The Best Nonfiction Books of 2019 (A Year-End List Aggregation)

“What are the best Nonfiction books released in 2019?” We looked at 371 of the top Nonfiction books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 28 books, all appearing on 3 or more “Best Nonfiction” book lists, are ranked below by how many times they appear. The remaining 325+ titles, as well as the sources we used, are in alphabetical order on the bottom of the page.

Our other Best Of 2019 Articles:

Our Other Years: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015

Happy Scrolling!



Top 28 Best Nonfiction Books From 2019



28 .) Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language written by Gretchen McCulloch

Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language

Lists It Appears On:

  • BookPage
  • Amazon 2
  • Esquire

The internet isn’t the first technology to alter how we communicate, but it is making our language change faster and in more interesting ways than ever before. The programmers behind the apps and platforms we use decide how our conversations are structured



27 .) Catch And Kill: Lies, Spies, And A Conspiracy To Protect Predators written by Ronan Farrow

Catch And Kill: Lies, Spies, And A Conspiracy To Protect Predators

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon 2
  • Goodreads
  • NPR

In this instant New York Times bestselling account of violence and espionage, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Ronan Farrow exposes serial abusers and a cabal of powerful interests hell-bent on covering up the truth, at any cost. In 2017, a ro



26 .) How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir written by Saeed Jones

How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir

Lists It Appears On:

  • Publishers Weekly
  • NPR
  • Iowa Public Radio

WINNER OF THE 2019 KIRKUS PRIZE IN NONFICTION One of the most anticipated books of Fall 2019—as selected by O, The Oprah Magazine; Marie Claire; Entertainment Weekly; Time; The Millions; Refinery29; Good Housekeeping; and many more. “A moving, bracingly ho



25 .) I Like To Watch: Arguing My Way Through The TV Revolution written by Emily Nussbaum

I Like To Watch: Arguing My Way Through The TV Revolution

Lists It Appears On:

  • TVexamined
  • Esquire
  • NPR

From The New Yorker’s fiercely original, Pulitzer Prize-winning culture critic, a provocative collection of new and previously published essays arguing that we are what we watch. “Emily Nussbaum is the perfect critic—smart, engaging, funny, generous, and i



24 .) I Miss You When I Blink: Essays written by Mary Laura Philpott

I Miss You When I Blink: Essays

Lists It Appears On:

  • BookPage
  • Esquire
  • NPR

NATIONAL BESTSELLER “I’ve spent my adult life prowling bookshelves for the modern-day reincarnation of my favorite authors—Nora Ephron, Erma Bombeck, Jean Kerr, and Laurie Colwin—all rolled into one…Good news: I have finally found their successor.” —Elis



23 .) Know My Name: A Memoir written by Chanel Miller

Know My Name: A Memoir

Lists It Appears On:

  • SheReads
  • TIME
  • NPR

‘I can’t wait to read it’ Dolly Alderton ‘Extraordinary woman turning pain into power. Chanel Miller, it’s a privilege to know your name, and to celebrate it’ Thandie Newton ‘You are a brave soul. You are more than the identity given to you by the media an



22 .) Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive written by Stephanie Land

Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive

Lists It Appears On:

  • King County Library System
  • Amazon 2
  • SheReads

Evicted meets Nickel and Dimed in Stephanie Land’s memoir about working as a maid, a beautiful and gritty exploration of poverty in America. Includes a foreword by Barbara Ehrenreich. At 28, Stephanie Land’s plans of breaking free from the roots of her hom



21 .) Maybe You Should Talk to Someone written by Lori Gottlieb

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

Lists It Appears On:

  • BookPage
  • King County Library System
  • Goodreads

“From a New York Timesbest-selling writer, psychotherapist, and advice columnist, a brilliant and surprising new book that takes us behind the scenes of a therapist’s world–where her patients are in crisis (and so is she)”–



20 .) Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster written by Adam Higginbotham

Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster

Lists It Appears On:

  • City of Asylum Bookstore
  • NPR
  • TIME

–THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER– ‘An invaluable contribution to history.’ Serhii Plokhy, Evening Standard ‘Tells the story of the disaster and its gruesome aftermath with thriller-like flair. Midnight in Chernobyl is wonderful and chilling … written wit



19 .) Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century written by George Packer

Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century

Lists It Appears On:

  • Publishers Weekly
  • NPR
  • Powell’s

“Portrays Holbrooke in all of his endearing and exasperating self-willed glory…Both a sweeping diplomatic history and a Shakespearean tragicomedy… If you could read one book to comprehend American’s foreign policy and its quixotic forays into quicksand



18 .) Parkland: Birth Of A Movement written by Dave Cullen

Parkland: Birth Of A Movement

Lists It Appears On:

  • King County Library System
  • Goodreads
  • NPR

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER On the first anniversary of the events at Parkland, the acclaimed, New York Times bestselling author of Columbine offers an intimate, deeply moving account of the extraordinary teenage survivors who became activists and pushed b



17 .) The Mosquito: A Human History Of Our Deadliest Predator written by Timothy C. Winegard

