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Best Books of 2010 - Nonfiction Compilation



The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson

Amazon Editor Top 100 #5

Publisher’s Weekly Top 10 Books of 2010

New York Times 10 Best Books of 2010

Janet Maslin’s Top 10 Books of 2010

Library Journal Top 10 Books of 2010

National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction Winner

New Yorker Reviewers’ Favorites of 2010

Barnes and Nobles Best Books of 2010

Economist Books of the Year

Boston Globe Best Nonfiction Books of 2010

Kirkus Reviews 2010 Best Nonfiction Books Top 25

Booklist Editors’ Choice 2010

ALA Notable Books - Nonfiction

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Amazon Editor Top 100 #1

Publisher’s Weekly Top 10 Books of 2010

New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2010

Library Journal Top 10 Books of 2010

Booklist Top of the List 2010

New Yorker Reviewers’ Favorites of 2010

Barnes and Nobles Best Books of 2010

Washington Post Top 10 Books of 2010

Boston Globe Best Nonfiction Books of 2010

Kirkus Reviews 2010 Best Nonfiction Books Top 25

Booklist Editors’ Choice 2010

ALA Notable Books - Nonfiction

LA Times Book Prize Finalist - Science

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee

Amazon Editor Top 100 #62

Publisher’s Weekly Best Nonfiction of 2010

New York Times 10 Best Books of 2010

TIME Magazine Top 10 Nonfiction Books of 2010 #2

National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction Finalist

New Yorker Reviewers’ Favorites of 2010

Hudson Booksellers Best Nonfiction of 2010

Barnes and Nobles Best Books of 2010

Economist Books of the Year

Booklist Editors’ Choice 2010

LA Times Book Prize Finalist - Science

Just Kids by Patti Smith

Amazon Editor Top 100 #9

Publisher’s Weekly Top 10 Books of 2010

Janet Maslin’s Top 10 Books of 2010

Library Journal Best Nonfiction Books of 2010

National Book Award for Nonfiction Winner

Washington Post Top 10 Books of 2010

Boston Globe Best Nonfiction Books of 2010

Kirkus Reviews 2010 Best Nonfiction Books Top 25

ALA Notable Books - Nonfiction

LA Times Book Prize Finalist - Current Interest

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

Amazon Editor Top 100 #4

Publisher’s Weekly Top 10 Books of 2010

TIME Magazine Top 10 Nonfiction Books of 2010 #1

Hudson Booksellers Best Nonfiction of 2010

Barnes and Nobles Best Books of 2010

Boston Globe Best Nonfiction Books of 2010

LA Times Book Prize Finalist - Biography

Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff

New York Times 10 Best Books of 2010

Michiko Kakutani’s Top 10 Books of 2010

TIME Magazine Top 10 Nonfiction Books of 2010 #9

New Yorker Reviewers’ Favorites of 2010

Barnes and Nobles Best Books of 2010

Boston Globe Best Nonfiction Books of 2010

Kirkus Reviews 2010 Best Nonfiction Books Top 25

Life by Keith Richards

Amazon Editor Top 100 #44

Michiko Kakutani’s Top 10 Books of 2010

New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2010

TIME Magazine Top 10 Nonfiction Books of 2010 #7

New Yorker Reviewers’ Favorites of 2010

Barnes and Nobles Best Books of 2010

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Travels in Siberia by Ian Frazier

Amazon Editor Top 100 #42

Publisher’s Weekly Best Nonfiction of 2010

New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2010

Boston Globe Best Nonfiction Books of 2010

Kirkus Reviews 2010 Best Nonfiction Books Top 25

ALA Notable Books - Nonfiction

The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis

Amazon Editor Top 100 #10

Publisher’s Weekly Top 10 Books of 2010

Barnes and Nobles Best Books of 2010

Economist Books of the Year

Washington Post Top 10 Books of 2010

Boston Globe Best Nonfiction Books of 2010

LA Times Book Prize Finalist - Current Interest

Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach

Amazon Editor Top 100 #41

Library Journal Best Nonfiction Books of 2010

Barnes and Noble Best Books of 2010

Hudson Booksellers Best Nonfiction of 2010

Barnes and Nobles Best Books of 2010

Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist, and Sexual Renegade by Justin Spring

