Alibris Picks: Best Books of 2013 (Non-Fiction)

In case you missed it, in our last post we revealed our Best Fiction Books of 2013. Now we’ve come up with list for all those fact lovers out there.  Here’s our Best Non-Fiction Books of 2013.

Best Non-Fiction of 2013

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The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer  – History buffs will love this year’s National Book Award winner for nonfiction.  Packer creates a narrative for American history over the past three decades by following the lives of several Americans that come from very different backgrounds.

A Story Lately Told: Coming of Age in Ireland, London and New York by Anjelica Huston  – Anjelica Huston is well-known for her film career, but here she tells the story of her childhood and teen years. Growing up on an Irish estate, moving on to London and eventually to New York the book captures a unique life among artists, writers and a life of privilege. But it also details the vulnerability and soul-searching that accompanies growing up.

Provence, 1970: M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Chold, James Beard, and the Reinvention of American Taste by Luke Barr – What started out as a coincidental trip to France for these celebrated chefs of the time, ended up being a momentous meeting of the minds. In this historical narrative Barr suggests that it was here that Fisher, Child and Beard invented the future of food and redefined America’s tastes.

Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal by Nick Bilton  – Everyone is fascinated by start-ups, right? Well we are. And this year the story of Twitter made it to our best books of the year list because it offers up exactly what it’s subtitle suggests! This very readable nonfiction makes for an interesting lesson in money, power, friendship and betrayal indeed.

The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin – Goodwin makes politics feel more personal in her account of the first years of the progressive era told through the perspective of a great friendship between Roosevelt and Taft. However, as their political aspirations intensify their friendship turns sour as they begin to represent the polarizing beliefs of Americans at that time.

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