The Mosquito: A Human History Of Our Deadliest Predator

Lists It Appears On:

  • CBC
  • Amazon 2
  • NPR

A pioneering and groundbreaking work of narrative nonfiction that offers a dramatic new perspective on the history of humankind, showing how through millennia, the mosquito has been the single most powerful force in determining humanity’s fate Why was gin



16 .) Go Ahead In The Rain: Notes To A Tribe Called Quest written by Hanif Abdurraqib

Go Ahead In The Rain: Notes To A Tribe Called Quest

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • City of Asylum Bookstore
  • NPR
  • Powell’s

How does one pay homage to A Tribe Called Quest? The seminal rap group brought jazz into the genre, resurrecting timeless rhythms to create masterpieces such as The Low End Theory and Midnight Marauders. Seventeen years after their last album, they resurre



15 .) The Witches are Coming written by Lindy West

The Witches are Coming

Lists It Appears On:

  • Esquire
  • Goodreads
  • NPR
  • TVexamined

In this wickedly funny cultural critique, the author of the critically acclaimed memoir and Hulu series Shrill exposes misogyny in the #MeToo era. THIS IS A WITCH HUNT.WE’RE WITCHES,AND WE’RE HUNTING YOU. From the moment powerful men started falling to the



14 .) Thick: And Other Essays written by Tressie McMillan Cottom

Thick: And Other Essays

Lists It Appears On:

  • King County Library System
  • Goodreads
  • NPR
  • TVexamined

“In these eight … explorations on beauty, media, money, and more, Tressie McMillan Cottom–award-winning professor and … author of Lower Ed–embraces her … role as a purveyor of wit, wisdom, and Black Twitter snark about all that is right and much th



13 .) Guest House for Young Widows: Among the Women of ISIS written by Azadeh Moaveni.

Guest House for Young Widows: Among the Women of ISIS

Lists It Appears On:

  • Readings
  • Five Books
  • Publishers Weekly
  • NPR
  • Toronto Star

An intimate, deeply reported account of the women who made a shocking decision: to leave their comfortable lives behind and join the Islamic State. In early 2014, the Islamic State clinched its control of Raqqa in Syria. Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, urged



12 .) The Heartbeat Of Wounded Knee: Native America From 1890 To The Present written by David Treuer

The Heartbeat Of Wounded Knee: Native America From 1890 To The Present

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon 2
  • Booklist
  • City of Asylum Bookstore
  • TIME
  • NPR

FINALIST FOR THE 2019 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD LONGLISTED FOR THE 2020 ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “Chapter after chapter, it’s like one shattered myth after another.” – NPR “An informed, moving and kaleidoscopic portrait…



11 .) The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming written by David Wallace-Wells.

The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming

Lists It Appears On:

  • Readings
  • King County Library System
  • City of Asylum Bookstore
  • NPR
  • Toronto Star

“The Uninhabitable Earth hits you like a comet, with an overflow of insanely lyrical prose about our pending Armageddon.”–Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon It is worse, much worse, than you think. If your anxiety about global warming is dominate



10 .) The Yellow House: A Memoir written by Sarah M. Broom

The Yellow House: A Memoir

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Powell’s
  • City of Asylum Bookstore
  • TIME
  • NPR

A brilliant, haunting and unforgettable memoir from a stunning new talent about the inexorable pull of home and family, set in a shotgun house in New Orleans East.



9.) How to Be an Antiracist written by Ibram X. Kendi

How to Be an Antiracist

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Amazon 2
  • City of Asylum Bookstore
  • Publishers Weekly
  • Goodreads
  • NPR

Not being racist is not enough. We have to be antiracist. In this rousing and deeply empathetic book, Ibram X. Kendi, founding director of the Antiracism Research and Policy Center, shows that when it comes to racism, neutrality is not an option: until we



8.) Say Nothing: A True Story Of Murder And Memory In Northern Ireland written by Patrick Radden Keefe

Say Nothing: A True Story Of Murder And Memory In Northern Ireland

Lists It Appears On:

  • King County Library System
  • Amazon 2
  • City of Asylum Bookstore
  • TIME
  • NPR
  • Powell’s

One of the New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year BEST NONFICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR – TIME MAGAZINE ONE OF THE BEST 10 BOOKS OF THE YEAR – WASHINGTON POST NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER WINNER OF THE ORWELL PRIZE LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD “Masked



7.) She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story that Helped Ignite a Movement written by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey

She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story that Helped Ignite a Movement

Lists It Appears On:

  • King County Library System
  • Publishers Weekly
  • USA Today
  • Esquire
  • Goodreads
  • NPR



6.) The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays written by Esmé Weijun Wang

The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays

Lists It Appears On:

  • King County Library System
  • Powell’s
  • Publishers Weekly
  • TIME
  • Goodreads
  • NPR

Powerful, affecting essays on mental illness, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and a Whiting Award An intimate, moving book written with the immediacy and directness of one who still struggles with the effects of mental and chronic illness, Th



5.) Three Women written by Lisa Taddeo

Three Women

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon 2
  • Readings
  • SheReads
  • Esquire
  • Goodreads
  • Powell’s

