DPL Favorites of 2019: Nonfiction Edition

From memoir to essay, humor to science, DPL staff have diverse interests, just like you. Delve into some of our favorite nonfiction of 2019!

Hadiya: Small Doses by Amanda Seales (2019)
Comedian, actress and vanquisher of internet trolls large and small, Seales offers a hilarious yet intellectual take on the discoveries and personals truths made living, loving and at times barely existing in a society filled with obstacles.

Yvonne: When Death Takes Something From You Give it Back: Carl’s Book by Naja Marie Aidt (2019)
Written after the tragic, sudden death of her son, Aidt gives us a real and sobering tale of loss and love after the death of a child.

Amanie: In the Dream House: A Memoir by Carmen Maria Machado (2019)
A beautiful and creative memoir in which Machado reckons with an abusive relationship through the metaphor of a house, peppered with theory, fairytale, and a pick-your-own adventure.

Becker: Running with Sherman: The Donkey with the Heart of a Hero by Christopher McDougall (2019)
A delightful book for animal lovers, athletes, and anyone who has ever fought to overcome obstacles (so, everyone).

Nancy: Nine Pints: A Journey Through the Money, Medicine and Mysteries of Blood by Rose George (2018)
We tend to think of blood as a simple thing - the red stuff that keeps us alive - but this book shows it the stuff of legend, politics, profit and sometimes hope.

Jenn: Save me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir by Ruth Reichl (2019)
Beloved bestselling food writer, critic and bonne vivante Ruth Reichl tells the tale of her time as editor-in-chief at Gourmet magazine with warmth, humor, and, of course, recipes.

Hana: Underland: A Deep Time Journey by Robert MacFarlane (2019)
A lyrical ode to the world beneath our feet where MacFarlane explores a myriad of natural and human made wonders.

Kristen A.: Japanese Prints: The Collection of Vincent Van Gogh (2018)
Gorgeous book that details how the Japanese prints owned by Van Gogh inspired dramatic changes in his painting.

Lainie: The Crying Book by Heather Christle (2019)
A natural history of tears -- and a memoir of grief from within and without -- by the inventive and playful poet behind 2012s What Is Amazing and 2015s Heliopause.

Lily: The Book of Delights by Ross Gay (2019)
Poet Ross Gay is a connoisseur of simple pleasures, funny musings, and the more troubling fears and depths of the human psyche, which he collects in The Book of Delights, an essay collection created by writing a brief homage to the delightful every day for a year.

Dodie: Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder by John Waters (2019) (audiobook)
Grammy-nominated Waters narrates his own rise from aspiring film producer (Pink Flamingos) to commercial success (Hairspray) without sparing any details, sharing stories about the many rich, famous and just plain normal people he has worked with over the past five decades.

Written by Becker on December 11, 2019