I selected these because they provide useful insights or ideas for writers and, oh yeah, I liked them.
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Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea: The History and Discovery of the World’s Richest Shipwreck
by Gary Kinder

In September 1857, the SS Central America, a sidewheel steamer carrying nearly 600 passengers returning from the California Gold Rush, sank in a hurricane 200 miles off the Carolina coast. More than 400 lives and 21 tons of gold were lost. In the 1980s, a young engineer named Tommy Thompson and the Columbus-America Discovery Group found the Central America and recovered her treasure.

This book begins with the historical record of the disaster and recounts the research, engineering, and legal obstacles Thompson and the Discovery Group overcame to recover the treasure. Also available as an abridged audiobook.

Good information for adventure writers!

Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II.
By Robert Kurson

In 1991, two deep water divers discovered a German U-boat 230 feet below the frigid Atlantic waters off the coast of New Jersey. No identifying marks were visible and all official records agreed that there simply could not be a sunken U-boat and crew at that location. Over the next six years, a team of divers embarked on a quest to solve the mystery. This is their story.

The Gift of Fear


By Gavin De Becker

Writing about a serial killer, a predator or a molester? The author provides a step by step analysis of how such a cretin engages a victim. Good reading and good tips, especially for women. Helpful in writing such a scene.

Never Suck A Dead Man’s Hand: Curious Adventures of a CSI

            By Dana Kollmann

Want a true picture of crime scene investigation? This author, a former  crime scene investigator for the Baltimore County Police Department, explains rigor mortis, the art of fingerprinting a stiff corpse on the side of the road, and other true, unvarnished experiences as a CSI for the Baltimore County Police Department.

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

By Malcolm Gladwell

Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept? Why do some people follow their instincts and win, while others end up stumbling into error? How do our brains really work—in the office, in the classroom, in the kitchen, and  in the bedroom? And why are the best decisions often those that are impossible to explain to others? In Blink, we meet the psychologist who who has learned to predict whether a marriage will last, based on a few minutes of observing a couple; the tennis coach who knows when a player will double-fault before the racket even makes contact with the ball; the antiquities experts who recognize a fake at a glance.  The book draws on cutting-edge neuroscience and psychology to change the way you understand every decision you make.

The Enneagram Made Easy: Discover the 9 Types of People

by Renee Baron and Elizabeth Wagels

If you’re looking for personality types to enliven your characters, the enneagram offers a rich source of possibilities.