Amazon Editor Top 100 #67

National Book Award for Nonfiction Finalist

New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2010

The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival by John Vaillant

Amazon Editor Top 100 #34

Publisher’s Weekly Best Nonfiction of 2010

Library Journal Top 10 Books of 2010

Washington Post Top 10 Books of 2010

ALA Notable Books - Nonfiction

Let's Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship by Gail Caldwell

Amazon Editor Top 100 #18

Publisher’s Weekly Best Nonfiction of 2010

TIME Magazine Top 10 Nonfiction Books of 2010 #3

Hudson Booksellers Best Nonfiction of 2010

The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhood by Jane Leavy

Publisher’s Weekly Best Nonfiction of 2010

New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2010

TIME Magazine Top 10 Nonfiction Books of 2010 #4

Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol. 1 by Mark Twain

Amazon Editor Top 100 #65

Publisher’s Weekly Best Nonfiction of 2010

Barnes and Nobles Best Books of 2010

Apollo's Angels: A History of Ballet by Jennifer Homans

Publisher’s Weekly Best Nonfiction of 2010

New York Times 10 Best Books of 2010

National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction Finalist

YOU ARE NOT A GADGET: A MANIFESTO by Jaron Lanier

Michiko Kakutani’s Top 10 Books of 2010

TIME Magazine Top 10 Nonfiction Books of 2010 #10

Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

National Book Award for Nonfiction Finalist

National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction Finalist

ALA Notable Books - Nonfiction

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Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory by Ben Macintyre

Amazon Editor Top 100 #14

New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2010

New Yorker Reviewers’ Favorites of 2010

The Memory Chalet by Tony Judt

Amazon Editor Top 100 #15

WAR by Sebastian Junger

Amazon Editor Top 100 #20

Barnes and Nobles Best Books of 2010

TIME Magazine Top 10 Nonfiction Books of 2010 #6

LA Times Book Prize Finalist - Current Interest

Country Driving: A Journey Through China from Farm to Factory by Peter Hessler

Amazon Editor Top 100 #24

New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2010

Economist Books of the Year

Boston Globe Best Nonfiction Books of 2010

At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson

Amazon Editor Top 100 #26

Play Their Hearts Out: A Coach, His Star Recruit, and the Youth Basketball Machine by George Dohrmann

Amazon Editor Top 100 #28

Kirkus Reviews 2010 Best Nonfiction Books Top 25

The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness, and Obsession by David Grann

Amazon Editor Top 100 #31

Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour by Lynne Olson

Amazon Editor Top 100 #50

ALA Notable Books - Nonfiction

Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Hampton Sides

Amazon Editor Top 100 #52

TIME Magazine Top 10 Nonfiction Books of 2010 #8

Kirkus Reviews 2010 Best Nonfiction Books Top 25

Blind Descent: The Quest to Discover the Deepest Place on Earth by James M. Tabor

Amazon Editor Top 100 #55

Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food by Paul Greenberg

Amazon Editor Top 100 #56

New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2010

New Yorker Reviewers’ Favorites of 2010

Half a Life by Darin Strauss

Amazon Editor Top 100 #60

National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography Winner

Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet by Bill McKibben

Amazon Editor Top 100 #61

Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches by S. C. Gwynne

Amazon Editor Top 100 #63

National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction Finalist

New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2010

Barnes and Nobles Best Books of 2010

Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime by John Heilemann

Amazon Editor Top 100 #66

Economist Books of the Year

Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter by Tom Bissell

Amazon Editor Top 100 #76

How to Wreck a Nice Beach: The Vocoder from World War II to Hip-Hop, The Machine Speaks by Dave Tompkins

