Favorite nonfiction of 2013

Just to clarify, I read these books in 2013, but they were not necessarily published this year. Quotes are from my reviews, which are linked to the titles.

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Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright: “This is one of the scariest books I have ever read, and it it’s not a horror novel. This book is extremely well-researched, well-documented, and truly horrifying.”

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Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff: “This book is a non-stop page-turner, and that is a huge accomplishment for a work of non-fiction, at least for this reader. I don’t read a lot of non-fiction, but when I do, I want to be pulled into the story as deeply as if I was reading a novel. Zuckoff has done that with Frozen in Time. He has given his readers not one, but two, completely engrossing stories – the survival of the original men who crashed in Greenland, as well as the loss of their would-be rescuers, and the modern day story of determination to bring those who were lost back home to their families.”

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Paperboy by Tony Macaulay: “Paperboy is a humorous, delightful, and realistic memoir, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Tony Macaulay has a terrific sense of humor, and a keen insight into human nature.”

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3500: An Autistic Boy’s Ten-Year Romance With Snow White by Ron Miles: “The story of Ben’s love affair with the park, and with the Snow White’s Scary Adventures ride in particular, is in turns poignant and hilarious. Ron writes honestly of the challenges – and pure joys – of parenting an autistic child, and I was fully engaged in the story. The last two chapters and the epilogue were read with many tears and smiles, and I believe Ron has much to be proud of in his book.”

For any of you book bloggers who are interested in a review copy of 3500, you can contact Ron here, and he said he would be thrilled to send you a copy.

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11 Responses to Favorite nonfiction of 2013

  1. bermudaonion (Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion
    says:

    I haven’t read any of those but I do own 2 of them.

  2. Frozen in Time was probably my favorite nonfiction read this year, although I am not sure that counts for much given how little nonfiction I actually got read!

    I have been seeing mention of Paperboy a lot lately. It’s one I will have to look for.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Wendy – it was really great – I’m hoping to get to read his second memoir, Breadboy.

  3. Kailana says:

    I haven’t read any of these, but I just added some books to my wish list. :)

  4. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread
    says:

    I’ve actually got Frozen in Time on my iPod! I’ve just got dozens of wonderful audios loaded. It is hard to know which to listen to next (right now I’m listening to Wild and it is excellent). I’ve been interested in Wright’s book…I read his “The Looming Tower” and it is still bouncing around in my head.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Sandy – his level of research is amazing – I’m definitely adding The Looming Tower to my 2014 to-read list.

  5. Anna says:

    I really need to read Frozen in Time! Great list.

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