Paperback Non-Fiction

Paperback Non-Fiction

Bestsellers

Last Updated: September 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. THE BOYS IN THE BOAT

by Daniel James Brown

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


3. OUTLIERS

by Malcolm Gladwell

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


4. WILD

by Cheryl Strayed

A life-changing hike along the Pacific Crest Trail.


5. HEAVEN IS FOR REAL

by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent

A young boy's encounter with Jesus and the angels.


6. THE POWER OF HABIT

by Charles Duhigg

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


7. ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK

by Piper Kerman

A memoir about a year in a women’s prison. The basis for the Netflix series.


8. 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.


9. ZEALOT

by Reza Aslan

A life of Jesus of Nazareth presents him in the context of his times as the leader of a revolutionary movement.


10. THE BULLY PULPIT

by Doris Kearns Goodwin

An analysis of the relationships between Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and the muckraking press.


11. QUIET

by Susan Cain

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


12. THINKING, FAST AND SLOW

by Daniel Kahneman

The winner of the Nobel in economic science discusses how we make choices.


13. BAD FEMINIST

by Roxane Gay

A collection of essays on race, gender, politics and "Sweet Valley High."


14. THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS

by Rebecca Skloot

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


15. THE NEW JIM CROW

by Michelle Alexander

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


16. LET'S EXPLORE DIABETES WITH OWLS

by David Sedaris

Essays from the humorist on subjects like French dentistry and a North Carolina Costco.


17. THE GLASS CASTLE

by Jeannette Walls

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


18. WOMEN IN CLOTHES

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19. A LONG WAY GONE

by Ishmael Beah

A former child soldier's killing spree and return to humanity.


20. BOSSYPANTS

by Tina Fey

A memoir from the creator of “30 Rock.”