DPL Staff Picks 2018: Nonfiction

If you've been following the monthly staff picks blogs over this year, you know that DPL staff read widely and are passionate about sharing their favorite finds. While there are many "best of"  lists being released at this time of the year, we instead decided to feature our FAVORITES of the year. What's the difference? It could be endlessly debated. A "best" book, as defined by the critics, may be a literary achievement, a breakthrough in form or genre, a challenge to conquer, a writer working at the peak of their talents. "Favorite," to me, is a cozier word, implying something you want the people you care about to read, something that sticks with you, and something that makes you think. "Best" books can be all of those things, of course. While our favorites may not be technically perfect, here are the titles that stuck with us this year, some you may have heard of already, some not. Look for our favorite fiction next week!

Hana: I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara

Dodie & Dana: The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman’s Extraordinary Life in the Business of Death, Decay, and Disaster by Sarah Krasnostein

Lauren: Two Whole Cakes: How to Stop Dieting and Learn to Love Your Body by Lesley Kinzel

Becker: Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

Natalie: Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters by Anne Boyd Rioux

Laurie: Against Memoir: Complaints, Confessions and Criticisms by Michelle Tea

Yvonne: Everything is Horrible and Wonderful: A Tragicomic Memoir of Genius, Heroin, Love, and Loss by Stephanie Wittels Wachs

Kate: The Electric Woman: A Memoir in Death Defying Acts by Tessa Fontaine

Annie: Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry by Imani Perry

Kristen: The Happiness Curve: Why Life Gets Better After 50 by Jonathan Rauch

Hadiya: Black Klansman: Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime
by Ron Stallworth

City Librarian Michelle: How to Be Well: Six Keys to a Happy and Healthy Life by Frank Lipman


Written by Becker on December 18, 2018