Facing Death: My Top 5 Nonfiction Books About Death

Death is a part of life. There’s no escaping it and while some people dread death and others embrace it, we’re fascinated by it. For example, think of the last movie you saw without a death in it. Even Disney movies kill off their villains most of the time.

So lately, I’ve been reading a lot about death. I was always fascinated by the True Crime side of things, but never really thought about what it would be like on the other side. Books about death or facing death can take on all sorts of feelings. Usually they fall into two camp: the serious and the irreverent.

For obvious reasons, I find the irreverent more fun. While they can still be terrifying and unnerving, they take the edge off a bit. I’m not including adventure nonfiction in this list, but if you’re looking for those, you can find them here.

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Michelle McNamara's I'll Be Gone in the Dark thrills us with the tale of the Golden State Killer

The Golden State Killer is Michelle McNamara’s Target in I’ll Be Gone in the Dark

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer
Michelle McNamara
True Crime, Non-fiction
I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer
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The Golden State Killer is well known by now.

Infamous for committing over 50 rapes, dozens of burglaries, and at least 10 murders, the Golden State Killer remained uncaught for decades.

Once known only as the East Area Rapist or Original Night Stalker (EARONS), the man was a legend. There were many reasons for that, but the biggest one was that he somehow had never been caught.

Michelle McNamara’s book, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark brought a renewed public interest to this case. True Crime is in its heyday right now and this book shot to the top of the New York Times’ best seller’s list.

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Try Herding Cats When Life Feels Like Too Much

Herding Cats
by Sarah Andersen
Humour, Nonfiction, Autobiography, Graphic Novels
Herding Cats (Sarah's Scribbles, #3)
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[[I was given a free copy of this book in return for my honest review.]]

The world is absolutely @%#$&% and sometimes it might feel like there’s no saving it.

For me personally it was such a rough year that I had to stop blogging about books and I slowly stopped reading the further we got into the year. It wasn’t because I didn’t love the books or that I didn’t want to do these things, but the outside world was so overwhelming that it felt flat out impossible to focus on my creative endeavours.

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If I did it : Confessions of the Killer by O.J. Simpson

If I did it : Confessions of the Killer
by O.J. Simpson, Pablo F. Fenjves, Dominick Dunne (Contributor), The Goldman Family (Contributor)
True Crime, Memoir
If I did it : Confessions of the Killer
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Everyone knows about O.J. Simpson and his acquittal of guilt in the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown, and her friend, Ron Goldman. In the criminal trial, Simpson was found “not guilty” by a jury of his peers, a controversial decision to this day. In a civil trial, however, he was found liable for the damages to the Goldman family and lost a fortune to them.

It was in order to make money (presumably because he was low on funds due to that lost fortune), O.J. Simpson agreed to make this book. He worked with a ghost writer and basically hypothesized how he would have committed the murders IF he had been the one to commit them.

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#DACreads: The Future of All Humanity is Waiting for Us

Homo Deus
By Yuval Noah Harari
Nonfiction, Science, History
Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
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Did you realize that the future was now?

It sounds like a cheesy catchphrase, but it’s true. We’re at the point where the world has changed to the point of being unrecognizable. Or, as Yuval Noah Harari puts it in Homo Deus: “War is obsolete.”

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The Wordy Traveler: June Unboxing

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a junkie for nonfiction that has us travelling around the world, so when I heard about The Wordy Traveler crate, I knew that I had to have it.

The crate focuses in on helping out armchair explorers while also giving back to the communities through donations. So not only did I get some awesome books to read, but I’d get ethically sourced tea, and be able to send money toward a child.

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7 Nonfiction Books That Will Stick With You

I have it bad for nonfiction books.

I used to think that nonfiction meant that it would read like a textbook and sometimes that’s still the case, but for the most part nonfiction has evolved as a genre beyond merely delivering facts. There are nonfiction authors out there who will give fiction authors a run for their money in terms of weaving a narrative.

Even better, because nonfiction means that it’s a true event that means that everything written within is something that could happen to you. It probably won’t, but it’s still a possibility. So here are the nonfiction books that I find my thoughts wandering to the most.

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Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of Unruly Women by Anne Helen Petersen – Review

[A copy of this book was provided to me by Netgalley in return for an unbiased review.]

There’s no denying that when it comes to the way that women are perceived in the modern media, there’s a specific way that women are supposed to look/act. Usually, that specific way translates to “whatever men desire”, but in a President Trump world, society feels like it has taken a step backward or perhaps a giant leap when it comes to gender politics. In Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman, Anne Helen Petersen outlines the different ways that women are criticized or ostracized. The features that tend to be focused on are ones that males would not be criticized for (or at least would be treated more mildly for).

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Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell – Review

“One night last summer, all the killers in my head assembled on a stage in Massachusetts to sing show tunes.

And so we begin our journey down the Assassination Vacation rabbit hole that is Sarah Vowell’s obsession with presidents who were assassinated. She’s determined to go on a road trip and to immerse herself in the macabre details that were a part of what made America the country it is today. Sarah Vowell, a self-confessed weirdo, is joined on some of her trip by her patient sister and her nephew who might just be taking a little too much after her.

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Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman, Paul Clark Newell, Jr. – Review

I feel like we’re all hardwired to be suckers for good mysteries. It doesn’t have to be murder all the time (although my podcast lineup would beg to disagree), but when there’s something unknown, human nature drives to to try and figure it out. If there was the chance of foul play, especially with a huge fortune on the line, it can be hard to shrug your shoulders and walk away.

Empty Mansions feels a bit like a non-fiction carnival that has a little bit of everything, or perhaps it would be better described as an eclectic museum that has strange exhibits that you wouldn’t think were connected to each other at all. What does political corruption, Japanese paintings, dollhouses made to scale, running around the wild west, and ornate empty mansions have in common? If you were to walk into a museum and see these exhibits in place, they would probably seem bizarre.

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