Top 20 of 2021 – Adult Non-Fiction

The TNRL is wrapping up 2021 by featuring the most borrowed items from our library collections. Do you love Adult Non-Fiction? Then this is the list for you!

Top 20 of 2021 - Adult Non-Fiction

As we turn the page into 2022, TNRL readers turned the pages of various Adult Non-Fiction titles this year. The top title was ‘Educated: a memoir’ by Tara Westover.  Find your next non-fiction title in our full list below!

#1 - Educated: a memoir

by Tara Westover

This memoir follows Tara Westover, a young girl who was born into a family of Mormon survivalists. To find a way out, she decides to pursue an education and steps into a classroom for the first time at the age of seventeen.

In Random Order

The Body Keeps the Score

by Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D

An expert on traumatic stress explains the effect of trauma on the brain.


by Michelle Obama

A memoir that shares the experiences of Michelle Obama's life - from childhood in Chicago to her time at the White House.

Braiding Sweetgrass

by Robin Wall Kimmerer

This novel shares science-based and Indigenous knowledge in relation to plants.

From the Ashes

by Jesse Thistle

A memoir about a Métis-Cree man who was abandoned by his parents as a young child and displayed resilience throughout his life.


by Glennon Doyle

This is the third memoir from Glennon Doyle that follows 'Love Warrior' and 'Carry On, Warrior'.

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

by Jordan B. Peterson

A self-help book by a Canadian psychologist and professor.

21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act

by Bob Joseph

This novel educates readers on the Indian Act and its impact on Indigenous peoples.


by Jessica Bruder

'Nomadland' follows migrant workers who live life on the road as part of a growing nomad community.

Two Trees Make a Forest

by Jessica J. Lee

The author embarks on a journey to Taiwan to learn about the history of her family and the past.

Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man

by Mary L. Trump

Mary L. Trump's tell-all book provides details about her family as Donald J. Trump's niece.

The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America

by Thomas King

This Thomas King novel won the 2014 RBC Taylor Prize!

A Promised Land

by Barack Obama

Barack Obama's memoir shares details of his early political career to his time in the Oval Office.

Kamloops Backcountry Hikes

by Al & Mairi Budreau

Learn about 36 hikes within 35 km of Kamloops! This guidebook features maps, waypoints, and trail information.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck : A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

by Mark Manson

A self-help guide that features the honest truth to personal development.

At the Bridge: James Teit and an Anthropology of Belonging

by Wendy C. Wickwire

'At the Bridge' shares details about the life of James Teit and his work with Indigenous peoples in British Columbia.

Oh She Glows for Dinner: nourishing plant-based meals to keep you glowing

by Angela Liddon

In her third cookbook, Angela Liddon offers recipes for flavourful plant-based dinners.


by Matthew McConaughey

A memoir from Matthew McConaughey about his approach to success.

If I Knew Then: Finding Wisdom in Failure and Power in Aging

by Jann Arden

Canadian singer-songwriter Jann Arden shares the lessons she's learned from growing older.

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents

by Isabel Wilkerson

Isabel Wilkerson educates readers on characteristics of the caste system that are seen in America today.

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