Nonfiction Reading Lists

An ongoing project of keeping a reading list, for myself and hopefully for you. Let me know if you have any more suggestions. These have come from my own research into Nonfiction and my passion for travelogues. Anyway, it helps to have a working list for keeping track as remembering all that come up in conversations is tricky! I’ll add to the lists as time goes on, adding links for easy location.


  • A Motor-FLight Through France by Edith Wharton
  • Letters Written in Sweden, Norway, Denmark by Mary Wollstoncraft
  • Four Corners by Kira Salak
  • Domestic Manners of the Americans by Frances Trollope
  • My Great Wide Beautiful World by Juanita Harrison
  • Paul Theroux
  • Bill Bryson
  • Bruce Chatwin


  • The Art of the Personal Essay by Phillip Lapote
  • Joan Didion
  • History of the Essay
  • Studies in Nonfiction
  • Oppenheimer is Watching Me by Jeff Porter
  • A Field Guide for Immersion Writing by Robin Hemley
  • Reply All Stories by Robin Hemley
  • The Lifespan of Fact by John D’Agata
  • Just Beneath My Skin by Patricia Foster


  • V.S Naipaul
  • Lorna Sage
  • Norman Manea
  • Doris Lessing
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • Edmund Gosse
  • John Stuart Mill
  • Alexander Herzen
  • Thomas De Quincey
  • JR Ackerley
  • Virginia Woolf
  • George Orwell
  • Richard Wright
  • James Baldwin
  • Montaigne
  • William Hazlitt
  • Anne Dilliard

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