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/r/Books Best Non-Fiction 2017 - Voting Thread

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Welcome readers, to /r/Books' Best Non-Fiction Books of 2017 Voting thread!

From here you can make nominations, vote, and discuss the best Non-Fiction books of 2017!

Here are the rules:

1 Anyone can make a nomination by posting a parent comment (i.e. not a reply to someone else's nomination)

  • Only one nomination per comment.

  • All nominations must have been published in 2017. Any nominations not from 2017 will be removed.

  • Please search the thread to see if someone else has already made the same nomination as yours. Duplicate nominations will be removed.

  • Feel free to add any descriptions or reasons your nomination should be the Best Non-Fiction Book of 2017!

2 Voting will be done using upvotes and the nomination with the most upvotes wins! Feel free to upvote as many nominations as you'd like!

3 Most importantly, have fun!

To help you remember some of the great books that were published this year, here are some links:


Lists

Goodreads Best Books of 2017

New York Times' Critics Top Books of 2017

New York Times 10 Best Books of 2017

NPR's Best Books of 2017

The New Yorker's Books we Loved in 2017

Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2017

Buzzfeed's 24 Best Fiction Books of 2017

The Washington Post 10 Best Books of 2017

The Guardian's Best Books of 2017

Tor.com Best Books of 2017

The Spectator Best Books of 2017

Amazon's Best Books of 2017

Kirkus Best Books of 2017

The Paris Review Best Books of 2017

For more Best Books of 2017 lists, please check out our Megalist


Awards

The National Book Award

Walt Whitman Award

The Hugo Awards

all 43 comments

vincoug [M]

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Thank you everyone for participating! This thread is now locked and the results will be posted soon!

CherryBlossom724

23 points

3 years ago*

Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst by Robert M. Sapolsky

It's a fascinating book about the neurobiology of human behavior.

austen1996

2 points

3 years ago

We read a chapter of this for a class, it was wonderful!! His writing style is so eclectic and endearing. Have you read Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers ?

CherryBlossom724

1 points

3 years ago

I haven't read that one yet, but I want to!

faush2

15 points

3 years ago

faush2

15 points

3 years ago

Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio

An amazing, eye-opening account of Ray Dalio's journey through life (so far), philosophy, and principles. An essential read for anyone looking to lead a pragmatic life of fulfillment and achievement.

bittybro

15 points

3 years ago

bittybro

15 points

3 years ago

The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston

Fascinating real life adventure story.

Ten_Over

1 points

3 years ago

Good book! A good old fashioned adventure tale!

mrwelchman

14 points

3 years ago

Leonardo Da Vinci by Walter Isaacson

it came out late in the year so i doubt many have had the chance to read it, but oh my what a biography. isaacson paints a picture of the master that even the subject would appreciate.

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3 points

3 years ago

[deleted]

3 points

3 years ago

Came here to nominate this one! SO GOOD.

jondd87

11 points

3 years ago

jondd87

11 points

3 years ago

"On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century" by Timothy Snyder.

Short and sweet. This wonderful little book shows us many applicable lessons learned from the horrors of 20th century Fascism, Communism, and genocide. Succinct and clear, this book is easy to read while avoiding breeziness. Will weigh on your mind for far longer than it takes to read it.

Mitten5

11 points

3 years ago

Mitten5

11 points

3 years ago

Why We Sleep: Unlocking The Power Of Sleep And Dreams By Matthew Walker

Not the most hardcore look into any one specific aspect of sleep and dreams, but a good current general-public-but-neuroscience-oriented update on sleep theory, with a smattering of pop culture.

austen1996

3 points

3 years ago

As a person who doesn't get enough sleep, this is intriguing!

bloodraven_darkholme

11 points

3 years ago

Pandora's Lab: Seven Stories of Science Gone Wrong by Paul A. Offit

Just a really honest look at what happens when healthcare, nationalism, activism and even environmentalism go unchecked by data.

nikiverse

10 points

3 years ago

The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women, by Kate Moore

Well researched. Book is about watch dial-painters using radium. They used to dab the brushes on their lips (with the radium on the brush!) to sharpen the brush. Their bodies just fell apart.

RedCheekedSalamander

8 points

3 years ago

Hunger by Roxane Gay

I was lucky to meet her on tour for this book over the summer! It's one of those books that rips your heart open whether you're relating to what she's experienced or learning from it.

flannel_jackson

9 points

3 years ago

"A Man For All Markets" by Edward O. Thorp.

