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The Best Nonfiction

A round-up of our favorite all-time biographies, memoirs, social commentaries and other works of nonfiction.

Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee

Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee by Dee Brown

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by American writer Dee Brown is a history of Native Americans in the American West in the late nineteenth century, and their displacement and slaughter by the United States federal government. It was first published in 1970.

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Light My Fire

Light My Fire by Ray Manzarek

"The best book yet about The Doors." -- Booklist The inside story of the Doors, by cofounder and keyboard player Ray Manzarek. Includes 16 pages of photos. "A refreshingly candid read...a Doors bio worth opening." -- Entertainment Weekly

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Kitchen Confidential

Kitchen Confidential by Bourdain Anthony

A New York City chef who is also a novelist recounts his experiences in the restaurant business, and exposes abuses of power, sexual promiscuity, drug use, and other secrets of life behind kitchen doors.  Published in 2000 by Bloomsbury, Kitchen C

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The Omnivore's Dilemma

The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan

One of the New York Time s Book Review 's Ten Best Books of the Year Winner of the James Beard Award Author of #1 New York Times Bestsellers In Defense of Food  and Food Rules Today, buffeted by one fo

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Salt by Mark Kurlansky

From the Bestselling Author of Cod and The Basque History of the World   In his fifth work of nonfiction, Mark Kurlansky turns his attention to a common household item with a long and intriguing history: salt. The only rock we eat, salt ha

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The Death and Life Of Great American Cities

The Death and Life Of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs

Jane Jacobs was born on May 4, 1916, in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Her father was a physician and her mother taught school and worked as a nurse. After high school and a year spent as a reporter on the Scranton Tribune , Jacobs went to New York, where she

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In Praise Of Love

In Praise Of Love by Alain Badiou

French philosopher Alain Badiou turns his attention to love.A new century, new threats to love . . . Love without risks is like war without deaths - but, today, love is threatened by an alliance of liberalism and hedonism. Caught between consumerism and

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Kingdom Of Fear

Kingdom Of Fear by Hunter S Thompson

Kingdom of Fear: Loathsome Secrets of a Star-Crossed Child in the Final Days of the American Century is a memoir by Hunter S. Thompson, a collection of parables and his outlandish adventures. We learn more about his run-ins with authority, h

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The Autobiography Of Martin Luther King, Jr

The Autobiography Of Martin Luther King, Jr by King- Martin Luther- Jr / Carson- Clayborne

A professor of history and the noted author and editor of several books on the civil rights struggle, Dr. Clayborne Carson was selected by the estate of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to edit and publish Dr. King's papers. Drawing upon an unprecedented arch

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The Civil War

The Civil War by Shelby Foote

Although he now makes his home in Memphis, Tennessee. Shelby Foote comes from a long line of Mississippians. He was born in Greenville, Mississippi, and attended school there until he entered the University of North Carolina. During World War II he served

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Notes Of a Native Son

Notes Of a Native Son by James Baldwin

Notes of a Native Son is a non-fiction book by James Baldwin. It was Baldwin's first non-fiction book, and was published in 1955. The volume collects ten of Baldwin's essays, which had previously appeared in such magazines as Harper's Magazine

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The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe

Are you on the bus?  Tom Wolfe took a tour with Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters as they departed California and made their way across the country in a day-glo painted bus full of LSD and enthusiasm in the summer of 1964.

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Let Us Now Praise Famous Men

Let Us Now Praise Famous Men by James Agee

Let Us Now Praise Famous Men is a book with text by American writer James Agee and photographs by American photographer Walker Evans first published in 1941 in the United States. The title is from a passage in Ecclesiasticus that begins, "Let us now

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How To Win Friends & Influence People

How To Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie

How to Win Friends and Influence People is one of the first bestselling self-help books ever published. Written by Dale Carnegie and first published in 1936, it has sold 15 million copies globally. Leon Shimkin of the publishing firm Simon & Schus

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The Hero With a Thousand Faces

The Hero With a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell

Campbell discusses his theory of the mythological structure of the journey of the archetypal hero found in world myths. This work was an inspiration behind Star Wars and 2001, as well as many other modern works.

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A Moveable Feast

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

A Moveable Feast is a set of memoirs by American author Ernest Hemingway about his years in Paris as part of the American expatriate circle of writers in the 1920s. In addition to painting a picture of Hemingway's time as a struggling young writer, th

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A People's History Of the United States

A People's History Of the United States by Howard Zinn

Since its original landmark publication in 1980, A People's History of the United States has been chronicling American history from the bottom up, throwing out the official version of history taught in schools — with its emphasis on great men in high pl

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Out Of Africa

Out Of Africa by Karen Blixen

Out of Africa is a memoir by Isak Dinesen, a nom de plume used by the Danish author Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke. The book, first published in 1937, recounts events of the seventeen years when Blixen made her home in Kenya, then British East Africa.

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A Room Of One's Own

A Room Of One's Own by Virginia Woolf

A Room of One's Own was first published in October 1929 in the UK and USA alike as a limited edition run of 492 numbered, signed copies. The first English edition and impression was released three days later with the Vanessa Bell dust jacket, publishe

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Zen and The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance

Zen and The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values is the first of Robert M. Pirsig's texts in which he explores his Metaphysics of Quality. The 1974 book describes, in first person, a 17-day motorcycle journey across the United States

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Silent Spring

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

Silent Spring is a book written by Rachel Carson and published by Houghton Mifflin in September 1962. The book is widely credited with helping launch the environmental movement. When Silent Spring was published, Rachel Carson was already a well-known writ

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Guns, Germs, and Steel

Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond

Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies is a 1997 book by Jared Diamond, professor of geography and physiology at UCLA. In 1998 it won a Pulitzer Prize and the Aventis Prize for Best Science Book. A documentary based on the book and produced

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In Cold Blood

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

In Cold Blood is a 1966 book by American author Truman Capote. The book details the brutal 1959 murders of Herbert Clutter, a wealthy farmer from Holcomb, Kansas, and his wife and two of their children. When Capote learned of the quadruple murder before t

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