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100 Great Nonfiction Books

100 Great Nonfiction Books | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
100 of the best nonfiction books of all time: Must-read works of narrative nonfiction, essay collections, and classic journalism
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This list from @electric_type is a gold mine of CNF titles for students to choose from.

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Starlight Tour: The Last, Lonely Night of Neil Stonechild, by Susanne Reber and Robert Renaud

Starlight Tour: The Last, Lonely Night of Neil Stonechild, by Susanne Reber and Robert Renaud | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

Canadian content. " There’s that whole history of genocide against the first peoples, for starters, though some may say this has little to do with our contemporary reality. "

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What's a starlight tour? "This pleasant-sounding term is in fact a euphemism for the Saskatoon police department’s practice of driving troublesome native youths to the edge of town and leaving them there."

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Thrown, by Kerry Howley

Thrown, by Kerry Howley | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

Available for preorder only.
Publication date: October 13, 2014

In this darkly funny work of literary nonfiction, a bookish young woman insinuates herself into the lives of two cage fighters—one a young prodigy, the other an aging journeyman.

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Giving it a try.

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Panic in Level 4: Cannibals, Killer Viruses, and Other Journeys to the Edge of Science, by Richard Preston

Panic in Level 4: Cannibals, Killer Viruses, and Other Journeys to the Edge of Science, by Richard Preston | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"The title ... refers to the subject of his bestselling The Hot Zone : a series of rooms in a government biohazard laboratory where scientists work with virulent pathogens like the Ebola viruses  "

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Richard Preston is a New Yorker contributor. These short essays have appeared in the NewYorker.

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Hell and Back: Alcoholism, Addiction and the Lessons They Taught Me, by Jim Coyle

Hell and Back: Alcoholism, Addiction and the Lessons They Taught Me, by Jim Coyle | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"In his new ebook, Hell and Back: Alcoholism, Addiction and the Lessons They Taught Me, veteran Toronto Star journalist Jim Coyle tackles that issue head-on as he recounts his own horrific descent into a sea of booze, and his hard-won recovery."

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‘The Girls of Atomic City’ by Denise Kiernan

‘The Girls of Atomic City’ by Denise Kiernan | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"The black-and-white picture showed young women in the 1940s enriching uranium for the world’s first atomic bomb. The neatly dressed women sat in a large factory, their hands on knobs and levers as they looked sideways at a photographer...

Kiernan said what piqued her interest was learning that none of the women photographed had any idea they were actually helping to build a bomb. "

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WW2 narrative from a different angle - the home front 'manned' by women. 

 

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BILL BRYSON – “DOWN UNDER” | Steve Rudd

BILL BRYSON – “DOWN UNDER” | Steve Rudd | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

" As with all Bryson's light-hearted but fiercely informative writing, "Down Under" is a truly fantastic read that mixes genuinely hilarious anecdotes with fascinating and highly detailed sojourns into the history of all the places he visits during his stay there "  Rudd

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Rudd's review of "Down Under" exactly describes Bryson's writing style and substance. I've read "Walk In the Woods", an earlier Bryson travelogue. Guaranteed, these will be popular with students who plan on seeing the world, first-hand or through a good book.

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The Unlisted List

The Unlisted List | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
Earlier this spring, we announced our intention to make a list. An unlisted list: A list of women writers of various forms of creative nonfiction that future list-makers and anthologists, should th...
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Many of the titles in this list appeal to female high school readers.: Mary Karr, Jeannette Walls, Rebecca Skloot. A great resource for high school English teachers and librarians.

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American Gun: A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms, by Chris Kyle

American Gun: A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms, by Chris Kyle | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"Bestselling author Kyle (American Sniper) was putting the final touches on this discerning study of 10 firearms - completed by his widow and Doyle - that changed the course of warfarethe course of warfare when he was killed at a gun range ... "

 

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Bad Blood by Lorna Sage.

Bad Blood by Lorna Sage. | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"Sage is interested in lives that don't fit: family black sheep, misshapen marriages, homes too small to house either the hatred of their inhabitants or their exclusive love. Set between the second world war and the 1960s. "

 

 

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Hilary Mantel, author of Wolf Hall, recommends Bad Blood. "It’s a memoir of childhood and private life that has an almost eerie immediacy." http://nyti.ms/12B9djg

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Websites that help with selecting great books for tweens

Websites that help with selecting great books for tweens | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
I love a great book.  What I love even more is seeing my tween get really into a good book. Tweens can be voracious readers, but they also have very discerning literary taste.
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Excellent resources.

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THE MARK INSIDE by Amy Reading

THE MARK INSIDE by Amy Reading | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"Narrative nonfiction of the most enjoyable sort, The Mark Inside recaps the origins of the term “confidence man,” the seven steps of a big con (illustrated by several real-life cons with other victims), and the four-year-long wild ..."

