The 16 Best Nonfiction Books of 2016 (So Far)

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The 16 Best Nonfiction Books of 2016 (So Far)

It’s been said that reading literary fiction produces more empathetic people, but the depth of this year’s notable nonfiction titles prove that the same is true for all readers. The best nonfiction of 2016 (so far) includes Katrine Marçal’s exploration of feminist freakonomics in Who Cooked Adam Smith’s Dinner?; Glen Weldon’s celebration of Batman in The Caped Crusade; and Paul Kalanithi’s discussion of what makes life worth living in When Breath Becomes Air. The nonfiction books we hold closest are those that impact our vision of the world around us, and these are the titles that did so in the heaviest—and most beautiful—sense in 2016.