Paperback Non-Fiction

Paperback Non-Fiction

Bestsellers

Last Updated: April 30, 2015

1. THE BOYS IN THE BOAT

by Daniel James Brown

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


2. AMERICAN SNIPER

by Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice

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


3. DAVID AND GOLIATH

by Malcolm Gladwell

How disadvantages can work in our favor; by the author of "The Tipping Point" and "Blink."


4. UNBROKEN

by Laura Hillenbrand

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


5. 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.


6. THINKING, FAST AND SLOW

by Daniel Kahneman

How we make choices in business and personal life.


7. THE POWER OF HABIT

by Charles Duhigg

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


8. A WORK IN PROGRESS

by Connor Franta

A young man charts his course from small-town kid to Internet sensation.


9. QUIET

by Susan Cain

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


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. 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.


12. OUTLIERS

by Malcolm Gladwell

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


13. 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.


14. THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES

by Siddhartha Mukherjee

An oncologist’s history of cancer and its treatment.


15. I HATE MYSELFIE

by Shane Dawson

In these essays, the film director and Internet personality traces his route from a messy childhood to self-acceptance and self-exposure.


16. THE OPPOSITE OF LONELINESS

by Marina Keegan

Essays and stories by a promising young writer who died in a car crash in 2012.


17. THE LADY IN GOLD

by Anne-Marie O'Connor


18. BOSSYPANTS

by Tina Fey

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


19. A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME

by Stephen W Hawking

The classic primer for non-scientists on the origins of the universe.


20. WE SHOULD ALL BE FEMINISTS

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The adapted text of the much-watched TED talk.