The Best Nonfiction Books to Read in 2019

Ready to escape reality with a true story?

best nonfiction books 2019
Dey Street Books + Skyhorse + Gallery Books

There's something about reading a book based on a true story that's so much more exciting — whether it's a memoir, a biography, or the history of Hollywood's iconic Chateau Monmart (because yes, that book is on this list!). Here are a few picks to get you started in 2019.

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Pegasus Books
'Queen of the World: Elizabeth II: Sovereign and Stateswoman'
$35.00
$21.10 (40% off)

Release date: January 1, 2019

Fascinated by Queen Elizabeth and desperately want to know more about her? Same. Good thing this book has us covered when it comes to the longest reigning British monarch.

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Scribner
'Hollywood's Eve: Eve Babitz and the Secret History of L.A.'
$26.00
$17.10 (34% off)

Release date: January 8, 2019

It's the Eve Babitz story you've been looking for — a true page-turner about an icon of Los Angeles' 1960s art scene that'll satisfy  your thirst for glitz, glam, and drama

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Penguin Press
'The Truths We Hold: An American Journey'
$30.00
$19.49 (35% off)

Release date: January 8, 2019

Senator Kamala Harris' memoir is incredible, tracing her journey from childhood to becoming a prosecutor and fostering her passion for justice. No matter where you fall politically, there's no denying that Kamala's story is worth the read.  

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Gallery Books
'Code Name: Lise: The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII's Most Highly Decorated Spy'
$27.00

Release date: January 15, 2019

Meet Odette Sansom, a British WWII spy in occupied France who fell for her commanding officer. After completing their mission, they were captured and sent to a concentration camp — yet their love endured, as will their story thanks to this book.

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Dey Street Books
'We're Going to Need More Wine'
$16.99
$13.59 (20% off)

Release date: January 15, 2019

This isn't just a regular memoir — this is a collection of super powerful essays about everything from fame to feminism. As anyone who's read her work before knows, Gabrielle Union's writing is funny, emotional, witty, and deeply thought-provoking. 

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Penguin Books
'Feel Free: Essays'
$18.00
$14.35 (20% off)

Release date: February 5, 2019

Even if literary journalism isn't usually your thing, Zadie Smith is an absolute genius and pouring over her writing is a dream. So yes, you should 100% add her new book of essays to your 2019 reading list.

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Amazon Publishing
'Challenge Accepted!: 253 Steps to Becoming an Anti-It Girl'
$24.95
$14.95 (40% off)

Release date: February 12, 2019

Do you follow comedian Celeste Barber on Instagram? If you don't, stop everything and remedy the situation. In case the celeb blurbs didn't tip you off, Celeste is hysterical and this memoir/advice book will definitely make you laugh

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Little, Brown and Company
'The Good Immigrant: 26 Writers Reflect on America'
$28.00
$19.16 (32% off)

Release date: February 19, 2019

The Good Immigrant gives 26 immigrant writers a platform to speak about their personal experience. It's a timely and important read, filled with gorgeous writing. 

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St. Martin's Essentials
'Crystals: A Guide to Using the Crystal Compass for Energy, Healing, and Reclaiming Your Power'
$9.99

Release date: February 19, 2019

Fact: Crystals are extremely trendy right now. But they're more than just pretty decorations for your windowsill — and the time has come to learn more about the sparkly rocks in your collection.

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Seal Press
'Louisa on the Front Lines: Louisa May Alcott in the Civil War'
$27.00
$19.68 (27% off)

Release date: February 26, 2019

If you're obsessed with Little Women, you're going to love this book about the author, Louisa May Alcott's, time as a Civil War nurse, which, it turns out, had a huge influence on her most famous novel. 

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Hanover Square Press
'The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick'
$26.99
$21.51 (20% off)

Release date: March 5, 2019

Milicent Patrick was one of the few early female Disney animators. But even more amazingly, she created the Creature from the Black Lagoon — only to have her legacy lost thanks to a male colleague stealing the credit for it. Until now, that is.  

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Skyhorse
'Becoming Boston Strong: One Woman's Race to Run and Conquer the World's Greatest Marathon'
$18.74

Release date: April 2, 2019

An inspiring story of author Amy Roe's journey from a non-runner to qualifying for the Boston Marathon — and eventually running it. Let's just say it'll motivate you. 

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Doubleday
'The Castle on Sunset: Life, Death, Love, Art, and Scandal at Hollywood's Chateau Marmont'
$28.95

Release date: May 7, 2019

If the Chateau Marmont's walls could talk they'd certainly have a lot to say, and this book is as close as we're going to get to learning the iconic hotel's celebrity secrets. A must-read for lovers of Old Hollywood drama. 

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St. Martin's Press
'Naturally Tan: A Memoir'
$27.99

Release date: May 14, 2019

Love Netflix's Queer Eye? Obsessed with its stylist Tan France? Want to know more about his fascinating background growing up in England and then finding the love of his life? Buy! This! Book! 

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Forge Books
'Stay Sexy & Don't Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide'
$24.99
$19.91 (20% off)

Release date: May 28, 2019

If you're just as obsessed with the My Favorite Murder podcast as the rest of America, you're going to want to read the joint memoir from its hosts, Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark — which happens to have the best title ever

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