Guaranteed to be 100% fat-free and smoking hot, these books will make your mouth water and your knees go weak without making you fat or getting you pregnant. Listed below (in no particular order) are my current students’ favorite creative nonfiction reads.
Eddy really, really enthusiastically recommends God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything by Christopher Hitchens. He insists that it's not a manual on how to be an atheist, but rather a sort of spiritual memoir with a sociohistorical agenda. Eddy was terribly sick while he was ranting, so we don't know how much of what he said was true and how much Dayquil, but he says he has had wonderful fights about this book and that it has made him very popular at our Catholic institution.
In a completely unrehearsed stroke of cosmic genius, Belinda recommends Consider Jesus: Waves of Renewal in Christology by Elizabeth A. Johnson, which she is currently reading for one of her classes. I suggest reading both of these recommendations back to back, of course.
Several of my students are big fans of Edwidge Danticat. Most notably, they recommend the memoir Brother I'm Dying, in which she chronicles her family's struggles to reunite after first her father, then her mother emigrate from Haiti to the United States. Everyone's also very excited about Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work, the 2010 collection of essays originating from the Toni Morrison lecture series at Princeton.