Calling all non-fiction leisure readers! Want to find new reads but not sure what to ask for? Check this non-fiction genre map out for new ways to think about non-fiction.
Uplifting non-fiction is optimistic and hopeful. These books range from narrative, even highly confessional (as in the personal spiritual journeys), to more instructional or coaching types of books (as in the self-improvement/self-actualization area). Most will be spiritual or faith-based, but especially in the self-improvement subgenre, the perspective of the author can be secular and evidence-based. Readers who enjoy the personal spiritual narratives may also like books from the True Lives genre. Those who are particular fans of stories of faith and personal growth in the face of name-a-terrible-life-event may also enjoy books from the Thrills genre (think of all the disaster survival memoirs that are ultimately stories of hope and renewed faith). Those who prefer the instructional/coaching books may enjoy books from the personal development areas of the How To/utility non-fiction genre…those involving learning new skills or bettering one’s overall health (the physical, as well as the emotional and psychological). Those who really just like a non-fiction book that makes you feel good about the world may also have an interest in what this librarian terms the “kittens and babies” books…books filled with inspirational quotes, adorable pictures and happy stories that, well, just make you feel good.
Here are some examples of new books in the Uplifting sub-genres…click on each sub-genre for a link to our catalog.