Paperback Non-Fiction

Paperback Non-Fiction

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Last Updated: July 26, 2014

1. ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK

by Piper Kerman

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


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. A LONG WAY GONE

by Ishmael Beah

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


7. WILD

by Cheryl Strayed

A life-changing hike along the Pacific Crest Trail.


8. THE POWER OF HABIT

by Charles Duhigg

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


9. QUIET

by Susan Cain

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


10. IS EVERYONE HANGING OUT WITHOUT ME?

by Mindy Kaling

The comedian and actress offers essays about her life.


11. LET'S EXPLORE DIABETES WITH OWLS

by David Sedaris

A humorist returns with more wry takes on contemporary life.


12. THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS

by Rebecca Skloot

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


13. LONE SURVIVOR

by Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson

A harrowing Navy SEALs operation.


14. PROOF OF HEAVEN

by Eben Alexander

A neurosurgeon recounts his near death experience during a coma.


15. BEHIND THE BEAUTIFUL FOREVERS

by Katherine Boo

A journalist reports on families seeking better lives in a Mumbai slum.


16. BRAIN ON FIRE

by Susannah Cahalan

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


17. THE OTHER WES MOORE

by Wes Moore

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


18. FREAKONOMICS

by Steven D Levitt and Stephen J Dubner

How to apply economic theory to almost everything.


19. THINKING, FAST AND SLOW

by Daniel Kahneman

How we make choices in business and personal life.


20. BOSSYPANTS

by Tina Fey

A memoir from the creator of “30 Rock.”