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Barbara Gaston
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The best non-fiction books of 2011 managed to enthrall readers by covering a variety of subjects. From the historical to the modern, these books seek to educate while entertaining. A great non-fiction book does that: It teaches me something while making the whole experience fun and interesting. I've put together this list to highlight what I believe are the best non-fiction books of the year. I've included several best-sellers, and a few newer efforts as well. I hope I've added your favorite non-fiction book of 2011, but if not, add it! Also, readers, I'm counting on your votes to determine the actual ranking - so vote for your faves and vote down any non-fiction books you just didn't like.

Biographies were huge in 2011. Whether it's Walter Isaacson's (timely) book about Apple founder Steve Jobs, or Tina Fey's revealing memoir 'Bossypants,' several of the best non-fiction books this year dove deeply into the lives of historical figures and cultural icons. Janet Reitman's heavily-researched book 'Inside Scientology' was a fascinating read, and Ben Mezrich's latest effort, 'Sex on the Moon,' was a page-turner for me too. Was there a particular non-fiction book that you couldn't put down in 2011? If I haven't listed it, again, please do add it. Bookworms will thank you.

Non-fiction not your 'thing'? Check out this list of the best novels of 2011. From Stephen King's '11/22/63' to Chad Harbach's remarkable 'The Art of Fielding,' bookworms are eagerly adding and ranking their favorite fiction of the year. Also, enjoy these lists of the best non-fiction books (spanning the years, not just 2011) and the best free eBooks!

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A Stolen life is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2011
Tatyana Lewis added A Stolen Life Jaycee Dugard

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Steve Jobs is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2011
Steve Jobs Walter Isaacson

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Potemkin, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2011
GD12 added Potemkin, Inc. Philippe Joly

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In the Garden of Beasts is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2011

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Blood, Bones and Butter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2011
Joanne Phillips added Blood, Bones and Butter Gabrielle Hamilton

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Lost in Shangri-La is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2011
Book Keeper added Lost in Shangri-La Mitchell Zuckoff

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Moonwalking with Einstein: The... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2011

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Thinking, Fast and Slow is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2011
Joanne Phillips added Thinking, Fast and Slow Daniel Kahneman

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Back to work is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2011
Back to Work Bill Clinton

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The Greater Journey: Americans... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2011
Joanne Phillips added The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris David McCullough

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MapHead is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2011
Maphead Ken Jennings

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Blue Nights is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2011
LaurieM added Blue Nights Joan Didion

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What It Is Like to Go to War is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2011

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Catherine the Great: Portrait ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2011

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Bossypants is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2011
Bossypants Tina Fey

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The Swerve: How the World Beca... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2011

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Malcolm X: A Life of Reinventi... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2011
Book Keeper added Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention Manning Marable

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Inside Scientology: The Story ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2011

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Sahih Al-Bukhari is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2011
mohammed saad added Sahih Al-Bukhari Muhammad Asad

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The Passage is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2011
philthepassage added The Passage Phillip M Vitti

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Sex on the Moon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2011
Sex on the Moon Ben Mezrich

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Those Guys Have All the Fun: I... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2011
LaurieM added Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales

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The Convert: A Tale of Exile a... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2011
Book Keeper added The Convert: A Tale of Exile and Extremism Deborah Baker

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Jack Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2011
Book Keeper added Jack Kennedy Chris Matthews

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The Information: A History, a ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2011
Tatyana Lewis added The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood James Gleick

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Townie is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2011
LaurieM added Townie Andre Dubus III

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Boomerang is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2011
Tatyana Lewis added Boomerang Michael Lewis

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Killing Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2011
Tatyana Lewis added Killing Lincoln Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard