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 168 weeks


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#2 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 15 weeks


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#3 ONE NATION

Ben Carson with Candy Carson

Carson, a retired pediatric neurosurgeon, now a Fox News contributor, offers solutions to problems in health and education based on capitalism, not government.

On the bestsellers list for 15 weeks


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#4 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 35 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 76 weeks


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#6 IN THE KINGDOM OF ICE

Hampton Sides

An 1879 polar voyage gone terribly wrong.

On the bestsellers list for 4 weeks


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#7 A FRIEND LIKE HENRY

Nuala Gardner

The story of an autistic boy and the dog that unlocked his world.

On the bestsellers list for 1 week


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#8 OUTLIERS

Malcolm Gladwell

Why some people succeed; from the author of "Blink" and "The Tipping Point."

On the bestsellers list for 45 weeks

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#9 THE PATH BETWEEN THE SEAS

David McCullough

A history of the creation of the Panama Canal; first published in 1977.

On the bestsellers list for 4 weeks


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#10 HEAVEN IS FOR REAL

Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent

A 3-year-old’s encounter with Jesus during an appendectomy; the basis of the movie.

On the bestsellers list for 131 weeks


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#11 QUIET

Susan Cain

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

On the bestsellers list for 36 weeks


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#12 THE WAY FORWARD

Paul Ryan

The Wisconsin representative and 2012 Republican vice-presidential nominee analyzes the election, tells his personal story and describes plans to make government “simpler, smaller, smarter.” 

On the bestsellers list for 2 weeks


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#13 I DARED TO CALL HIM FATHER

Bilquis Sheikh with Richard H Schneider

A Muslim woman’s dangerous conversion to Christianity; originally published in 1978.

On the bestsellers list for 1 week


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#14 AMERICA

Dinesh D'Souza

A defense of America against the view that its power in the world should be diminished; also a documentary film.

On the bestsellers list for 8 weeks


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#15 JESUS > RELIGION

Jefferson Bethke

Thoughts on faith from the author of the video poem "Why I Hate Religion, but Love Jesus."

On the bestsellers list for 2 weeks


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#16 WAKING UP IN HEAVEN

Crystal McVea

What happened to a teacher from Oklahoma during nine minutes of unconsciousness.

On the bestsellers list for 0 weeks


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#17 THE ORGANIZED MIND

Daniel J Levitin

A professor draws on research in neuroscience to explain how organization can help us manage information in our lives.

On the bestsellers list for 0 weeks


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#18 A SPY AMONG FRIENDS

Ben Macintyre

An account of the British Cold War spy Kim Philby focuses on the two close friends whose trust he betrayed.

On the bestsellers list for 0 weeks


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#19 A LONG WAY GONE

Ishmael Beah

A former child soldier's killing spree and return to humanity.

On the bestsellers list for 0 weeks


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#20 HOW WE LIVED THEN

Norman Longmate

A history of everyday life in Britain during World War II; first published in 1971.

On the bestsellers list for 0 weeks


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