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1,380 books · 1,460 voters · list created August 30th, 2008 by Craig (votes) .
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message 1: by Lud (new)

Lud If this is a best non-fiction list, why is "Killer Angels: A NOVEL of the Civil War," winner of the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for FICTION, included??? Just curious.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Yeah, I was wondering that as well.


message 3: by booklady (new)

booklady It shouldn't be.


message 4: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Atlas Shrugged and Confederacy of Dunces are definitely not non-fiction.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I'm going to remove those, for not being non-fiction.


message 6: by Craig (new)

Craig I can't figure out how to remove books from the list, could you enlighten me?


message 7: by Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (last edited Jun 14, 2010 10:23AM) (new)

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads You have to be a librarian to remove books, though anyone can remove their own vote for one.

Any other fiction lurking in there I didn't spot?


message 8: by Richard (new)

Richard Lowry New Dawn tells a story you will never forget - New Dawn  The Battles for Fallujah by Richard S. Lowry


message 9: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Susanna wrote: "You have to be a librarian to remove books, though anyone can remove their own vote for one.

Any other fiction lurking in there I didn't spot?"


IN COLD BLOOD is what its author called a "non-fiction" novel. Similarly, Jeff Shaara's Rise to Rebellion, although told in narrative form is as close to non-fiction as he could make it while maintaining the narrative thread. Maybe we should have a separate list ?


message 10: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn THE DAY OF THE LOCUST !!!!??


message 11: by Harrison (new)

Harrison Atsutse HARRISON ATSUTSE
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message 12: by Jerome (new)

Jerome "American Conspiracies?"
Please.


message 13: by Tara (new)

Tara Three Cups of Tea is totally and completely False!! Greg writes the book to shine himself as a Selfless Humanitarian. I read his book and was completely moved by his story only to realize that he made up 90% of what happened. This book needs to be removed!! If anyone really wants to know what Greg Mortenson stands for, they should read "Three Cups of Deceit" by Jon Krakauer.


message 14: by Jack (new)

Jack Hi everyone,

I have created a new group called Goodreads All Sorts and I'd love for people to join it or just even just give it a look. It's a group that discusses anything and everything. There will be monthly group reads, movies, and music. There is a folder for everything you could think of. I'd really like if people could spread the word because I'd love for the group to be a success. Here is the link to the group:

http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/9...

Thanks very much,
Jack :-)


message 15: by Zumba (new)

Zumba Elgato Why is Mortenson still on this list? Fiction, pure fiction.


message 16: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Ruedin To Kill a Mockingbird and Animal Farm both removed as they are fiction.


message 17: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Ruedin Fifty Shades of Grey, One Hundred Years of Solitude, Jessica: The Little Girl Who Loves Jesus, and Sophie's World all removed as they are all fiction.


message 18: by Elanna (last edited Apr 09, 2014 03:33PM) (new)

Elanna What about the two books of Khaled Hosseini? "The kite runner" and "One thousand splendid suns" are novels!
And where are the interesting books? I don't think that self-help best-sellers can be a canon of human thought, do you?
Not a single historian worth of the name... no philosophers... only a book ABOUT Chomsky... ???


message 19: by Neva (new)

Neva "The Help" is fiction. :)


message 20: by Booklovinglady (last edited Feb 02, 2015 10:55AM) (new)

Booklovinglady Snowdrops (currently #636) is not a work of non-fiction, as far as I'm aware... Anyone?


message 21: by Booklovinglady (last edited Feb 02, 2015 11:10AM) (new)

Booklovinglady Elanna wrote: " no philosophers..."

I voted for Bertrand Russell's A History of Western Philosophy... Must have been added then after you added your message.

Someone must have deleted the two novels by Khaled Hosseini, as they don't seem to be there anymore.


message 22: by Booklovinglady (last edited Feb 02, 2015 11:10AM) (new)

Booklovinglady Neva wrote: ""The Help" is fiction. :)"

I checked the list, but it seems to have been deleted already.


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