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 182 weeks

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#2 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 11 weeks


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#3 HUMANS OF NEW YORK

Brandon Stanton

Four hundred color photos of New Yorkers, with brief commentary by Stanton. 

On the bestsellers list for 7 weeks


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#4 41

George W Bush

The 43rd president’s portrait of his father, George H. W. Bush, the 41st.

On the bestsellers list for 4 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.

On the bestsellers list for 90 weeks


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#6 YES PLEASE

Amy Poehler

A humorous miscellany from the comedian and actress, the “S.N.L.” alumna and star of “Parks and Recreation.”

On the bestsellers list for 6 weeks


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#7 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 29 weeks


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#8 WHAT IF?

Randall Munroe

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

On the bestsellers list for 11 weeks


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#9 THE ANDY COHEN DIARIES

Andy Cohen

One year in the (social) life of the TV producer and host of “Watch What Happens Live.”

On the bestsellers list for 4 weeks


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#10 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 9 weeks


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#11 IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS

Erik Larson

This portrait of Berlin during the rise of the Nazis centers on William E. Dodd, the U.S. ambassador to Germany, and his daughter, Martha.

On the bestsellers list for 54 weeks

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#12 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 42 weeks


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#13 NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL

Lena Dunham

A collection of revealing and often humorous personal essays from the creator and star of “Girls.”

On the bestsellers list for 10 weeks


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#14 YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS UP

Al Michaels with L Jon Wertheim

The veteran sportscaster, the voice of “Sunday Night Football,” recalls players and games he has observed.

On the bestsellers list for 3 weeks


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#15 THE INNOVATORS

Walter Isaacson

Studies of the people who created computers and the Internet, beginning in the 1840s.

On the bestsellers list for 6 weeks


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#16 AS YOU WISH

Cary Elwes with Joe Layden

The making of the movie “The Princess Bride,” 25 years ago.

On the bestsellers list for 0 weeks


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#17 MY LUCKY LIFE IN AND OUT OF SHOW BUSINESS

Dick Van Dyke

A memoir by the television and movie performer, who calls himself "a simple song-and-dance man."

On the bestsellers list for 0 weeks


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#18 SMALL VICTORIES

Anne Lamott

Essays about forgiveness, transformation and grace.

On the bestsellers list for 0 weeks


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#19 JETER UNFILTERED

Derek Jeter with Anthony Bozza

The Yankee shortstop and team captain looks back over his career.

On the bestsellers list for 0 weeks


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#20 QUIET

Susan Cain

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

On the bestsellers list for 0 weeks


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