography &
Creative Inspiration
Folklore &
Gender Studies
Health &
Body Issues
Irish Interest
Language Matters
Modern Life
& Society
Music Reference
& Instruction
Nature &
the Environment
Pop Culture: Movies,
TV & Literature
The Supernatural:
Ghosts & Hauntings
World History
World Religions
& Spirituality
Miscellaneous Non-Fiction




Creative Inspiration: Feeding Your Muse

Kim Addonizio & Dorianne Laux
The Poet's Companion

Barbara Blossom Ashmun
Married to My Garden

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

Deborah Bergman
The Knitting Goddess

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

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

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

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

Sue Doggett

Umberto Eco
On Literature

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

Michael J. Gelb
How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci

Natalie Goldberg
Living Color: A Writer Paints Her World

Joan Oliver Goldsmith
How Can We Keep from Singing: Music & the Passionate Life

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

Barry Kane
Fairy Houses ... Everywhere

Stephen King
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Steve Kowit
In the Palm of Your Hand

Mark Levy
Accidental Genius

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

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

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

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

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

Dan Price
How to Make a Journal of Your Life

Loretta Roome
Mehndi: The Timeless Art of Henna Painting

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

Amy Sedaris
I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence

Lynne Truss
Eats, Shoots & Leaves

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

Robin Williams
The Non-Designer's Design Book

Jane Yolen
Take Joy: A Book for Writers
Touch Magic

Abbie Zabar
A Growing Gardener

Food, Diet & the Culinary Arts

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

Betty Crocker
Betty Crocker's Best Christmas Cookbook

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

Madhur Jaffrey
Indian Cooking

Daniel Matthew Korn
Why Diet & Exercise Fail: How Current Research Contradicts Conventional Wisdom about Weight Loss

Mark Kurlansky
The Food of a Younger Land

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

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

Dorothy Morrison
Yule: A Celebration of Light & Warmth

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

Silver Ravenwolf
Halloween Customs, Spells & Recipes

Josh Schonwald
The Taste of Tomorrow: Dispatches from the Future of Food

Honey van Campe
The Drag Queen's Cookbook

Language Matters

Mark Abley
Spoken Here: Travels Among Threatened Languages

Michael Adams
Slayer Slang: A Buffy the Vampire Slayer Lexicon

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

Cennard Davies
The Welsh Language

Peter Berresford Ellis
The Celtic Revolution

Jose Luis Alvarez Emparantza (a.k.a., Txillardegi)
Euskal Herria en el Horizonte (Basque Homeland on the Horizon)

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

Diarmuid O'Neill, editor
Rebuilding the Celtic Languages

Marcus Tanner
The Last of the Celts

Modern Life & Society

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

Douglas Adams
The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time

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

Thura Al-Windawi
Thura's Diary: My Life in Wartime Iraq

Rosa Maria Artal
11M-14M Onda Expansiva

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

Christina Binkley
Winner Takes All

Martha Bolton
I Think, Therefore I Have a Headache!

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

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

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

Michael Carroll
Awake at Work:
  35 Practical Buddhist Principles for Discovering Clarity & Balance in the Midst of Work's Chaos

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

Kathleen Cox
Vastu Living: Creating a Home for the Soul

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

Bobby Delgado
Gangs, Prison, Parole & the Politics Behind Them

Roger L. Depue
Between Good & Evil: A Master Profiler's Hunt for Society's Most Violent Predators

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

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

Patricia Evans
The Verbally Abusive Relationship

Chuck T. Falcon
Family Desk Reference to Psychology

Susan Faludi
Stiffed: The Betrayal of the American Man

Will & Ian Ferguson
How to Be a Canadian

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

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

Simon Garfield
 Timekeepers: How the World Became Obsessed with Time

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

Susan Jane Gilman
Hypocrite in a Pouffy White Dress

James Gleick
Faster: The Acceleration of Just About Everything

Bea Gold
Tell Me a Story: Stories from a Childhood in Old New York

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

Jake Halpern
Fame Junkies: The Hidden Truths Behind America's Favorite Addiction

N. Katherine Hayles
How We Became Posthuman

Bill Holm
Eccentric Islands: Travels Real & Imaginary

Tony Horwitz
Confederates in the Attic

Mark Hudson
Fire Management in the American West

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

Clay S. Jenkinson
Becoming Jefferson's People: Re-inventing the American Republic in the 21st Century

Carl Jensen, editor
Stories that Changed America

Richard Joseph

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

Kelee Katillac
House of Belief: Creating Your Own Personal Style

Shawna Kenney
I Was a Teenage Dominatrix

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

Jennifer Lata & Mark Rung
The Pocket Idiot's Guide to Being a Groom

Andy Lipschultz
How the Grinch Stole Hollywood

Suzanne Ma
Meet Me in Venice

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

Dave Meurer
Out on a Whim
Stark Raving Dad!

Michael Moore
Dude, Where's My Country?

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

Karin Muller
Japanland: A Year in Search of Wa

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

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

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

Michael Putzel
The Price They Paid: Enduring Wounds of War

Sheriff David Reichert
Chasing the Devil

Jesse Rice
The Church of Facebook

Spider Robinson
The Crazy Years: Reflections from a Science Fiction Original

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

Elizabeth D. Samet
Soldier's Heart

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

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

Hana Schank
A More Perfect Union: How I Survived the Happiest Day of My Life

Lou Scheimer & Andy Mangels
Creating the Filmation Generation

Amy Sedaris
I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence

David Sedaris
Dress Your Family in Corduroy & Denim

Brian Sibley
Chicken Run: Hatching the Movie

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

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

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

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

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

Andrew Thompson
What Did We Use Before Toilet Paper?

Lillian Too
Easy To Use Feng Shui

Cathy Travis
Constitution Translated for Kids

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

Honey van Campe
The Drag Queen's Cookbook

Andy Warhol
The Philosophy of Andy Warhol

Deborah Werksman, editor
I Killed June Cleaver: Modern Moms Shatter the Myth of Perfect Parenting

Donna Marie Williams
Sensual Celibacy

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

Andrew F. Wood
Road Trip America

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

Miscellaneous Non-Fiction: Other Stuff

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

Gay Balliet
Lowell: the True Story of an Existential Pig

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

Hy Bender
The Sandman Companion

John Berendt
The City of Falling Angels

Tom Bissell
Chasing the Sea

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

Chrissie Blaze
Mercury Retrograde:
  Your Survival Guide to Astrology's Most Precarious Time of the Year

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

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

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

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

Betty Crocker
Betty Crocker's Best Christmas Cookbook

Disaster Science

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rif K. Haffar
Away from My Desk

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

John Helfers & Denise Little, editors
The Valdemar Companion

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

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

Eric Kaplan
Does Santa Exist?

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

Mark Kurlansky
The Food of a Younger Land

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

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

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

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)

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

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

Jill Morris
The Dream Workbook

Willie Morris
My Cat Spit McGee

A.S. Mott
Scary Movies

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

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

Michael Powell
Back in the Day

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

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

Salman Rushdie
The Wizard of Oz: An Appreciation

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

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

Paul Tiffany & Steven Peterson
Business Plans for Dummies

John Rowe Townsend
Written for Children

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

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

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