Combined Print and E-Book Nonfiction

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#1 UNBROKEN

Laura Hillenbrand

An Olympic runner’s story of survival as a prisoner of the Japanese in World War II.

On the bestsellers list for 165 weeks

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#2 THE BOYS IN THE BOAT

Daniel James Brown

The University of Washington’s eight-oar crew and their quest for gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

On the bestsellers list for 12 weeks


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#3 AMERICA

Dinesh D'Souza

A defense of America against the view that its power in the world should be diminished; also a documentary film.

On the bestsellers list for 5 weeks


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#4 HEAVEN IS FOR REAL

Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent

A 3-year-old’s encounter with Jesus during an appendectomy; the basis of the movie.

On the bestsellers list for 128 weeks


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#5 THE FIRST FAMILY DETAIL

Ronald Kessler

A reporter divulges details from Secret Service agents about the lives of presidents, ex-presidents and candidates, as well as about the service’s failings. 

On the bestsellers list for 1 week


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#6 IN THE KINGDOM OF ICE

Hampton Sides

An 1879 polar voyage gone terribly wrong.

On the bestsellers list for 1 week


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#7 ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK

Piper Kerman

A Brooklyn woman’s prison memoir. The basis for the Netflix series, originally published in 2010.

On the bestsellers list for 32 weeks


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#8 THE HOT ZONE

Richard Preston

The discovery of the Ebola virus, and the efforts to keep it from spreading; first published in 1994.

On the bestsellers list for 1 week


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#9 A SPY AMONG FRIENDS

Ben Macintyre

An account of the British Cold War spy Kim Philby focuses on the two close friends whose trust he betrayed.

On the bestsellers list for 2 weeks


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#10 THE INVISIBLE BRIDGE

Rick Perlstein

Society and politics in America from 1973 to 1976, the years between Nixon’s resignation and the beginning of Ronald Reagan’s ascent.

On the bestsellers list for 1 week


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#11 THE PATH BETWEEN THE SEAS

David McCullough

A history of the creation of the Panama Canal; first published in 1977.

On the bestsellers list for 1 week


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#12 ONE NATION

Ben Carson with Candy Carson

Carson, a retired pediatric neurosurgeon, now a Fox News contributor, offers solutions to problems in health and education based on capitalism, not government.

On the bestsellers list for 12 weeks


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#13 OUTLIERS

Malcolm Gladwell

Why some people succeed; from the author of "Blink" and "The Tipping Point."

On the bestsellers list for 42 weeks

New York Times Review
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#14 WILD

Cheryl Strayed

A woman’s account of a life-changing 1,100-mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail during the summer of 1995.

On the bestsellers list for 73 weeks


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#15 TAKING THE LEAD

Derek Hough

A memoir and advice from the dancer, a “Dancing With the Stars” regular.

On the bestsellers list for 1 week


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#16 HARD CHOICES

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Clinton’s memoir focuses on her years as secretary of state.

On the bestsellers list for 0 weeks


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#17 THE GLASS CASTLE

Jeannette Walls

The author recalls a bizarre childhood during which she was constantly on the move.

On the bestsellers list for 0 weeks


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#18 QUIET

Susan Cain

Introverts — one-third of the population — are undervalued in American society.

On the bestsellers list for 0 weeks


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#19 BLOOD FEUD

Edward Klein

A journalist describes animosity behind the alliance between the Clinton and Obama families.

On the bestsellers list for 0 weeks


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#20 IS EVERYONE HANGING OUT WITHOUT ME?

Mindy Kaling

Observations from the comedy writer and actress.

On the bestsellers list for 0 weeks


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