What is your favorite non-fiction book that you've read in 2023?

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What is your favorite non-fiction book that you've read in 2023?

1wolfgang.smith
nov 18, 2023, 5:40 pm

Looking for some new non-fiction book ideas, I really liked Stolen Focus by Johann Hari, Stop Reading the News by Rolf Dobelli and Fatal Conveniences by Darin Olien.

2Bookmarque
nov 18, 2023, 5:55 pm

Just inserting touchstones for the books you mentioned -

Stolen Focus
Stop reading the news
Fatal Conveniences

3paradoxosalpha
nov 18, 2023, 6:12 pm

On those lines, I enjoyed The Internet Is Not What You Think It Is.

4varielle
nov 18, 2023, 6:46 pm

A Child of the Century by Ben Hecht. It’s probably the best autobiography I’ve ever read.

5wester
Redigerat: nov 19, 2023, 9:22 am

2023 was the year I discovered David Graeber. Excellent books to make you see things you thought you knew in a completely different way. Very thoroughly researched.

Easiest to read was Bullshit jobs on the proliferation of jobs without meaning, next Debt on what money really means and how we could use it differently, and finally the very academic The dawn of everything (with David Wengrow) about how different societies have been organized in prehistory.

6vwinsloe
nov 19, 2023, 6:54 am

Lady Justice which is helpful to understanding the wave of women, party notwithstanding, that is coming together to fight for freedom in the USA.

7SChant
nov 19, 2023, 7:08 am

Just finished Helen Czerski's Blue Machine, an absolutely thrilling work about the structures and processes of the ocean, and the intricacy of human connectivity to this massive part of our environment.

8reconditereader
nov 19, 2023, 2:39 pm

10rocketjk
nov 22, 2023, 11:28 am

This year (so far), my favorite, hands down, is Walk With Me: A Biography of Fannie Lou Hamer by Kate Clifford Larson.

11JulieLill
nov 22, 2023, 1:55 pm

>9 LynnB: I loved! Eig's book on the pill - so interesting!

12botch_snap
nov 26, 2023, 11:55 pm

My favorite was The Great Stewardess Rebellion: How Women Launched a Workplace Revolution at 30,000 Feet. It's a really great book with some fantastic characters.

I also read Planet Dora: A Memoir Of The Holocaust And The Birth Of The Space Age this year which is a book I think about all the time. Horrific.

14Molly3028
Redigerat: dec 10, 2023, 5:52 pm

Enough
by Cassidy Hutchinson

and

I am looking forward to reading Liz Cheney's book early next year.

15ricko800
dec 11, 2023, 5:56 pm

barbra

16jillmwo
dec 12, 2023, 3:41 pm

I read A History of Reading this year and that was a highlight for me. (Inexplicably, I had avoided it. And that was a mistake.)

18zetetic23
Redigerat: dec 21, 2023, 4:30 pm

Music : A Subversive History was the can't put down book. Great different perspective that I have not read before.

I also loved Stop Reading The News but haven't read anything similar this year to recommend. I did do a 10 day vipassana course that helped me take back my focus, I can highly recommend that.

19rocketjk
dec 21, 2023, 10:29 am

>18 zetetic23: I'm happy but not surprised to read your positive comments about the Gioia book. His The History of Jazz is superb, though, as it was first published in 1997, may be a bit dated by now. I read it only a few years after it's arrival.