Nonfiction Book Lists

The Devil in the White City by Erik LarsonFreakonomics by Steven D. LevittIn Cold Blood by Truman CapoteA Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill BrysonGuns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
Best Non-Fiction (non biography)
2,846 books — 4,858 voters
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill BrysonA Brief History of Time by Stephen HawkingCosmos by Carl SaganThe Selfish Gene by Richard DawkinsGuns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
Best Science Books - Non-Fiction Only
818 books — 1,910 voters

Band of Brothers by Stephen E. AmbroseBlack Hawk Down by Mark BowdenLone Survivor by Marcus LuttrellFlags of Our Fathers by James D. BradleyThe Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman
Best Non-fiction War Books
761 books — 935 voters

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. SalingerThe Great Gatsby by F. Scott FitzgeraldA Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty  SmithBreakfast at Tiffany's by Truman CapoteExtremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
Tales of New York City
828 books — 759 voters

Running with Scissors by Augusten BurroughsThe Glass Castle by Jeannette WallsMe Talk Pretty One Day by David SedarisDry by Augusten BurroughsTo Live and Drink in L.A. by Ben Peller
Best Strange and Twisted Memoirs
223 books — 717 voters
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. CoveyHow to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale CarnegieGetting Things Done by David AllenOh, The Places You'll Go! by Dr. SeussOrchids by Lisa Jey Davis
Motivational and Self-Improvement Books
640 books — 698 voters

The Joy Luck Club by Amy TanThe Namesake by Jhumpa LahiriThe House on Mango Street by Sandra CisnerosInterpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa LahiriThe Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Immigrant Experience Literature
497 books — 686 voters
The God of Small Things by Arundhati RoyThe White Tiger by Aravind AdigaA Fine Balance by Rohinton MistryShantaram by Gregory David RobertsMidnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
India
392 books — 510 voters

The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas AdamsNGLND XPX by Ian HutsonBrain by Dermot DavisSex in the Title by Zack LoveCatch-22 by Joseph Heller
Best Humor Writing
311 books — 418 voters
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee BrownThe Help by Kathryn StockettThe New Jim Crow by Michelle AlexanderThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca SklootThe Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Books White People Need To Read
361 books — 414 voters

Me Before You by Jojo MoyesGone Girl by Gillian FlynnThe Fault in Our Stars by John GreenThe Book Thief by Markus ZusakLife After Life by Kate Atkinson
2014: What the Over 35's Are Reading
1,886 books — 355 voters
Secrets of the Realm by Bev StoutBeyond Bridalveil Fall by Sheryl SealBeyond Oria Falls by Sheryl SealPhenomena by Susan TarrBeyond the World of Man by Sheryl Seal
Inspiring Books
243 books — 335 voters

You Can Nail It by David R.  GrossThe Jetstream of Success by Julian PencilliahHow to be Successful in Present Day World by Pradeep ChaswalThe Alchemist by Paulo CoelhoThe 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
Self-help and advice
270 books — 297 voters
The Tarnished Shooter by Charles JamesDreams Come True by Bridgitte LesleyThe Master's Plan A Novel About Purpose by Stephany TullisPredator & Prey by Tom SechristThe Stones of Andarus by Tom Sechrist
Best Books You Might Have Missed
243 books — 289 voters

The Tarnished Shooter by Charles JamesA Distant Mirror by Barbara W. TuchmanThe Diary of a Young Girl by Anne FrankGuns, Germs, and Steel by Jared DiamondFrench Illusions by Linda Kovic-Skow
Non-fiction - Something for Everyone
795 books — 275 voters
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne FrankEat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth GilbertThe 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. CoveyTuesdays with Morrie by Mitch AlbomDiary of a Freedom Writer by Darrius Garrett
Recommended Nonfiction Books
361 books — 269 voters

The Happiness Project by Gretchen RubinThe Year of Living Biblically by A.J. JacobsAnimal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara KingsolverEat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth GilbertThe Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
A Year in the Life
127 books — 222 voters
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne FrankFree Fall by Amber Lea EastonThe Hiding Place by Corrie ten BoomThree Cups of Tea by Greg MortensonForever, Christian by Tina Traverse
Inspiring True Stories
100 books — 169 voters

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