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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
5,394 books — 5,795 voters
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
7,440 books — 5,133 voters

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne FrankNight by Elie WieselInto Thin Air by Jon KrakauerInto the Wild by Jon KrakauerFreakonomics by Steven D. Levitt
Must Read Non-Fiction
3,422 books — 3,550 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
3,349 books — 3,452 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
2,410 books — 3,337 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
2,809 books — 2,900 voters
Steve Jobs by Walter IsaacsonUnbroken by Laura HillenbrandEinstein by Walter IsaacsonInto the Wild by Jon KrakauerJohn Adams by David McCullough
Best Biographies
1,335 books — 2,720 voters

John Adams by David McCullough1776 by David McCulloughTeam of Rivals by Doris Kearns GoodwinA People's History of the United States by Howard ZinnBury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
Best American History Books
2,006 books — 2,418 voters
Band of Brothers by Stephen E. AmbroseBlack Hawk Down by Mark BowdenUnbroken by Laura HillenbrandLone Survivor by Marcus LuttrellWe Were Soldiers Once... and Young by Harold G. Moore
Best Non-fiction War Books
1,703 books — 2,097 voters

Stiff by Mary RoachThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca SklootThe Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales by Oliver SacksOne Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken KeseyThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Medicine and Literature
1,806 books — 1,983 voters

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth GilbertA Walk in the Woods by Bill BrysonBlood River by Tim ButcherThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann ShafferInto the Wild by Jon Krakauer
Best Traveling Vicariously
2,096 books — 1,841 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)
1,709 books — 1,816 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
1,831 books — 1,729 voters
Kitchen Confidential by Anthony BourdainThe Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael PollanAnimal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara KingsolverFast Food Nation by Eric SchlosserIn Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
Food-Related Non-Fiction
1,129 books — 1,658 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
416 books — 1,562 voters

Freakonomics by Steven D. LevittA Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill BrysonGuns, Germs, and Steel by Jared DiamondStiff by Mary RoachOutliers by Malcolm Gladwell
Interesting and Readable Nonfiction
2,275 books — 1,398 voters

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne FrankSoul Cure by Gregory DickowWhy They Stay by Anne MichaudEat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth GilbertTuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
Recommended Nonfiction Books
2,302 books — 1,313 voters
The Hobbit by J.R.R. TolkienWild by Cheryl StrayedA Walk in the Woods by Bill BrysonEat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth GilbertInto the Wild by Jon Krakauer
Wanderlust
1,304 books — 1,291 voters

Please Kill Me by Legs McNeilJust Kids by Patti SmithChronicles by Bob DylanLife by Keith RichardsLove Is a Mix Tape by Rob Sheffield
Best Non Fiction About Music
1,262 books — 1,267 voters
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David SedarisBossypants by Tina FeyDress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David SedarisA Walk in the Woods by Bill BrysonNaked by David Sedaris
Humorous Memoirs and Non-Fiction
864 books — 1,240 voters

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott FitzgeraldThe Catcher in the Rye by J.D. SalingerA Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty  SmithBreakfast at Tiffany's and Three Stories by Truman CapoteExtremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
Tales of New York City
1,392 books — 1,213 voters

Running with Scissors by Augusten BurroughsThe Glass Castle by Jeannette WallsMe Talk Pretty One Day by David SedarisAngela's Ashes by Frank McCourtDress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris
Best Strange and Twisted Memoirs
615 books — 1,093 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
543 books — 1,000 voters


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