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Best Nonfiction of the Year

From compelling memoirs to riveting history, here are the books that our staff voted Best Nonfiction Books of the Year. Click on each title to read our recommendations. Don't miss our other Best Books of the Year lists here.

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The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781631491665
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Published: Liveright - October 20th, 2020

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Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780385543767
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Published: Doubleday - April 7th, 2020

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His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope Cover Image
By Jon Meacham, John Lewis (Afterword by)
$30.00
ISBN: 9781984855022
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Published: Random House - August 25th, 2020

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Pelosi Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250252869
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Henry Holt and Co. - May 5th, 2020

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Eat a Peach: A Memoir Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781524759216
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Published: Clarkson Potter - September 8th, 2020

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Rebel Chef: In Search of What Matters Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780735224742
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Published: Penguin Press - June 9th, 2020

Intimations: Six Essays Cover Image
$10.95
ISBN: 9780593297612
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Published: Penguin Books - July 28th, 2020

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Having and Being Had Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525537458
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 1st, 2020

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Caste (Oprah's Book Club): The Origins of Our Discontents Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780593230251
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Published: Random House - August 4th, 2020

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The Quiet Americans: Four CIA Spies at the Dawn of the Cold War--a Tragedy in Three Acts Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780385540452
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Published: Doubleday - September 1st, 2020

The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780385348713
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Published: Crown - February 25th, 2020

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Shit, Actually: The Definitive, 100% Objective Guide to Modern Cinema Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316449823
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Published: Hachette Books - October 20th, 2020

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Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781984820365
Availability: Backordered
Published: One World - February 25th, 2020

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The Dragons, the Giant, the Women: A Memoir Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781644450314
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Published: Graywolf Press - June 2nd, 2020

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Wandering in Strange Lands: A Daughter of the Great Migration Reclaims Her Roots Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062873040
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Published: Harper - August 4th, 2020

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Sitting Pretty: The View from My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062936790
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Published: HarperOne - August 25th, 2020

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A Mind Spread Out on the Ground Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781612198668
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Published: Melville House - August 4th, 2020

Children of the Land: A Memoir Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062825636
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 29th, 2020

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Once I Was You: A Memoir of Love and Hate in a Torn America Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982128654
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Published: Atria Books - September 15th, 2020

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Unforgetting: A Memoir of Family, Migration, Gangs, and Revolution in the Americas Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062938473
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Published: Harper - September 1st, 2020

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Good Boy: My Life in Seven Dogs Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250261878
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Published: Celadon Books - April 21st, 2020

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Good Morning, Destroyer of Men's Souls: A Memoir of Women, Addiction, and Love Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525576679
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Published: Crown - April 21st, 2020

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World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781571313652
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Published: Milkweed Editions - September 8th, 2020

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Vesper Flights Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780802128812
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Published: Grove Press - August 25th, 2020

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Conditional Citizens: On Belonging in America Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781524747169
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Published: Pantheon - September 22nd, 2020

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Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525560548
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Published: Viking - February 25th, 2020

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Just Us: An American Conversation Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781644450215
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 8th, 2020

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Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor Cover Image
By Layla Saad, Robin Diangelo (Foreword by)
$25.99
ISBN: 9781728209807
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Published: Sourcebooks - January 1st, 2020

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The Undocumented Americans Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780399592683
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Published: One World - March 24th, 2020

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Surviving Autocracy Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780593188934
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 2nd, 2020

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Untamed Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781984801258
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Published: The Dial Press - March 10th, 2020

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Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525510314
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Published: Random House - May 12th, 2020

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The Bird Way: A New Look at How Birds Talk, Work, Play, Parent, and Think Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780735223011
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Published: Penguin Press - May 5th, 2020

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The End of Everything: (Astrophysically Speaking) Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781982103545
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Published: Scribner - August 4th, 2020

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The Sirens of Mars: Searching for Life on Another World Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781101904817
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Published: Crown - July 7th, 2020

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Why Fish Don't Exist: A Story of Loss, Love, and the Hidden Order of Life Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501160271
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 14th, 2020