Amazon Editor Top 100 #77

Cartographies of Time: A History of the Timeline by Daniel Rosenberg

Amazon Editor Top 100 #81

The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York by Deborah Blum

Amazon Editor Top 100 #84

Encyclopedia of the Exquisite: An Anecdotal History of Elegant Delights by Jessica Kerwin Jenkins

Amazon Editor Top 100 #85

How to Live: Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer by Sarah Bakewell

Amazon Editor Top 100 #86

National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography Winner

Library Journal Top 10 Books of 2010

Boston Globe Best Nonfiction Books of 2010

Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things by Gail Steketee

Amazon Editor Top 100 #90

The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love by Kristin Kimball

Amazon Editor Top 100 #96

Decoded by Jay-Z

Amazon Editor Top 100 #98

Bloody Crimes: The Chase for Jefferson Davis and the Death Pageant for Lincoln's Corpse by James L. Swanson

Amazon Editor Top 100 #99

The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements by Sam Kean

Amazon Editor Top 100 #100

The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them by Elif Batuman

Publisher’s Weekly Best Nonfiction of 2010

New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2010

Hudson Booksellers Best Nonfiction of 2010

Boston Globe Best Nonfiction Books of 2010

Composed: A Memoir by Rosanne Cash

Publisher’s Weekly Best Nonfiction of 2010

Kirkus Reviews 2010 Best Nonfiction Books Top 25

Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow

Publisher’s Weekly Best Nonfiction of 2010

New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2010

Barnes and Nobles Best Books of 2010

Booklist Editors’ Choice 2010

ALA Notable Books - Nonfiction

LA Times Book Prize Finalist - History

About a Mountain by John D'Agata

Publisher’s Weekly Best Nonfiction of 2010

The Lost Cyclist: The Epic Tale of an American Adventurer and His Mysterious Disappearance by David V. Herlihy

Publisher’s Weekly Best Nonfiction of 2010

Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia by Michael Korda

Publisher’s Weekly Best Nonfiction of 2010

Colonel Roosevelt by Edmund Morris

Publisher’s Weekly Best Nonfiction of 2010

New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2010

Kirkus Reviews 2010 Best Nonfiction Books Top 25

Booklist Editors’ Choice 2010

LA Times Book Prize Finalist - Biography

The Grace of Silence: A Memoir by Michele Norris

Publisher’s Weekly Best Nonfiction of 2010

Booklist Editors’ Choice 2010

Yellow Dirt: An American Story of a Poisoned Land and a People Betrayed by Judy Pasternak

Publisher’s Weekly Best Nonfiction of 2010

Let the Swords Encircle Me: Iran-A Journey Behind the Headlines by Scott Peterson

Publisher’s Weekly Best Nonfiction of 2010

Listen to This by Alex Ross

Publisher’s Weekly Best Nonfiction of 2010

Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margins of Error by Kathryn Schulz

Publisher’s Weekly Best Nonfiction of 2010

Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? by James Shapiro

Publisher’s Weekly Best Nonfiction of 2010

New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2010

Bomber County: The Poetry of a Lost Pilot's War by Daniel Swift

Publisher’s Weekly Best Nonfiction of 2010

Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and the Dawn of the American Woman by Sam Wasson

Publisher’s Weekly Best Nonfiction of 2010

Janet Maslin’s Top 10 Books of 2010

The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires by Tim Wu

Publisher’s Weekly Best Nonfiction of 2010

New Yorker Reviewers’ Favorites of 2010

Finishing the Hat: Collected Lyrics (1954-1981) With Attendant Comments, Principles, Heresies, Grudges, Whines and Anecdotes by Stephen Sondheim

New York Times 10 Best Books of 2010

Economist Books of the Year

ALL THE DEVILS ARE HERE: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis By Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera

New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2010

New Yorker Reviewers’ Favorites of 2010

LA Times Book Prize Finalist - Current Interest

BIG GIRLS DON’T CRY: The Election That Changed Everything for American Women By Rebecca Traister

