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November 30, 2015

Favorite Nonfiction of 2015

These are the nonfiction books I have most recommended to family, friends, and everyone who has crossed my path this year (my personal metric for "favorite").

Where applicable, I have reposted my original short review.

What was your favorite nonfiction book of 2015?


The Dead Ladies Project

The Dead Ladies Project by Jessa Crispin

Jessa Crispin's essay collection The Dead Ladies Project melds memoir and history into an unforgettable travelogue.


The Deep Zoo

The Deep Zoo by Rikki Ducornet

Rikki Ducornet's new collection The Deep Zoo is filled with smart and surprising essays that explore our connections to the world through art.


Lord Fear

Lord Fear by Lucas Mann

Lucas Mann's memoir Lord Fear is an engaging and devastating portrait of a family dealing with addiction and its consequences.


The Mad Feast

The Mad Feast by Matthew Gavin Frank

Matthew Gavin Frank once again proves himself one of our finest nonfiction writers with his new collection The Mad Feast, which examines the cultural and historical significance of a signature dish from each U.S. state, each complete with recipe.


The Oyster War

The Oyster War by Summer Brennan

Summer Brennan's The Oyster War is an exhaustively researched and fascinating book that explores modern environmentalism's intersection with the law.


South Toward Home: Travels in Southern Literature

South Toward Home: Travels in Southern Literature by Margaret Eby

Margaret Eby visited the homes and hometowns of ten southern writers (including William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, and Flannery O'Connor) in her book South Toward Home, which offers refreshing and intelligent insights into the authors, their works, and the American south.


also at Largehearted Boy:

online "best of 2015" book lists

Largehearted Boy favorite nonfiction of 2014
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

Largehearted Boy favorite novels of 2015

previous lists at Largehearted Boy
Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
guest book reviews
musician/author interviews
52 Books, 52 Weeks book reviews


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