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December 7, 2016

Favorite Nonfiction of 2016

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 2016?


The Art of Waiting

The Art of Waiting by Belle Boggs

Belle Boggs' essay collection The Art of Waiting is a brilliant and empathetic meditation on infertility and childlessness.


Boy Erased

Boy Erased by Garrard Conley

Garrard Conley's memoir Boy Erased is one of the year's most moving and important books.


Known and Strange Things

Known and Strange Things by Teju Cole

Teju Cole's essay collection Known and Strange Things is thoughtful and lyrical over a variety of subjects, yet another outstanding book from one of the finest writers working today.


The Narrow Door

The Narrow Door by Paul Lisicky

Paul Lisicky's The Narrow Door is a beautifully told, honest, and poignant memoir of friendship, love, and loss.


Riverine

Riverine by Angela Palm

Angela Palm's Riverine is lyrical, surprising, and evocative, and one of the year's most powerful memoirs.


White Sands

White Sands by Geoff Dyer

Geoff Dyer is a master at illuminating both the personal and the universal, and that has never been more evident than in his new essay collection White Sands.


also at Largehearted Boy:

online "best of 2016" book lists

Largehearted Boy favorite nonfiction of 2015
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 short story collections of 2016

previous lists at Largehearted Boy
Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Atomic Books Comic Preview (weekly comics recommendations)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
LIbrairie Drawn and Quarterly Books of the week (weekly book recommendations)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
guest book reviews
musician/author interviews


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