The Best of the Best: A Round Up of the “Best Non-Fiction Books of 2012”

As part 2 of looking at the best of 2012 book round-ups, here are the top 18 non-fiction books based on the 10 different lists that I looked at (see previous post on “Best Fiction Books 0f 2012“).

A few interesting things about looking at the non-fiction book lists. One, there was definitely more agreement on fiction books. All the fiction books that I included were listed on at least three different lists. For the non-fiction books, there were only a few books that were listed across three or more lists (e.g., Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers, David Nasaw’s The Patriarch, and Richard Lloyd’s People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Woman Who Vanished From the Streets of Tokyo) so I lowered the criteria to books listed on 2 or more lists. The other thing was that there was a total of 253 fiction books listed vs. the 138 non-fiction books on the best books lists.

The last part of this “series” will be comparing the NYT lists to the WP lists… off the cuff, there was more agreement on the fiction list and the non-fiction list was almost totally different, which was interesting to see. Any combinations you would like to see? 🙂

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