Five Fall Nonfiction Books for Your Must-Read List

These page-turners need to be part of your life this autumn — and would make great holiday gifts as well

by Zachary Leeman | Updated 06 Sep 2017 at 11:46 AM

The fall is a competitive time for book publishers. A slew of new releases hits shelves, each book looking to become the new literary obsession of readers everywhere.

This year will be especially competitive, as the summer Hollywood box office has been a complete washout — and audiences will be seeking different avenues to fulfill their entertainment needs.

We've already mentioned a handful of fiction thrillers to keep your eye on this season, so without further ado, here's a look at five nonfiction books you will likely want to pick up — or give as Christmas gifts to others (or both!).

1.) "Billionaire at the Barricades: The Populist Revolution from Reagan to Trump" by Laura Ingraham (October 10). Few have had the keen insight into the Trump populist movement as LifeZette Editor-in-Chief Laura Ingraham.

In "Billionaire at the Barricades," Ingraham gives readers an inside look at the president's bipartisan appeal — and explains how it is an evolution from the Reagan revolution in the 1980s.

Many elitists in the media and political class are still scratching their heads about the results of the 2016 presidential election. They may want to grab pen, paper and Ingraham's new book — and start taking notes if they want to be a significant part of the cultural and political conversation going forward in this country.

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2.) "Eat What You Watch: A Cookbook for Movie Lovers" by Andrew Rea (October 3). One unique book to hit shelves this fall is "Eat What You Watch," a sure winner of a gift for the film buff or foodie.

It's written by popular YouTube chef Andrew Rea — from the YouTube channel Binging with Babish, which sports over 1.3 million subscribers.

Some of the most popular movies of our time include iconic food scenes. There's the awkward yet hilarious deli scene between Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan in "When Harry Met Sally"; the birthday cake that brings two people together at the end of "Sixteen Candles"; the dancing dinner rolls in Charlie Chaplin's "The Gold Rush" — and so many more.

Rea recreates these well-known scenes and provides recipes that will make for great experiences for movie lovers and home cooks looking for some new and unique recipes.

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3.) "Citizen Newt" by Craig Shirley (August 29). The former Georgia lawmaker and speaker of the House has been a significant and highly informed voice in politics for decades. He was part of the Reagan revolution in the '80s and his own conservative movement in the '90s as House speaker; and today he offers his informed opinion and expertise on President Trump and his wide base of supporters.

"Citizen Newt," from historian and New York Times best-selling author Craig Shirley, is a fully authorized biography with knowledge and insight from Gingrich himself, plus those who have worked with and around him over the years. It offers fascinating insight into one of the country's longest-standing conservative voices.

4.) "Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff" by Chip Gaines (October 17). Along with his wife Joanna, Chip Gaines is known to millions of Americans as the television star and renovation guru from HGTV's "Fixer Upper."

Before he was a success in his field, however, Gaines endured plenty of failures as an entrepreneur. "Capital Gaines" is an interesting book, as it focuses on those failures and the lessons learned.

From unsuccessful laundromats to lawn-mowing businesses, Gaines has seen it all — and believes the most important step for anyone aiming for success is the first step. Today, more and more millennials are working multiple jobs, and many are at least partially self-employed. At a time that people need to be more innovative and entrepreneurial, "Capital Gaines" may offer a much-needed and helpful roadmap.

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5.) "The Way It Was: My Life with Frank Sinatra" by Eliot Weisman and Jennifer Valoppi (October 24). Sinatra is one of the few artists who will never truly "die." As such, there can never be enough insight into the man who captured the music scene like no one else.

This memoir comes from Weisman, Sinatra's manager from 1975 until 1998 (the singer's death). Weisman tells of Sinatra's later years and includes never-before-told stories he experienced as a close confidante; the book also includes original photographs of the late, great crooner.

If you're at all a fan of Sinatra and interested in his life, this is no doubt a book release you're going to want to mark on your calendar.

(photo credit, homepage image: Vladimir Pustovit, Flickr)

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