ICPL Top Picks for 2015: Nonfiction

From exploring romance through Tinder to sharing the stories of everyday people on the streets of New York City, this year's crop of nonfiction titles run the gamut from humorous to thought-provoking, inspiring to contemplative.

Nonfiction is always a popular category among ICPL staff  (We work at a Library; of course we love learning!), so we apologize now if our picks for the best nonfiction titles of 2015 add  to your never-ending reading list.


  • Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
  • Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America's Gutsiest Troublemakers by Nick Offerman
  • Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis by Robert D. Putnam
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on Their Decision Not To Have Kids by Meghan Daum
  • Humans of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton
  • Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
  • Mama Tried: Dispatches from the Seamy Underbelly of Modern Parenthood by Emily Flake
  • The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey by Rinker Buck
  • The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff
  • The Man Who Wasn't There: Investigations into the Strange New Science of the Self by Anil Anandaughtersthaswamy
  • Daughters of the Samurai: A Journey from East to West and Back by Janice P. Nimura
  • The Shepherd's Life by James Rebanks
  • The Millionaire and the Bard: Henry Folger's Obsessive Hunt for Shakespeare's First Folio by Andrea betweeMays
  • Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen by Mary Norris
  • So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson

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