Recently we asked BookBrowse's subscribers to rate their favorite books of the year. Many thousands of votes were cast. Here, in no particular order, are the Top 5 Nonfiction Books for 2015.

Next week we'll announce the top Young Adult books; then the top Fiction Books; and finally, in early December, the 2015 Award Winners.


Unlike other popular awards where the most publicized books usually pocket the prizes, BookBrowse's process is more discerning giving the little guy as much room to win as the big boys.  You can read how we do this here.



H is for Hawk H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

Hardcover & ebook Mar 2015. Paperback March 8 2016. 288 pages. Published by Grove Press

Obsession, madness, memory, myth, and history combine to achieve a distinctive blend of nature writing and memoir from an outstanding literary innovator.
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Lusitania Lusitania: Triumph, Tragedy, and the End of the Edwardian Age by Greg King, Penny Wilson

Hardcover & ebook Feb 2015. Paperback April 2016. 400 pages. Published by St. Martin's Press

On the 100th Anniversary of its sinking, King and Wilson tell the story of the Lusitania's glamorous passengers and the torpedo that ended an era and prompted the US entry into World War I.
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The Last Unicorn The Last Unicorn: A Search for One of Earth's Rarest Creatures by William deBuys

Hardcover & ebook March 2015. Paperback Oct 2015. 368 pages. Published by Back Bay Books

An award-winning author's stirring quest to find and understand an elusive and exceptionally rare species in the heart of Southeast Asia's jungles.
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A Man of Good Hope A Man of Good Hope by Jonny Steinberg

Hardcover & ebook Jan 2015. Paperback Dec 8, 2015. 336 pages. Published by Vintage

In January 1991, when civil war came to Mogadishu, two-thirds of the city's population fled. Among them was eight-year-old Asad Abdullahi.
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Dead Wake Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson

Hardcover & ebook Mar 2015. Paperback March 22, 2016. 448 pages. Published by Crown

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author and master of narrative nonfiction comes the enthralling story of the sinking of the Lusitania
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