Best Non-Fiction of 2012

Friday, December 28, 2012

These are my top five non-fiction books read this year. My favorite was actually published last year, but numbers 2 and 3 were published in 2012. They're each linked to my review.


Imperfect Justice by Jeff Ashton with Lisa Pulitzer (2011)

As much coverage as this case got, especially for those of us in Orlando, this book provides more behind the scenes knowledge of the investigation and trial and was surprisingly fascinating.


The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin (2009)

An entertaining and inspiring journey about making and achieving little resolutions that add together to contribute to overall improved well-being and happiness.


Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo (2012)

This was 2012's non-fiction winner of the National Book Award. This narrative non-fiction portrays the plights of the people living in the Anaawadi slums right next to the luxuriously booming Mumbai in India. Abject poverty next door extravagant wealth. Fascinating.


Quiet by Susan Cain (2012)

Packed with research and insights, this book offers so much knowledge about introverted personalities and what they offer our world as well as the difficulties introverts currently have in finding a role in our society. Completely relatable for me and fascinating, this is a book that I'll proudly display on my shelf, recommend to others, and that I'll likely read again in the future.


Girls Like Us by Rachel Lloyd (2011)

Domestic human trafficking, or the commercial sexual exploitation of girls, in this country is a terrifying thing to think about; but, unfortunately, it's a reality that happens every day. This was the most powerful book I read this year. It left me feeling raw and heartbroken yet professionally inspired to help other girls who have experienced this kind of or similar trauma. I have recommended this to many people and gifted a copy as well. Please consider supporting the associated non-profit agency started and run by Rachel Lloyd, the author, GEMS. You can also follow them on Facebook: Girls Are Not For Sale. Beyond that, however, the writing is fantastic (check out some of the quotes in my review), and the book is astutely organized, qualities which are meritable on their own.


Jenners said...

I think I'm going to try that Imperfect Justice book. It has been on two best of nonfiction lists now.

Meg @ A Bookish Affair said...

I really want to read Behind the Beautiful Forevers and Girls Like Us!

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