6 Authors Of Revealing And Inquisitive Nonfiction

Reading nonfiction is one of the best ways to inform yourself about the world. Whether the knowledge you learn is historical, cultural, scientific, psychological, or something else, you'll be in a better position to understand and analyze important issues. The authors included here all pen such edifying nonfiction, offering everything from memoirs to child-friendly explorations of the natural world. This video was made with Ezvid Wikimaker.

6 Authors Writing Enlightening Nonfiction

Name Books
Lindsey Pollak Becoming the Boss, The Remix, Getting from College to Career
Page Lambert In Search of Kinship, Shifting Stars
Ken Budd The Voluntourist
Heather L. Montgomery Something Rotten, Bugs Don't Hug, Wild Discoveries
Matt Cardin Mummies Around the World, Ghosts, Spirits, and Psychics
Allison Pataki Beauty in the Broken Places, The Traitor's Wife, The Queen's Fortune

Ken Budd Talks The Voluntourist

5 Reasons To Read Nonfiction

  1. You can learn interesting facts
  2. Reading helps improve concentration
  3. It can expand your vocabulary
  4. Gives you a chance to see things from new perspectives
  5. Reading can improve memory

How To Analyze Nonfiction Texts

In Depth

Works of nonfiction can serve to illuminate and educate, giving readers a glimpse into personal challenges, tips for navigating corporate America, or exploring the intersection between art and religion. Here, in no particular order, are authors writing nonfiction books meant to expand our knowledge, as well as inspire and entertain us.

Starting off the list at #1 is Lindsey Pollak. She advises both young professionals looking to succeed in today's work environment and the organizations that want to recruit, retain, and engage them. She is the New York Times bestselling author of Becoming the Boss: New Rules for the Next Generation of Leaders, and The Remix: How to Lead and Succeed in the Multigenerational Workplace, which was named a Book of the Month by The Wall Street Journal and Financial Times.

Her audiences and consulting clients include corporations, law firms, conferences, and universities, such as Citi, Estee Lauder, JP Morgan, Wharton, and Stanford. As a LinkedIn Ambassador, she created and delivered webinars that trained people on how to advance their careers using the platform. Pollak also served for two years as chair of Cosmopolitan magazine's Millennial Advisory Board.

Her audiences and consulting clients include corporations, law firms, conferences, and universities, such as Citi, Estee Lauder, JP Morgan, Wharton, and Stanford.

Coming in at #2 is Page Lambert, author of the memoir, In Search of Kinship, which weaves together stories of western ranching traditions and ancient Native American beliefs. Her essays and poems are found in dozens of anthologies, including the Willa award winning, Writing Down the River, and West of 98: Living and Writing the American West. She is a member of the International League of Conservation Writers, an advisor for the Rocky Mountain Land Library, and a senior associate with the Children and Nature Network.

Lambert leads outdoor adventures and literary workshops, sometimes working in partnership with organizations such as True Nature Journeys, The Women's Wilderness Institute, and the Aspen Writers' Foundation. Oprah's O magazine featured her River Writing Journeys for Women as one of the top six great all girl getaways.

In the #3 spot is Ken Budd, author of The Voluntourist, which charts his journey through volunteering in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, teaching English at an elementary school in Costa Rica, collecting data for climate change researchers in Ecuador, and helping out at a children's home in Kenya. Verge Magazine praised it as heart warming, while Booknaround called it well written, inspiring, and honest.

Verge Magazine praised it as heart warming, while Booknaround called it well written, inspiring, and honest.

Budd's writing credits include The New York Times, Smithsonian, National Geographic Traveler, and Huffington Post. His writing has won gold awards from the Society of American Travel Writers, and he has made appearances on NBC's TODAY Show, ABC News Now, and CBS This Morning. He is the host of 650,000 Hours, which focuses on travel and real life heroes.

Entering the list at #4 is Heather L. Montgomery, who writes children's books about the mysteries of nature, covering such topics as bugs, animals, and sea creatures. She holds a B.S. in biology and an M.S. in environmental education. After college, she developed and directed the McDowell Environmental Center, which provides learning experiences for school groups in forests, canyons, and streams.

Her book, Something Rotten, takes readers on a trip into the uses for roadkill, such as rattlesnakes, birds, and Tasmanian devils. It has received several accolades including a Junior Library Guild Selection and a spot on the Voice of Youth Advocates Nonfiction Honor List. Montgomery hosts large group presentations for schools, educator and writers' workshops, as well as virtual visits. She also provides lesson plans in science and language arts, with many correlated to Common Core State Standards.

Montgomery hosts large group presentations for schools, educator and writers' workshops, as well as virtual visits.

At #5 is writer, editor, musician, and college professor, Matt Cardin. With a Ph.D. in leadership and a master's degree in religious studies, he focuses frequently on the intersection of religion, horror, art, and creativity. His editorial projects include Ghosts, Spirits, and Psychics: The Paranormal from Alchemy to Zombies, and Mummies around the World: An Encyclopedia of Mummies in Religion, History, and Popular Culture. In 2015, he received a World Fantasy Award nomination for editing Born to Fear: Interviews with Thomas Ligotti.

He is the founding editor and chief writer for The Teeming Brain, which explores religion, horror, and creativity, with an additional wide angle focus on the intersection of these areas with such topics as the arts, mass media, psychology, and education. Cardin is a vice President at Ranger College in Texas, where he also teaches English and world religions.

Rounding out the list at #6 is Allison Pataki, author of Beauty in the Broken Places: A Memoir of Love, Faith, and Resilience, which details the rare and life threatening stroke her husband suffered at the age of thirty. A former journalist and producer, she has written for The New York Times, ABC News, The Huffington Post, and Fox News. Among her media appearances are The TODAY Show, Good Day New York, and MSNBC's Morning Joe.

Among her media appearances are The TODAY Show, Good Day New York, and MSNBC's Morning Joe.

She graduated Cum Laude from Yale University with a major in English. Her fiction work includes the historical novels, Sisi: Empress On Her Own, The Traitor's Wife, and Where the Light Falls. Pataki has also written the children's books, Nelly Takes New York, and Poppy Takes Paris. She is a member of The Historical Novel Society and resides in New York with her husband and family.