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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeePride and Prejudice by Jane AustenJane Eyre by Charlotte BrontëThe Diary of a Young Girl by Anne FrankThe Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Best Woman-Authored Books
6,803 books — 5,512 voters
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne FrankThe Glass Castle by Jeannette WallsNight by Elie WieselAngela's Ashes by Frank McCourtEat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Best Memoir / Biography / Autobiography
4,849 books — 5,443 voters

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret AtwoodThe Bell Jar by Sylvia PlathJane Eyre by Charlotte BrontëA Room of One's Own by Virginia WoolfThe Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
Best Feminist Books
2,150 books — 3,213 voters
John Adams by David McCulloughThe Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shirer1776 by David McCulloughTeam of Rivals by Doris Kearns GoodwinThe Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman
Best History Books
2,911 books — 3,207 voters

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne FrankNight by Elie WieselBeing and Time by Martin HeideggerHiroshima by John HerseyInto Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
Must Read Non-Fiction
2,888 books — 3,041 voters

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne FrankThe Glass Castle by Jeannette WallsI Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya AngelouEat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth GilbertPersepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Memoirs by Women
2,443 books — 2,708 voters
Steve Jobs by Walter IsaacsonUnbroken by Laura HillenbrandEinstein by Walter IsaacsonInto the Wild by Jon KrakauerJohn Adams by David McCullough
Best Biographies
1,203 books — 2,635 voters

Band of Brothers by Stephen E. AmbroseBlack Hawk Down by Mark BowdenHiroshima by John HerseyUnbroken by Laura HillenbrandOn Killing by Dave Grossman
Best Non-fiction War Books
1,421 books — 1,900 voters

Things Fall Apart by Chinua AchebeThe Poisonwood Bible by Barbara KingsolverHalf of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieHeart of Darkness by Joseph ConradCry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
Africa (fiction and nonfiction)
1,523 books — 1,634 voters
The Glass Castle by Jeannette WallsThe Diary of a Young Girl by Anne FrankAngela's Ashes by Frank McCourtNight by Elie WieselEat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Favorite memoirs/autobiographies
1,628 books — 1,627 voters

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth GilbertA Walk in the Woods by Bill BrysonThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann ShafferInto the Wild by Jon KrakauerUnder the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes
Best Traveling Vicariously
1,838 books — 1,593 voters
Bossypants by Tina FeyIs Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy KalingYes Please by Amy PoehlerLet's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny  LawsonAre You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler
Funny Women Memoirs
359 books — 1,512 voters

Please Kill Me by Legs McNeilChronicles by Bob DylanJust Kids by Patti SmithLife by Keith RichardsLove Is a Mix Tape by Rob Sheffield
Best Non Fiction About Music
1,180 books — 1,232 voters
The Dirt by Neil StraussNo One Here Gets Out Alive by Danny SugermanThe Heroin Diaries by Nikki SixxLife by Keith RichardsSlash by Slash
Best Books on Rock and Roll
732 books — 1,222 voters

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David SedarisBossypants by Tina FeyDress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David SedarisNaked by David SedarisRunning with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
Humorous Memoirs and Non-Fiction
734 books — 1,183 voters
The Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsCatching Fire by Suzanne CollinsMockingjay by Suzanne CollinsDivergent by Veronica RothVampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Favourite young adult books
1,326 books — 1,148 voters

Running with Scissors by Augusten BurroughsThe Glass Castle by Jeannette WallsMe Talk Pretty One Day by David SedarisDry by Augusten BurroughsGirl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
Best Strange and Twisted Memoirs
553 books — 1,035 voters
The God Delusion by Richard DawkinsGod Is Not Great by Christopher HitchensThe Demon-Haunted World by Carl SaganThe End of Faith by Sam HarrisLetter to a Christian Nation by Sam Harris
Notable Atheist Books
510 books — 980 voters

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill BrysonQuiet by Susan CainThis Changes Everything by Naomi KleinFreakonomics by Steven D. LevittThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Best 21st Century Non-Fiction
1,187 books — 945 voters
Walden by Henry David ThoreauThe Age of Insight by Eric R. KandelBlood River by Tim ButcherBeing and Time by Martin HeideggerSilent Spring by Rachel Carson
Non-fiction - Something for Everyone
2,057 books — 930 voters

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer BradleyThe Red Tent by Anita DiamantThe Secret Magdalene by Ki LongfellowNefertiti by Michelle MoranCleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran
Awesome Women of the Ancient World
361 books — 884 voters
A Walk in the Woods by Bill BrysonAngela's Ashes by Frank McCourtEat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth GilbertThe Diary of a Young Girl by Anne FrankMy Life in France by Julia Child
Best Memoirs/Autobiography/Travel
755 books — 841 voters

Freakonomics by Steven D. LevittStiff by Mary RoachGuns, Germs, and Steel by Jared DiamondA Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill BrysonBlink by Malcolm Gladwell
Interesting and Readable NonFiction
1,503 books — 761 voters

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