Combined Print and E-Book Nonfiction

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#1 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 52 weeks


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#2 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 192 weeks

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#3 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 39 weeks


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#4 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 100 weeks


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#5 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 19 weeks


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#6 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 21 weeks


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#7 LADY ALMINA AND THE REAL DOWNTON ABBEY

the Countess of Carnarvon

The inspiration and setting for the show on PBS.

On the bestsellers list for 2 weeks


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#8 BELIEVER

David Axelrod

A memoir by the political consultant who became Barack Obama’s campaign strategist and White House adviser.

On the bestsellers list for 1 week


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#9 GHOST BOY

Martin Pistorius with Megan Lloyd Davies

A South African man learned how to communicate and live a full life despite a mysterious disease that left him mute and in a wheelchair; originally published in 2011.

On the bestsellers list for 4 weeks


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#10 YES PLEASE

Amy Poehler

A humorous miscellany from the comedian and actress.

On the bestsellers list for 16 weeks


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#11 SAPIENS

Yuval Noah Harari

How Homo sapiens became Earth’s dominant species.

On the bestsellers list for 1 week


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#12 LONE SURVIVOR

Marcus Luttrell with Patrick Robinson

The only survivor of a Navy SEALs operation in Afghanistan describes the battle and his escape.

On the bestsellers list for 30 weeks


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#13 TAKING THE LEAD

Derek Hough

A memoir and advice from the dancer, a “Dancing With the Stars” regular.

On the bestsellers list for 2 weeks


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#14 AMERICAN GUN

Chris Kyle with William Doyle

Kyle, a former member of the Navy SEALs who was shot to death in Texas in February, tells how 10 firearms changed United States history.

On the bestsellers list for 5 weeks


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#15 LEAVING BEFORE THE RAINS COME

Alexandra Fuller

A memoir of a marriage’s collapse, by the author of “Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight.”

On the bestsellers list for 3 weeks


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#16 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 0 weeks


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#17 GHETTOSIDE

Jill Leovy

The investigation of a young black man’s murder in 2007 raises questions about race and the criminal justice system.

On the bestsellers list for 0 weeks


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#18 OFFICIAL BOOK CLUB SELECTION

Kathy Griffin

A humorous memoir from the star of “My Life on the D-List.”

On the bestsellers list for 0 weeks


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#19 ALAN TURING: THE ENIGMA

Andrew Hodges

The presiding mathematician and decoding force at Bletchley Park, the center that cracked the German Enigma code; the inspiration for the film "The Imitation Game."

On the bestsellers list for 0 weeks


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#20 THE REAPER

Nicholas Irving with Gary Brozek

A memoir by a deadly special operations sniper deployed to Afghanistan.

On the bestsellers list for 0 weeks


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