Always Available on Overdrive: Notable 2019 Nonfiction Titles

I have been finding it challenging to read fictional stories lately. I just might not be an escapist reader during these times of uncertainty. Thankfully, I have been finding tons of amazing nonfiction titles to keep me uplifted for all ranges of subjects, from the questionable to the serious to the light-hearted. Here is a list of some notable nonfiction titles that were released in 2019. What are some of your favorite nonfiction books?

All of these titles are available through Overdrive’s “Always Available” section, free to check out with your Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh account. You can access Overdrive through our eResources page or by downloading the Overdrive or Libby app to your device. You can view a tutorial video for more information, or email us at for more information.

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The Yellow House

A memoir centering around a yellow shotgun house  and the family that lived in it, purchased by Sarah’s mother Ivory Mae in a then-promising New Orleans neighborhood in 1961 at the height the Space Age, and the struggle against the house’s entropy as the neighborhood became neglected. This title is also available for checkout as an eBook on Libby and Hoopla.

From Scratch : A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home

A cross-cultural, traveling love story, one woman discovers the healing powers of food, family, and grace when coping with the untimely loss of her husband, Saro. This memoir explores the three summers Tembi spent in Sicily with her young daughter Zoela following his passing, where she finds nourishment at her mother-in-law’s table. You can also check out this title as eAudio on Overdrive/Libby and as eBook on Overdrive/Libby.

The Undying: Pain, Vulnerability, Mortality, Medicine, Art, Time, Dreams, Data, Exhaustion, Cancer, and Care

At age 41, acclaimed poet Anne Boyer was diagnosed with highly aggressive triple-negative breast cancer. This is an exploration of survival; from the cancer bloggers and hoaxers, the ecological cost of chemotherapy, diving into writings of women dictating their experiences in sickness and death, Boyer opens a space of thinking and feeling about illness for all of us. You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby.