Ten Nonfiction Books To Read In 2024

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A list of ten nonfiction books to read in 2024

For the first time last year I made a list of fiction and nonfiction books I wanted to read. And while I didn’t get to all of them, it was fun to try and to share with all of you. So this year I’m doing the same. I already shared the 2024 fiction book list and, without further ado, here is the nonfiction list.

Have you read any of these? Do you have any of these on your TBR list?

Nonfiction Books about Broken Systems To Read in 2024

An image of the book Disillusioned: Five Families and the Unraveling of America's Suburbs by Benjamin Herold, a book on the list of nonfiction books to read in 2024.

Disillusioned: Five Families and the Unraveling of America’s Suburbs by Benjamin Herold

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I’m a little obsessed with narrative nonfiction about the systems that have failed us in the United States, and this book looks like it will feed the obsession. Herold follows five families in communities around the country, including one that lives on the street he grew up on. This one is out January 23 and I just tagged the audiobook on Libby so I get notified when my library has it.

An image of the book Punished for Dreaming: How School Reform Harms Black Children and How We Heal by Bettina L. Love, a book on the list of nonfiction books to read in 2024.

Punished for Dreaming: How School Reform Harms Black Children and How We Heal by Bettina L. Love

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I read another book by Love, We Want To Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom a few years ago and this new book seems to provide the context over the last 40 years of how we got to this point in our public education system. Another book about systems that I need to read. This one was out in the fall of 2023 and available now.

An image of the book Raising Lazarus: Hope, Justice, and the Future of America's Overdose Crisis by Beth Macy, a book on the list of nonfiction books I want to read in 2024.

Raising Lazarus: Hope, Justice, and the Future of America’s Overdose Crisis by Beth Macy

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Like many modern Americans, I have a personal connection to the opioid epidemic, and because I’m a reader, I’ve found comfort (and also fury) the last few years reading Macy’s Dopesick, Patrick Radden Keefe’s Empire of Pain, and Scott Higham’s and Sari Horowitz’s American Cartel. In this book, Macy updates us on the progress our country has made in addressing the crisis, which is, spoiler, not much and mostly on the backs of individuals who have devoted their lives to change.

An image of the book American Gun: The True Story of the AR-15 by Cameron McWhirter and Zusha Elinson, a book on the list of nonfiction books I want to read in 2024.

American Gun: The True Story of the AR-15 by Cameron McWhirter and Zusha Elinson

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When I feel paralyzed, I turn to learning. And I learn through reading. Traci from @thestackspod recommended this as a best book of 2023, and I think 2024 is the year I read it to understand one perspective on how we’ve gotten to this point in our country’s history.

An image of the book Let This Radicalize You: Organizing and the Revolution of Reciprocal Care by Kelly Hayes and Mariame Kaba, a book on the list of nonfiction books I want to read in 2024.

Let This Radicalize You: Organizing and the Revolution of Reciprocal Care by Kelly Hayes and Mariame Kaba

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I am neither an activist nor an organizer, for whom this book is written, but I’m a parent and a person who cares deeply about the future. In this book, the authors share the perspectives of a variety of organizers and activists on the work they do, particularly in light of the pandemic and the mass protests we’ve seen over the past few years.

An image of the book Biting the Hand: Growing up Asian in Black and White America by Julia Lee, a book on the list of nonfiction books I want to read in 2024.

Biting the Hand: Growing up Asian in Black and White America by Julia Lee

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I’ve seen a lot of praise for this memoir that came out last year. Lee explores her identity as Asian American and the daughter of Korean immigrants, through the lens of the 1992 riots in Los Angeles, and later, in college, her exploration of the work of Toni Morrison and James Baldwin. Lee narrates the audiobook, so I think I’m going to read it that way. This was out in 2023 and is available now.

Nonfiction Books About Home and Family Life to Read in 2024

An image of the book This Is So Awkward: Modern Puberty Explained by Cara Natterson and Vanessa Kroll Bennett, a book on the list of nonfiction books I want to read in 2024.

This Is So Awkward: Modern Puberty Explained by Cara Natterson and Vanessa Kroll Bennett

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Have y’all seen this stat that puberty starts two years earlier then it did when most millennial parents were young? I can’t. But I have to because I have an almost 9-year-old child. The authors are a doctor and a puberty educator, and have six teenagers between them –  and I’m hoping to get some insight and language to use in the coming years. This was out in October 2023 and available now.

An image of the book Fat Talk: Parenting in the Age of Diet Culture by Virginia Sole-Smith, a book on the list of nonfiction books I want to read in 2024.

Fat Talk: Parenting in the Age of Diet Culture by Virginia Sole-Smith

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I read Aubrey Gordon’s You Just Need To Lose Weight: And 19 Other Myths About Fat People last year and I’m still processing it. I’m interested in this book by Sole-Smith to get the parenting perspective because, y’all, the body shaming is truly everywhere – from the books we read together, to the shows we watch, to the lived experience of my kids at school every day. I feel like I’m still understanding the language to talk about all bodies in an inclusive way – even as a person in a larger body – and I am hopeful this book will help. This was out in 2023 and available now.

An image of the book Love The House You're In: 40 Ways To Improve Your Home and Change Your Life b Paige Ren, a book on the list of nonfiction books I want to read in 2024.

Love the House You’re In: 40 Ways To Improve Your Home and Change Your Life by Paige Rien

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When we moved into our house in 2014, we had literal empty rooms because we didn’t have the people or furniture to fill them. Nine years and three children later, we have both. Every room has gone through iterations over the last decade as we moved through stages of our children growing, and lived through the height of a pandemic that brought everyone home for work and school. I’m curious to read this as inspiration for decorating our home through the next decade.

An image of the book How To Be Multiple: The Philosophy of Twins by Helena De Bres, a book on the list of nonfiction books I want to read in 2024.

How To Be Multiple: The Philosophy of Twins by Helena de Bres

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My interest in twins is personal – I’m a mother of twins – and I’m so curious about this book. This sounds like part history, but commentary on societal fascination with twins, and part what can we all learn by “multiplicity”. Another interesting aspect?  The author is a twin and her sister has provided illustration for the book.

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