Random and Entertaining Non-Fiction Books

A Listmania! list by Funaek
The list author says: "I used to shun all non-fiction books, but I discovered that not all non-fiction has to be boring. Now I have an eclectic collection of non-fiction on random topics that I love as much as my novels!"
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed: Revised Edition
1.  Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed: Revised Edition by Jared Diamond
The list author says:
  "I chose this over Guns, Germs and Steel because the topic of collapsing societies was more intriguing to me."
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Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World
2.  Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford
The list author says:
  "Friend said I had to read this and I loved it! Fascinating and full of random and interesting details.  I have to admit it wasn't as good after Genghis Khan died in the book."
$9.89   Used & New from: $2.58
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (462 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Monster of God: The Man-Eating Predator in the Jungles of History and the Mind
3.  Monster of God: The Man-Eating Predator in the Jungles of History and the Mind by David Quammen
The list author says:
  "I love man-eating predators.  This was frightening and fascinating.  But there's definitely a conservationist spin to this."
$14.12   Used & New from: $0.48
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

1491 (Second Edition): New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
4.  1491 (Second Edition): New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann
The list author says:
  "Pretty interesting, but not my favorite historical non-fiction."
$10.23   Used & New from: $3.51
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (693 customer reviews) | 5 customer discussions

The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
5.  The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan
The list author says:
  "I had doubts about this one but I loved it!  Must read for any food lover."
$9.60   Used & New from: $2.99
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,102 customer reviews)

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
6.  Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
The list author says:
  "I know - morbid topic.  But as long as you're not too squeamish this is an incredibly fascinating and even funny read."
$9.90   Used & New from: $1.68
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A History of the World in 6 Glasses
7.  A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage
The list author says:
  "Pretty fun read and learned a few things about my favorite beverages."
$11.06   Used & New from: $2.29
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (339 customer reviews)

Me Talk Pretty One Day
8.  Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
The list author says:
  "Love Sedaris.  Love him.  Don't know if this really qualifies as non-fiction, more like fictionalized non-fiction?  Whatever, it's entertaining and that's what counts."
$12.55   Used & New from: $0.01
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,182 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Magical Thinking: True Stories
9.  Magical Thinking: True Stories by Augusten Burroughs
The list author says:
  "I wasn't a huge fan of running with scissors, but I like Augusten Burroughs' short stories/memoirs."
Used & New from: $0.92
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The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales
10.  The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks
The list author says:
  "Strange and captivating collection of real life stories about people with a range of neurological disorders."
$10.98   Used & New from: $2.16
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The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography
11.  The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography by Simon Singh
The list author says:
  "Pretty interesting book about the history of various codes."
$9.83   Used & New from: $3.40
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (363 customer reviews)

Leviathan (The Leviathan Trilogy)
12.  Leviathan (The Leviathan Trilogy) by Scott Westerfeld
The list author says:
  "I have absolutely no interests in whaling but this book got such good reviews I gave it a try and enjoyed it as well!"
$6.08   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (315 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

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