WWW: Favorite Nonfiction?

Today’s blogging challenge from Long & Short Reviews is ‘Favorite Nonfiction Book’, which is…er, problematic. I read over a hundred nonfiction books a year, and have done since I started keeping a book log in mid-2007. which means I’ve read over fourteen hundred nonfiction titles since January 1st, 2008. The last time I took I long look at my nonfiction favorites was in 2019, when I posted a list of fifty favorites from 2010 – 2019. Using my first recap (“Five Years of Reading”, May 2012), the 2020 post, and my last two annual wrapups, I present…. the Arch List, my favorite nonfiction from May 2007 until this very moment! Most of it is firm (Death and Life and Consolations aren’t going anywhere ever), but there are there are a few I debated. It’s twelve instead of ten for….let’s say religious reasons. It’s not because I couldn’t prune to ten. Nossir.

Amusing Ourselves to Death, Neil Postman

The Meditations, Marcus Aurelius

The Consolations of Philosophy, Alain de Botton

The Geography of Nowhere, Jim Kunstler

The Age of Faith, Will Durant

A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts, Neil Chaikan

The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Jane Jacobs

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion, Jonathan Haidt

Happy City: Transforming Our Lives through Urban Design, Charles Montgomery

The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History o
f 9/11, Garett Graff

The Goodness Paradox: The Strange Relationship Between Violence and Virtue, Richard Wrangham

12 Rules for Life, Jordan B. Peterson

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17 Responses to WWW: Favorite Nonfiction?

  1. lydiaschoch says:

    The Only Plane in the Sky sounds interesting.

  2. Cyberkitten says:

    Only read ‘Meditations’ on that List… Oh, and I’d struggle to get it down to 10 too, and I don’t read anything like the numbers you do!

  3. I think you’d find both Haidt and Wrangham interesting reads!

  4. ‘The only Plane in the Sky’ and ‘A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts’ sound very interesting.

  5. Aymee says:

    Lots of interesting recs to check out, thanks!

    My post.

  6. Patrick Prescott says:

    Wow, some really great books, I’ve read Epictetus, but not Aurelius. Bookends of stoicism.

  7. Bookmarking your page so I can spend a little more time going through your reviews and investigating these titles. If people put them on favorites lists, I take notice. Thank you. Here is my list of nonfiction favorites. I am new to the link-up and giving it a try today.

  8. There are a couple of these that look promising to me. I’ll be looking for Happy City: Transforming Our Lives through Urban Design and The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion. I thought Only Plane in the Sky was excellent.

    • Agreed about Only Plane — have you ever encountered Lynn Spencer’s “Touching History”? It’s 9/11 as experienced by air traffic control, the airline companies, and US military aviation personnel. It alleges a fifth plane, which had a late takeoff and was grounded after news of the multiple takeovers took over. A group of four Arab passengers disappeared, leaving behind carryon luggage that proved to have box-cutters inside.

  9. Michael Mock says:

    That Richard Wrangham book sounds fascinating! I’m adding that one to my TBR.

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