The most inspirational books are often true stories. These nonfiction picks take you from the streets to elite kitchens, from Africa to Detroit. These are stories that are entertaining but will also inspire you.
Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom will inspire you to think more deeply about the role of faith in the lives of those you respect. The strength of Have a Little Faith is that Albom focuses on telling two men's stories rather than philosophizing on religion. As you read about Albom's rabbi and an inner city pastor in Detroit, you will be drawn into the narrative, and possibly lead to think through your own impressions of faith and religion.
In Zeitoun, Dave Eggers tells the true story of the Zeitoun family's perseverance through Hurricane Katrina and the aftermath. Zeitoun is narrative nonfiction at its storytelling best, and Eggers valiantly provides writing worthy of the source material.
The House at Sugar Beach is a memoir about growing up in Liberia during a violent civil war. Helene Cooper is the daughter of one of Liberia's elite families, but after a coup threw her people out of power she moved to the United States, eventually becoming a journalist. In The House at Sugar Beach, Cooper delivers personal memoir, historical perspective, and journalistic reporting in one book that you won't be able to put down.
If you’ve ever wondered what life is like as a professional cook, you’ll love Heat by Bill Buford. And even if you’ve never harbored a secret desire to cook with the pros, you’ll be fascinated by Buford’s tale of politics, pressure, and the literal heat inside the world’s best kitchens.
Elizabeth Gilbert's talent as a writer is evident in Eat, Pray, Love. She took a story and subject that could easily seem self-indulgent and told it with such humor and wit that readers around the world have not been able to put the book down.