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “THIS IS THE BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR. This is it. This is the one…It blew the top of my head off and I haven’t been able to stop thinking or talking about it since.” —Elizabeth Gilbert “Taddeo spent eight years reporting this g



4.) Underland: A Deep Time Journey written by Robert Macfarlane

Underland: A Deep Time Journey

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • City of Asylum Bookstore
  • Publishers Weekly
  • TIME
  • NPR
  • Powell’s

The unmissable new book from the bestselling, prize-winning author of Landmarks, The Old Ways and The Lost Words ‘You’d be crazy not to read this book’ The Sunday Times ‘Underland is a magnificent feat of writing, travelling and thinking that feels genuine



3.) Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion written by Jia Tolentino

Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion

Lists It Appears On:

  • Readings
  • King County Library System
  • Powell’s
  • City of Asylum Bookstore
  • Esquire
  • Goodreads
  • NPR

A breakout writer at The New Yorker examines the fractures at the center of contemporary culture with verve, deftness, and intellectual ferocity–for readers who’ve wondered what Susan Sontag would have been like if she had brain damage from the internet.



2.) In The Dream House: A Memoir written by Carmen Maria Machado

In The Dream House: A Memoir

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Iowa Public Radio
  • Powell’s
  • City of Asylum Bookstore
  • Publishers Weekly
  • TIME
  • Esquire
  • NPR

In the Dream House is Carmen Maria Machado’s engrossing and wildly innovative account of a relationship gone bad. Tracing the full arc of a harrowing experience with a charismatic but volatile woman, this is a bold dissection of the mechanisms and cultural



1.) Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee written by Casey Cep

Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee

Lists It Appears On:

  • Iowa Public Radio
  • Amazon 2
  • Book Riot
  • City of Asylum Bookstore
  • Five Books
  • Publishers Weekly
  • TIME
  • Goodreads
  • NPR

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2019 BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION ‘A triumph on every level. One of the losses to literature is that Harper Lee never found a way to tell a gothic true-crime story she’d spent years researching. Casey Cep has excavated this mes




The 325+ Additional Best Nonfiction Books Released In 2019



# Books Authors Lists
29 Acid for the Children: A Memoir Flea
Publishers Weekly
      NPR
30 Aloha Rodeo: Three Hawaiian Cowboys, The World’s Greatest Rodeo, And A Hidden History Of The American West David Wolman and Julian Smith
BookPage
      NPR
31
American Predator: The Hunt for the Most Meticulous Serial Killer of the 21st Century
 
Amazon 2
     
Goodreads
32 Audience of One: Donald Trump, Television, and the Fracturing of America James Poniewozik
Publishers Weekly
      NPR
33 Axiomatic Maria Tumarkin
Book Riot
     
Publishers Weekly
34 Born to Fly: The First Women’s Air Race Across America Steve Sheinkin
Iowa Public Radio
     
School Library Journal
35 Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration Emily Bazelon
Publishers Weekly
      NPR
36 Gods of the Upper Air: How a Circle of Renegade Anthropologists Reinvented Race, Sex, and Gender in the Twentieth Century Charles King
City of Asylum Bookstore
     
Publishers Weekly
37 Good Talk Mira Jacob
King County Library System
     
Book Riot
38 Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law  
BookPage
     
BookPage
39 Horizon Barry Lopez NPR
     
Toronto Star
40 How To Do Nothing: Resisting The Attention Economy Jenny Odell NPR
      Powell’s
41 How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States Daniel Immerwahr
Publishers Weekly
      NPR
42 If You Lived Here You’d Be Home By Now: Why We Traded The Commuting Life For A Little House On The Prairie Christopher Ingraham NPR
     
BookPage
43 Late Migrations Margaret Renkl
Iowa Public Radio
     
City of Asylum Bookstore
44 Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls: A Memoir T Kira Madden
Book Riot
      Esquire
45 Make It Scream, Make It Burn Leslie Jamison
Iowa Public Radio
      Esquire
46 Maoism: A Global History Julia Lovell
Five Books
     
Marginal Revolution
47 Moth Isabel Thomas
Iowa Public Radio
     
School Library Journal
48 No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us Rachel Louise Snyder Esquire
     
Publishers Weekly
49 Norco ’80: The True Story Of The Most Spectacular Bank Robbery In American History Peter Houlahan NPR
     
SheReads
50 Permanent Record Edward Snowden NPR
     
Toronto Star
51 Solitary: Unbroken By Four Decades In Solitary Confinement Albert Woodfox
Publishers Weekly
      NPR
52 Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want to Come Jessica Pan
King County Library System
     
SheReads
53 Super Pumped: The Battle For Uber Mike Isaac
Amazon 2
      NPR
54 The Body Bill Bryson
BookPage
     
Iowa Public Radio
55 The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir Samantha Power
Publishers Weekly
      NPR
56 The Impeachers: The Trial Of Andrew Johnson And The Dream Of A Just Nation Brenda Wineapple
Publishers Weekly
      NPR
57 The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown   Amazon
     
