Electric Literature's Top Nonfiction Books of 2019

By Electric Literature

By Electric Literature

Things We Didn't Talk about When I Was a Girl: A Memoir

Jeannie Vanasco

$25.95 $23.87

When Jeannie Vanasco was nineteen, her close friend raped her at a party; fourteen years later, she decides to interview him about that night. A necessary book in the #MeToo era, this memoir asks complex questions about sexual assault and accountability, and what trauma looks like.

How to Be an Antiracist

Ibram X. Kendi

$27.00 $24.84

This powerful book uncovers the way racism interacts with every facet of our society, and teaches readers to recognize and fight racism. Kendi uses history, ethics, law, and personal experience to expose the racism that is always present in our lives.

Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to a Tribe Called Quest

Hanif Abdurraqib

$16.95 $15.59

In this self-proclaimed love letter to A Tribe Called Quest, Abdurraqib uses various genres to express what the rap group has meant to him throughout his life. While tracing the group’s career, Abdurraqib shows how the group affected both the musical and cultural scene of the 1990s, and how the group affected him personally.

Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee

Casey Cep

$26.95 $24.79

In the 1970s, Harper Lee returned to Alabama to watch and report on a criminal trial. Furious Hours combines the drama of true crime with the attentiveness of biography, and offers an analysis of both the Deep South and one of America’s most beloved authors.

Rough Magic: Riding the World's Loneliest Horse Race

Lara Prior-Palmer

$25.00 $23.00

When Lara Prior-Palmer was nineteen, she entered the world’s longest, toughest horse race. With no formal training, Prior-Palmer spent ten days racing wild horses through the Mongolian grasslands, following a path carved out by Genghis Khan’s horse messengers, and became the first woman ever to win the Mongol Derby.

Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls: A Memoir

T. Kira Madden

$27.00 $24.84

In her debut memoir, T Kira Madden describes her charged upbringing as a queer, biracial teen in Florida, the only child of parents struggling with addiction. This memoir spans years in Madden’s life and wrestles with the contradictions, complications, and powerful women that were central to the author’s life.

The Yellow House: A Memoir (2019 National Book Award Winner)

Sarah M. Broom

$26.00 $23.92

Winner of the 2019 National Book Award for Nonfiction, this family memoir spans a hundred years and explores the lesser-known corners of New Orleans. In this book, Broom takes readers into her family’s home and shows them the magic, chaos, and power the house exerts over her and her history.

The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays

Esmé Weijun Wang

$16.00 $14.72

In her essay collection, Wang writes and unwrites about mental illness and how her diagnoses have affected her life. Both a personal memoir and an analytical work, this collection shows readers what it’s really like to live with schizophrenia.

In the Dream House: A Memoir

Carmen Maria Machado

$26.00 $23.92

Machado’s genre-bending memoir tells the story of an abusive queer relationship through a collection of mini-essays, each adhering to a different genre. Reading this book is much like wandering through a haunted house and exploring its many strange rooms.