Nonfiction Picks

For a dose of reality, start 2023 with a non-fiction book. We’ve curated a list that deep-dive into Formula One racing; tell how a Chicago recording artist creates memorable songs; and examine how one man so strongly believed that he might be freed from prison for a crime he didn’t commit.

How To Build a Car

By Adrian Newey

Adrian Newey, British engineering genius, is the foremost designer of Formula One race cars. Newey designs cars that go fast (210 mph) for drivers like Mario Andretti, Damon Hill, Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen (Formula One’s top driver in 2021-2022). This is a how-to book of a higher order—how design, style, speed and efficiency creates total synchronicity of man and machine. 


Experience the thrills of Formula One by streaming the Netflix series “Formula 1: Drive to Survive.”

How To Write One Song

By Jeff Tweedy

Chicago’s Jeff Tweedy, leader of the beloved rock band Wilco, packs into 158 pages insights on his career and how he finds the discipline to write Grammy Award-winning songs. He demystifies songwriting for any reader wanting more magic and creativity in their life. His focused, self-contained approach can be applied to anyone setting goals whether for their career or life generally. 


Wilco’s latest album, Cruel Country, will be available on vinyl and CD January 20.

The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row

By Anthony Ray Hinton

In 1985 Alabama's Anthony Ray Hinton was arrested for murder. Subjected to a different system of justice for a poor black man, Hinton was sentenced to death. An experience at times horrifying and ultimately uplifting, Hinton kept his wits about him thanks to an undying belief in his innocence and God. Co-author Lara Love Hardin weaves a harrowing story that underscoring Hinton’s self-belief, positive thinking and never-give-up approach.


Hinton’s case was supported by Bryan Stevenson’s Equal Justice Initiative. Learn more at

Related Businesses

Related Articles