Paperback Non-Fiction

Paperback Non-Fiction

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Last Updated: February 26, 2015

1. 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.


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. GHOST BOY

by Martin Pistorius with Megan Lloyd Davies

A young man learns to contend with a mysterious illness that left him unable to control his body or speak.


6. A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME

by Stephen W Hawking

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


7. THE POWER OF HABIT

by Charles Duhigg

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


8. THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS

by Rebecca Skloot

A woman's cancer cells were cultured without her permission in 1951.


9. LONE SURVIVOR

by Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson

A harrowing Navy SEALs operation.


10. QUIET

by Susan Cain

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


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. THINKING, FAST AND SLOW

by Daniel Kahneman

How we make choices in business and personal life.


13. ALAN TURING: THE ENIGMA

by Andrew Hodges

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


14. THE NEW JIM CROW

by Michelle Alexander

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


15. 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.


16. OUTLIERS

by Malcolm Gladwell

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


17. IS EVERYONE HANGING OUT WITHOUT ME?

by Mindy Kaling

The comedian and actress offers essays about her life.


18. GLITTER AND GLUE

by Kelly Corrigan

A memoir explores the relationships between mothers and daughters. 


19. BOSSYPANTS

by Tina Fey

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


20. THE FUTURE OF THE MIND

by Michio Kaku

A theoretical physicist examines research that points to the day when uploading memories will be possible.