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January 15, 2009

Favorite Nonfiction Books of 2008

Through the 52 Books, 52 Weeks and especially the Book Notes series this year I was exposed to a huge amount of quality nonfiction this year. Well-written, thoughtful, and often surprising memoirs in particular seemed to show up on my doorstep regularly, and these dominate my year-end list of favorite nonfiction titles.

All links go to either my short reviews in the Book Notes, my 52 Books, 52 Weeks series, or the book's Amazon page if the title hasn't been featured at Largehearted Boy (yet).

What was your favorite nonfiction book of 2008?

My favorite nonfiction books of 2008:

Cop in the Hood by Peter Moskos

An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination: A Memoir by Elizabeth McCracken

The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food by Jennifer 8 Lee

Hats & Eyeglasses: A Family Love Affair with Gambling by Martha Frankel

Have You Found Her: A Memoir by Janice Erlbaum

I Was Told There'd Be Cake by Sloane Crosley

In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto by Michael Pollan

Let's Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste by Carl Wilson

The Night of the Gun: A Reporter Investigates the Darkest Story of his Life--His Own by David Carr

The Two Kinds of Decay: A Memoir by Sarah Manguso

Welcome to Shirley: A Memoir from an Atomic Town by Kelly McMasters

also at Largehearted Boy:

list of online "best of 2008" book lists
Largehearted Boy 2008 favorite graphic novels
Largehearted Boy 2008 favorite novels
Largehearted Boy 2008 favorite short fiction collections
Largehearted Boy 2008 favorite albums

previous lists at Largehearted Boy
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
guest book reviews
musician/author interviews
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2008 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2007 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2006 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2005 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2004 Edition)