This is right up my alley, I read mostly non-fiction, all different subjects.
Bill Bryson is very entertaining - A Walk In the Woods, Notes from a Small Island, Neither Here Nor There, etc.
I can't remember the author's name but he wrote Sex Lives of Cannibals, which is not about sex or cannibals (just a little bit maybe). His girlfriend (later wife) gets a job with an aid organization and they move to a little island in the South Pacific. I truly laughed out loud multiple times throughout the book. The follow up Getting Stone with Savages is also very entertaining. They eventually have a baby and the parts about pregnancy, birth and raising a baby in a foreign country would appeal to a lot of MDCers.
Don't Lets Go to the Dogs Tonight is about the author's life in Africa. Her parents were British and they lived in Rowanda. There are very sad parts but overall it is fascinating.
The Glass Castle is good but it made me so incredibly angry at the parents, who were knuckleheads.
I don't think I got this title right but it is something like Growing Up in MacBeth's Castle by Lady such-n-such Campbell. Her father was the xth Thane of Caldor and the book is about growing up in the castle and life as a royal in Scotland. Not exactly a happy story but very interesting.
Katharine Grahm's Personal History is one of my all time favorite books.
The Big House by (Someone) Colt is about his family's Cape Cod summer home and how through the generations, the family money runs out and by the time he is an adult, the heirs are forced to sell the house. The book covers the construction in 1903 until present day.
No One Would Listen is about the Bernie Madoff scandal and how one guy kept reporting him over and over again and the SEC refused to look into it. The author started contacting the SEC something like 15 years prior to Madoff's arrest.