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The Most Compelling Narrative Nonfiction Books of Recent Years

Recent years have seen the publication of many compelling narrative nonfiction books that have captured the attention of readers and critics alike. Here are a few examples of highly-regarded narrative nonfiction books that have been published in recent years:

  1. "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot (2010) - This book tells the story of Henrietta Lacks, a woman whose cells were taken without her knowledge and used to create the first immortal human cell line. The book explores the scientific, ethical, and personal implications of this discovery.

  2. "Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption" by Bryan Stevenson (2014) - This book tells the story of the author's work as a lawyer, fighting for the rights of the poor, the wrongly convicted, and death row inmates.

  3. "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City" by Matthew Desmond (2016) - This book tells the story of the eviction crisis in America, through the eyes of both landlords and tenants.

  4. "The Yellow House: A Memoir" by Sarah M. Broom (2019) - This memoir tells the story of the author's family and their home in New Orleans East, one of the city's most historic African American neighborhoods and the ways in which the house embodied both the possibility and fragility of the American dream for her family.

  5. "The Vanishing Half" by Brit Bennett (2020) - This novel tells the story of twin sisters who run away from their small, southern black community and the impact of their choices on their families, daughters, and community.

  6. "The End of October" by Lawrence Wright (2020) - This book tells the story of the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the science and politics that shaped the world's response.

  7. "Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents" by Isabel Wilkerson (2020) - This book tells the story of the deep-seated caste system in America, and how it has shaped the country's history and society.

  8. "How to Be an Antiracist" by Ibram X. Kendi (2019) - This book tells the story of how the author became an antiracist and provides a framework for understanding and dismantling racism in our society.

  9. "The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity" by Nadine Burke Harris (2018) - This book tells the story of the impact of childhood adversity on physical and mental health, and how to heal from its long-term effects.

  10. "The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food" by Dan Barber (2014) - This book tells the story of the author's journey to understand the future of food and how to create a sustainable food system.

This list is not exhaustive and there are many other great narrative nonfiction books that have been published in recent years.

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