Combined Print and E-Book Nonfiction

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#1 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 2 weeks


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#2 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. Kyle was shot to death in Texas in 2013.

On the bestsellers list for 57 weeks


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#3 PIONEER GIRL

Laura Ingalls Wilder

The writer’s autobiography, the source of her Little House on the Prairie books, completed in 1930 and never published, is annotated by a biographer.

On the bestsellers list for 2 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 44 weeks


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#5 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 105 weeks

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#6 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 197 weeks

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#7 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 24 weeks

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#8 H IS FOR HAWK

Helen Macdonald

Overwhelmed by her father’s death, a British woman decides to raise a goshawk, a bird that is fierce and notoriously difficult to tame.

On the bestsellers list for 3 weeks


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#9 THRIVE

Arianna Huffington

Personal well-being as the indispensable third measure — with money and power — of success.

On the bestsellers list for 9 weeks


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#10 YES PLEASE

Amy Poehler

A humorous miscellany from the comedian and actress.

On the bestsellers list for 21 weeks

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#11 KILLING PATTON

Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

The host of “The O’Reilly Factor” recounts the strange death of Gen. George S. Patton in December 1945.

On the bestsellers list for 26 weeks


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#12 BETTYVILLE

George Hodgman

A New York editor returns to his Missouri hometown to care for his aging mother.

On the bestsellers list for 2 weeks


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#13 EVERY DAY I FIGHT

Stuart Scott with Larry Platt

A memoir by the ESPN anchor and commentator, who died of cancer in January 2015.

On the bestsellers list for 2 weeks


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#14 ANATOMY OF AN EPIDEMIC

Robert Whitaker

A study of the increase of mentally ill Americans on government disability rolls; first published in 2010.

On the bestsellers list for 1 week


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#15 SAME KIND OF DIFFERENT AS ME

Ron Hall and Denver Moore with Lynn Vincent

The unlikely friendship between a homeless drifter and a successful art dealer who meet at a shelter in Texas.

On the bestsellers list for 1 week


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#16 10% HAPPIER

Dan Harris

A co-anchor of "Nightline" reports on the science and spiritual basis of meditation and how it has improved his life.

On the bestsellers list for 0 weeks


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#17 WHAT IF?

Randall Munroe

Scientific (but often humorous) answers to hypothetical questions, based in part on the author’s website, xkcd.com.

On the bestsellers list for 0 weeks


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#18 THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY

Erik Larson

How an architect and a serial killer were linked by the Chicago World's Fair of 1893.

On the bestsellers list for 0 weeks

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#19 A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME

Stephen Hawking

The British cosmologist reviews efforts to create a unified theory of the universe.

On the bestsellers list for 0 weeks

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#20 BORN FIGHTING

James Webb

An account of how the Scots-Irish shaped America, by the former United States senator.

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