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Published on July 29th, 2012


Most Inspirational Non-Fiction Stories

Non-Fiction is a powerful genre as it provokes real-life issues and features some extraordinary characters. Non-fiction is grounded in reality but can sometimes ascend to such a fantastical level, that you can’t help but feel inspired by what you have read. Here are some of the most inspirational non-fiction stories. A great idea is that these books on cd; fantastic for long haul flights.

Most Inspirational Non-Fiction Stories - Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Serving as inspiration for the movie 127 Hours, this story recounts Aron Ralston’s experience after trapping himself in Blue John Canyon whilst out hiking in Utah. After five days, stranded in the canyon and running low on resources, Ralston retells the harrowing tale of how he was forced to break and amputate his own arm in order to survive. The story is one of amazing courage and depicts man’s need to survive through a series of well-told tales.

Most Inspirational Non-Fiction Stories - The House At Sugar Beach

The memoir of Helene Cooper; this book brutally displays the horrors faced during the Civil War in Liberia during the 80s and the atrocities that the author witnessed first-hand. From a life of elite privilege to being hunted by vicious militants, the book is an honest coming-of-age story set in the very worst possible imaginings. The story again showcases human resilience in desperate times and tells of Cooper’s journey to the USA where she became, and remains today, an acclaimed and decorated journalist for the New York Times.

Most Inspirational Non-Fiction Stories - I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

The book, an autobiography of African-American poet Maya Angelou, centres on the author’s love of literature and her experiences of growing up in a culture where racism was ripe and segregated her from her future prospects. Brutally honest and featuring controversial imagery, the book portrays a rural 1930s community with a powerfully poignant spin which is sure to have an effect on readers. It is both a recount of radical racial prejudice and celebration of African-American spirit during a tumultuous era.

Most Inspirational Non-Fiction Stories - Zeitoun

Following Hurricane Katrina’s destruction to many parts of South-East USA, Zeitoun revolves around a family man, Abdulrahman Zeitoun, who chose to brave the storm in New Orleans and spent much of the aftermath paddling down the water-covered streets, rescuing others and providing care for those in need. The story is a powerful tale of human resilience once again but also documents the prejudices faced by those of Middle-Eastern descent in the USA, particularly in a post-9/11 world.

Most Inspirational Non-Fiction Stories - Breaking Night

This extraordinary tale, written by Liz Murray, is an inspirational rags-to-riches story of a young woman born into drug addiction and poverty, depicting the loss of her parents as well as the duty of having to look after her younger sister. Her experiences are laid bare in this vivid, heartbreaking account. Her later achievements, including graduating from Harvard University, are rendered all the more impressive and for those with the motivation to read through some of the atrocities suffered, it’s one of the most inspirational books you’ll ever read.

CC Jo Naylor

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