Paperback Non-Fiction

Paperback Non-Fiction

Bestsellers

Last Updated: May 21, 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. THINGS THAT MATTER

by Charles Krauthammer

Essays and reflections from a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist.


4. DAVID AND GOLIATH

by Malcolm Gladwell

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


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. 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.


7. THINKING, FAST AND SLOW

by Daniel Kahneman

How we make choices in business and personal life.


8. FINDING ME

by Michelle Knight with Michelle Burford

A young woman tells the story of her decade-long captivity in Cleveland.


9. QUIET

by Susan Cain

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


10. A WORK IN PROGRESS

by Connor Franta

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


11. THE POWER OF HABIT

by Charles Duhigg

A Times reporter’s account of the science behind how we form, and break, habits.


12. THE NEW JIM CROW

by Michelle Alexander

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


13. OUTLIERS

by Malcolm Gladwell

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


14. BOSSYPANTS

by Tina Fey

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


15. IS EVERYONE HANGING OUT WITHOUT ME?

by Mindy Kaling

Observations from the comedy writer and actress.


16. THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS

by Rebecca Skloot

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


17. THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY

by Erik Larson

A story of how an architect and a serial killer were linked by the World's Fair of 1893.


18. WHAT THE DOG KNOWS

by Cat Warren

Canine powers of scent detection and the hidden things dogs can sniff out with their noses: truffles, bedbugs, bombs, drugs, disease and death.


19. PROOF OF HEAVEN

by Eben Alexander

A neurosurgeon recounts his near death experience during a coma from bacterial meningitis.


20. HOW CHILDREN SUCCEED

by Paul Tough

The author argues that the qualities that matter most have to do with character, not intelligence.