15 best books of 2012 – nonfiction

From a study of 19th-century photographer Edward Curtis to an examination of life in a present-day Mumbai slum, the nonfiction titles of 2012 opened doors to stories we'd never imagined. Here are the Monitor's picks for the 15 best nonfiction books of the year.

1. 'The Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt’s Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer,' by Anne-Marie O’Connor

Family strife, Europe in convulsion, the art business, and what might have been an affair between a painter and his model are among the crosscurrents of Anne-Marie O’Connor’s probe of Gustav Klimt’s painting of a Viennese socialite in the early 20th century. (Check out our review here.)

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