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15 best nonfiction books of 2011: CSMonitor picks

They'll take you from Mount Hebron to Silicon Valley. These are the 15 nonfiction titles that Monitor book reviewers found to be the most outstanding of 2011.

- Monitor staff

1. "Day of Honey," by Annia Ciezadlo

In Day of Honey: A Memoir of Food, Love, and War (Simon & Schuster, 382 pp.), Middle East correspondent and occasional Monitor contributor Annia Ciezadlo writes with warmth and style about how a fervent enthusiasm for local cuisine helped to create an air of normalcy for her and her husband during their assignments in Baghdad, Beirut, and other war-torn locales. Monitor reviewer Steve Weinberg praised Ciezadlo for her gifts as a writer, adding that “Her theme is marvelous, too.” ( review, 3/7/11)

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