2020 Nonfiction Favorites

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This week Alice and Kim talk favorite nonfiction reads of 2020.

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Favorite Nonfiction of 2020

Rust: A Memoir of Steel and Grit by Eliese Colette Goldbach

Why We Swim by Bonnie Tsui

Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family by Robery Kolker

Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close by Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman

The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio

Shit, Actually by Lindy West

We Keep the Dead Close: A Murder at Harvard and a Half-Century of Silence by Becky Cooper

Wandering in Strange Lands: A Daughter of the Great Migration Reclaims Her Roots by Morgan Jerkins

Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century ed. By Alice Wong

What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Fat by Aubrey Gordon

Nonfiction We Missed in 2020

World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Memorial Drive: A Daughter’s Memoir by Natasha Trethewey

The Fixed Stars by Molly Wizenberg

Vesper Flights by Helen Macdonald

The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal About Identity, Race, Wealth, and Power by Deirdre Mask 

White Tears/Brown Scars: How White Feminism Betrays Women of Color by Ruby Hamad

Reading Now

KIM: The Devil’s Harvest: A Ruthless Killer, a Terrorized Community, and the Search for Justice in California’s Central Valley by Jessica Garrison

ALICE: Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke


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