Combined Print and E-Book Nonfiction

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#1 THE ROAD TO CHARACTER

David Brooks

The Times columnist extols personal virtues like kindness and honesty in a materialistic age.

On the bestsellers list for 1 week


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#2 BILL O'REILLY'S LEGENDS AND LIES

David Fisher

Stories of the American West; a companion volume to the Fox News series.

On the bestsellers list for 2 weeks


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#3 DEAD WAKE

Erik Larson

The last voyage of the Lusitania, by the author of “The Devil in the White City.”

On the bestsellers list for 6 weeks


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#4 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 48 weeks


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#5 THE RESIDENCE

Kate Andersen Brower

Fifty years of White House lore, based on interviews with butlers, maids and other staff members.

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#6 DEALING WITH CHINA

Henry M Paulson Jr

The former Treasury secretary and onetime head of Goldman Sachs discusses how American business and political leaders can work with China.

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#7 AMERICAN SNIPER

Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice

A former member of the Navy SEALs discusses his battlefield experiences during the Iraq war; now a movie.

On the bestsellers list for 61 weeks


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#8 BEING MORTAL

Atul Gawande

The surgeon and New Yorker writer considers how doctors fail patients at the end of life, and how they can do better.

On the bestsellers list for 28 weeks

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#9 UNBROKEN

Laura Hillenbrand

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

On the bestsellers list for 201 weeks

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#10 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; now a movie.

On the bestsellers list for 109 weeks

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#11 DAVID AND GOLIATH

Malcolm Gladwell

How disadvantages can work in our favor; from the author of "The Tipping Point" and "Outliers."

On the bestsellers list for 31 weeks

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#12 A CURIOUS MIND

Brian Grazer and Charles Fishman

The Oscar-winning producer describes the importance of curiosity in his life, and how others can harness its power.

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#13 BETWEEN YOU & ME

Mary Norris

A memoir of a career in The New Yorker’s storied copy department, along with grammar advice.

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#14 CAPITAL DAMES

Cokie Roberts

Women in Washington, D.C., during the Civil War.

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#15 A FINE ROMANCE

Candice Bergen

The actress’s memoir discusses her marriage to Louis Malle and her work on “Murphy Brown.”

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#16 H IS FOR HAWK

Helen Macdonald

A grief-stricken British woman decides to raise a goshawk, a fierce bird that is notoriously difficult to tame.

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#17 BORN WITH TEETH

Kate Mulgrew

A memoir by the actress, a star of “Orange Is the New Black.”

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#18 JOHN LENNON

Philip Norman

Life in the Beatles and beyond, from the author of “Shout!”; first published in 2008.

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#19 YES PLEASE

Amy Poehler

A humorous miscellany from the comedian and actress.

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#20 NATURAL BORN HEROES

Christopher McDougall

Scrutinizing historical and contemporary figures, the author of “Born to Run” discusses what makes a hero and what fitness techniques we can learn from some of them.

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