Paperback Nonfiction

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#1 THE GLASS CASTLE

Jeannette Walls

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

On the bestsellers list for 384 weeks


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#2 DUNKIRK

Joshua Levine

The history behind the current movie.

On the bestsellers list for 4 weeks


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#3 ON TYRANNY

Timothy Snyder

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

On the bestsellers list for 22 weeks


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#4 THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY

Erik Larson

A story of how an architect and a serial killer were linked by the World's Fair of 1893.

On the bestsellers list for 346 weeks

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#5 THE ZOOKEEPER’S WIFE

Diane Ackerman

How a Warsaw couple sheltered Jews and members of the Resistance during World War II. Originally published in 2007; now the basis of a movie.

On the bestsellers list for 52 weeks


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#6 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 71 weeks


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#7 AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER

Al Gore

On the bestsellers list for 1 week


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#8 RED NOTICE

Bill Browder

An American hedge fund manager in Russia is expelled by kleptocrats who then seize his property. Browder's investigation into the death of his attorney led to the Magnitsky Act.

On the bestsellers list for 1 week

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#9 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 34 weeks


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#10 THINKING, FAST AND SLOW

Daniel Kahneman

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

On the bestsellers list for 133 weeks

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