3 Outstanding Nonfiction Books You Won’t Be Able to Put Down

2023 was an incredible year for nonfiction. This week’s Three To Read gives you a taste of some of the best recent nonfiction releases that you won’t want to miss!

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It’s National Nonfiction November, which means there’s no better time to check out some of the best nonfiction releases of the year. Whether you’re looking for a celebrity memoir, a thrilling true crime tale, or a lyrical examination of trauma and grief, we’ve got you covered. Let’s take a look at this week’s Three To Read recommendations to uncover three remarkable nonfiction books readers can’t get enough of.

HOT PICK

My Name Is Barbra by Barbra Streisand

My Name Is Barbra cover by Barbra Streisand, Barbra Streisand looking off to the side with strong eye makeup.
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SYNOPSIS:

In her long-awaited memoir, Barbra Streisand recounts her incredible sixty-year-long career in the entertainment industry. She has won several Emmy, Grammy, and Oscar awards, as well as a Tony award, making her one of only a few people to achieve this feat. This memoir traces her unforgettable life and career, starting from her breakout role in the musical Funny Girl. Streisand describes the hardships she faced as she tried to make a career as an actress, the process of recording some of her most beloved albums, her friendships with other well-known public figures, and her marriage to actor James Brolin.

WHY:

This book provides a thorough and moving examination of Barbra Streisand’s extraordinary career, delving into previously unexplored territory of her private life, including the details of on-set drama, exciting love affairs, and her personal struggles with the burden of fame. This is a riveting, one-of-a-kind look into the life of an exceptional woman who has worn so many hats over the years, from actress to singer to director to philanthropist to wife to mother to friend. You can’t miss Streisand’s remarkable story.

COFFEE SHOP READ

The Art Thief: A True Story of Love, Crime, and a Dangerous Obsession by Michael Finkel

The Art Thief cover by Michael Finkel, a bat above a young girl sleeping on the grass.
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SYNOPSIS:

Stéphane Breitwieser was an infamous art thief, having carried out over 200 heists in the span of just eight years. He stole various works of art from cathedrals and museums all across Europe, building up a personal collection of treasures that he kept for himself to admire instead of selling them for a profit. Breitwieser’s only accomplice was his girlfriend, who acted as his lookout. As he began to perfect the art of thievery, Breitwieser grew more reckless, and his hunger to score intensified. Despite his girlfriend’s appeals for him to quit, Breitwieser refused, leading him to the fateful moment when his pride finally bested him, and everything fell apart.

WHY:

The Art Thief is a thrilling true-crime story about a man who became so consumed by the need to collect beauty that he was willing to sacrifice anything to get it. More than just the remarkable tale of a genius thief, this book is a fascinating character examination that seeks to understand why Breitwieser was willing to risk love and freedom to build his treasure trove of stolen art. The propulsive pacing and high-stakes plot of this story will leave you completely enraptured.

DARK HORSE

Liliana’s Invincible Summer: A Sister’s Search for Justice by Cristina Rivera Garza

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SYNOPSIS:

Twenty-nine years after her sister, Liliana, was murdered by an abusive ex-boyfriend, Cristina Rivera Garza traveled to Mexico in an attempt to finally get justice for this unresolved crime. In this inventive memoir, Rivera Garza reminisces on her sister’s hopeful spirit, tracing the moments of Liliana’s life up until her tragic death. Through a collection of interviews, letters, and police reports, Rivera Garza chronicles her sister’s story, confronting her own trauma and grief along the way.

WHY:

This remarkable memoir is like no other you’ve ever read. In strikingly gorgeous prose, Cristina Rivera Garza constructs an angry, vulnerable examination of one woman’s life, as well as the worldwide epidemic of domestic abuse and femicide. Liliana’s soul is immortalized in Rivera Garza’s masterful recounting of her history, which is bolstered by the inclusion of illuminating documents and heart-wrenching conversations with Liliana’s loved ones. Searing, revelatory, and poetic, this touching tribute to a life cut short will touch you deeply.


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