December 8, 2014
These are the nonfiction books I have most recommended to family, friends, and everyone who has crossed mypath this year (my personal metric for "favorite").
Where applicable, I have reposted my original short review.
What was your favorite nonfiction book of 2014?
Jennifer Percy's Demon Camp is a poignant work of narrative nonfiction, and one of the year's most important books.
Leslie Jamison's essay collection The Empathy Exams is one of the most thought-provoking books I have read in years, a book both daring and profound.
Wendy C. Ortiz's memoir Excavation is as beautifully written as it is powerful, and is one of the most moving books I have read in years.
Bravely told with refreshing humility, Thomas Page McBee's Man Alive is one of the year's finest memoirs.
Matthew Gavin's Preparing the Ghost is a marvelously told book-length essay, one that skillfully melds fact, myth, and fiction about the giant squid and its first photographer. One of the year's finest nonfiction books.
Sean Madigan Hoen's Songs Only You Know is a candid and skillfully told memoir of dysfunctional family, addiction, and the power of music.
also at Largehearted Boy:
Largehearted Boy favorite nonfiction of 2013
Largehearted Boy favorite nonfiction of 2012
Largehearted Boy favorite nonfiction of 2011
Largehearted Boy favorite nonfiction of 2010
Largehearted Boy favorite nonfiction of 2009
Largehearted Boy favorite nonfiction of 2008
previous lists at Largehearted Boy
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