Nonfiction Books To Expand Your Reading List With!

Each week, Bookstr scans bestseller lists across the Internet to learn what people are reading, buying, gifting, and talking about most — just so we can ensure consistent, high quality recommendations. This week’s nonfiction picks are bestsellers, and showcase what’s resonating with audiences right now! Pick these up to see what everyone is talking about!



5. ‘I carried a Watermelon‘ by Katy Brand


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I Carried a Watermelon by Katy Brand is a delightful book for fans of Dirty Dancing. In it, Brand explores the legacy of the film, from how it pushed women’s stories to the forefront of commercial cinema to its depiction of abortion, which has been described as ‘Gold Standard’ by pro-choice campaigners. Part memoir about a personal obsession, and part homage to the film, Brand’s celebration includes her own memories and interviews with other fans of the film.


4. ‘Crystals: A Guide to Using the Crystal Compass‘ by Aisha Amarfio


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Crystals: A Guide to Using the Crystal Compass by Aisha Amarfio is exactly what it sounds on the tin. This is the ultimate guide to using crystals in every aspect of your life. Designed to accommodate the beginner crystal practitioner or merely someone who is interested in learning how crystals work, the book explains the major types of crystals, the best ways to use them, and helps you select the right type of crystal depending on your needs and desires.



3. ‘Louisa on the front linesby Samantha Seiple 


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Louisa on the Frontlines by Samantha Seiple is the first narrative nonfiction book focusing on the least-known aspect of Louisa May Alcott’s career—her time spent as a nurse during the Civil War. Though her service was brief, the dramatic experience was one that she considered pivotal in helping her write the beloved classic Little Women. It also deeply affected her tenuous relationship with her father, and inspired her commitment to abolitionism. Through it all, she kept a journal and wrote letters to her family and friends.

These letters were published in the newspaper, and her subsequent book, Hospital Sketches spotlighted the dire conditions of the military hospitals and the suffering endured by the wounded soldiers she cared for. To this day, her work is considered a pioneering account of military nursing. Alcott’s time as an Army nurse in the Civil War helped her find her authentic voice—and cemented her foundational belief system. Louisa on the Frontlines reveals the emergence of this prominent feminist and abolitionist–a woman whose life and work has inspired millions and continues to do so today.


2. ‘Challenged Accepted!‘ by Celeste Barber 


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Challenge Accepted! by Celeste Barber is a part memoir, part comedy routine, part advice manual, Challenge Accepted! is Celeste at her best, revealing her secrets to love, friendship, family, and marriage (oh hai, #hothusband), and how to deal with life’s many challenges—why she checks the bath for sharks, how Nutella quite literally shaped who she is as a woman, and why being famous on Instagram is like being rich in Monopoly. It’s real, like totally, really real.


1. We’re going to need more wine‘ by Gabrielle Union


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We’re Going To Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union is a fearless collection of personal essays from the woman who made her name with a passionate editorial about sexual violence. In this moving collection of thought provoking essays infused with her unique wisdom and deep humor, Union uses that same fearlessness to tell astonishingly personal and true stories about power, color, gender, feminism, and fame. Union tackles a range of experiences, including bullying, beauty standards, and competition between women in Hollywood, growing up in white California suburbia and then spending summers with her black relatives in Nebraska, coping with crushes, puberty, and the divorce of her parents.

Genuine and perceptive, Union bravely lays herself bare, uncovering a complex and courageous life of self-doubt and self-discovery with incredible poise and brutal honesty. Throughout, she compels us to be ethical and empathetic, and reminds us of the importance of confidence, self-awareness, and the power of sharing truth, laughter, and support.




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