The best nonfiction of May

Chris Schluep on May 26, 2020
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The best nonfiction of May

Our best nonfiction of the month features journalists on culinary adventures, a poignant look back at a famous actress and mother, a hilarious (yes, hilarious) look into depression, and a musician's argument for feminism and defending the marginalized.

As always, you can see all of our best nonfiction of the month here.


Dirt: Adventures in Lyon as a Chef in Training, Father, and Sleuth Looking for the Secret of French Cooking by Bill Buford

The author of the best-selling Heat goes on a culinary adventure in Lyon, the heart of French cooking. And he takes his family with him. This book will do for French cuisine what Heat did for Italian cooking.


More Than Love: An Intimate Portrait of My Mother, Natalie Wood by Natasha Gregson Wagner

When Natasha Wagner was 11 years old, she heard on the radio that her famous mother had been found dead off the shore of Catalina Island. Beginning her book at that very moment, Wagner reveals her life turned upside down by that infamous event, tracing her attempts to come to terms with a life and a loss that most of us can only imagine. 


The Hilarious World of Depression by John Moe

Inspired by the podcast of the same name, John Moe has written a book that's part memoir, part hilarious anecdotes and insights on depression. As Moe learned to come to terms with his own depression, he realized that humor played an out-sized and useful role in dealing with his illness.


Resistance: A Songwriter's Story of Hope, Change, and Courage by Tori Amos

Tori Amos began playing music in Washington, DC, but eventually moved to Los Angeles where she spent three decades building her career. She never shied away from creating meaningful political art, even in the face of the patriarchy. In this book she directly addresses supporters of #MeToo and #TimesUp and seeks to lift up young people to continue the fight.


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