Combined Print and E-Book Nonfiction

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#1 DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE

Holly Madison

Life inside the Playboy Mansion, by a former bunny and girlfriend of Hugh Hefner.

On the bestsellers list for 1 week


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#2 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 8 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 58 weeks


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#4 MODERN ROMANCE

Aziz Ansari with Eric Klinenberg

The comedian enlists a sociologist to help him understand today’s dating scene.

On the bestsellers list for 2 weeks


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#5 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 16 weeks


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#6 I AM MALALA

Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb

The experience of the Pakistani girl who advocated for women’s education and was shot by the Taliban.

On the bestsellers list for 19 weeks


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#7 SICK IN THE HEAD

Judd Apatow

Thirty years’ worth of the filmmaker’s interviews with comedians.

On the bestsellers list for 2 weeks


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#8 ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK

Piper Kerman

A Brooklyn woman’s prison memoir. The basis for the Netflix series, originally published in 2010.

On the bestsellers list for 40 weeks


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#9 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 11 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 37 weeks

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#11 LIFE IS SHORT (NO PUN INTENDED)

Jennifer Arnold and Bill Klein

The stars of TLC's "The Little Couple" offer a behind-the-scenes account of their relationship, their family and their professional lives.

On the bestsellers list for 2 weeks


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#12 GI BRIDES

Duncan Barrett and Nuala Calvi

The story of four British women who crossed the Atlantic for love after World War II.

On the bestsellers list for 2 weeks


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#13 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; a 2014 movie.

On the bestsellers list for 71 weeks


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#14 PRIMATES OF PARK AVENUE

Wednesday Martin

A memoir of life among the wealthy women of the Upper East Side, in the satirical guise of an anthropological study.

On the bestsellers list for 4 weeks


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#15 BLACKOUT

Sarah Hepola

A memoir of drinking and recovery.

On the bestsellers list for 1 week


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#16 UNBROKEN

Laura Hillenbrand

An Olympic runner’s story of survival as a prisoner of the Japanese during World War II after his plane went down over the Pacific. A 2014 movie.

On the bestsellers list for 0 weeks

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#17 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 0 weeks


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#18 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; a 2014 movie.

On the bestsellers list for 0 weeks

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#19 OUTLIERS

Malcolm Gladwell

Why some people succeed — it has to do with luck and opportunities as well as talent.

On the bestsellers list for 0 weeks

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#20 THE NAZI OFFICER'S WIFE

Edith H Beer with Susan Dworkin

The story of a Jewish woman in 1930s Vienna who, with the help of friends, moved to Munich, hid her identity and married a Nazi Party member, thus saving her life.

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