Combined Print and E-Book Nonfiction

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#1 WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR

Paul Kalanithi

A memoir by a physician who received a diagnosis of Stage IV lung cancer at the age of 36.

On the bestsellers list for 2 weeks


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#2 13 HOURS

Mitchell Zuckoff with members of the Annex Security Team

Six C.I.A. contract employees discuss their experience during the attack on the State Department compound and the C.I.A. station called the “annex” in Benghazi in 2012.

On the bestsellers list for 8 weeks


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#3 THE ROAD TO LITTLE DRIBBLING

Bill Bryson

An American expatriate travels around his adopted country.

On the bestsellers list for 1 week


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#4 DARK MONEY

Jane Mayer

An account of how the Koch brothers and other super-wealthy donors deployed their money to change American politics.

On the bestsellers list for 1 week


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#5 BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME

Ta-Nehisi Coates

A meditation on race in America as well as a personal story by The Atlantic's national correspondent; a National Book Award winner.

On the bestsellers list for 28 weeks

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#6 THE NAME OF GOD IS MERCY

Pope Francis with Andrea Tornielli

In a conversation with a Vatican reporter, the pontiff explores the cornerstone of his faith.

On the bestsellers list for 2 weeks


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#7 THE BIG SHORT

Michael Lewis

The people who saw the real estate crash coming and made billions from their foresight. Originally published in 2010 and now a movie.

On the bestsellers list for 14 weeks

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#8 KILLING REAGAN

Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

The host of “The O’Reilly Factor” recounts the events surrounding the attempted assassination of President Reagan in 1981.

On the bestsellers list for 18 weeks


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#9 THOMAS JEFFERSON AND THE TRIPOLI PIRATES

Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger

The war against the Barbary pirates in 1801.

On the bestsellers list for 12 weeks


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#10 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 88 weeks


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#11 ALEXANDER HAMILTON

Ron Chernow

A biography of the first Treasury secretary, a major author of the Federalist Papers and an advocate of strong central government. Originally published in 2004 and the basis of the Broadway play.

On the bestsellers list for 5 weeks

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#12 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 54 weeks

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#13 THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY

Erik Larson

How an architect and a serial killer were linked by the Chicago World's Fair of 1893.

On the bestsellers list for 14 weeks

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#14 I AM MALALA

Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb

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

On the bestsellers list for 42 weeks


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#15 WHY THE RIGHT WENT WRONG

EJ Dionne Jr

Republican politics from Goldwater onward.

On the bestsellers list for 1 week


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#16 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 0 weeks


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#17 THE INDIFFERENT STARS ABOVE

Daniel James Brown

The story of the Donner party, told from the point of view of an Illinois newlywed. By the author of "The Boys in the Boat"; originally published in 2009.

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#18 THE WRIGHT BROTHERS

David McCullough

The story of the bicycle mechanics from Ohio who ushered in the age of flight.

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#19 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.”

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#20 THE NEW JIM CROW

Michelle Alexander

A law professor takes aim at the “war on drugs” and its impact on black men.

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