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List Rules List Criteria: Non-fiction books released between January and December of 2013.

The best non-fiction books of 2013 include writings on a myriad of different topics, from historical non-fiction accounts of wars to compelling memoirs and personal accounts. Many of the great non-fiction books that came out in 2013 were by well-known authors who've thrilled us in the past, but some are debuts, and the authors are certainly worth watching in the future. Which 2013 non-fiction book was your personal favorite? If it's not on this list, by all means, please do add it. Bookworms who love great non-fiction will thank you!

Some of the most highly regarded non-fiction books released in 2013 include 'Thank You For Your Service,' an unflinching look at soldiers' lives post-war, 'Pilgrim's Wilderness: A True Story of Faith and Madness on the Alaska Frontier,' a stunning account of one family's life in the Alaskan Wilderness by Tom Kizzia and 'The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945,' the third book in a brilliant trilogy by Rick Atkinson.

Some of the best 2013 non-fiction books were biographies and memoirs. Notable releases included 'Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead' by Sheryl Sandberg, 'The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism' by Doris Kearns Goodwin and 'I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban' by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb.

Certainly one of the most notable non-fiction books of the year is 'The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum,' written by Temple Grandin and Richard Panek. Grandin is a pioneer in the field of autism, and her in-depth exploration of autism science proves fascinating in this book. Another excellent science-based non-fiction book from 2013 is Mary Roach's often hilarious, certainly insightful 'Gulp: Adventures of the Alimentary Canal.' Roach is one of the funniest and sharpest science writers around, and in 'Gulp' she tackles the mysteries of our own body's digestive system.

For reading nuts, 2013 had a great deal to offer. If you're a fiction fan, check out this list of the best novels of 2013 and non-fiction fans would likely enjoy this list of the best non-fiction books of 2012, as well.

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I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stoo... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2013

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Thank You for Your Service is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2013

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Lawrence in Arabia: War, Decei... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2013

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Gulp: Adventures on the Alimen... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2013

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The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roo... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2013

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Frozen in Time: An Epic Story ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2013

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The Unwinding: An Inner Histor... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2013

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Pilgrim's Wilderness is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2013

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Five Days at Memorial: Life an... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2013

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The Guns at Last Light: The Wa... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2013

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Lean In: Women, Work, and the ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2013

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Crapalachia: A Biography of Pl... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2013

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After Visiting Friends is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2013
After Visiting Friends Michael Hainey

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The Girls of Atomic City: The ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2013

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The Butler: A Witness to Histo... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2013

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The Telling Room: a Tale of Lo... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2013

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Drink: the Intimate Relationsh... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2013

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Let's Explore Diabetes with Ow... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2013

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Book of Ages: The Life and Opi... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2013

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David and Goliath: Underdogs, ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2013

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A House in the Sky: A Memoir is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2013

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Going Clear: Scientology, Holl... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2013

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The Autistic Brain: Thinking A... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2013
The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum Temple Grandin, Richard Panek

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The Emerald Mile: the Epic Sto... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2013

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American Savage: Insights, Sli... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2013

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The War That Ended Peace: the ... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2013

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Between Man and Beast: An Unli... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2013

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The Reason I Jump: The Inner V... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2013

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My Beloved World is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2013
My Beloved World Sonia Sotomayor

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The Kid: The Immortal Life of ... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2013

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One Summer: America, 1927 is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2013

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Engineers of Victory: The Prob... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2013

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Jim Henson: The Biography is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2013
Jim Henson: the Biography Brian Jay Jones

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Mom & Me & Mom is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2013
Mom & Me & Mom Maya Angelou

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Men We Reaped: a Memoir is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2013

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Lost Girls: An Unsolved Americ... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2013

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I Dreamed I Was A Very Clean T... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2013

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Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2013

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Detroit: An American Autopsy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2013

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This Is Running for Your Life is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2013

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Drinking With Men: a Memoir is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2013

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Wave is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2013
Wave Sonali Deraniyagala

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Killing Jesus is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2013
Killing Jesus Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

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For a Song and a Hundred Songs... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2013

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Waiting to Be Heard is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2013
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