I have to give a ton of credit to anyone able to gather all their yearly favorites into a single list. I’m definitely not one of those people. I’ve already shared my favorite book club picks, sleeper hits and fiction of 2014, so that leaves us with the nonfiction goodness.
Liar, Temptress Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War by Karen Abbott
The interwoven histories of four fierce ladies who left their mark on both sides of the Civil War.
On Immunity: An Inoculation by Eula Biss
A powerful and convincing investigation into the myths surrounding immunity.
The Hard Way on Purpose: Essays and Dispatches from the Rust Belt by David Giffels
Both funny and heartbreaking, Giffels’ essays are a beautiful love letter to the forgotten cities of the American Rust Belt.
Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights by Katha Pollitt
An absolutely essential read focused on re-framing the abortion debate and the language around it.
Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking) by Christian Rudder
Fascinating, funny and thought-provoking, Rudder shares the data behind our secret internet lives.
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
Stevenson’s personal journey through the injustices of the American justice system is both timely and necessary reading.
What nonfiction titles stood out for you this year?