Paperback Non-Fiction

Paperback Non-Fiction

Bestsellers

Last Updated: December 20, 2014

1. 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.


2. 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.


3. THE BOYS IN THE BOAT

by Daniel James Brown

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


4. AMERICAN SNIPER

by Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice

A memoir about battlefield experiences in Iraq by the Navy SEALs sniper.


5. A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME

by Stephen W Hawking

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


6. QUIET

by Susan Cain

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


7. IS EVERYONE HANGING OUT WITHOUT ME?

by Mindy Kaling

The comedian and actress offers essays about her life.


8. OUTLIERS

by Malcolm Gladwell

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


9. THE POWER OF HABIT

by Charles Duhigg

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


10. BOSSYPANTS

by Tina Fey

A memoir from the creator of “30 Rock.”


11. HEAVEN IS FOR REAL

by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent

A father recounts his 3-year-old son’s encounter with Jesus and the angels during an emergency appendectomy; the basis of the movie.


12. THINKING, FAST AND SLOW

by Daniel Kahneman

The winner of a Nobel in economic science discusses how we make choices in business and personal life and when we can and cannot trust our intuitions.


13. THE SCIENCE OF INTERSTELLAR

by Kip Thorne

A physicist explains the science behind the movie.


14. LYING IN WAIT

by Ann Rule

A collection of true crime stories.


15. PADDLE YOUR OWN CANOE

by Nick Offerman

The “Parks and Recreation” actor combines autobiographical anecdotes and life advice.


16. THE NEW JIM CROW

by Michelle Alexander

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


17. ALAN TURING: THE ENIGMA

by Andrew Hodges

The presiding mathetmatician and decoding force at Bletchley Park, the center that cracked the German Enigma code.


18. THE HEART OF EVERYTHING THAT IS

by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin

A biography of the influential Sioux leader Red Cloud examines his military prowess and the Plains Indians’ changing way of life.


19. GEORGE WASHINGTON'S SECRET SIX

by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger

The story of the Culper spy ring, which aided the American cause during the Revolution.


20. LET'S EXPLORE DIABETES WITH OWLS

by David Sedaris

A humorist returns with more wry takes on contemporary life.