Criticism & Features

NBCC Reads

The Long, Long List for Nonfiction

By John Freeman

It would be silly to act as if the Best Recommended List encapsulated everyone's taste. To do that we'd need a list nearly a thousand books long. But in the interest of showing the breadth of voting, here are are the nonfiction titles which received multiple votes, in order of the book with the highest votes received.

David Halberstram, “The Coldest Winter;” Diane Ackerman, “The Zookeeper’s Wife;” Mary Gordon, “Circling My Mother;” Francisco Goldman, “The Art of Political Murder;” Walter Isaacson, “Einstein;” Joan Acocella, “Twenty-eight Artists and Two Saints;” Alex Ross, “The Rest is Noise;” Richard Preston, “The Wild Trees;” Oliver Sacks, “Musicophilia;” George Saunders, “The Braindead Megaphone;” Katha Pollitt, “How to Drive and Other Life Stories;” Bliss Broyard, “One Drop;” Peter Godwin, “When A Crocodile Eats The Sun;” Patrica Hampl, “The Florist's Daughter;” Michael Pollan, “The Omnivore's Dilemma;” Nathalie Angier, “The Canon;” Tom Bissell, “The Father of all Things;” Anne Fadiman, “At Large and Small;” John Updike, “Due Considerations;” Janet Malcolm, “Two Lives;” Lucia Perillo, “I Heard Vultures Singing;” Arnold Rampersand, “Ralph Ellison: A Life;” Orlando Figes, “The Whisperers;” Ben MacIntyre, “Agent Zigzag;” Ben Ratliff, “Coltrane: The Story of a Sound;” Luc Sante, “Kill all Your Darlings;” Rebecca Solnit, “Storming the Gates of Paradise;” Bill McKibben, “Deep Economy;” Charles Taylor, “The Secular Age;” Alexander Waugh, “Father and Sons;” Judith Thurman, “Cleopatra's Nose;” Naomi Wolf, “The End of America;” Marcus Rediker, “The Slave Ship;” Georgina Howell, “Gertrude Bell;” Kate Braestrup, “Here if You Need Me;” Craig Childs, “House of Rain;” Pierre Bayard, “How To Talk About Books You Haven't Read.”