Best Selling Nonfiction Writers

Best selling nonfiction writers

The above linked article talks about the best selling nonfiction writers of all time. I have not read any books by any of these authors, but several are on my TBR list.

01. James Baldwin

02. Truman Capote

03. Maya Angelou

04. Joan Didion

05. Michelle Obama

06. Yuval Noah Harari

07. Bill Bryson

08. Stephen Hawking

09. Eckhart Tolle

10. Oliver Sacks

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

My Brilliant Friend

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I had heard a lot about this book from many people. Most were recommending it for bookclub. I was a little confused by the beginning, but once I put that part aside in my mind, I finally got into the book. 

The ending left me hanging a bit, but, then again, it was book one in a series. I don’t know if I liked this enough to continue with the series, so I’ll have to think about it until book 2 lands in my lap, somehow. 

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When Life Gives You Pears: The Healing Power of Family, Faith, and Funny People by Jeannie Gaffigan

When Life Gives You Pears: The Healing Power of Family, Faith, and Funny People

When Life Gives You Pears: The Healing Power of Family, Faith, and Funny People by Jeannie Gaffigan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book! The author’s journey through a brain tumor diagnosis and treatment is long and hard, but she tells her story with humor and realism. It was a quick read and entertained me the whole time. I would definitely recommend this book. 

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Adopted Authors

Adopted authors

The above linked article talks about books about adoption written by adoptees. Each person has a different story about how they came to be adopted. Some of them are fascinating. I’ll add some to my TBR list.

2010

MEMOIR

A Princess Found: An American Family, an African Chiefdom, and the Daughter Who Connected Them All
by Sarah Culberson and Tracy Trivas

MEMOIR

Red Dust Road
by Jackie Kay

MEMOIR

Some Girls: My Life in a Harem
by Jillian Lauren

BIOGRAPHY

Finding Our Place: 100 Memorable Adoptees, Fostered Persons, and Orphanage Alumni
by Nikki McCaslin with Richard Uhrlaub and Marilyn Grotsky

MEMOIR

The Mysteries of Eva Miller Revealed
by Eva D. Miller

2011

MEMOIR

Songs of My Families: A Thirty-Seven-Year Odyssey from Korea to America and Back
by Kelly Fern with Brad Fern

MEMOIR

Problem Child
by Caradoc King

MEMOIR

Indigo: In Search of the Color That Seduced the World
by Catherine E. McKinley

MEMOIR

Becoming Patrick: A Memoir
by Patrick McMahon

FICTION

Hunting Shadows: An Adoptee’s Journey
by Dan Sandifer

2012

JUVENILE

GreenBean: True Blue Family
by Elizabeth Blake

ESSAY

Island of Bones: Essays
by Joy Castro

FICTION

Stay Awake: Stories
by Dan Chaon

ANTHOLOGY

Parenting As Adoptees
Edited by Adam Chau and Kevin Ost-Vollmers

MEMOIR

Too Afraid To Cry
by Ali Cobby Eckermann

MEMOIR

Cricket: Secret Child of a Sixties Supermodel
by Susan Fedorko

MEMOIR

If I Should Die Before I Wake
By Eileen Munro

NONFICTION/AUTOBIOGRAPHY

The Harris Narratives: An Introspective Study of a Transracial Adoptee
by Susan Harris O’Connor

NONFICTION/MEMOIR

Reunited: An Investigative Genealogist Unlocks Some of Life’s Greatest Family Mysteries
by Pamela Slaton (with Samantha Marshall)

MEMOIR

A Legitimate Life: A Forbidden Journey of Self-Discovery
by Melinda A. Warshaw

2013

RESEARCH

A Law of Blood-ties: The “Right” to Access Genetic Ancestry
by Alice Diver

MIDDLE GRADE FICTION

Unstoppable
by Tim Green

MEMOIR

The Fifth and Final Name: Memoir of an American Churchill
by Rhonda Noonan

MEMOIR

Searching for the Castle: Backtrail of an Adoption
by Barbara Leigh Ohrstrom

MEMOIR/SELF-HELP

Toxic Mom Toolkit: Discovering a Happy Life Despite Toxic Parenting
by Rayne Wolfe

2014

MEMOIR

The Tangled Red Thread
by Elle Cuardaigh

YOUNG ADULT/MEMOIR

Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina
by Michaela DePrince with Elaine DePrince

