Non-Fiction 2011

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Non-Fiction 2011

This year was amazing for non-fiction! I hadn't read much of this genre prior to the past couple years, but so many that I have been reading have really excited me! Maybe I love the fact that I'm learning and that I feel smart but am enjoying it at the same time! While I'm doing a separate best of list, I wanted to highlight the best of the non-fiction I read this year.

Sociological Memoir

Little Princes by Conor Grennan (review coming in January 2012)
Gang Leader for a Day by Sudhir Venkatesh



The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee (review coming in 2012)


Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick
Tangled Webs by James B. Stewart
Decision Points by George W. Bush

Short Stories, Crime, and Memoir
Heart of the City by Ariel Sabar
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Bringing Adam Home by Les Standiford

I would  have an incredibly difficult time narrowing down these books to my favorite. Of the 11 listed here, I can only narrow it down to 6!


Zibilee said...

Oh, I definitely agree that the Henrietta Lacks book is one of my favorites of the year as well! I also liked The Little Princes. I didn't read a whole lot of non-fiction this year, but I aim to change that in the upcoming year, and I am taking a few of the books on your list and adding them to my basket! Great post today!

Sandy Nawrot said...

Loved Henrietta and Bossypants! I do have Little Princes on my shelves (compliments of Heather) and I perked up at Bringing Adam Home. I don't think I saw that review, I'm going to have to look it up. I did a huge presentation in a speech class in college on that abduction. Heartbreaking.

Emidy (Une Parole) said...

I don't read much non-fiction, so I actually haven't read any of these. It seems like I'm missing out on some great books, so I should change it up and pick up a non-fiction book sometime!

bermudaonion said...

When I see all these "best of lists," I feel like I've been reading the wrong books! I've only 2 of those books. Several others are in my TBR pile, though.

Nana Fredua-Agyeman said...

thought Decision Point was a memoir. thanks for sharing this list. I also did read enough non-fiction than I'd read in the two previous years.

Natalie~Coffee and a Book Chick said...

I LOVED Henrietta Lacks! What an incredible story and I really need to finalize my thoughts on it and post a review on it! I listened to the audiobook and was blown away by it. Hands down, one of the best non-fictions around.

Melanie said...

I skimmed through parts of Battle Hymn, and I also read the piece TIME did on the author. It was very interesting, but I think it was a bit premature. Who knows how her kids will be behaving once they're granted some independence?

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