Have you heard that nonfiction sells better than fiction? I have, and at first I thought no way. Wouldn't it depend on the publishing company?
Anyway, it got me thinking about the nonfiction that's made an impression on me, like this Merriam-Webster Children's Dictionary. When I was learning to read, I remember pouring over the pages of illustrations in books just like it. It was probably the first and last time I ever saw a tomato frog. Imagine. Seriously though, I don't think I realized how many nonfiction books I've read.
Here's some of the New York Times best seller list of combined hard cover and paperback nonfiction:
Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent
The Greater Journey by David McCullough
In the Garden of Beasts by Eric Larson
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Bossypants by Tina Fey
What a variety! It makes me want to search my brain for a nonfiction idea as often as I search for a fiction idea.
What do you think? Does nonfiction sell better than fiction? Can you name some of your favorite nonfiction?