Best Non-Fiction of 2010

Just Kids

Just Kids

Patti Smith

Smith's evocative, honest, and moving coming-of-age story reveals her extraordinary relationship with artist Robert Mapplethorpe. Part romance, part elegy, Just Kids is about friendship in the truest sense, and the artist's...

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Otherland

Maria Tumarkin

Maria Tumarkin travels with her Australian-born teenage daughter, Billie, back to Russia and Ukraine to have her experience first-hand the seismic shifts of her family's native country. For Maria the trip back is no simple stroll...

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Rainbow Pie: A Redneck Memoir

Rainbow Pie: A Redneck Memoir

Joe Bageant

A coming-of-age memoir wrapped around a discussion of America's most taboo subject - social class. Set between 1950 and 1963, Joe uses members of his rambunctious Scots Irish family to chronicle the often heartbreaking post-war...

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The First Peoples of Melbourne, Port Phillip and Central Victoria: The Eastern Kulin

The First Peoples of Melbourne, Port Phillip and Central Victoria: The Eastern Kulin

Gary Presland

The Kulin nation lived around Port Phillip Bay and the Yarra River valley. Gary Presland looks at the Eastern Kulin peoples from before European invasion in the mid-1830s and their world which was changed forever. The Kulin were...

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 Read reviewPower Trip: The Political Journey of Kevin Rudd

Power Trip: The Political Journey of Kevin Rudd

David Marr

This irreverent, controversial account is a ground-breaking, in-depth profile that traces Rudd's years in Queensland, in China, in opposition and finally in government. Based on extensive research, observation and interviewing, it...

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Europe's Tragedy: A New History of the Thirty Years War

Europe’s Tragedy: A New History of the Thirty Years War

Peter H. Wilson

The horrific series of conflicts known as the Thirty Years War (1618-48) tore the heart out of Europe, killing perhaps a quarter of all Germans and laying waste to whole areas of Central Europe to such a degree that many towns and...

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 Read reviewHere on Earth: An Argument for Hope

Here on Earth: An Argument for Hope

Tim Flannery

An extraordinary exploration of evolution and sustainability. Our success as a species has had disastrous effects on many of the Earth's ecosystems. But equally, we are now equipped as never before to explore our true relationship...

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The Happiest Refugee: A Memoir

The Happiest Refugee: A Memoir

Anh Do

The laugh-out-loud, reach-for-your-hanky story of one of Australia's best-loved comedians.

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How to Make Gravy

Paul Kelly

Over four nights the author performed, in alphabetical order, one hundred of his songs from the previous three decades. In between songs he told stories about them. This title is based on those little tales. Each of its hundred...

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