Combined Print and E-Book Nonfiction

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#1 BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME

Ta-Nehisi Coates

A meditation on race in America as well as a personal story by the national correspondent of The Atlantic, framed as a letter to his teenage son.

On the bestsellers list for 1 week


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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 61 weeks


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#3 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 4 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 5 weeks


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#5 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 11 weeks

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#6 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 19 weeks


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#7 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 22 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 39 weeks

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#9 A TIME FOR TRUTH

Ted Cruz

The Texas senator and Republican presidential candidate tells his personal and political story, denounces the lack of accountability in Washington and offers ideas for “reigniting the promise of America.”

On the bestsellers list for 2 weeks


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#10 SICK IN THE HEAD

Judd Apatow

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

On the bestsellers list for 4 weeks


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#11 THE CONSERVATIVE HEART

Arthur C Brooks

The president of the American Enterprise Institute urges conservatives to make clear their concern for everyday people.

On the bestsellers list for 1 week


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#12 THE OREGON TRAIL

Rinker Buck

The author and his brother travel 2,000 miles by mule and wagon from Missouri to Oregon.

On the bestsellers list for 2 weeks


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#13 UNBROKEN

Laura Hillenbrand

An Olympic runner’s story of survival as a prisoner of the Japanese in World War II; a 2014 movie.

On the bestsellers list for 207 weeks

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#14 OUTLIERS

Malcolm Gladwell

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

On the bestsellers list for 48 weeks

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#15 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 117 weeks

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#16 A FULL LIFE

Jimmy Carter

At 90, the 39th president (and Nobel Prize winner) reflects on his private and public life.

On the bestsellers list for 0 weeks


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#17 THE BILLION DOLLAR SPY

David E Hoffman

A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist's biography of Adolf Tolkachev, who spied for the United States inside the Soviet Union.

On the bestsellers list for 0 weeks


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#18 THE ROAD TO CHARACTER

David Brooks

The Times columnist extols personal virtues like kindness and honesty in a materialistic age.

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#19 THE GLASS CASTLE

Jeannette Walls

The author recalls a bizarre childhood during which she was constantly on the move.

On the bestsellers list for 0 weeks


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#20 CHIEF JOSEPH & THE FLIGHT OF THE NEZ PERCE

Kent Nerburn

The story of the great American Indian leader and his people’s doomed bid for freedom.

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