Was there ever a catch-all quite like the term "non-fiction"? Luckily, that catch-all can step in and catch you in these final shopping days before Christmas. Because here on our Non-Fiction LitWishList, you will find a little bit of everything, and we've organized these great books by topic to make it even easier for you to match each reader on your list to his or her perfect book.
You can't go wrong with history books because they've got everything—great stories, facts and trivia, plus it's learning, so it's good for you. Here are four books by award-winning Canadian biographer/historians.
The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914 by Margaret MacMillan
Aunt Winnie by Elspeth Cameron
Almost a Great Escape: A Found Story by Tyler Trafford
For anyone who ever liked a bit of drama, we bring you these acclaimed books on family which touch on the complexity of interfamilial relations and ask probing questions about biological connection and our need to know where we come from.
Projection: Encounters With My Runaway Mother by Priscila Uppal
Blood Marriage Wine and Glitter by S. Bear Bergman
Blood: The Stuff of Life by Lawrence Hill
Rosina the Midwife by Jessica Kluthe
These arts books are a veritable grab-bag—a book on film, another on painting, and then music and poetry. And beneath these labels, of course, these are books about people's lives, and the intractable connections between artists and their work.
This Great Escape: The Case of Michael Paryla by Andrew Steinmetz
Journey With No Maps: A Life of PK Page by Sandra Djwa
War and Current Events
Three of these books are award-winners, and the fourth is so inspiring that it ought to be one. Here are books that will take to places you've never been and inform your point of view about stories you know best from newspaper headlines.
Walls: Travels Along the Barricades by Marcello di Cintio
Is This Your First War: Travels Through the Post 9/11 Islamic World by Michael Petrou
The Dogs Are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan by Graeme Smith
Ascent of Women by Sally Armstrong
Reading about hockey is the next best thing to playing hockey and watching hockey. And let this selection whet your appetite for our list of New Books for the 2012/14 Hockey Season.
The Lonely End of the Rink: Confessions of a Reluctant Goalie by Grant Lawrence
Welcome to Maple Leaf Gardens: Photographs and Memories from Canada's Most Famous Arena by Graig Abel and Lance Hornby
Keon and Me: My Search for the Lost Soul of the Leafs by Dave Bidini
Angela James: The First Superstar of Women's Hockey by Tom Bartsiokas and Corey Long
Books on politics are great for both political junkies and readers with a lot to learn (i.e. most of us). Three of these are written by well-known Canadian journalists whose books are the product of years of living and breathing their stuff.
Shopping for Votes: How Politicians Choose Us and We Choose Them by Susan Delacourt
The Longer I'm Prime Minister: Stephen Harper and Canada by Paul Wells
Jack Layton: Art in Action edited by Penn Kemp
Conservatism in Canada by Farney and Rayside
Oh, what stories does a life make! These ones are about aging, grief, book selling, nuns and New York in the 1950s. And then a final book about the nature of memoir and why it has become such a modern fascination.
Everything Rustles by Jane Silcott
Nocturne by Helen Humphreys
The Pope's Bookbinder by David Mason
And Then There Were Nuns: Adventures in a Cloistered Life by Jane Christmas
Love and All That Jazz by Laurie Lewis
Boom: Manufacturing Memoir for the Popular Market by Julie Rak
Food is something we've all got in common, though its politics have never been more divisive. So here are three books that get to the heart of food matters, and a fourth to reminds us what it's really about—getting together around a table.
The Stop: How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement by Nick Saul and Andrea Curtis
Consumed: Sustainable Food for a Finite Planet by Sarah Elton
The Politics of the Pantry: Stories, Food and Social Change by Michael Mikulak
How to Host a Dinner Party by Corey Mintz