If there is nothing better you like to do than get cozy in your apartment in Roanoke, VA and read a well-written, compelling true story, then you are going to love these books.
They read like fiction, they have a plot, character development, scene-setting, conflict; but the stories are true. If you're looking for a good read, here is a list of some favorite narrative nonfiction books, old and new.
1. Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand
At times, the tale of Olympic runner and World War II prisoner of war Louis Zamperini seems ripped from the set of an adventure or war movie. But Zamperini's tale of surviving an Army Air Forces plane crash in the Pacific, then years as a POW is intriguing and inspiring.
2. The Perfect Storm, by Sebastian Junger
This book weaves a weather-battered tale of the epic 1991 storm off the Atlantic coast that took the lives of six Gloucester fishermen. Junger recounts the now-famous story of the Andrea Gail, letting us into the lives of the men and their families back on shore.
3. Lost In Shangri-La, by Mitchell Zuckoff
In a little-known valley in Dutch New Guinea in 1945, a plane crash leaves just three survivors in an area inhabited by natives who've never seen a white man or woman. The trio finds themselves in the middle of a daring escape plan involving courage and a glider.
4. Random Family, by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc
This eye-opening account of life in the Bronx follows members of an extended family through their experiences with life, poverty, love, drugs, motherhood and more. LeBlanc spent a 10-year period with the family, researching and writing their story in captivating detail.
5. Mountains Beyond Mountains, by Tracy Kidder
This book tells the story of Paul Farmer, a physician, and his work treating infectious disease. He treats tuberculosis in Haiti and beyond, while starting an organization to promote providing health care to the poor of the world.