Books that get me out of reading slumps would probably work for non-readers as well. I find that short-ish nonfiction and memoirs read more like articles or, better still, like conversations with a friend. They can be intense and heavy or light and fun, something for every mood.
1. Better Than Life by Daniel Pennac - This is by far the number one book for readers and non readers alike. It is a love story to the pleasures of reading. It's short, fun, and conversational in tone, without a hint of lecture or proselytizing anywhere - I cannot recommend it enough.
2. Klee Wyck by Emily Carr - This Canadian artist spent many years living with West Coast Natives in their villages learning their way of life and painting their scenes. Beautifully written and very evocative.
3. The Life and Times of The Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson - One of the funniest memoirs I've ever read. This author is like everyone's favorite uncle.
4. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway - My favorite of his books. Beautifully written and so Paris in the 20s. What's not to love?
5. Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt - Okay, this one is emotionally heavy but his writing is sublime. I couldn't put it down.
6. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris - Very funny and split up into short essays making it easy and quick to pick up and put down. No commitment!
7. Catch Me If You Can by Frank Abignale - A pretty cool story and so much better than the movie because the reader gets to see what's going on in his head. This guy may have been a criminal but he was a brilliant and creative criminal.
8. Job Hopper by Ayun Halliday - This woman cracks me up. She's put together a collection of vignettes of her early working life in much the same way as David Sedaris does.
9. Time Was Soft There by Jeremy Mercer - A young writer spends a year living at Shakespeare and Company in Paris.
10. House Rules by Rachel Sontag - Heavy and emotional and impossible to put down.
A Top Ten meme from The Broke and The Bookish.