Best Nonfiction Books of 2013


FINDING FLORIDA by T.D. Allman
HISTORY
Released: March 5, 2013

"A splendid rendering of the messy human story of our fourth-most populous state."
A rich and lively history of Florida, minus the Disney gloss. Read full book review >
WHITE GIRLS by Hilton Als
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"Als' work is so much more than simply writing about being black or gay or smart. It's about being human."
Meditations, appraisals, fictions and personal inquiries about sex, race, art and more from the longtime New Yorker staff writer and cultural critic. Read full book review >

Released: May 14, 2013

"An outstanding work of popular history, in the spirit of William Manchester and Bruce Catton."
Atkinson (The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944, 2007, etc.) brings his Liberation Trilogy to a resounding close. Read full book review >
REPORT FROM THE INTERIOR by Paul Auster
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 19, 2013

"Auster has long rendered life as something of a puzzle; here are some significant, illuminating pieces."
The interplay of memory, identity and the creative imagination informs this portrait of the artist as a young man, a memoir that the novelist's avid readership will find particularly compelling. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 17, 2013

"A lively tale told with wit and vigor."
Self-proclaimed bibliophile Basbanes (About the Author: Inside the Creative Process, 2010, etc.) proves a delightful and intrepid guide in this capacious history of paper. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Sept. 27, 2013

"A deeply incisive lesson for today's leaders and electorate."
A thoroughgoing, long-overdue excoriation of the actors behind the humanitarian crisis that propelled the creation of Bangladesh. Read full book review >
GUN GUYS by Dan Baum
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2013

Engrossing social study from a rara avis: an East Coast progressive who's also a gun enthusiast. Read full book review >
Released: May 7, 2013

"A welcome addition to a rich, indispensable field of scholarly study."
To create this lively study of the main players of the two Continental Congresses, Beeman (History/Univ. of Pennsylvania) draws on his wealth of research from his previous, award-winning works, Plain, Honest Men: The Making of the American Constitution (2009) and Patrick Henry (1974). Read full book review >