I have read so many good books in 2011 (and as I type there is still 48 hours left to cram in a few more titles)! I have divided my "best" list into three parts: Adult Fiction, Non-Fiction/Memoir, and Middle Grade/YA. I'm also taking Lesa's idea and calling my lists "highlights" instead of a best list. There is simply no way to get to all the great books out there, and even as I near the end of 2011 with almost 300 books read this year, I still have so many more that I intended to get to- that might have made my list if only I had more time to read them.
In no particular order, my highlights in Memoirs and Non-Fiction for 2011: