Popular and Award Winning Nonfiction of 2014

December 5, 2014 | Kelli

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This past year has been fantastic for people who enjoy reading nonfiction. So many intriguing and interesting new books to read!  

Here is a selection of the nonfiction books published in 2014:

Being mortal Capital End of absence Innovators No place to hide

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
A look into the contemporary experience of aging and how doctors fall back on false hopes and treatments that are actually shortening lives instead of improving them. Gawande argues that what most of us really want is the autonomy to make decisions about the final chapter of our lives.  Reviewed in the The Guardian
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Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty
To uncover key economic and social pattern, Piketty has analyzed a unique collection of data from twenty countries, ranging as far back as the eighteenth century. His findings will transform future debate about wealth and financial inequality. Reviewed in the New York Review of Books
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The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We've Lost in a World of Constant Connection by Michael Harris
Harris chronicles the massive shift to a constantly connected world, exploring what we've gained and lost along the way. He argues that our greatest loss has been that of absence itself, that is, of silence, wonder and solitude. Winner of the Governor General's literary Award for Nonfiction.  Reviewed in the National Post.
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The Innovators: How A Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson.
An investigation into the personalities that created our current digital revolution and explores how their minds worked and what made them so inventive. He begins with Ada Lovelace, who pioneered computer programming in the 1840s, and continues with Alan Turing, Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, Tim Berners-Lee, Larry Page and many more.  Reviewed in the New York Times
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No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA and the U.S. Surveillance State by Glenn Greenwald.
An investigative reporter for The Guardian, Greenwald provides an in-depth look into the National Security Agency scandal. He explores the cooperation between private industry and the NSA, and the far-reaching consequences of the U.S. government's surveillance program. Reviewed in The Globe and Mail.
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Sixth extinction Tastemakers This changes everything What if Zhivago affair

Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert.
Drawing on the work of geologists, botanists, marine biologists, and other researchers; Kolbert discusses the five previous devastating mass extinctions on Earth and predicts an upcoming sixth. Reviewed in The New York Times.
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The Tastemakers: Why We're Crazy About Cupcakes but Fed Up with Fondue by David Sax.
Through this look into the world of food trends, Sax reveals where they originate, how they grow and why they end. With examples such as cupcakes, chia and greek yogurt, his investigation leads him to many places, including food industry labs and food trucks. Reviewed in The Toronto Star.
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This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate by Naomi Klein
Klein exposes the myths that are clouding the climate debate.  She argues that the really inconvenient truth about global warming is that it’s about capitalism, not carbon. We have been told the market will save us, when in fact the addiction to profit and growth is digging us in deeper every day. Winner of the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction.  Reviewed in The Globe and Mail.
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What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurb Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe
A former NASA roboticist, Munroe launched the very popular weblog xkcd.com in 2005. In 2012, he started answering reader-submitted hypothetical. That series, "What If," is the focus of this witty debut, which features an abundance of new black-and-white cartoons. Reviewed in The Wall Street Journal.
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Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over A Forbidden Book by Peter Finn and Petra Couvèe
Drawing on newly declassified government files, Peter Finn tells the dramatic story of how Boris Pasternak's Doctor Zhivago, a forbidden book in the Soviet Union, became a secret CIA weapon of the cold war. Reviewed in The New York Review of Books.
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