Here are our top 10 non-fiction books of the year, voted for by Readings' staff, and displayed in no particular order. Actress Union tells her story with wit and sensitivity, a story that includes her struggles as one of a few black students in a predominantly white high school, the devastating rape at gunpoint that almost broke her, and her recovery and pursuit of a high-octane Hollywood career. Pinterest I can’t tell you how much I love a good nonfiction book. Hardcover In other words, if you’ve ever wondered what it’s really to head into space, Kelly’s book offers the most up-to-date and informative account ever written. NOV. 30, 2017. $28.99. Hardcover Edgar Allan Poe. With Massey's personal stories woven in, All the Lives I Want is a poignant examination of public womanhood, and what happens to those who step outside its acceptable bounds. Top Ten Best Non-Fiction Books for 2017. $29.95. Alongside this investigation is a more personal one, equally compelling, diving into Twitty's own rich and complicated history (Twitty grew up in Washington, DC, but his family is from Alabama; Twitty also converted to Judaism in his youth), and never straying far from the food that links the two narratives. We jump through time, following as Radtke moves through sites in Europe, Asia, and the US, watching as she sacrifices relationships to do so. Young's examination spans generations, from the 1835 newspaper reporting the discovery of men on the moon, to today's fake news epidemic. Leavened with humor and written in a clear, easily-digested style, this is a science book that offers plenty of insight into what makes us all tick without numbing you with dense concepts and obscure jargon. Although they lived at the same time, were born in the same country, and fought many of the same enemies, Winston Churchill and George Orwell never met, and there’s no evidence they ever even read each other’s work. “The Age of Surveillance Capita circles play an important role here) some of his darkest and conflicted memories of his mother. Black Edge: Inside Information, Dirty Money, and the Quest to Bring Down the Most Wanted Man on Wall Street, by Sheelah Kolhatkar (Random House) – … Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World Fareed Zakaria Kindle Edition. (Gabriella Demczuk / The New York Times) Best books of 2017: The best nonfiction Ta-Nehisi Coates’ “We Were Eight Years in Power” is one of the best nonfiction books of 2017. Best non-fiction books of 2017. by Tyler Cowen December 2, 2017 at 1:02 am in Books; Here is my list, more or less in the order I read them, and the links typically bring you to my lengthier comments: Neil M. Maher, Apollo in the Age of Aquarius. Twitter Share on pinterest. Posted on December 8, 2017, at 5:47 p.m. It isn't surprising, then, that The Rules Do Not Apply is a book of gut-wrenching sadness and disillusionment; Levy writes with strength and precision about her grief. Option B explores the theory and practical application of techniques to help you not only weather grief and survive life’s swerves, but to move on from it and continue to have a meaningful and fulfilling life despite the void left by those we’ve lost. Best Biography / Memoir Books of 2017. Best Nonfiction Of 2017. There are cogent analyses of legislation, activists, and aesthetics, always grounded by Gerard's connection to her subjects, always led by her distinct voice. Mid-way thr Paperback While admitting that no one can accurately predict the future, he attempts to take all the information on hand and make bold predictions as to the most likely course of future human history—and his conclusions aren’t very reassuring. Even for a highly successful person such as Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook, the sudden, unexpected death of her husband left her wondering how people deal with such events, leading directly to her collaboration with Adam Grant, professor at Wharton and author in his own right. We Were Eight Years in Power, by Ta-Nehisi Coates Essays by Montaigne – The original polemicist and essayist. It's been a tough year — but a great one for books. Our favorite memoirs, criticism, and narrative nonfiction, presented in no particular order. Basketball (and Other Things): A Collection of Questions Asked, Answered, Illustrated, by Shea Serrano $35.00. Here are CBC Books' picks for the best international nonfiction books of 2017. I don’t want to belittle the genre’s past by calling this year a “comeback,” but it certainly seems like the essay is having a moment, particularly in the literary world. Here’s your chance to fix that. It’s also crammed full of interesting information and threaded with an infectious optimism and enthusiasm for knowledge. Joe Biden, former vice president and possible future presidential candidate, lost his son Beau to brain cancer after a momentous struggle. