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Notable in Non-fiction

Do you want to know more about floating bath toys, or more about how we think?
There are many nonfiction titles published each month on a variety of topics from how to repair your car to the life story of some famous, infamous or obscure people in our world.

Lots of blogs, magazines, or newspapers note new nonfiction titles in their publications.  Take a look at some of the best reviewed, or notable titles from 2011.

 Lost in Shangri-La: a true story of survival, adventure, and the most incredible rescue mission of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff

The exhilarating, untold story of an extraordinary World War II rescue mission, where a plane crash in the South Pacific plunged a trio of U.S. military personnel into the jungle-clad land of New Guinea.


 Moby-duck : the true story of 28,800 bath toys lost at sea, and of the beachcombers, oceanographers, environmentalists, and fools, including the author, who went in search of them by Donovan Hohn

The personal story of an author's quest to unravel the mystery of thousands of bath toys that wash up on various shores and how they turned up there.


   The rise and fall of ancient Egypt by Toby A. H. Wilkinson

The magnificent history of ancient Egypt from its architectural achievements to the repressive of the monarchy.



 The man in the Rockefeller suit : the astonishing rise and spectacular fall of a serial impostor by Mark Seal

The amazing exploration of Christian Gerheitsreiter who posed as Clark Rockefeller.



 The greater journey : Americans in Paris by David McCullough

McCullough mixes famous and obscure names and delivers capsule biographies of everyone to produce a colorful parade of educated, Victorian-era American travelers and their life-changing experiences in Paris.


 The convert : a tale of exile and extremism by Deborah Baker

What drives a young woman raised in a postwar New York City suburb to convert to Islam, abandon her country and Jewish faith, and embrace a life of exile in Pakistan? The convert tells the story of how Margaret Marcus of Larchmont became Maryam Jameelah of Lahore, one of the most trenchant and celebrated voices of Islam's argument with the  West.

 The memory palace by Mira Bartok

A gorgeous memoir about the 17 year estrangement of the author and her homeless schizophrenic mother and their reunion.



 A world on fire : Britian's crucial role in the American Civil War by Amanda Foreman

Presents a history of the role of British citizens in the American Civil War that offers insight into the interdependencies of both nations and how the Union worked to block diplomatic relations between England and the Confederacy.


The information : a history, a theory, a flood by James Gleick

A revelatory chronicle that shows how information has become the modern era's defining quality--the blood, the fuel, the vital principle of our world.



 Liberty's exiles : American loyalists in the revolutionary world by Maya Jasanoff

At the end of the American Revolution, 60,000 Americans loyal to the British cause fled the United States and became refugees throughout the British Empire. This groundbreaking book offers the first global history of the loyalist exodus to Canada, the Caribbean, Sierra Leone, India, and beyond.

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