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#1 THE GLASS CASTLE

Jeannette Walls

The author recalls a bizarre childhood. Originally published in 2005 and the basis of the movie.

On the bestsellers list for 394 weeks


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#2 ON TYRANNY

Timothy Snyder

Twenty lessons from the 20th century about the course of tyranny.

On the bestsellers list for 32 weeks


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#3 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 5 weeks

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#4 THE LOST CITY OF THE MONKEY GOD

Douglas Preston

A frightening search for a lost civilization in the Honduran rain forest.

On the bestsellers list for 5 weeks


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#5 HIDDEN FIGURES

Margot Lee Shetterly

The story of the black women mathematicians at then-segregated NASA and its precursor. The basis of the movie.

On the bestsellers list for 40 weeks


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#6 THE NEW JIM CROW

Michelle Alexander

A law professor takes aim at the “war on drugs,” mass incarceration and their impact on black men.

On the bestsellers list for 158 weeks


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#7 DRAWDOWN

Paul Hawken

On the bestsellers list for 3 weeks


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#8 THINKING, FAST AND SLOW

Daniel Kahneman

The winner of the Nobel in economic science discusses how we make choices.

On the bestsellers list for 141 weeks

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#9 JUST MERCY

Bryan Stevenson

A law professor and MacArthur grant recipient’s memoir of his decades of work to free innocent people condemned to death.

On the bestsellers list for 81 weeks


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#10 ROGUE HEROES

Ben Macintyre

The history of the SAS, Britain's secret special forces unit that sabotaged the Nazis and changed the nature of war.

On the bestsellers list for 4 weeks

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