Book Round Up: Historical Non-Fiction Edition

I was having trouble coming up with ideas on what to read to check "Historical Non-Fiction" off my Book Challenge list. 

Here's some of the books that stood out to me on the lists and lists of non-fiction must-reads that I found online

Story:  The murder of four family members in a brutal shooting in Kansas on NovemAber 15, 1959. Truman Capote reconstructs the murder and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers. As an obsessed water of Investigation Discovery and Dateline, I don't know why I haven't read this classic by now. 

A discovery of child survivors of the Holocaust and their lives after the war: How they survived, how their adulthood was affected and what their memories of the war mean to them. 

Three women largely forgotten by history: Jacquetta, Duchess of Bedford; Elizabeth Woodville, queen of England; and Margaret Beaufort, the founder of the Tudor dynasty.
Philippa Gregory uses actual documents and dives into the histories of these women to create this biographical account of their lives.

Two sisters who changed the landscape for women in the nineteenth century. They were crusaders for womens' rights, paved the way for open conversations about sex, politics and independence.  Victoria Woodhull and Tennessee "Tennie" Claflin are described as scandalous, fierce, smart and industrialists. Victoria was the first woman to run for president, Tennie ran for Congress. They were real estate tycoons and famous on Wall Street. It's a must read, in my opinion. 

I was just looking for one book, but these are all so good I may just read them all. 

I've also  been obsessed with more podcasts lately. My favorites this week and last are Criminal, Death, Sex & Money and Invisibilia.

What's been catching your attention lately? 


  1. These look really interesting to read, especially In Cold Blood.

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  2. Oh wow - In Cold Blood was awesome and totally unique (esp at the time it was written)..I wrote my high school junior year term paper on it!
    A couple others: The Boys in the Boat, Unbroken
    A some new releases: Dead Wake by Erik Larson (I just started it), The Train to Crystal City (I haven't read it, but have a copy and am saving it for nonfiction november).
    Good luck!

  3. These all look so good. I don't know how I would choose either.

  4. I've read the Capote book but the last one looks interesting.

    Did I mis-read on FB? I thought you were asking for suggestions for historical fiction. LOLOL

  5. Recommending "In Cold Blood." I read it for the first time in high school and it is still one of the most memorable books I've ever read.

  6. I need to finally read In Cold Blood. It's long overdue. In fact, there's a lot of historical nonfiction I need to read that's long overdue. I should make that a monthly reading challenge for myself.

    It's shameful but right now I'm drawing a blank on any historical nonfiction I've read.

  7. That is a brilliant way of creating a reading list. Especially for those of us who finish a book than lay helplessly on our floors wondering what our next step in life should be.

  8. I recently read A Testament of Youth, I absolutely loved it and wrote a little review on my blog. I really like the sound of Such Good Girls.


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