day seventeen | 30 day book challenge

30 Day Book Challenge | Day 17 — Your favorite non fiction book

Naturally, I cannot pick just one…

Not counting memoirs (that’s day 21), these four books encompass some of my favorite non fiction sub-genres. The First Family by Mike Dash is a meticulously detailed yet very readable history of the Italian-American Mafia in the United States starting with its beginnings in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan is an eye-opening exposé of all the different foods that end up on our plate and the choices we face as consumers. The Rest is Noise by Alex Ross is a brief history of music in the twentieth century with particular focus on composers’ lives and cultural struggles. And of course, Truman Capote’s masterpiece In Cold Blood is a true crime novel about the brutal, senseless murder of a family in rural Kansas.

What are your favorite non fiction books?

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