I thought I'd start a thread for one of my favorite genres: non-fiction. All the how-to's and histories. (UPDATE: This has turned into a thread about Animation, so I changed the title)
I just finished reading "Animation Art: From Pencil to Pixel, The History of Cartoon, Anime & CGI," which is an organized collection of essays by animation experts. It was edited by Jerry Beck, and organized historically by period, starting with the earliest flickers and special effects and leading up to Pixer and Dreamworks films, but also by region. We get to watch the animation industry grow around the world.
Having multiple authors allowed each to focus on their fields of expertise and each short section comes across as extermely well-informed. Experts in Japanese animation write about the history of Japanese animation alongside experts in Warner Bros. cartoons writing about those films. Of course, it is filled with images from hundreds of films.
This would make a really good overview for an 'introduction to animation' film course. Many of the short films discussed are available online to watch, adding another layer to the learning process.
It is a big and heavy book, as many animation books seem to be, but worth the weight.