Paperback Non-Fiction

Paperback Non-Fiction

Bestsellers

Last Updated: August 30, 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. HEAVEN IS FOR REAL

by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent

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


5. THE GLASS CASTLE

by Jeannette Walls

The author recalls a bizarre childhood during which she was constantly on the move.


6. ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK

by Piper Kerman

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


7. A LONG WAY GONE

by Ishmael Beah

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


8. THE POWER OF HABIT

by Charles Duhigg

The science behind how we form, and break, habits. 


9. WILD

by Cheryl Strayed

A life-changing hike along the Pacific Crest Trail.


10. THE HOT ZONE

by Richard Preston

The discovery of the Ebola virus, and the efforts to keep it from spreading; first published in 1994.


11. THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS

by Rebecca Skloot

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


12. QUIET

by Susan Cain

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


13. AMERICAN SNIPER

by Chris Kyle

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


14. LET'S EXPLORE DIABETES WITH OWLS

by David Sedaris

A humorist returns with more wry takes on contemporary life.


15. THE OTHER WES MOORE

by Wes Moore

A tale of two Wes Moores: the author, a Rhodes scholar; the other, a man in prison.


16. THE NEW JIM CROW

by Michelle Alexander

Taking aim at the "war on drugs" and its impact on black men.


17. THINKING, FAST AND SLOW

by Daniel Kahneman

How we make choices in business and personal life.


18. BRAIN ON FIRE

by Susannah Cahalan

A young reporter suddenly experiences seizures, hallucinations and near catatonia.


19. PROOF OF HEAVEN

by Eben Alexander

A neurosurgeon recounts his near death experience during a coma.


20. FREAKONOMICS

by Steven D Levitt and Stephen J Dubner

How to apply economic theory to almost everything.