School Library Journal
58 The Lives of Lucian Freud: The Restless Years, 1922–1968 William Feaver
Publishers Weekly
     
Five Books
59
The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World
 
USA Today
     
Goodreads
60 The Outlaw Ocean: Journeys Across The Last Untamed Frontier Ian Urbina
Amazon 2
      NPR
61 The Undefeated Kwame Alexander Amazon
      NPR
62 The Undying: Pain, Vulnerability, Mortality, Medicine, Art, Time, Dreams, Data, Exhaustion, Cancer, And Care Anne Boyer
Book Riot
      NPR
63 This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant’s Manifesto Suketu Mehta NPR
      TIME
64 What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker: A Memoir In Essays Damon Young
City of Asylum Bookstore
      NPR
65 What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About: Fifteen Writers Break the Silence Michele Filgate NPR
      Esquire
66 Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? Caitlin Doughty
BookPage
     
King County Library System
67 Women Rowing North: Navigating Life’s Currents And Flourishing As We Age Mary Pipher
King County Library System
      NPR
68 Year of the Monkey Patti Smith
Readings
      NPR
69 A Bookshop in Berlin    
70
A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing: The Incarceration of African American Women from Harriet Tubman to Sandra Bland
  Booklist
71 A Dream About Lightning Bugs: A Life Of Music And Cheap Lessons Ben Folds NPR
72 A Good American Family: The Red Scare And My Father David Maraniss NPR
73 A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves: One Family and Migration In The 21st Century Jason DeParle NPR
74 A Good Wife Samra Zafar, with Meg Masters CBC
75 A Mind Spread Out on the Ground Alicia Elliott CBC
76
A Place To Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech That Inspired a Nation
 
School Library Journal
77 A Polar Affair  
BookPage
78 A Primer for Forgetting: Getting Past the Past  
City of Asylum Bookstore
79 A Queer History of the United States for Young People  
School Library Journal
80 A Summer with Montaigne: On the Art of Living Well  
Book Riot
81 A True Book:  
Booklist 3
82 A Woman Of No Importance: The Untold Story Of The American Spy Who Helped Win World War II Sonia Purnell NPR
83 American like Me: Reflections on Life between Cultures   Booklist
84 An American Summer: Love And Death In Chicago Alex Kotlowitz NPR
85
An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People
 
School Library Journal
86 Angry Queer Somali Boy Mohamed Abdulkarim Ali CBC
87 Antisocial: Online Extremists, Techno-utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation Andrew Marantz
Publishers Weekly
88 Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones James Clear
Marta’s Muse
89 Beastly Puzzles: A Brain-Boggling Animal Guessing Game Rachel Poliquin, illustrated by Byron Eggenschwiler
Iowa Public Radio
90 Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do Jennifer L. Eberhardt Esquire
91 Big Wonderful Thing: A History Of Texas Stephen Harrigan NPR
92
Black Power Encyclopedia: From “Black Is Beautiful” to Urban Uprisings
  Booklist
93 Blood: A Memoir Allison Moorer NPR
94
Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth
 
Goodreads
95 Brave Face Shaun David Hutchinson
Chicago Public Library
96 Breathe: A Letter to My Sons  
Book Riot
97
Brilliant Maps for Curious Minds: 100 New Ways to See the World
 
Iowa Public Radio
98
Buried Lives: The Enslaved People of George Washington’s Mount Vernon
 
Booklist 2
99 Call Them By Their True Names Rebecca Solnit
TVexamined
100 Camgirl Isa Mazzei NPR
101 Captured Television History 4D  
Booklist 3
102 Chop Suey Nation Ann Hui CBC
103 Colin McCahon: There is only one direction, Vol 1 1919-1959 Peter Simpson
newsroom
104 Collected Schizophrenias Esme Weijun Wang
Iowa Public Radio
105 Conservation Success Stories  
Booklist 3
106 Cosy  
BookPage
107 Cribsheet: A Data-Driven Guide To Better, More Relaxed Parenting, From Birth To Preschool Emily Oster NPR
108
Crisis in the Red Zone: The Story of the Deadliest Ebola Outbreak in History
 
USA Today
109 Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln Margarita Engle
Iowa Public Radio
110 Dark Shadows: Inside the Secret World of Kazakhstan  
Marginal Revolution
111 Daughter of Family G Ami McKay CBC
112
Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers: Monstrosity, Patriarchy, and the Fear of Female Power
 
Book Riot
113 Dead People I Have Known Shayne Carter
newsroom
114 Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen   Booklist
115 Dear Scarlet: The Story of My Postpartum Depression Teresa Wong
SheReads
116
Defining Documents in American History: LGBTQ+ (1923–2017)
  Booklist
117 Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World Cal Newport
Marta’s Muse
118 Disturbance: Surviving Charlie Hebdo  
City of Asylum Bookstore
119 Dreams of El Dorado: A History of the American West  
Amazon 2
120 Dreyer’s English Benjamin Dreyer
King County Library System
121 Drive-Thru Dreams: A Journey Through The Heart Of America’s Fast-Food Kingdom Adam Chandler NPR
122 Edison Edmund Morris
Publishers Weekly
123 Elizabethan Globalism: England, China And The Rainbow Portrait Matthew Dimmock NPR
124 Eloquent Rage Brittney Cooper
TVexamined
125 Embrace Your Weird: Face Your Fears and Unleash Creativity  
Goodreads
126
Enemy Child: The Story of Norman Mineta, a Boy Imprisoned in a Japanese American Internment Camp During World War II
 
