Combined Print and E-Book Nonfiction

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#1 THE GENE

Siddhartha Mukherjee

This overview of the history and science of genetics also considers moral questions and prospects for future advances in treating disease. By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Emperor of All Maladies.”

On the bestsellers list for 1 week


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#2 WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR

Paul Kalanithi

A memoir by a physician who received a diagnosis of Stage IV lung cancer at the age of 36.

On the bestsellers list for 19 weeks


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#3 HAMILTON: THE REVOLUTION

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter

The libretto of the Grammy- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, annotated by its creator, along with backstage photos, a production history and interviews with the cast.

On the bestsellers list for 5 weeks


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#4 GRIT

Angela Duckworth

A psychologist argues that passion and perseverance are the keys to success.

On the bestsellers list for 3 weeks

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#5 ALEXANDER HAMILTON

Ron Chernow

A biography of the first Treasury secretary, a major author of the Federalist Papers and an advocate of strong central government. Originally published in 2004 and the basis of the Broadway musical.

On the bestsellers list for 21 weeks

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#6 BARE BONES

Bob Bones

A memoir by the host of "The Bobby Bones Show," originating in Nashville, Tenn.

On the bestsellers list for 1 week


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#7 THE RAINBOW COMES AND GOES

Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt

Mother and son discuss their relationship and difficult family history.

On the bestsellers list for 7 weeks


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#8 VALIANT AMBITION

Nathaniel Philbrick

The relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold.

On the bestsellers list for 2 weeks

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#9 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 104 weeks


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#10 SHOE DOG

Phil Knight

A memoir by the founder of Nike.

On the bestsellers list for 4 weeks


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#11 IT'S NOT OKAY

Andi Dorfman

A finalist on Season 18 of "The Bachelor," later the star of Season 10 of "The Bachelorette," talks about her experience.

On the bestsellers list for 1 week


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#12 FIVE PRESIDENTS

Clint Hill with Lisa McCubbin

A retired Secret Service agent discusses his experience with presidents from Eisenhower to Ford.

On the bestsellers list for 3 weeks


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#13 THE WRIGHT BROTHERS

David McCullough

The story of the bicycle mechanics from Ohio who ushered in the age of flight.

On the bestsellers list for 33 weeks

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#14 DUEL WITH THE DEVIL

Paul Collins

In 1800, Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr joined forces to defend a young man accused of murder in New York City.

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#15 MY VOICE

Angie Martinez

A memoir by the popular Power 105.1 D.J., formerly at Hot 97, who has been an important force in hip-hop.

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#16 THE LAST JEW OF TREBLINKA

Chil Rajchman

A memoir of the concentration camp by a prisoner who escaped after 11 months, written in Yiddish in 1945. The author died in 2004. Originally published in English in 2011.

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#17 BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME

Ta-Nehisi Coates

A meditation on race in America; winner of the National Book Award.

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#18 DEAD WAKE

Erik Larson

The tragic final voyage of the luxury ship Lusitania, sunk by a German submarine in 1915. By the author "The Devil in the White City."

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#19 SAPIENS

Yuval Noah Harari

How Homo sapiens became Earth’s dominant species.

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#20 THE VEGAS DIARIES

Holly Madison

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