Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

NBCC Nominees: The Best 5 Nonfiction Books of 2010

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

NBCC Nominees: The Best 5 Nonfiction Books of 2010

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From harrowing glimpses of life in North Korea to the stories of the black Americans who fled the Jim Crow South, these five nonfiction titles were nominated by the National Book Critics Circle as the best work of 2010. The final award will be announced in March.

From harrowing glimpses of life in North Korea to the stories of the black Americans who fled the Jim Crow South, these five nonfiction titles were nominated by the National Book Critics Circle as the best work of 2010. The final award will be announced in March.

#5 Nothing to Envy, by Barbara Demick

"Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea," by Barbara Demick (Random House, 336 pp.)

Through interviews with six defectors from North Korea, Los Angeles Times correspondent Barbara Demick is able to offer readers harrowing but compelling glimpses of daily life in one of the world's most secretive societies. "What is most gripping about this book is that Demick does not tell; she shows," writes Geoffrey Cain in a review for the Monitor. "Whereas most literature on North Korea is laden with blurry statistics and speculation of the policies of ruling elites, Demick exhibits in gut-wrenching detail the struggle for survival that North Koreans face." (Read the full CSMonitor review here.)

#4 Empire of the Summer Moon, by S.C. Gwynne

"Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History," by S.C. Gwynne (Simon & Schuster, 384 pp.)

This vivid narrative intertwines the history of the rise and fall of the Comanches with the story of Quanah Parker, the mixed-blood warrior who became the last and greatest chief of the Comanches. Monitor reviewer David Holahan calls this story "a blow-by-blow account of the hardscrabble and bloody life on the Texas frontier in the middle decades of the 19th century" and concludes that "the adjective 'astonishing' doesn't do such stories justice. …

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