School Library Journal
127 Epic Continent: Adventures In The Great Stories Of Europe Nicholas Jubber NPR
128 Essays One  
Marginal Revolution
129 Everything Is F*cked: A Book About Hope  
Goodreads
130 Fentanyl, Inc  
Marginal Revolution
131
Finding Narnia: The Story of C. S. Lewis and His Brother Warnie
  Amazon
132 Finding the Heart of the Nation Thomas Mayor
Readings
133 First: Sandra Day O’Connor Evan Thomas NPR
134
Fistful of Shells: West Africa from the Rise of the Slave Trade to the Age of Revolution
 
Marginal Revolution
135 Five Days Gone: The Mystery Of My Mother’s Disappearance As A Child Laura Cumming NPR
136
Flash Count Diary: Menopause and the Vindication of Natural Life
 
Book Riot
137 Floating Coast: An Environmental History Of The Bering Strait Bathsheba Demuth NPR
138 For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics   Booklist
139 For Small Creatures Such as We  
BookPage
140 For the Love of Men: A New Vision for Mindful Masculinity Liz Plank Esquire
141 Formation: A Woman’s Memoir of Stepping Out of Line Ryan Leigh Dostie Esquire
142 From the Ashes Jesse Thistle CBC
143 Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams  
Booklist 2
144
Games of Deception: The True Story of the First U.S. Olympic Basketball Team at the 1936 Olympics in Hitler’s Germany
  Amazon
145 Gender Queer Maia Kobabe
King County Library System
146 Geo Facts  
Booklist 3
147
Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals
 
Goodreads
148 God Save The Queens: The Essential History Of Women In Hip-Hop Kathy Iandoli NPR
149 Good To Go: What The Athlete In All Of Us Can Learn From The Strange Science Of Recovery Christie Aschwanden NPR
150
Grace Will Lead Us Home: The Charleston Church Massacre and the Hard, Inspiring Journey to Forgiveness
 
Goodreads
151 Gracefully You: Finding Beauty and Balance in the Everyday Jenna Dewan
SheReads
152 Greek to Me  
BookPage
153 Grow Younger with Great Food Dr Catherine Stone and Jessica Giljam-Brown
newsroom
154 Had It Coming Robyn Doolittle CBC
155 Hammering for Freedom.  
Booklist 2
156 Happiness Is Baking Maida Heatter
King County Library System
157 Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me Anna Mehler Paperny CBC
158 Her Body and Other Parties  
Book Riot
159 Here We Are: American Dreams, American Nightmares Aaarti Namdev Shahani NPR
160 Hey, Water!  
School Library Journal
161 Hidden Wonders (Lonely Planet Kids)   Amazon
162 High School Tegan Quin & Sara Quin CBC
163 Hollywood’s Eve: Eve Babitz And The Secret History Of L.A. Lili Anolik NPR
164 Horror Stories: A Memoir Liz Phair NPR
165 Hot Comb Ebony Flowers NPR
166 How to Be a Family  
BookPage
167 How To Build A Dragon Or Die Trying: A Satirical Look At Cutting-Edge Science Paul Knoepfler and Julie Knoepfler NPR
168
How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems
 
Iowa Public Radio
169 I Was Their American Dream: A Graphic Memoir Malaka Gharib NPR
170 I’m Trying to Love Math   Amazon
171 IBM: The Fall and Reinvention of a Global Icon  
Marginal Revolution
172 In My Own Moccasins Helen Knott CBC
173 In Pain: A Bioethicist’s Personal Struggle With Opioids Travis Rieder NPR
174
In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy
 
