Best nonfiction books of 2010
The great French essayist Michel de Montaigne had little patience for conventional philosophy. Instead, he cared about practical matters: in the words of his latest biographer, Sarah Bakewell, "how to cope with a friend's death, how to work up courage, how to act well in morally difficult situations, and how to make the most of life." It would presumably please Montaigne that these same questions animate this year's best works of nonfiction.
—Kathryn Schulz is the author of "Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error." She can be reached at kathryn@being wrongbook.com.