Paperback Non-Fiction

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Last Updated: January 24, 2015

1. AMERICAN SNIPER

by Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice

A memoir about battlefield experiences in Iraq by the Navy SEALs sniper; now a movie.


2. UNBROKEN

by Laura Hillenbrand

An Olympic runner’s story of survival as a prisoner of the Japanese in World War II after his plane went down over the Pacific; now a movie.


3. WILD

by Cheryl Strayed

A woman’s account of the life-changing 1,100-mile solo hike she took along the Pacific Crest Trail in 1995; now a movie.


4. THE BOYS IN THE BOAT

by Daniel James Brown

A group of American rowers pursued gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games.


5. ALAN TURING: THE ENIGMA

by Andrew Hodges

The presiding mathetmatician and decoding force at Bletchley Park, the center that cracked the German Enigma code; inspiration for the film "The Imitation Game."


6. OUTLIERS

by Malcolm Gladwell

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


7. THE POWER OF HABIT

by Charles Duhigg

An examination of the science behind habits, how we form them and break them.


8. A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME

by Stephen W Hawking

The British cosmologist reviews efforts to create a unified theory of the universe.


9. 10% HAPPIER

by Dan Harris

A co-anchor of "Nightline" reports on the science and spiritual basis of meditation and how it has improved his life.


10. THE NEW JIM CROW

by Michelle Alexander

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


11. THINKING, FAST AND SLOW

by Daniel Kahneman

How we make choices in business and personal life.


12. THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS

by Rebecca Skloot

The story of a woman whose cancer cells were cultured without her permission in 1951.


13. QUIET

by Susan Cain

Introverts -- one-third of the population -- are undervalued in American society.


14. THE SIXTH EXTINCTION

by Elizabeth Kolbert

The New Yorker writer examines the role of human influences in the planet’s current spasm of plant and animal loss.


15. BOSSYPANTS

by Tina Fey

A memoir from the former “Saturday Night Live” star and creator of “30 Rock.”


16. LONE SURVIVOR

by Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson

The only survivor of a Navy SEALs operation in Afghanistan describes the battle and his escape.


17. IS EVERYONE HANGING OUT WITHOUT ME?

by Mindy Kaling

The comedian and actress offers essays about her life.


18. CITIZEN

by Claudia Rankine

Prose poems examine the experience of race and racism in our fractured society.


19. THE HEART OF EVERYTHING THAT IS

by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin

A biography of the influential Sioux leader Red Cloud.


20. THE GLASS CASTLE

by Jeannette Walls

The author recalls a bizarre childhood during which she was constantly moved from place to place. †