Marginal Revolution
175 In The Country Of Women: A Memoir Susan Straight NPR
176 In the Headlines  
Booklist 3
177 In Waves A.J. Dungo NPR
178
Infinite Hope: A Black Artist’s Journey from World War II to Peace
  Amazon
179 Inheritance Dani Shapiro
King County Library System
180 Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men Caroline Criado Perez.
Toronto Star
181 It Feels Good To Be Yourself: A Book About Gender Identity  
School Library Journal
182 Janis: Her Life and Music Holly George-Warren
Publishers Weekly
183 Jerome Robbins, By Himself: Selections From His Letters, Journals, Drawings, Photographs, And An Unfinished Memoir Jerome Robbins, edited NPR
184 Jewish Emancipation: A History of Five Centuries  
Marginal Revolution
185 Just Like Beverly: A Biography Of Beverly Cleary Vicki Conrad, illustrated NPR
186 Kid Gloves Lucy Knisley
King County Library System
187 Kitten Lady’s Big Book of Little Kittens   Amazon
188 Kochland: The Secret History Of Koch Industries And Corporate Power In America Christopher Leonard NPR
189 La Frontera: El viaje con papá / My Journey with Papa  
Booklist 2
190 Lakota America: A New History of Indigenous Power  
Marginal Revolution
191 Last Boat Out Of Shanghai: The Epic Story Of The Chinese Who Fled Mao’s Revolution Helen Zia NPR
192 Leading the Way: Women In Power   Amazon
193 Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir Of Recording And Discording With Wilco, Etc. Jeff Tweedy NPR
194 LikeWar P.W. Singer and Emerson T
TVexamined
195 Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History   Amazon
196 Love Lives Here Amanda Jetté Knox CBC
197 Love Unknown: The Life and Worlds of Elizabeth Bishop Thomas Travisano
Iowa Public Radio
198 Madame Fourcade’s Secret War: The Daring Young Woman Who Led France’s Largest Spy Network Against Hitler Lynne Olson NPR
199 Maybe You Should Talk To Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, And Our Lives Revealed Lori Gottlieb NPR
200 Meander, Spiral, Explode: Design and Pattern in Narrative Jane Alison
Publishers Weekly
201 Medieval Bodies  
BookPage
202 Meet the Frugalwoods: Achieving Financial Independence Through Simple Living Elizabeth Willard Thames
Marta’s Muse
203
Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968
 
Booklist 2
204 Mistakes to Run With Yasuko Thanh CBC
205 Moneyland: The Inside Story Of The Crooks And Kleptocrats Who Rule The World Oliver Bullough NPR
206 My Body My Choice: The Fight for Abortion Rights  
School Library Journal
207
Mythologica: An encyclopedia of gods, monsters and mortals from ancient Greece
  Amazon
208 Natalia Goncharova  
Marginal Revolution
209 Nature’s Superheroes  
Booklist 3
210
Never Caught, the Story of Ona Judge: George and Martha Washington’s Courageous Slave Who Dared To Run Away
 
School Library Journal
211 Never Enough: the neuroscience and experience of addiction  
Marginal Revolution
212 No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power Of Embracing Emotions At Work Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy NPR
213 No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference  
USA Today
214 Nobody’s Looking At You: Essays Janet Malcolm NPR
215 Nobody’s Victim: Fighting Psychos, Stalkers, Pervs, and Trolls Carrie Goldberg Esquire
216 Notes From A Young Black Chef: A Memoir Kwame Onwuachi and Joshua David Stein NPR
217 Older Sister. Not Necessarily Related. Jenny Heijun Wills CBC
218 On Chapel Sands: My Mother and Other Missing Persons Laura Cumming
Five Books
219 On the Clock Emily Guendelsberger
King County Library System
220 On the Plain of Snakes: A Mexican Journey  
Amazon 2
221 One Day: The Extraordinary Story Of An Ordinary 24 Hours In America Gene Weingarten NPR
222 One Drum Richard Wagamese CBC
223
One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission that Flew us to the Moon
 
Marginal Revolution
224 Open Borders: The Science and Ethics of Immigration  
Marginal Revolution
225 Order Without Design: How Markets Shape Cities  
Marginal Revolution
226 Ordinary Hazards Nikki Grimes
Chicago Public Library
227 Our Women on the Ground Arab Women Reporting From the Arab World
King County Library System
228 Outliers: The Story of Success Malcolm Gladwell
Marta’s Muse
229
Overview, Young Explorer’s Edition: A New Way of Seeing Earth
  Amazon
230 Parisian Lives: Samuel Beckett, Simone de Beauvoir, and Me: A Memoir Deirdre Bair
Publishers Weekly
231
Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist
 
Booklist 2
232 Penny Wong: Passion and Principle Margaret Simons
Readings
233 Places And Names: On War, Revolution, And Returning Elliot Ackerman NPR
234
Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré
 
School Library Journal
235 Quit Like a Millionaire: No Gimmicks, Luck, or Trust Fund Required Kristy Shen
Marta’s Muse
236 Rage Becomes Her Soraya Chemaly
TVexamined
237 Range David J. Epstein
King County Library System
238 Range: Why Generalists Triumph In A Specialized World David J. Epstein NPR
239 Reaching for the Moon: An Autobiography of a NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson
Iowa Public Radio
240 Republic Of Shame: Stories From Ireland’s Institutions For ‘Fallen Women’ Caelainn Hogan NPR
241 Rough Magic: Riding the World’s Loneliest Horse Race Lara Prior-Palmer Esquire
242 Sand Talk Tyson Yunkaporta
Readings
243 Savage Appetites: Four True Stories of Women, Crime, and Obsession Rachel Monroe Esquire
244 Save Me the Plums Ruth Reichl
King County Library System
245 Screen Tests: Stories and Other Writing  
Book Riot
246 Sea Level Rise: A Slow Tsunami On America’s Shores Orrin H. Pilkey and Keith C. Pilkey NPR
247 Sea People  
BookPage
248 Searchlight Books:  
Booklist 3
249 Seattle Prohibition Brad Holden
King County Library System
250 Seattle Walk Report Seattle Walk Report
King County Library System
251 See What You Made Me Do Jess Hill
Readings
252 Semicolon Cecelia Watson
King County Library System
253 Shapes of Native Nonfiction: Collected Essays Elissa Washuta and Theresa Warburton Esquire
254 Share Your Smile: Raina’s Guide to Telling Your Own Story   Amazon
255 Shoot for the Moon: The Space Race and the Extraordinary Voyage of Apollo 11 James Donovan
Publishers Weekly
256 Shout Laurie Halse Anderson
Chicago Public Library
257 Sister Outsider Audre Lorde
TVexamined
258 Slime  
BookPage
259 Slime-inators & Other Slippery Tricksters  
Booklist 3
260 Soaring Earth: A Companion Memoir to Enchanted Air  
School Library Journal
261 Socialist Realism  
Book Riot
262 Somebody’s Wife Linda Burgess
newsroom
263
Someone like Me: How One Undocumented Girl Fought for Her American Dream
 
