Savvy Gift Guide: Books for Non-Fiction Readers

December draws nearer Savvy Readers, and we are counting down to the start of the holidays! This season, why not gift some books to your loved ones to keep them reading? We have titles for every interest, and today, we’ve got a list of Nonfiction Books to satisfy everyone on your list, from comedy lovers to history buffs, to teen readers.

For the comedy lover:

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Amy Poehler has many titles; she’s writer, actress, and a producer. To put it simply, she is a seriously talented woman, but she’s also hilarious! Yes Please is as close as it gets to hanging out with Amy, and her writing remains true to her usual sharp, quick-witted humor, making her book a feel good read that is sure to keep book lovers on your list busy during the holidays.

I Must Say by Martin Short

Martin Short is a certified Canadian comedy icon, and in true Canadian fashion, he manages to remain humble about his impressive career. His style as a funnyman might even typify Canadian comedy itself. But Short has also overcome a great deal of personal tragedy, including the loss of his brother, parents, and more recently, his wife of thirty years. Readers of I Must Say will be impressed by how heartfelt Short’s memoir is, and will be moved by the personal losses he has weathered. For his uplifting humor and resilience, we recommend Martin Short’s I Must Say to comedy lovers this holiday.

For the history buff:

Canada’s Great War Album

As a history buff, I find there’s nothing more interesting than learning about the past, particularly about such pivotal moments to Canada as World War I. Canada’s Great War Album was published to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War, and is an extensive assemblage of photographs and testimonies collected by Canada’s Historical Society from Canadian families. Canada’s Great War Album is a detailed perspective for anyone who enjoys Canadian and world history.

Waterloo: The History of Four Days, Three Armies and Three Battles by Bernard Cornwell

The Battle of Waterloo saw two of the reputed greatest generals brought squarely against each other: Napoleon and Wellington. Marking the 200th Anniversary of the battle, Waterloo combines Bernard Cornwell’s extensive research and vivid writing style to bring the history of Napoleon’s European campaign to life. It’s sure to have history lovers recounting tales of the harsh battle to family and friends!

For the Crossover #CanLit reader:

Atlas of Canada

Atlas of Canada offers maps and insights into Canada as it is today, but also illuminates important details of its history. With stunning photographs, satellite imagery and expert knowledge on everything from geology to industry, Atlas of Canada is a comprehensive look at our country for those who love to celebrate its beauty, as well as learn about its changing face.

Common Ground by Justin Trudeau

Common Ground by Justin Trudeau is a candid memoir from a rising political figure, focusing on Trudeau’s personal experiences that have made him into the figure that he is today. Trudeau recounts childhood memories and includes photographs of his family, one of the most prominent in Canadian history. Common Ground is the perfect gift for anyone who is interested in the evolving political sphere in Canada.

For hockey fans:

Hockey Confidential by Bob McKenzie

Very few have the access or breadth and depth of experience when it comes to hockey as Bob McKenzie, a hockey broadcaster at TSN. In Hockey Confidential, his very first book on the NHL, Bob goes behind the scenes, covering the inside stories, the lesser-known personalities and the events that shape Canada’s game. This is a must read for any hockey fan.

The Crazy Game by Clint Malarchuk

When his throat was slashed during a collision in the crease, former NHL goalie Clint Malarchuk nearly died on the ice. But that is only the beginning of his story. Forever changed, he struggled deeply with depression, a dependence on alcohol, and OCD, all of which nearly cost him his life and left a bullet in his head. The Crazy Game is more than a story about hockey. It is a very powerful and personal memoir.

For the health and wellness reader:


Wheat Belly Guide to Total Health

For those who loved Wheat Belly and how it challenged the idea of grain as healthy food, Wheat Belly Guide to Total Health includes strategies on eating for nutrition and how to maintain health through a wheat-free diet. The book also offers new insights on how eliminating wheat can improve mental focus and emotional well-being. Wheat Belly Guide to Total Health is the perfect resource for a New Year’s resolution to start off 2015 living healthy!

For Teens:


Positive by Paige Rawl

Growing up, Piage Rawl was a model student, she was athletic and on honor roll. But when Paige discloses to a friend that she has been HIV-positive from birth, kids at school immediately begin to bully and isolate her. Through all her personal struggles, Paige teaches readers the power of staying positive and remaining resilient. Positive creates a ground for discussion between parents and kids about the effects of bullying, and is an inspiring read for all teens.


And of course, all books need cozy accompaniment. Here are some great book accessories from Indigo!

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Happy shopping to all our savvy readers! Stay tuned for our next gift guide!


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