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Book Riot's 50 of the Best Nonfiction Books

"Is it possible to pick 50 of the best nonfiction books ever? Of course not! But I've given it a try. In this list I narrowed down the topic a bit by focusing on books within the last 100 years or so, including some very contemporary ones, and I kept just a few genres: biography, memoir, history, social sciences, culture, science, and nature. There are so many more genres I'm leaving out, including travel, self-help, religion/spirituality, business, philosophy, criticism, and more. And of course there are wonderful works of nonfiction written before the twentieth century. Nonfiction is a VAST field.
I could easily write a list of the 1,000 best nonfiction books, but that would be overwhelming for everybody! Hopefully you will find some books you love here and some books you haven't read and might want to try."
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Alexander Hamilton (Ron Chernow)
Alexander Hamilton (Ron Chernow)
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The Argonauts (Maggie Nelson)
The Argonauts (Maggie Nelson)
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Autobiography of a Face
Autobiography of a Face
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Between the World and Me (Ta-Nehisi Coates)
Between the World and Me (Ta-Nehisi Coates)
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Bird by Bird (Anne Lamott)
Bird by Bird (Anne Lamott)
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Black Boy (Richard Wright)
Black Boy (Richard Wright)
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The Boys of My Youth (Jo Ann Beard)
The Boys of My Youth (Jo Ann Beard)
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Heart Berries (Terese Marie Mailhot)
Heart Berries (Terese Marie Mailhot)
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H Is for Hawk (Helen MacDonald)
H Is for Hawk (Helen MacDonald)
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Hunger (Roxane Gay)
Hunger (Roxane Gay)
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Maya Angelou)
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Maya Angelou)
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In Cold Blood (Truman Capote)
In Cold Blood (Truman Capote)
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The Liar's Club
The Liar's Club
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Men We Reaped
Men We Reaped
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Negroland (Margo Jefferson)
Negroland (Margo Jefferson)
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A Small Place (Jamaica Kincaid)
A Small Place (Jamaica Kincaid)
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When Breath Becomes Air (Paul Kalanithi)
When Breath Becomes Air (Paul Kalanithi)
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The White Album (Joan Didion)
The White Album (Joan Didion)
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Wild Swans (Jung Chang)
Wild Swans (Jung Chang)
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The Woman Warrior
The Woman Warrior
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1776 by David McCullough
1776 by David McCullough
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All the President's Men (Carl Bernstein)
All the President's Men (Carl Bernstein)
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Columbine (Dave Cullen)
Columbine (Dave Cullen)
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Hidden Figures (Margot Lee Shetterly)
Hidden Figures (Margot Lee Shetterly)
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Killers of the Flower Moon (Grann)
Killers of the Flower Moon (Grann)
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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (John Berendt)
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (John Berendt)
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A People's History of the United States
A People's History of the United States
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SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome (Mary Beard)
SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome (Mary Beard)
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Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (Ibram X. Kendi)
Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (Ibram X. Kendi)
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Unbroken (Laura Hillenbrand)
Unbroken (Laura Hillenbrand)
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The Warmth of Other Suns (Isabel Wilkerson)
The Warmth of Other Suns (Isabel Wilkerson)
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Borderlands/ La Frontera, Gloria Anzaldua
Borderlands/ La Frontera, Gloria Anzaldua
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Evicted (Matthew Desmond)
Evicted (Matthew Desmond)
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The Fire Next Time (James Baldwin)
The Fire Next Time (James Baldwin)
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Just Mercy (Bryan Stevenson)
Just Mercy (Bryan Stevenson)
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Men Explain Things to Me (Rebecca Solnit)
Men Explain Things to Me (Rebecca Solnit)
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The New Jim Crow (Michelle Alexander)
The New Jim Crow (Michelle Alexander)
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Nickel and Dimed (Barbara Ehrenreich)
Nickel and Dimed (Barbara Ehrenreich)
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A Room of One's Own (Virginia Woolf)
A Room of One's Own (Virginia Woolf)
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The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down (Anne Fadiman)
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down (Anne Fadiman)
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