Booklist 2
264 Sontag: Her Life and Work Benjamin Moser
Iowa Public Radio
265 Soulless: The Case Against R. Kelly Jim DeRogatis NPR
266 Southern Nights: The story of New Zealand’s night sky Naomi Arnold
newsroom
267 Spotify Teardown: Inside The Black Box Of Streaming Music Maria Eriksson, Rasmus Fleischer, Anna Johansson, Pelle Snickars, NPR
268 Spying On The South: An Odyssey Across The American Divide Tony Horwitz NPR
269 Stamped From the Beginning  
Book Riot
270
Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide
 
Goodreads
271 Strangers Assume My Girlfriend Is My Nurse Shane Burcaw
Chicago Public Library
272 Supreme Glamour Mary Wilson with Mark Bego NPR
273 Survival Math: Notes On An All-American Family Mitchell S. Jackson NPR
274
Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know
 
Goodreads
275 The (other) F Word  
Chicago Public Library
276 The Anarchy: The East India Company, Corporate Violence, And The Pillage Of An Empire William Dalrymple NPR
277 The Art of Happy Moving: How to Declutter, Pack, and Start Over While Maintaining Your Sanity and Finding Happiness Ali Wenzke
SheReads
278 The Art of Leaving Ayelet Tsabari CBC
279 The Art Of Statistics: How To Learn From Data David Spiegelhalter NPR
280 The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor.  
Booklist 2
281 The Beneficiary: Fortune, Misfortune, And The Story Of My Father Janny Scott NPR
282 The Body Papers: A Memoir Grace Talusan
SheReads
283 The Body: A Guide for Occupants  
USA Today
284 The Book of Delights: Essays  
City of Asylum Bookstore
285 The Book of Eating  
BookPage
286 The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775–1777 Rick Atkinson
Publishers Weekly
287 The Broken Road: George Wallace And A Daughter’s Journey To Reconciliation Peggy Wallace Kennedy NPR
288 The Castle On Sunset: Life, Death, Love, Art, And Scandal At Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont Shawn Levy NPR
289 The Club: Johnson, Boswell, and the Friends Who Shaped an Age Leo Damrosch
Publishers Weekly
290 The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America Margaret O’Mara
Publishers Weekly
291 The Contender: The Story of Marlon Brando William J. Mann
Publishers Weekly
292 The Crimes of ISIS  
Booklist 3
293 The Elephant In The Room: One Fat Man’s Quest To Get Smaller In A Growing America Tommy Tomlinson NPR
294 The Empire And The Five Kings: America’s Abdication And The Fate Of The World Bernard-Henri Lévy NPR
295 The Far Away Brothers Lauren Markham
Chicago Public Library
296 The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper Hallie Rubenhold
Five Books
297 The Food of Sichuan  
Marginal Revolution
298 The Ghosts of Eden Park  
BookPage
299
The Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission That Changed Our Understanding of Madness
 
Amazon 2
300
The Great Successor: The Divinely Perfect Destiny of Brilliant Comrade Kim Jong Un
 
Marginal Revolution
301 The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life Chris Guillebeau
Marta’s Muse
302 The Heartland: An American History Kristin L. Hoganson NPR
303 The Hebrew Bible: A Translation with Commentary  
Marginal Revolution
304 The History of Philosophy A.C. Grayling
Iowa Public Radio
305 The Invisible Load: A guide to overcoming stress Dr Libby Weaver
newsroom
306
The Last Leonardo: The Secret Lives of the World’s Most Expensive Painting
 
Marginal Revolution
307 The LGBT Rights Movement.  
Booklist 2
308 The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini  
BookPage
309
The Man They Wanted Me To Be: Toxic Masculinity and a Crisis of Our Own making
 
Book Riot
310 The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. Evan Ratliff NPR
311 The Meaning of Trees: The history and use of New Zealand’s native plants Robert Vennell
newsroom
312 The National Team: The Inside Story Of The Women Who Changed Soccer Caitlin Murray NPR
313 The New Jim Crow Michelle Alexander
TVexamined
314 The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke   Booklist
315
The Nonsense Factory: The Making and Breaking of the American Legal System
 