New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2010

THE BOOK IN THE RENAISSANCE. By Andrew Pettegree

New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2010

THE BRIDGE: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama By David Remnick

New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2010

Economist Books of the Year

Kirkus Reviews 2010 Best Nonfiction Books Top 25

CHANGING MY MIND: Occasional Essays. By Zadie Smith

New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2010

CHARLIE CHAN: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous With American History. By Yunte Huang

New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2010

National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction Finalist

New Yorker Reviewers’ Favorites of 2010

Kirkus Reviews 2010 Best Nonfiction Books Top 25

CHRISTIANITY: The First Three Thousand Years. By Diarmaid MacCulloch

New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2010

New Yorker Reviewers’ Favorites of 2010

COMMON AS AIR: Revolution, Art, and Ownership. By Lewis Hyde

New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2010

New Yorker Reviewers’ Favorites of 2010

ENCOUNTER. By Milan Kundera. Translated by Linda Asher

New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2010

THE FIERY TRIAL: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery By Eric Foner

New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2010

HITCH-22: A Memoir. By Christopher Hitchens

New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2010

Kirkus Reviews 2010 Best Nonfiction Books Top 25

Booklist Editors’ Choice 2010

LA Times Book Prize Finalist - Biography

THE HONOR CODE: How Moral Revolutions Happen. By Kwame Anthony Appiah

New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2010

INSECTOPEDIA. By Hugh Raffles

New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2010

KOESTLER: The Literary and Political Odyssey of a Twentieth-Century Skeptic. By Michael Scammell

New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2010

LAST CALL: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition. By Daniel Okrent

New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2010

Hudson Booksellers Best Nonfiction of 2010

Kirkus Reviews 2010 Best Nonfiction Books Top 25

ALA Notable Books - Nonfiction

THE LAST HERO: A Life of Henry Aaron. By Howard Bryant

New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2010

THE LAST STAND: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn. By Nathaniel Philbrick

New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2010

ALA Notable Books - Nonfiction

LONG FOR THIS WORLD: The Strange Science of Immortality. By Jonathan Weiner

New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2010

THE MIND’S EYE. By Oliver Sacks

New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2010

ORIGINS: How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives. By Annie Murphy Paul

New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2010

PARISIANS: An Adventure History of Paris. By Graham Robb

New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2010

PEARL BUCK IN CHINA: Journey to “The Good Earth." By Hilary Spurling.

New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2010

Economist Books of the Year

POPS: A Life of Louis Armstrong. By Terry Teachout

New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2010

THE PRICE OF ALTRUISM: George Price and the Search for the Origins of Kindness. By Oren Harman

New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2010

ALA Notable Books - Nonfiction

LA Times Book Prize Finalist - Science

THE PROMISE: President Obama, Year One. By Jonathan Alter

New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2010

LA Times Book Prize Finalist - Current Interest

THE PUBLISHER: Henry Luce and His American Century. By Alan Brinkley

New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2010

New Yorker Reviewers’ Favorites of 2010

RATIFICATION: The People Debate the Constitution, 1787-1788. By Pauline Maier

New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2010

THE SABBATH WORLD: Glimpses of a Different Order of Time. By Judith Shulevitz

New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2010

SCORPIONS: The Battles and Triumphs of FDR’s Great Supreme Court Justices. By Noah Feldman

New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2010

SUPREME POWER: Franklin Roosevelt vs. the Supreme Court. By Jeff Shesol

New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2010

New Yorker Reviewers’ Favorites of 2010

THE TALENTED MISS HIGHSMITH: The Secret Life and Serious Art of Patricia Highsmith. By Joan Schenkar

New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2010

THE TENTH PARALLEL: Dispatches From the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam. By Eliza Griswold

New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2010

THE WAVE: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean. By Susan Casey

New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2010

Hudson Booksellers Best Nonfiction of 2010

WILLIE MAYS: The Life, the Legend. By James S. Hirsch.

New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2010








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