Non-Fiction Titles to Watch For in 2014

After coming up with a list of books I was looking forward to in 2014, I realized that I had completely missed non-fiction. So, I gave myself an excuse to dig back through Edelweiss and come up with several titles I can’t wait to get to this year. 


The Hard Way on Purpose: Essays and Dispatches from the Rust Belt by David Giffels – March 18, 2014
Award-winning author and journalist David Giffels explores the meaning of identity and place, hamburgers, hard work, and basketball in this collection of wry, irreverent essays reflecting on the many aspects of Midwestern culture and life from an insider’s perspective.

The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons: And Other True Stories of Trauma, Madness, Affliction, and Recovery That Reveal the Surprising History of the Human Brain by Sam Kean – May 6, 2014
From the author of the bestseller The Disappearing Spoon, tales of the brain and the history of neuroscience.

Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace by Nikil Saval – April 22, 2014
You mean this place we go to five days a week has a history? Cubed reveals the unexplored yet surprising story of the places where most of the world’s work-our work-gets done. 

Know the Night: A Memoir of Survival in the Small Hours by Maria Mutch – March 25, 2014
Unfolding over the witching hours between midnight and 6:00 a.m., this meditative book takes place during the two-year period in which the author’s son, Gabriel, who is autistic and also has Down Syndrome, did not sleep through the night. Told as interwoven memories, the book describes Gabriel’s childhood and Maria’s own entrance into the world of multiple disability parenting.

The Heathen School: A Story of Hope and Betrayal in the Age of the Early Republic by John Demos – March 18, 2014
Near the start of the nineteenth century, as the newly established United States looked outward toward the wider world, a group of eminent Protestant ministers formed a grand scheme for gathering the rest of mankind into the redemptive fold of Christianity and “civilization.”

Do Not Sell At Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World’s Rarest 78rpm Records by Amanda Petrusich – July 8, 2014
The untold story of a quirky and important subculture: The world of 78rpm records and the insular community that celebrates them—by acclaimed music critic and author Amanda Petrusich, who contributes regularly to Pitchfork, The Oxford American, and The New York Times.

The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl: How Two Brave Scientists Battled Typhus and Sabotaged the Nazis by Arthur Allen – July 21, 2014
From a surrealistic lab in wartime Poland comes one of the great untold accounts of moral and intellectual heroism of World War II. 

The Age of Radiance: The Epic Rise and Dramatic Fall of the Atomic Era by Craig Nelson – March 25, 2014
A riveting narrative of the Atomic Age—from x-rays and Marie Curie to the Nevada Test Site and the 2011 meltdown in Japan—written by the prizewinning and bestselling author of Rocket Men.

The Master of Confessions: The Making of a Khmer Rouge Torturer by Thierry Cruvellier – March 18, 2014
Renowned journalist Thierry Cruvellier takes us into the dark heart of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge with The Master of Confessions, a suspenseful account of a Chief Interrogator’s trial for war crimes.

The Skeleton Crew: How Amateur Sleuths Are Solving America’s Coldest Cases by Deborah Halber – July 2014
DIY C.S.I: A fascinating look at the world of armchair detectives—or “web sleuths”—compelled by their personal obsessions and aided by Internet technology to solve cold cases like never before.


What 2014 non-fiction titles are you excited for?

  • Jenny @ Reading the End

    Oo, Cubed and The Skeleton Crew both look really interesting. The Khmer Rouge book does as well, but I’m not sure I can handle it… Great round-up!

    • Deborah Halber

      Jenny, thanks for your interest! Would love to tell you more and send a review copy.

  • Thanks for this, Shannon! I want to read more non-fiction, but I have an irrational fear of the non-fiction side of Edelweiss. Skeleton Crew and The Tale of Dueling Neurosurgeons sound fascinating!

    • Deborah Halber

      Leah, so glad to hear you’re intrigued by The Skeleton Crew. I filled out your web form with a description. Happy to send a review copy!

  • Kerry M

    Wonderful list! I’ve got the Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons on my reader, and Cubed looks interesting as well. Will have to check out some of the others.

  • Bravo for this post! You know nonfiction is my ultra-fave. I love round up posts like this that give me a bunch of new titles to watch for.

  • OMG, you’re killing me. I think I want them ALL.

    • It hurts that I had to limit myself to ten (there are so many more on my non-fiction tag on Edelweiss, you don’t even want to know)

  • That sound you just heard was my TBR. Groaning. I want them all.

  • The Book Wheel

    Sigh. I don’t know if I’m thrilled or mad that you listed these books. Thrilled because I love non-fiction, and mad that I probably won’t be able to read all of them!

  • Kelly Massry

    My husband might be interested in the Skeleton Crew! He’s a computer technician (IT) and guest-reviews books for me once in awhile. Weirdly enough, when I told him about the “amateur sleuth through internet technology” premise, he told me he’s part of a group of people online that try to crack cold cases. Guess I learned something new about him today!

  • Bookmarking this list! I’ve been looking for some non fiction to get in to this year.

  • Looks like there are some awesome books coming this year! I can see a few of those that I will be curious about.

  • Great list! The Skeleton Crew sounds especially awesome. What a cool phenomenon!

  • Oh, these sound interesting! I love reading non-fiction. I’m particularly interested in The Skeleton Crew.

  • I thought The Phantom of Fifth Avenue was a great non-fiction book this year. It came out in May. Great read!