Here’s my top 10, heavy on historical non-fiction titles, but there are a couple from other genres for good measure.
Killing Lincoln: the shocking assassination that changed America forever, by Bill O’Reilly. Balanced account of the end of the Civil War, Lincoln’s assassination and the hunt for the killers.
The Civil War: a concise history, by Louis P. Masur. Brush up on your Civil War knowledge with this little gem.
Killing Kennedy: the end of Camelot, by Bill O’Reilly. Lots of Kennedy family history, warts and all, leading up to the sad end.
Destiny of the Republic: a tale of madness, medicine and the murder of a president, by Candice Millard. A fascinating look into Garfield’s life, and life in the late 1800’s.
Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the opening of the American West, by Stephen Ambrose. Ultimately a bio of Lewis, but you will feel like you were along for the adventure in this detailed book.
Francona: the Red Sox years, by Terry Francona. Nice insight into the Tribe’s manager, and the workings of a major market team.
Not Taco Bell material, by Adam Carolla. Very funny biography, not for the easily offended.
11/22/63: a novel, by Stephen King. Time travel, suspense and alternate history abound in this monster sized book.
Donnybrook, by Bill Frank. Follow underworld methheads and bareknuckle fighters in this adrenaline packed story.
Defending Jacob: a novel, by William Landay. Suspenseful, twisting, but very bleak.