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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 — 5,513 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
John Adams by David McCullough1776 by David McCulloughTeam of Rivals by Doris Kearns GoodwinA People's History of the United States by Howard ZinnBattle Cry of Freedom by James M. McPherson
Best Non-fiction American History Books
1,930 books — 2,320 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

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
1,565 books — 1,876 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

The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael PollanKitchen Confidential by Anthony BourdainAnimal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara KingsolverFast Food Nation by Eric SchlosserIn Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
Food-Related Non-Fiction
918 books — 1,590 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 Hobbit, or There and Back Again 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
908 books — 1,202 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
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 Diary of a Young Girl by Anne FrankEat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth GilbertTuesdays with Morrie by Mitch AlbomThe 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. CoveyIn Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Recommended Nonfiction Books
1,417 books — 901 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

The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas AdamsThe Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas AdamsCatch-22 by Joseph HellerLamb by Christopher MooreBattersea Parker by Jimmy Tudeski
Best Humor Writing
720 books — 823 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

Night by Elie WieselAngela's Ashes by Frank McCourtRunning with Scissors by Augusten BurroughsMe Talk Pretty One Day by David SedarisA Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
Memoirs by Men
1,230 books — 727 voters

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