I have meet many people who shy away from nonfiction books for very silly reasons. Nonfiction allows you to leave your current surroundings just like fiction. You just have to find the right genre of nonfiction that interests you.
I am the type of bookworm that jumps around from subject to subject, genre to genre. In doing this I have read books on many topics from many different perspectives. Based on my experience I recommend that if you are new to non-fiction you consider starting with some memoirs and biographies. I recommend this genre because you dont need any type of back ground information to understand the details of the book. Memoirs & biographies can spark interest in topics that you will find in other genres of nonfiction. Here are some of the memoirs and biographies I have found the most interesting:
Your interests are going to be different then mine, thats normal. Go ahead and read a book about a person you find interesting, you never know where it will lead you.