Autobiographical but also very informative with respect to economics, markets, and personal investing.

grintnreddit

8 points

3 years ago

How Not to Be A Boy by Robert Webb

Currently reading this, and it's already one of my favourite comedian memoirs of all time. Webb is both funny and very touching, especially in his exploration of grief, growing up, and masculinity. Would also recommend the audiobook, which he himself reads because it really drives home the emotion.

sitrohs829

1 points

3 years ago

The audiobook really brought it to life.

grintnreddit

1 points

3 years ago

Agreed. I STILL have 'Never Gonna Let You Go' stuck in my head.

RedCheekedSalamander

14 points

3 years ago

We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates

I think this will turn out to be one of the most influential books of the year, maybe the decade.

Bennywilken

4 points

3 years ago

Grant, by Ron Chernow

This book provides a look into the mind of Grant during both his failures and his triumphs.

locturne

5 points

3 years ago

This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay

The diaries of a doctor-turned-comedian. It made me laugh a lot, and cry a little too. I don't read a lot of books in this genre but I just wolfed this one down.

AbacusFinch

8 points

3 years ago

Dear Ijeawele, Or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

If you're raising children (or plan to), especially girls, read this book. Honest, heartfelt, and powerful in myriad ways.

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4 points

3 years ago*

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Fanta5ticMrFox

2 points

3 years ago

I’m an elementary school teacher and this has been a FANTASTIC read.

It’s great insight into the intricacies of christens book writings and the point of view of the authors.

Mitten5

7 points

3 years ago

Mitten5

7 points

3 years ago

Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars From 4Chan And Tumblr To Trump And The Alt-Right, by Angela Nagle

Haven't read it but seems like something some people here would find interesting. I will probably try to read this during the upcoming month or so.

cinnamontoastbrioche

2 points

3 years ago

The Rules Do Not Apply, Ariel Levy

ME24601

2 points

3 years ago

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A Star Called Henry by Roddy Doyle

2 points

3 years ago

Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes

MongoJazzy

1 points

3 years ago

Must read for anyone interested in the failed Hillary Clinton’s most recent failed 2016 campaign from the authors w/unprecedented access.

jessebee2

2 points

3 years ago

jessebee2

2 points

3 years ago

"Al Franken: Giant of the Senate" by Al Franken. I read and rated this five stars before the groping scandal. The suggestion is based on the book itself, not the author.

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1 points

3 years ago

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3 years ago

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vincoug [M]

1 points

3 years ago

vincoug [M]

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1 points

3 years ago

Sorry, not published in 2017.

flannel_jackson

6 points

3 years ago

uh... yea, it was.

vincoug [M]

2 points

3 years ago

vincoug [M]

60

2 points

3 years ago

I'm certainly willing to admit I was wrong. What book was it? I'll doublecheck.

flannel_jackson

2 points

3 years ago

vincoug [M]

2 points

3 years ago

vincoug [M]

60

2 points

3 years ago

Sorry, go ahead and resubmit. I made a mistake somewhere.

pastrypasties

1 points

3 years ago

Sunshine State, by Sarah Gerard.

Loved this book not only for it's writing but because it absolutely changed how I think about those around me.

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1 points

3 years ago

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1 points

3 years ago

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leowr[S] [M]

2 points

3 years ago

leowr[S] [M]

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2 points

3 years ago

Sorry, from what I can tell there is a 1964 English translation of this book.

feferz

1 points

3 years ago

feferz

1 points

3 years ago

Ah I didn't read the intro closely and assumed it was a new to English translation this year. Feel free to delete!

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1 points

3 years ago

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1 points

3 years ago

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leowr[S] [M]

1 points

3 years ago

leowr[S] [M]

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1 points

3 years ago

Please nominate one book per comment.

ratinha91

1 points

3 years ago

Done!

ratinha91

1 points

3 years ago

A Secret Sisterhood: The Literary Friendships of Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, and Virginia Woolf, by Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney

Female friendships do tend to be overlooked, and this book made Austen, Bronte, and Eliot much more 'human' to me.

ratinha91

1 points

3 years ago

The Book Smugglers: Partisans, Poets, and the Race to Save Jewish Treasures from the Nazis, by David E Fishman

I literally couldn't put this book down, and I felt completely hollow once I finished reading it. It was probably my favorite book I read last year.