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15 best nonfiction books of 2016

“Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all,” Henry David Thoreau once wisely counseled. It is in that spirit that we offer this list. As happens every year, 2016 was full of widely praised books, but the 15 listed here are the nonfiction titles the Monitor’s book critics most hope you will not miss. So for the holidays and beyond: Happy reading!  

1. 'Evicted,' by Matthew Desmond

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(Crown, 432 pp.)
Journalist Matthew Desmond spent a year and a half following the harrowing, heartbreaking cases of eight Milwaukee families at risk of being evicted. You can read the Monitor's full review of "Evicted" here.

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