A fiction fan’s guide to great nonfiction

My June 29, 2021 book culture column for the San Francisco Chronicle:

“I only read nonfiction.” ¶ I’ve heard that more than once from a fellow reader, often accompanied by a bit of an attitude suggesting that an appetite for fiction is a tad lightweight. There is so much to learn, the implication goes. Why would you waste your time on made-up stories?

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