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2010 Best Nonfiction: The Top 25

  • NONFICTION

    MURDER CITY

    APRIL 1, 2010

HISTORY

MURDER CITY

by Charles Bowden

A potent book that readers won’t soon forget, and a warning of what can come of an insatiable market that knows no borders. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE PUBLISHER

    APRIL 22, 2010

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

THE PUBLISHER

by Alan Brinkley

A thoroughly researched, nuanced appreciation of a complex, talented and troubled man. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    MADISON AND JEFFERSON

    OCT. 1, 2010

  • NONFICTION

    COMPOSED

    AUG. 10, 2010

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

COMPOSED

by Rosanne Cash

An excellent memoir that ends on an encouraging note: “More to come.” Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    CHASING THE SUN

    NOV. 9, 2010

NONFICTION

CHASING THE SUN

by Richard Cohen

Apollo, Ra, Inti or Huitzilopochtli—all would rock with delight at Cohen’s sweeping endeavor. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    PLAY THEIR HEARTS OUT

    OCT. 5, 2010

  • NONFICTION

    THERE IS POWER IN A UNION

    SEPT. 14, 2010

NONFICTION

THERE IS POWER IN A UNION

by Philip Dray

In the end, Dray’s account is evenhanded—not all bosses are bad, not all activists good—but it is clear where his sympathies... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    TRAVELS IN SIBERIA

    OCT. 19, 2010

NONFICTION

TRAVELS IN SIBERIA

by Ian Frazier

A dense, challenging, dazzling work that will leave readers exhausted but yearning for more. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    MENTOR

    AUG. 15, 2010

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

MENTOR

by Tom Grimes

Without wasting a word, Grimes presents a thoroughly readable view of how stories—and writers, at least of a certain... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    HITCH-22

    JUNE 2, 2010

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

HITCH-22

by Christopher Hitchens

Revealing and riveting. There's little about his brother, his two marriages or his children, but other memoirs may follow. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    CHARLIE CHAN

    AUG. 30, 2010

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

CHARLIE CHAN

by Yunte Huang

Multilayered, provocative and highly accessible, this will appeal to Chan fans, scholars and general readers. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    BONHOEFFER

    APRIL 20, 2010

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

BONHOEFFER

by Eric Metaxas

A definitive Bonhoeffer biography for the 21st century. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    COLONEL ROOSEVELT

    NOV. 23, 2010

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

COLONEL ROOSEVELT

by Edmund Morris

Roosevelt never fails to fascinate, and Morris provides a highly readable, strong finish to his decades-long marathon. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    SOUL MINING

    NOV. 2, 2010

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

SOUL MINING

by Daniel Lanois

There’s really nothing like this oft-rapturous work in the canon of musical memoirs. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE BRIDGE

    APRIL 6, 2010

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

THE BRIDGE

by David Remnick

Remnick’s fluent writing makes this expansive, significant book move along swiftly. Readers will look forward to the sequel,... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    CLEOPATRA

    NOV. 1, 2010

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

CLEOPATRA

by Stacy Schiff

Successfully dissipating all the perfume, Schiff finds a remarkably complex woman—brutal and loving, dependent and... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    REALITY HUNGER

    FEB. 23, 2010

NONFICTION

REALITY HUNGER

by David Shields

As nonfiction increasingly verges on novelistic narrative and fiction continues to draw inspiration from “real life”... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    HELLHOUND ON HIS TRAIL

    APRIL 27, 2010

HISTORY

HELLHOUND ON HIS TRAIL

by Hampton Sides

An expertly written study in true crime, vividly recapturing the mood of 1968. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS

    FEB. 9, 2010

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS

by Rebecca Skloot

Skloot's meticulous, riveting account strikes a humanistic balance between sociological history, venerable portraiture and... Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    JUST KIDS

    JAN. 19, 2010

  • NONFICTION

    SHOWTIME

    SEPT. 6, 2010

HISTORY

SHOWTIME

by Larry Stempel

Not just a catalog or reference book, but a highly astute, integrative cultural history. Full review >

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  • NONFICTION

    AMEXICA

    OCT. 20, 2010

  • NONFICTION

    THE WARMTH OF OTHER SUNS

    SEPT. 7, 2010

HISTORY

THE WARMTH OF OTHER SUNS

by Isabel Wilkerson

An impressive take on the Great Migration, and a truly auspicious debut. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >

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