I read quite a bit of nonfiction, so will add some rec's here as I think of them. I liked Game Change
, but couldn't get into either Moonwalking
or 6 Glasses
If you like memoirs of offbeat professions, I can recommend Down Among the Dead Men
by Michelle Williams - her first year (or so) as a post mortem worker in a morgue.
There's also Barbara Demick's Nothing to Envy
- six escapees stories of the North Korea they're doing their best to hide.
Travels in Siberia
by Ian Frazier would be good for travel, history and/or Russ-o-philes.
The Tenth Parallel
by Eliza Griswold is a well written account of the clash between zealots within Islam and Christianity along that latitude.
Heaven: Our Enduring Fascination with the Afterlife
by Lisa Miller, religion editor of Newsweek magazine is well worth a read.
I'm going to throw in a mention of A Skeptic's Guide to (American) Writers' Houses
by Anne Trubek, wherein she visits several examining the question of whether pilgrimages there really "soak up atmosphere" or whether it's more of a fan fetish thing?
That should be enough for now