In no particular order, here are my top nonfiction reads this year, my personal best of the best. Not all published in 2016. Read more on Riffle
The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction by Neil Gaiman
The first Neil Gaiman books I've read that lived up to all the hype for me. He's such a great public speaker, clever and entertaining. I loved every piece in the collection, even those on topics that I wasn't previously interested in.
1 / 8
Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
This was amazing as both a memoir and as a book about the science of plants. Incredibly well written and engaging. The most accurate representation of doing science that I've read to date.
2 / 8
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
Definitely a book you should read before seeing the movie! Engaging, well written, clearly explained, inspiring.
3 / 8
Pandemic: Tracking Contagions, from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond by Sonia Shah
I couldn't ask for more than from my nonfiction than thisengagingly told story with its mix of history, science, and important predictions about the future of medicine.
4 / 8
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan
This was an amazing mix of clear, informative journalism and moving, emotional memoir.
5 / 8
Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity by Steve Silberman
I loved the personal stories, fascinating science, and engaging writing in this book. It also had a profound impact on how I view autism.
6 / 8
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
The author skillfully wove together his personal story, the main story of one man on death row, and a number of smaller stories that were each representative of specific problems with the criminal justice system. Another book that profoundly changed my view of the world.
7 / 8
Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality by Debbie Cenziper
This was both a beautiful, emotional love story and a fantastic personal look at a defining moment in American history.
8 / 8