Best Nonfiction Books of 2013


Released: April 9, 2013

"A thrilling and suspenseful page-turner that is sure to be loved by the majority of readers, who will be both horrified and fascinated."
The terrifying, true tale of nurse Charles Cullen, a man who worked with the most vulnerable of patients for 16 years, delivering life or death on a whim. Read full book review >
GETTYSBURG by Allen C. Guelzo
HISTORY
Released: May 15, 2013

"Robust, memorable reading that will appeal to Civil War buffs, professional historians and general readers alike."
A stirring account of the "greatest and most violent collision the North American continent [has] ever seen," just in time for the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. Read full book review >

AFTER VISITING FRIENDS by Michael Hainey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 19, 2013

"Part elegy, part mystery and wholly unforgettable."
A young reporter goes in search of his long-lost, deceased father. Read full book review >
CATASTROPHE 1914 by Max Hastings
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"Among the plethora of brilliant accounts of this period, this is one of the best."
Does the world need another book on that dismal year? Absolutely, if it's by Hastings (Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945, 2011, etc.). After many accounts of World War II, the veteran military historian tries his hand, with splendid results. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 20, 2013

"An exceptional account of the development of the Constitution's most basic right and an illuminating story of remarkable friendships, scholarly communication and the conservative justice who actually changed his mind."
The writings of Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes are the basis of today's interpretation of freedom of speech, but it took many great minds to convince him of its value. Seton Hall Law School professor Healy tells the engrossing tale of how it happened. Read full book review >

I DREAMED I WAS A VERY CLEAN TRAMP by Richard Hell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 12, 2013

"A deft, lyrical chronicle by a punk with perspective."
The life and wild times of a punk avatar. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF MY LIVES by Aleksandar Hemon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 19, 2013

"Amuses, informs and inspires—then, finally, rips open the heart."
An acclaimed novelist—winner of a MacArthur Foundation genius grant and finalist for the National Book Award (The Lazarus Project, 2008, etc.)—returns with an affecting memoir about his youth in Sarajevo and his escape and adjustment to the West. Read full book review >
JOHNNY CASH by Robert Hilburn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"The personal knowledge aided by extensive archival research and always compelling, accessible writing make this an instant-classic music biography with something to offer all generations of listeners."
Veteran music writer Hilburn (Cornflakes with John Lennon, 2009) masterfully separates fiction from fact in an exhaustive, but never exhausting, biography of the legendary musician. Read full book review >