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Reader's Digest's 50 Best Nonfiction Books of All Time

"The best nonfiction books can equally capture your attention and draw you into their worlds. These works can take many forms and focus on anything and everything—from true crime, science, history, and travel to gender, race, politics, and economics. They may offer a comprehensive view of a topic, provide essential tips and tricks that make your life easier, or even change the way you look at the world. Their authors bring the subjects to life and make them incredibly compelling. Here, you'll find the best nonfiction books of all time—the ones that will really make you think. Many of these titles were culled from the annals of Pulitzer, the National Book Critics Circle, the National Book Foundation, and influential best-seller lists. Some are classics that have a lasting legacy. Some are important works that help us understand humanity. Some blow us away with their beautiful storytelling. And some are just plain good reads—some of the best books of all time, in fact." - stage.rd.com
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Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity (Katherine Boo)
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity (Katherine Boo)
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Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner)
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner)
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Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity (Andrew Solomon)
Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity (Andrew Solomon)
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Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning (Cathy Park Hong)
Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning (Cathy Park Hong)
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The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (Michael Pollan)
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (Michael Pollan)
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Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal (Eric Schlosser)
Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal (Eric Schlosser)
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The Sea Around Us (Rachel Carson)
The Sea Around Us (Rachel Carson)
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Silent Spring (Rachel Carson)
Silent Spring (Rachel Carson)
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Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (Annie Dillard)
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (Annie Dillard)
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How the Word Is Passed (Clint Smith)
How the Word Is Passed (Clint Smith)
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Grand Canyon (Jason Chin)
Grand Canyon (Jason Chin)
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Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster (Jon Krakauer)
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster (Jon Krakauer)
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13
The Second Sex (Simone De Beauvoir)
The Second Sex (Simone De Beauvoir)
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The Feminine Mystique (Betty Friedan)
The Feminine Mystique (Betty Friedan)
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Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men (Mara Hvistendahl)
Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men (Mara Hvistendahl)
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Dog Flowers: A Memoir (Danielle Geller)
Dog Flowers: A Memoir (Danielle Geller)
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The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference (Malcolm Gladwell)
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference (Malcolm Gladwell)
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The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer (Siddhartha Mukherjee)
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer (Siddhartha Mukherjee)
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How We Die: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter (Sherwin B. Nuland)
How We Die: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter (Sherwin B. Nuland)
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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Rebecca Skloot)
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Rebecca Skloot)
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Between the World and Me (Ta-Nehisi Coates)
Between the World and Me (Ta-Nehisi Coates)
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Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954–63 (Taylor Branch)
Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954–63 (Taylor Branch)
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Man's Search for Meaning (Viktor E. Frankl)
Man's Search for Meaning (Viktor E. Frankl)
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The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration (Isabel Wilkerson)
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration (Isabel Wilkerson)
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My Broken Language: A Memoir (Quiara Alegría Hudes)
My Broken Language: A Memoir (Quiara Alegría Hudes)
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Notes of a Native Son (James Baldwin)
Notes of a Native Son (James Baldwin)
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The Souls of Black Folk (W.E.B. Du Bois)
The Souls of Black Folk (W.E.B. Du Bois)
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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing (Marie Kondo)
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing (Marie Kondo)
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The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (Michelle Alexander)
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (Michelle Alexander)
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The Right Stuff (Tom Wolfe)
The Right Stuff (Tom Wolfe)
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In Cold Blood (Truman Capote)
In Cold Blood (Truman Capote)
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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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I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban (Malala Yousafzai)
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban (Malala Yousafzai)
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Stiff: The Curious Life of Human Cadavers (Mary Roach)
Stiff: The Curious Life of Human Cadavers (Mary Roach)
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The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains (Nicholas G. Carr)
The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains (Nicholas G. Carr)
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The Making of the Atomic Bomb (Richard Rhodes)
The Making of the Atomic Bomb (Richard Rhodes)
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A Brief History of Time (Stephen Hawking)
A Brief History of Time (Stephen Hawking)
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Astrophysics for People in a Hurry (Neil Degrasse Tyson)
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry (Neil Degrasse Tyson)
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A Short History of Nearly Everything (Bill Bryson)
A Short History of Nearly Everything (Bill Bryson)
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Annals of the Former World (John McPhee)
Annals of the Former World (John McPhee)
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