Combined Print and E-Book Nonfiction

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#1 THE WRIGHT BROTHERS

David McCullough

The story of the bicycle mechanics from Ohio who ushered in the age of flight; by the author of “1776” and “The Greater Journey.”

On the bestsellers list for 2 weeks

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#2 AND THE GOOD NEWS IS . . .

Dana Perino

The Fox News contributor and former press secretary under President George W. Bush reviews her life and career and shares lessons she has learned.

On the bestsellers list for 4 weeks


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#3 A LUCKY LIFE INTERRUPTED

Tom Brokaw

The journalist describes the year following his diagnosis with multiple myeloma.

On the bestsellers list for 1 week


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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 52 weeks


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#5 CLINTON CASH

Peter Schweizer

An examination of donations made to the Clinton Foundation by foreign entities.

On the bestsellers list for 2 weeks


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#6 DEAD WAKE

Erik Larson

The last voyage of the Lusitania, the passenger liner sunk by a German torpedo in 1915; by the author of “The Devil in the White City.”

On the bestsellers list for 10 weeks


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#7 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 5 weeks


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#8 THE BOOK OF JOAN

Melissa Rivers

A memoir of life, often uproarious, with the comedian Joan Rivers, written by her daughter.

On the bestsellers list for 2 weeks


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#9 HOPE

Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus with Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan

Two of the women abducted and abused by a Cleveland school bus driver until they escaped after 10 years tell their story.

On the bestsellers list for 3 weeks


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#10 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 6 weeks


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#11 IT'S A LONG STORY

Willie Nelson with David Ritz

The country music star discusses his life’s journey, from selling encyclopedias to professional fame.

On the bestsellers list for 2 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; now a movie.

On the bestsellers list for 65 weeks


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#13 AMERICAN WIFE

Taya Kyle with Jim DeFelice

The widow of Chris Kyle, of “American Sniper” fame, describes her life after his death.

On the bestsellers list for 2 weeks


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#14 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 31 weeks

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#15 THE QUARTET

Joseph J Ellis

How Washington, Hamilton, Jay and Madison created the Constitution.

On the bestsellers list for 1 week


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#16 THE GREAT WAR OF OUR TIME

Michael Morell

A high-level C.I.A. officer assesses the agency’s counterterrorism successes and failures.

On the bestsellers list for 0 weeks


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#17 MISSOULA

Jon Krakauer

The author of “Into the Wild” discusses cases of acquaintance rape in Missoula, Mont., home of the University of Montana.

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#18 HOLD STILL

Sally Mann

The photographer’s thoughts on art, photography, family and the South.

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#19 WILD

Cheryl Strayed

A woman’s account of the life-changing 1,100-mile solo hike she took along the Pacific Crest Trail in 1995; now a movie.

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#20 LADY CATHERINE, THE EARL, AND THE REAL DOWNTON ABBEY

The Countess of Carnarvon

The story of Catherine Wendell and her husband, who became the sixth Earl of Carnarvon.

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