Staff Favourites, 2018: Nonfiction

January 25, 2019 | M. Elwood

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Every year we ask our staff to select their favourite books of the year and share the list in a series of blog posts. This is the nonfiction that caught our attention during 2018.

21 Lessons

21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Harari.

Bad blood secrets and lies in a silicon valley start up

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou.

Diary of a bookseller

Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell.


Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover.

End of the rope

End of the Rope: Mountains, Marriage and Motherhood by Jan Redford.

Future is history

The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia by Masha Gessen.

Heart berries

Heart Berries: A Memoir by Terese Marie Mailhot.

Hockey fight in canada

Hockey Fight in Canada: The Big Media Faceoff over the NHL by David Shoalts.


Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay.

I am i am i am

I am, I am, I am: Seventeen Brushes with Death by Maggie O'Farrell.

I'll be gone in the dark

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

Lake erie stories

Lake Erie Stories: Struggle and Survival on a Freshwater Ocean by Chad Fraser.

Runnin with the devil

Runnin' with the Devil: A Backstage Pass to the Wild Times, Loud Rock and the Down and Dirty Truth behind the Making of Van Halen by Noel E. Monk and Joseph Layden.

Seven fallen feathers

Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City by Tanya Talaga.

When they call you a terrorist

When they Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele.

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