Our latest roundup of the nonfiction best books picks (downloadable spreadsheet, 2013 — Best Books, Adult Nonfiction, Version 3) adds in titles from 6 new lists, resulting in a total of 15 sources (listed on the spreadsheet; links are at the right, under Best Books), with 396 picks for 267 titles.
Tied at #1 with 8 picks each is:
Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital, Sheri Fink, (RH/Crown; RH Audio/BOT) – includes a LibraryReads pick and top ten picks from LJ and NYT Book Review.
Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, & the Prison of Belief , Wright, Lawrence. (RH/Knopf) – includes PW and Washington Post top ten picks and National Book Award finalist.
Close behind, with 7 each:
Thank You for Your Service, David Finkel, (Macmillan/FSG/Sarah Crichton; Macmillan Audio
The Unwinding, George Packer, (Macmillan/FSG; Macmillan Audio) – (the National book award winner)
We expect the daily New York Times reviewers to weigh in next week, followed by Booklist and the various ALA awards in January.
The latest spreadsheets to date are: