Paperback Nonfiction

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#1 ON TYRANNY

Timothy Snyder

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

On the bestsellers list for 15 weeks


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#2 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 45 weeks


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#3 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 27 weeks


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#4 THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS

Rebecca Skloot

The story of a woman whose cancer cells were cultured without her permission in 1951. Originally published in 2010 and the basis of the HBO movie.

On the bestsellers list for 196 weeks

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#5 THE PERFECT HORSE

Elizabeth Letts

The attempt in the closing days of World War II to rescue purebred horses raised for Hitler.

On the bestsellers list for 3 weeks


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#6 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 339 weeks

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#7 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 66 weeks


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#8 OUTLIERS

Malcolm Gladwell

Why some people succeed — it has to do with luck and opportunities as well as talent.

On the bestsellers list for 233 weeks

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#9 ALEXANDER HAMILTON

Ron Chernow

A biography of the first Treasury secretary. Originally published in 2004 and the basis of the Broadway musical.

On the bestsellers list for 78 weeks

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#10 WE ARE NEVER MEETING IN REAL LIFE

Samantha Ir

A blogger's second book of essays.

On the bestsellers list for 2 weeks


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