Marginal Revolution
316 The North-West is Our Mother Jean Teillet CBC
317 The Old Ways  
Book Riot
318 The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11  
Amazon 2
319 The Optimist’s Telescope: Thinking Ahead In A Reckless Age Bina Venkataraman NPR
320
The People Next Door: The Curious History of India’s Relations with Pakistan
 
Marginal Revolution
321 The Plaza: The Secret Life Of America’s Most Famous Hotel Julie Satow NPR
322 The Political Years Marilyn Waring
newsroom
323
The Pretty One: On Life, Pop Culture, Disability, and Other Reasons to Fall in Love With Me
 
Book Riot
324 The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students Anthony Abraham Jack NPR
325 The Push for Social Change  
Booklist 3
326 The Ride Of A Lifetime: Lessons Learned From 15 Years As CEO Of The Walt Disney Company Robert Iger NPR
327 The Salt Path Raynor Winn NPR
328 The Season: A Social History Of The Debutante Kristen Richardson NPR
329 The Shanghai Free Taxi: Journeys With The Hustlers And Rebels Of The New China Frank Langfitt NPR
330 The Source Of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, And Meditations Toni Morrison NPR
331 The Ungrateful Refugee: What Immigrants Never Tell You  
City of Asylum Bookstore
332 The Unwinding of the Miracle  
Book Riot
333 The Wake Linden MacIntyre CBC
334 The Wonders of Nature   Amazon
335 They Called Us Enemy George Takei, Justin Eisinger and Steven Scott, illustrated NPR
336 They Will Have To Die Now: Mosul And The Fall Of The Caliphate James Verini NPR
337 Things We Didn’t Talk About When I Was a Girl: A Memoir Jeannie Vanasco Esquire
338 This One Looks Like a Boy Lorimer Shenher CBC
339 This Particular Happiness: A Childless Love Story Jackie Shannon Hollis
SheReads
340 Thurgood Jonah Winter, illustrated by Bryan Collier
Iowa Public Radio
341 To the River Don Gillmor CBC
342
Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality
  Booklist
343
Trailblazer: A Pioneering Journalist’s Fight to Make the Media Look More like America
  Booklist
344 Trainwreck  
Book Riot
345 Trans Mission Alex Bertie
Chicago Public Library
346
Troublemaker for Justice: The Story of Bayard Rustin, the Man Behind the March on Washington
 
School Library Journal
347 Truth Be Told Beverley McLachlin CBC
348 Underground: A Human History Of The Worlds Beneath Our Feet Will Hunt NPR
349 Unexampled Courage: The Blinding Of Sgt. Isaac Woodard And The Awakening Of President Harry S. Truman And Judge J. Waties Waring Richard Gergel NPR
350 Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely Lysa TerKeurst
Marta’s Muse
351
United Tastes of America: An Atlas of Food Facts & Recipes from Every State!
  Amazon
352
Unpunished Murder: Massacre at Colfax and the Quest for Justice
 
Booklist 2
353 VIRAL: The Fight Against AIDS in America  
School Library Journal
354 Walter Ralegh: Architect of Empire  
Marginal Revolution
355 Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories Of Social Upheaval Saidiya Hartman NPR
356
We Are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World
 
School Library Journal
357 We Have Always Been Here Samra Habib CBC
358 Weird Parenting Wins: Bathtub Dining, Family Screams, And Other Hacks From The Parenting Trenches Hillary Frank NPR
359 Whale Oil: One man’s fight to save his reputation, then his life Margie Thomson
newsroom
360 What Miss Mitchell Saw Hayley Barrett, illustrated by Diana Sudyka
Iowa Public Radio
361 What You Have Heard Is True: A Memoir Of Witness And Resistance Carolyn Forché NPR
362
When Death Takes Something from You Give It Back: Carl’s Book
 
Book Riot
363 When We Were Arabs: A Jewish Family’s Forgotten History Massoud Hayoun NPR
364 Whiitiki! Whiti! Whiti! E!: Māori in the First World War Monty Soutar
newsroom
365 White Tears, Brown Scars Ruby Hamad
Readings
366
Whiteshift: Populism, Immigration, and the Future of White Majorities
 
Marginal Revolution
367 Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, And Me Adrienne Brodeur NPR
368 Working Robert Caro Esquire
369 You Can’t Touch My Hair/Everything is Trash but It’s Okay Phoebe Robinson
TVexamined
370 You Look Like a Thing and I Love You  
BookPage
371 Yummy Yoga: Playful Poses and Tasty Treats   Amazon


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Amazon
Amazon 2
Book Riot
Booklist
Booklist 2
Booklist 3
BookPage
BookPage
CBC
Chicago Public Library
City of Asylum Bookstore
Esquire
Five Books
Goodreads
Iowa Public Radio
King County Library System
Marginal Revolution
Marta’s Muse
newsroom
NPR
Powell’s
Publishers Weekly
Readings
School Library Journal
SheReads
TIME
Toronto Star
TVexamined
USA Today

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