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IN THE HOT ZONE

IN THE HOT ZONE | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
An online reporter visits some of the world's nastiest places, where wars rage and ordinary people with extraordinary courage suffer unspeakable pain and loss.
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Short essays devoted to a specific war zone. Good choice for students who want shorter length reading blocks, longread length.

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10 Non-Fiction Books You Should Be Reading - Uloop News

Despite the common misconception that true stories can never be as exciting as the ones people make up, well written non-fiction books are captivating, entertaining, and informative, and their...

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Dead Wake, by Erik Larson - Book Review Podcast

Dead Wake, by Erik Larson - Book Review Podcast | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

Mr. Larson discusses his new book about the sinking of the Lusitania.

 

"The mighty ocean liner was the paragon of civilization, big and fast, strong and sleek, tricked out with every kind of innovation, a White City on the high seas. And hunting it was an ever sly and furtive machine of the deep, a nautical sociopath with an unquenchable thirst for bringing down tonnage."

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Always good reading.

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Fall Book Preview - The Boston Globe

Fall Book Preview - The Boston Globe | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"Several of nonfiction’s biggest names are soon to release inevitable bestsellers. Bill Bryson details the outlandish number of significant events that took place in “One Summer: America, 1927” (October). Richard Dawkins remembers his early life as a budding skeptic ... "

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Oh, lots of good CNF coming.  *rubs hands in delight*

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American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History by Chris Kyle, Jim DeFelice, Scott McEwen

American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History by Chris Kyle, Jim DeFelice, Scott McEwen | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"He is the deadliest American sniper ever, called “the devil” by the enemies he hunted and “the legend” by his Navy SEAL brothers . . ."

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Narcoland: The Mexican Drug Lords and Their Godfathers, by Anabel Hernández

Narcoland: The Mexican Drug Lords and Their Godfathers, by Anabel Hernández | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"Mexican investigative journalist Hernández’s exposé about drug trafficking in Mexico...

Five years in the making, it’s an in-depth, unforgiving look at the deep-rooted corruption that has allowed the cartels to flourish; they now influence and control vast swaths of the country. "

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Rifleman: A Front-Line Life, By Victor Gregg with Rick Stroud

Rifleman: A Front-Line Life, By Victor Gregg with Rick Stroud | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
In 1944, Victor Gregg, a paratrooper with the Allied forces, was captured by the Germans at the Battle of Arnhem. His platoon, reduced to three men, had run out of ammunition and were holding back the enemy by pelting them with stones.
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WW II war memoir. Fast paced. Survival of a street smart kid.

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RANDOM FAMILY, by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc

RANDOM FAMILY, by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"An observant, gutsy journalist immerses herself in the lives of marginal Bronx residents... LeBlanc's story begins in the mid-1980s, as 16-year-old Jessica cruises Tremont Avenue, hoping to attract young men amid the drug trafficking and otherwise colorful street life on corner after corner."

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The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown – review

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown – review | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
The US rowing team's victory at Hitler's 1936 Olympics is charted in a dramatic Depression-era account destined for Hollywood, writes Jay Parini
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Appeals to phys ed students:  "But this story wasn't just about him; it was always about the boat: nine rangy boys – sons of farmers, fishermen, and loggers – who managed to coalesce into a rowing team that would march confidently into the 1936 Olympics under the hawkish eyes of Hitler, emerging victorious over rival crews from Germany and Italy."

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Rowing the Atlantic: Lessons Learned on the Open Ocean, by Roz Savage

Rowing the Atlantic: Lessons Learned on the Open Ocean, by Roz Savage | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

"Savage, a famous ocean rower was a thirty-something non-athlete when she took up the sport, having just chucked her job and left her marriage. The only solo female entrant in the grueling 2005 Atlantic Rowing Race, Savage chronicles her initial voyage with a memoir of peril and perseverance."

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This Is Water by David Foster Wallace - Full Speech

Speech given by David Foster Wallace to Kenyon College's 2005 graduating class.
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I have given this little book to many graduating teens, as well as to many young adults. It strikes a chord of truth with them. Listen to Wallace delivering this commencement speech at Kenyon College in 2005.

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Leslie Whidden's curator insight, February 15, 2014 8:51 PM

I have given this little book to many graduating teens, as well as to many young adults. It strikes a chord of truth with them. Listen to Wallace delivering this commencement speech at Kenyon College in 2005.

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Narrative Nonfiction: Five Must-Read Books

Narrative Nonfiction: Five Must-Read Books | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it
Harrowing plane crashes, a true Bronx tale and more. (Five must-read narrative nonfiction books: http://t.co/9Iu0i7oGCJ —MO)
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New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens, by Brooke Hauser |

New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens, by Brooke  Hauser | | Creative Nonfiction : best titles for teens | Scoop.it

Winner oftheAlexAward. Recognizes 'adult books that appeal to teens.'

"Each September on the first day of school, the new kids are easy to spot. Some arrive in their native dress, like the Bangladeshi girls in colorful shalwar kameez, or the African boy who walked the halls in goatskin sandals lined with bristly hair. "

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