Recommended (Non-fiction) Reading

Every month, I try to think of an interesting new blog post idea. This month I sat down and considered the types of blog posts I most like to read. For me, it's recommended reading lists. It's such a gift to receive essay or book ideas from someone else. It made me wonder why I haven't posted my own reading list. 

So, below you will find my favorite non-fiction reading recommendations. Happy Reading!


Personal Essay

Money, Junot Diaz

Alone at the Movies, Jonathan Letham

My Mother’s Chutney, Joyce Maynard

Now I Need A Place to Hide Away, Ann Hood

A Year in Trees, Bill Hayes

The Boy of Summer, John Willoughby

Channel B and Totally Not Ethical, Megan Stielstra

Fourth State of Matter, Jo Ann Beard

Santaland Diaries, Dentists Without Boarders, and anything else by David Sedaris

Mind Bomb, Kevin Baker

Where I Came From, Stephen Elliot

My Father’s Noose, Grace Talusan

Tiny Beautiful Things (Advice Essay Book)

Empathy Exams, Leslie Jamison (Essay Collection)

Any essay by Alexander Hemon



Making Toast



A Three Dog Life

Kitchen Confidential

Teacher Man

An Exact Replica of A Figment of My Imagination



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About the Author

Nadine Kenney Johnstone is the author of the memoir, Of This Much I'm Sure, which was named Book of the Year by the Chicago Writers Association. Her infertility story has appeared in Cosmopolitan, Today’s Parent, MindBodyGreen, Metro, and Chicago Health Magazine, among others. She teaches at Loyola University and received her MFA from Columbia College in Chicago. Her other work has been featured in various magazines and anthologies, including Chicago Magazine, PANK, and The Magic of Memoir. Nadine is a writing coach who presents at conferences internationally. She lives near Chicago with her family.

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