MEMOIR

Family Medical History: Unknown/Adopted
by Nancy Kacirek Feldman and Rebecca Crofoot

POETRY/FICTION

We Take Me Apart
by Molly Gaudry

MEMOIR

Prison Baby: A Memoir
by Deborah Jiang-Stein

POETRY/ESSAY

The Translation of Han
by Hei Kyong Kim

JUVENILE

Jack & Emma’s Adoptee Journey
by Pam Kroskie

ESSAY

The Last Invisible Continent: Essays on Adoption and Identity
by Michael Allen Potter

ANTHOLOGY

Lost Daughters: Writing Adoption from a Place of Empowerment & Peace
Edited by Amanda H.L. Transue-Woolston, Julie Stromberg, Karen Pickell, and Jennifer Anastasi

MEMOIR

Worthy To Be Found
by Deanna Doss Shrodes

2015

FICTION

Waving Backwards
by V.L. Brunskill

ANTHOLOGY

Flip the Script: Adult Adoptee Anthology
Edited by Diane René Christian, Amanda H.L. Transue-Woolston, and Rosita González

NONFICTION/SELF-HELP

20 Life-Transforming Choices Adoptees Need to Make
by Sherrie Eldridge

MEMOIR

The Boy from Nowhere
by Gregor Fisher with Melanie Reid

YOUNG ADULT FICTION

See No Color
by Shannon Gibney

MEMOIR

The Son with Two Moms
Tony Hynes

ANTHOLOGY

The “Unknown” Culture Club: Korean Adoptees, Then and Now
Edited by Janine Myung Ja, Jenette Moon Ja, and Katherine Kim

MEMOIR

Belief Is Its Own Kind of Truth, Maybe
by Lori Jakiela

FICTION

The Mothers
by Rod Jones

MEMOIR

Bastards: A Memoir
by Mary Anna King

MEMOIR

Two Peas In A Separated Pod: A True Story of Adoption
by Jeannie Lachman and Carole Sanguedolce

FICTION

The Hundred-Year Flood
by Matthew Salesses

MEMOIR

A Family Apart: Sleuthing the Mysteries of Abandonment, Adoption and DNA
by Craig A. Steffen

MEMOIR

My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Family’s Nazi Past
by Jennifer Teege and Nikola Sellmair (translated by Carolin Sommer)

ANTHOLOGY

Vietnamese.Adopted: A Collection of Voices
by Indigo Willing, Anh Đào Kolbe, Dominic Golding, Tim Holtan, Cara Wolfgang, Kev Minh Allen, Adam Chau, Landa Sharp, Michael Nhat

2016

MEMOIR

Everything Is Possible: Finding the Faith and Courage to Follow Your Dreams
by Jen Bricker with Sheryl Berk

MEMOIR

Searching for Enda
by Paul G. Denny

FICTION

Umbilicus
by Paula Gruben

MEMOIR

You Don’t Look Adopted
by Anne Heffron

MEMOIR

Ten Ways Not To Commit Suicide: A Memoir
by Darryl McDaniels with Darrell Dawsey

MEMOIR

Heartlines: The Year I Met My Other Mother
by Susannah McFarlane and Robin Leuba

RESEARCH

Invisible Asians: Korean American Adoptees, Asian American Experiences, and Racial Exceptionalism
by Kim Park Nelson

ANTHOLOGY

Black Anthology: Adult Adoptees Claim Their Space
Edited by Susan Harris O’Connor, MSW; Diane René Christian; Mei-Mei Akwai Ellerman, PhD

MEMOIR

An Affair with My Mother: A Story of Adoption, Secrecy and Love
by Caitríona Palmer

POETRY

Unbearable Splendor
by Sun Yung Shin

2017

MEMOIR

Adopted: An Adoptee’s Memoir of Healing Love
by David C. Alves

MEMOIR

Swabbed & Found: An Adopted Man’s DNA Journey to Discover his Family Tree
by Frank Billingsley

MEMOIR

Found and Lost: An Adoption, An Agency and A Search for Self
by Suzette J. Brownstein

FICTION

Sorry to Disrupt the Peace
by Patty Yumi Cottrell

JUVENILE

Adoption Is a Lifelong Journey
by Kelly DiBenedetto, Katie Gorczyca, and Jennifer Eckert

