Flying in the face of the ever-shrinking attention span, two new publishers are hard at work pushing long-form narrative nonfiction into new territory. If you’re a writer you’ve probably heard about these. If you haven’t, please check out both Byliner and The Atavist. For a place to start, here are some great stories:
Bill Donahue’s just-released piece The Secret World of Saints, about the world’s first Native American saint.
Matt Power’s Island of Secrets, about one man’s search for an undiscovered kind of tree kangaroo on the island of New Britain.
Dave Wolman’s The Instigators, about the digital activists who started the Arab Spring.
And of course, Jon Krakauer’s Three Cups of Deceit, about the Greg Mortenson fiasco.
These are perfect for the bus or plane if you have some sort of e-reader. It’s well-worth the $2 or $3 for a great, meaty read. After all, how much did you pay for your last coffee?