Favorite Non-Fiction Books I've Read in the Last Year

A Listmania! list by Allegra S. Newman
The list author says: "As a child, I never thought there could be anything better than a great fiction novel, until I stumbled across my first memoir when I was 19. And now I can't live without non-fiction - memoirs, biographies, history, science - I love it all. These are some of my favorites that I've read (or re-read) in the past year."
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
1.  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
The list author says:
  "I couldn't put this book down! The interwoven stories of Henrietta Lacks, her family, and the scientific community which immortalized her cells are riveting, notably from the compelling way in which Skloot pieces together events spanning sixty decades which had dramatic effects on so many people's lives."
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Angela's Ashes: A Memoir
2.  Angela's Ashes: A Memoir by Frank McCourt
The list author says:
  "Another page turner that I recently re-read. One of the best memoirs I've read which captures a child's naive and often comedic perspective of growing up poor with an alcoholic father. McCourt paints a picture of a child's life in 1940's Ireland that is amusing, harrowing, and painful - all at the same time."
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Lit: A Memoir (P.S.)
3.  Lit: A Memoir (P.S.) by Mary Karr
The list author says:
  "I'm a big fan of Karr's books, but this one might be her best as she attempts to drown insecurities and painful ghosts from her childhood with bottles of wine and 12-packs of beer. A wonderful look into the creative mind as it struggles to find a place in the world."
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The Glass Castle: A Memoir
4.  The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
The list author says:
  "Another soul-bearing memoir which reveals the triumphant journey of Walls and her two siblings as they tear themselves away from the nomadic parents I felt myself loving and hating at the same time."
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The Fifties
5.  The Fifties by David Halberstam
The list author says:
  "Science, politics, innovations, and celebrities...Halberstam completes an incredible feat bringing all the most compelling and dramatic elements of a nation- and life-changing decade into one book. Definitely worth reading for an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the events that formed and shaped America's path for the latter part of the 20th century."
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Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood
6.  Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood by Alexandra Fuller
The list author says:
  "Fuller's memoir about growing up in the Seventies during the Rhodesian civil war in southern Africa is another one I've read again and again. Through the eyes of a child, she captures the bold, pioneering spirit of her family in hostile lands and the struggles they had to overcome to survive."
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The Liars' Club: A Memoir
7.  The Liars' Club: A Memoir by Mary Karr
The list author says:
  "I love Karr's portrayal of her painter mother and story-telling father, who made life anything but boring during her childhood in east Texas."
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