ANTHOLOGY

Decoding Our Origins: The Lived Experiences of Colombian Adoptees
Edited by Abby Forero-Hilty

MEMOIR

Goodbye, SaraJane: A Foster Child Writes Letters to Her Mother
by Sequoya Griffin

MEMOIR

Almost Home: A Memoir
by Hilary Harper

NONFICTION/MEMOIR

Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA
by Richard Hill

MEMOIR

Beyond Two Worlds: A Taiwanese-American Adoptee’s Memoir & Search for Identity
by Marijane Huang

YOUNG ADULT FICTION/POETRY

When You Never Said Goodbye: An Adoptee’s Search for Her Birth Mother: A Novel in Poems and Journal Entries
by Meg Kearney

MEMOIR

Killing Karoline
by Sara-Jayne King

RESEARCH

The Colour of Time: A Longitudinal Exploration of the Impact of Intercountry Adoption in Australia
Compiled by Lynelle Long for International Social Service (ISS) Australia

NONFICTION

Parenting in the Eye of the Storm: The Adoptive Parent’s Guide to Navigating the Teen Years
by Katie Naftzger

MEMOIR

After the Truth: A Memoir
by Paige Adams Strickland

2018

ESSAY

Litany for the Long Moment
by Mary-Kim Arnold

MEMOIR

Parallel Universes: The Story of Rebirth
by David B. Bohl

POETRY

Black Steel Magnolias in the Hour of Chaos Theory
by James Cagney

MEMOIR

All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir
by Nicole Chung

ANTHOLOGY

Through Adopted Eyes: A Collection of Memoirs From Adoptees
Edited by Elena S. Hall

MEMOIR

Bitterroot: A Salish Memoir of Transracial Adoption
Susan Devan Harness

FICTION

Keurium
by J S Lee

POETRY/MEMOIR

Not My White Savior: A Memoir in Poems
by Julayne Lee

MEMOIR

You Don’t Know How Lucky You Are: An Adoptee’s Journey Through The American Adoption Experience
by Rudy Owens

ESSAY

An Adoptee Lexicon
by Karen Pickell

RESEARCH

The Adoption Machine: The Dark History of Ireland’s Mother & Baby Homes and the Inside Story of How “Tuam 800” Became a Global Scandal
by Paul Jude Redmond

MEMOIR

Never Stop Walking: A Memoir of Finding Home Across the World
by Christina Rickardsson; translated by Tara F. Chace

POETRY

Blackbirds
by Greg Santos

YOUNG ADULT FICTION

The Girl and the Grove
by Eric Smith

FICTION

Famous Adopted People
by Alice Stephens

2019

MEMOIR

Who Am I Really: An Adoptee Memoir
by Damon Davis

MEMOIR

Fixing the Fates: An Adoptee’s Story of Truth and Lies
by Diane Dewey

MEMOIR

Searching for Mom: A Memoir
by Sara Easterly (with Linda Easterly)

MIDDLE GRADE FICTION

For Black Girls Like Me
by Mariama J. Lockington

RESEARCH

Disrupting Kinship: Transnational Politics of Korean Adoption in the United States
by Kimberly D. McKee

MEMOIR

The Lies That Bind: An Adoptee’s Journey Through Rejection, Redirection, DNA, and Discovery
by Laureen Pittman

POETRY

Arabilis
by Leah Silvieus

MEMOIR

My Name Is Why
by Lemn Sissay

GRAPHIC MEMOIR

Palimpsest: Documents From a Korean Adoption
by Lisa Wool-Rim Sjöblom

MEMOIR

Older Sister. Not Necessarily Related.: A Memoir
by Jenny Heijun Wills

New Non Fiction Books

13 New Non Fiction books

The above linked article talks about the newly released non fiction books listed below. A few of them are on my TBR list, and some of the others sound interesting, too.

Trick Mirror Jia Tolentino

Talking to Strangers Malcolm Gladwell

Three WomenLisa Taddeo

Naturally Tan Tan France

How We Fight for Our Lives Saeed Jones

She Said Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey

Wild Game Adrienne Brodeur

The Book of Gutsy Women Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton

Fair Play Eve Rodsky

Know My Name Chanel Miller

I Like to WatchEmily Nussbaum

Dear Girls Ali Wong

Nice Try Josh Gondelman