Best Nonfiction Books of 2013


BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A story rich in musical history and poignant with dramatic irony."
A veteran cultural critic and jazz historian tells the simultaneous stories of the rise of jazz and the emergence of one of its brightest comets, Charlie Parker (1920-1955). Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 16, 2013

"A rich excavation of both British and Afghan sources, with gorgeous colored reproductions of Muslim and romantic renderings of the action and characters."
An intensively focused study of the ill-begotten launch of the Great Game in Afghanistan.  Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 19, 2013

"Insightful, immediate sportswriting. Readers will feel every bit of the team's frustration and elation."
The story of the author's year embedded in the New York Jets football team. Read full book review >
WAVE by Sonali Deraniyagala
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 5, 2013

"Excellent. Reading her account proves almost as cathartic as writing it must have been."
A devastating but ultimately redemptive memoir by a survivor of the 2004 Sri Lankan tsunami, who must come to terms with the deaths of her husband, her young sons and her parents from the natural disaster that somehow spared her. Read full book review >
Released: April 9, 2013

"Riveting and fascinating—sure to serve future generations well as they look back on this era."
Nearly three decades of scandal, expertly exposed. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"An eloquent attempt to grasp the Japanese experience of the "The Wave," which was "center and fringe at once, a totality, both destructive and beautiful.""
Lyrical, meandering dispatches and eyewitness accounts from the devastation of the 2011 tsunami in Japan. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 22, 2013

"Eisler's fine, thorough work begs for a fresh reappraisal of this pioneering artist."
A welcome new evaluation of a significant American artist honed by the Wild West spirit and hucksterism of the age. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 12, 2013

"A surprisingly open, extremely timely examination of the sexual coming-of-age for Egyptian youth."
A daring new study finds the newly liberated Egyptians poised to demand more sexual freedom in the face of religious fundamentalism. Read full book review >