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15 best books of 2012 – nonfiction

From a study of 19th-century photographer Edward Curtis to an examination of life in a present-day Mumbai slum, the nonfiction titles of 2012 opened doors to stories we'd never imagined. Here are the Monitor's picks for the 15 best nonfiction books of the year.

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1. 'The Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt’s Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer,' by Anne-Marie O’Connor

Family strife, Europe in convulsion, the art business, and what might have been an affair between a painter and his model are among the crosscurrents of Anne-Marie O’Connor’s probe of Gustav Klimt’s painting of a Viennese socialite in the early 20th century. (Check out our review here.)

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