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II, by Liza Mundy But that description doesn't even scratch the surface of this book, which is truly resistant to category. It's a relatable, painful yearning for meaning in all of this randomness, told in spare, down-to-earth truths. Kirkus Reviews, Contributor. Grann, of The Lost City of Z fame, does a marvelous job catching you up on vital history that’s been nearly forgotten. Utilizamos cookies, próprios e de terceiros, que o reconhecem e identificam como um usuário único, para garantir a melhor experiência de navegação, personalizar conteúdo e anúncios, e melhorar o desempenho do nosso site e serviços. We’re Going to Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True, by Gabrielle Union Where the Past Begins, by Amy Tan His writing pulses with anger — at the cruel (if unsurprising) swiftness with which the hope of Obama's presidency was wiped out, and at the people and systems responsible for this — and though many of the essays have previously been published at The Atlantic, reading them freshly, post-Obama, is especially damning. Best Biographies of 2017. When Beau was in the midst of his fight against the disease, he made his father promise that he would be all right. We make sure that every book is read by two judges. I hit that goal in 2017, but it was a little uneven. Arianna Rebolini is the books editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York. Alexie lays bare his emotion, recounting (and then returning to —. Grant, by Ron Chernow Hardcover W hat a year for essay collections! NPR's Book Concierge is your guide to 2017's best reads. Everything All at Once: How to Unleash Your Inner Nerd, Tap into Radical Curiosity and Solve Any Problem, by Bill Nye Juli Berwald's Spineless: The Science of Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone is as much about jellyfish (which, it turns out, are fascinating) as it is about Berwald — her reflections on following this esoteric passion for years, on deciding to lay claim to this kind of scientific exploration. NONFICTION. It’s an intimate look into the life of the child immigrant story and confronts the North American refugee crisis. Ricks places these two remarkable men side-by-side, however, and finds common ground in their shared philosophies and hatred of tyranny. journey into Amway sales. In this remarkable memoir, Biden opens up about that period of his life, discussing with disarming intimacy the personal and political struggles he endured while working to make the world a safer place and trying to decide if he would run for president in 2016. Fans of Irby's beloved blog "Bitches Gotta Eat" will know what delight they're walking into, but for new readers: what a wonderful surprise. The Book Concierge is back with 380+ great reads, hand-picked by NPR staff and trusted critics. Hardcover What access do queer characters like JT Leroy earn those playing them? It’s like having a conversation with your really smart, really funny uncle. Kristen Radtke's graphic memoir is a quiet, stirring meditation on grief, loss, and impermanence. Switching back and forth between internal and external investigations — remembering his mother, and then ruminating on their effects on each other — Alexie's memoir is heartbreaking and true. Save this story for later. We’re excited to share our top picks for the best nonfiction books of 2017! Linda May's story is so poignant, though, because it's so complicated. There's the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, its glory days as remembered from Gerard's youth juxtaposed with its current dismal ("post-apocalyptic") state. Gurba seems intent on tearing down walls and shaking readers out of complacency; her writing pulls our attention to human cruelty, suffering, and then, resilience. Book List. Few people can discuss geopolitical events with the gravitas and authority that Dr. Rice can muster, making this an essential book for getting ready for the year to come. The year’s best books, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review. The most frequent weekly best seller of the year was The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls with seven weeks at the top of the list. What would you like to read? Grann's revisiting isn't just in history, though; it is a true reopening of an investigation, including new and previously unpublished evidence, all of which creates a more complete, captivating, and damning portrait of one of America's most monstrous crimes and cover-ups. $27.00. Dec. 4, 2017 . In fact, she makes a solid case that without these women, we might not have won World War II at all. Reading about Bruder's central character, Linda May, as she is pushed out of job after job, moves into an RV, and connects with a veritable tribe through short-term and scattered work at Amazon, state parks, and private farms, kept me perpetually hovering between two extremes — terrified of ending up with the same fate, and energized to buy my own trailer and shake loose the chains of materialism. | $28.95. If you ever doubt that one person can alter the course of history, look no further than Martin Luther, a young monk who sought only to spark debate when he posted his 95 Theses to a church door. Visit the #bookconcierge, @NPRBooks' guide to 2017's great reads. At 192 pages, Myriam Gurba's Mean might look like a quick read, but readers will do themselves a disservice by rushing through it. Stories of World War II often focus on the heroic deeds of soldiers, but newly declassified documents reveal a shadow army of women who also did their part—the codebreakers. Kirkus Reviews. Matthews doesn’t sugarcoat the ruthlessness that made plenty of enemies for Bobby Kennedy, but he also captures the younger Kennedy’s keen intellect and growing empathy for people who were not as fortunate, traits that may have made him a great president. Use our tags to filter books and find the perfect read for yourself or someone you love. English novelist. Harari takes a different approach: looking forward. 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