I love nonfiction in any season, but there are some books that feel particularly suited to the fall. Here are some books I'd suggest checking out this fall season. Read more on Riffle
Playing Dead: A Journey Through the World of Death Fraud by Elizabeth Greenwood
There are a surprising number of nonfiction books about death and Halloween is the perfect time to pick one up. This wasn't too creepy and it was a fascinating story written in a very accessible way. Perfect for fans of Mary Roach or Caitlin Doughty.
1 / 8
The Witches: Suspicion, Betrayal, and Hysteria in 1692 Salem by Stacy Schiff
Honestly, I preferred Schiff's Cleopatra biography, but I couldn't not put a book about the Salem Witch Trials on a fall reading list.
2 / 8
Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks: A Librarian's Love Letters and Breakup Notes to the Books in Her Life by Annie Spence
Fall makes me excited for books about books, probably because of the back-to-school feel. This collection of letters written to books was funny, entertaining, and relatable – I loved it and would recommend it to anyone who loves books. Along the same lines, but more serious, I'd also recommend The End Of Your Life Book Club.
3 / 8
Forty Autumns: A Family's Story of Courage and Survival on Both Sides of the Berlin Wall by Nina Willner
I'm going to justify having this on the list based on the title and the fact that it was a fall read for me :) The focus on the cold war and the family saga also felt like fall to me.
4 / 8
Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War by Nathaniel Philbrick
Settle down this Thanksgiving with this balanced look at the true story behind the Thanksgiving myth.
5 / 8
On Immunity: An Inoculation by Eula Biss
As everyone's starting school, it's a good time to be thinking about the importance of vaccines. Well written and thoughtful enough I'd recommend to anyone, accurate and non-judgmental enough to hand to any anti-vaxxers in your life.
6 / 8
The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2014 (The Best American Series ®) by
Fall is a great time to get out and appreciate nature while reading a great essay collection. I'm recommending the 2014 edition in part because of its beautiful orange cover, but also because I was blown away by the beautiful nature writing it included.
7 / 8
Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation by Dan Fagin
Last but not least, fall strikes me as the perfect time to try out some investigative journalism. Tom's River was engaging and had some great people stories, so it's a great intro to the genre.
8 / 8