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 48 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 188 weeks

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#3 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 96 weeks


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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 35 weeks


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#5 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 1 week


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#6 YES PLEASE

Amy Poehler

A humorous miscellany from the comedian and actress.

On the bestsellers list for 12 weeks


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#7 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 17 weeks


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#8 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 15 weeks


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#9 AMERICA'S BITTER PILL

Steven Brill

The issues in American health care and health care reform, including recent developments.

On the bestsellers list for 2 weeks


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#10 THE HEART OF EVERYTHING THAT IS

Bob Drury and Tom Clavin

A biography of the influential Sioux leader Red Cloud.

On the bestsellers list for 1 week


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#11 IT WAS ME ALL ALONG

Andie Mitchell

A memoir about the author’s long struggle with, and eventual victory over, obesity.

On the bestsellers list for 2 weeks


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#12 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 16 weeks


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#13 ALAN TURING: THE ENIGMA

Andrew Hodges

The life of the British mathematician who broke the Nazis’ wartime codes; the inspiration for the film "The Imitation Game."

On the bestsellers list for 2 weeks


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#14 THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS

Rebecca Skloot

The story of a woman whose cancer cells were cultured without her permission in 1951.

On the bestsellers list for 80 weeks

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#15 PILGRIM'S WILDERNESS

Tom Kizzia

The scion of a wealthy Texas family,claiming to be a Christian patriarch, moves to a remote Alaska town.

On the bestsellers list for 1 week


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#16 LONE SURVIVOR

Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson

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

On the bestsellers list for 0 weeks


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#17 WHAT IF?

Randall Munroe

Scientific (but often humorous) 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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#18 41

George W Bush

The former president’s portrait of his father, George H. W. Bush.

On the bestsellers list for 0 weeks


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#19 QUIET

Susan Cain

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

On the bestsellers list for 0 weeks


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#20 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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