Monday, November 17, 2014

Cyrus Webb Presents... Top 50 Non-Fiction Books of 2014

Media personality (and avid reader) Cyrus Webb is excited to announce his picks for the Top 50 Non-Fiction Books of 2014.

"After reading over 300 books this year I can honestly say this was not an easy list to compile," says Webb. He began his list in 2006 with the formation of Conversations Book Club, and each year it is seen as one of the most diverse because of the amount of independently published titles that appear alongside the larger publishing houses.

"It was important for me to highlight the best of the year, no matter how it was published," Webb explains. "I also think it is a great opportunity for readers to discover new books."

Here are his picks for... Top 50 Non-Fiction Books of 2014 (listed in no particular order):

  1. Connected to Goodness by David Meltzer (Balboa Press)
  2. This is Ridiculous. This is Amazing by Jason Good (Chronicle Books)
  3. All You Need Is Less by Madeleine Somerville (Viva Editions)
  4. Burning the Midnight Oil by Phil Cousineau (Viva Editions)
  5. Stop. Breathe. Believe. by Dianne Morris Jones (unknown)
  6. The Wisdom We're Born With by Daniel Gottlieb (Sterling Ethos)
  7. The World Is (Y)ours by Kurtis Lee Thomas (Brainyacts Publishing)
  8. Jazzchild: A Portrait of Sheila Jordan by Ellen Johnson (Rowman & Littlefield)
  9. Fire Shut Up In My Bones by Charles M. Blow (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  10. Elvis & Ginger by Ginger Alden (Berkley)
  11. 9,000 Miles of Fatherhood by Kirk Millson (Plain Sight Publishing)
  12. Burning Down the House by Nell Bernstein (The New Press)
  13. Rescuing Julia Twice by Tina Traster (Chicago Review Press)
  14. Built to Lead by David Long (Next Century)
  15. Never Ever Give Up by Erik Rees (Zondervan)
  16. Resister by Bruce Dancis (Cornell University Press)
  17. I'll Drink to That by Betty Halbreich (Penguin Press)
  18. One Less. One More. by Robbie Vorhaus (Storytelling, Inc.)
  19. The Harm In Asking by Sara Barron (Three Rivers Press)
  20. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin)
  21. Jerry Lee Lewis by Rick Bragg (Harper)
  22. Invincible by Brian F. Martin (Perigee/Penguin)
  23. Mojo For Sale by Katandra Jackson Nunnally (FreedomInk)
  24. Secrets to Surrender by Debby Akerman (New Hope Publishers)
  25. Reboot Your Life by Chicken Soup for the Soul (Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing)
  26. The Concrete Killing Fields by Pat Morgan (Mile High Press)
  27. Tomlinson Hill by Chris Tomlinson (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martins Press)
  28. Be An Icon by Kenneth Nkemnacho (Kenneth Vision Media)
  29. Fulfilled by Joey Lankford (B&H Publishing Group)
  30. The Budget-Friendly Fresh and Local Diabetes Cookbook by Charles Mattocks (American Diabetes Assoc.)
  31. Missing Class by Betsy Leondar-Wright (Cornell University Press)
  32. Both Sides Now by Nancy Sharp (Books & Books Press)
  33. The Grateful Life by Nina Lesowitz and Mary Beth Sammons (Viva Editions)
  34. Extraordinary People by Scott S. Smith (Motivational Press)
  35. Out of the Depths by Glenda L. Hunter (unknown)
  36. Where Excuses Go to Die by John Espinosa Nelson (Highrise Press)
  37. Raw by Fiona Finn (unknown)
  38. Too Loved to be Lost by Debora M. Coty (Shiloh Run Press)
  39. Having the Time of Your Life by Allen Klein (Viva Editions)
  40. Breaking the Chains by Dr. Catrina Pullum (Dart Consulting & Professional Services, LLC)
  41. Why Science Does Not Disprove God by Amir D. Aczel (William Morrow)
  42. The Coldest Season Ever by Vino Davis (Standing on the Word)
  43. Postcards from Cookie by Caroline Clarke (Harper Collins)
  44. Off My Rocker by Kenny Weissberg (Sandra Jonas Publishing House)
  45. The Gifted by Daphne Michaels (Daphne Michaels Books)
  46. Garden Blessings by June Cotner (Viva Editions)
  47. Stand Up Straight and Sing! by Jessye Norman (Hougton Mifflin)
  48. War Babies by Richard Pells (Cultural History Press)
  49. Find Your Inner Strength by Chicken Soup for the Soul ( Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing)
  50. Moms' Night Out (and other things I miss...) by Kerri Pomarolli (B&H Publishing Group)
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1 comment:

David Long, President/CEO said...

Thank you for including my book "Built to Lead" in your Top 50, Cyrus! I appreciate it AND you, my friend!

David Long