Paperback Non-Fiction

Paperback Non-Fiction

Bestsellers

Last Updated: October 18, 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. WILD

by Cheryl Strayed

A life-changing hike along the Pacific Crest Trail.


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. THE HOT ZONE

by Richard Preston

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


6. OUTLIERS

by Malcolm Gladwell

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


7. THE POWER OF HABIT

by Charles Duhigg

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


8. ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK

by Piper Kerman

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


9. QUIET

by Susan Cain

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


10. HEAVEN IS FOR REAL

by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent

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


11. 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.


12. 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.


13. PROOF OF HEAVEN

by Eben Alexander

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


14. THE SMARTEST KIDS IN THE WORLD

by Amanda Ripley

High-performing schools in Finland, South Korea and Poland, seen through the eyes of American high school students abroad.


15. LET'S EXPLORE DIABETES WITH OWLS

by David Sedaris

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


16. THINKING, FAST AND SLOW

by Daniel Kahneman

The winner of the Nobel in economic science discusses how we make choices in business and personal life.


17. BRAIN ON FIRE

by Susannah Cahalan

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


18. WOMEN IN CLOTHES

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19. THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 2014

by edited John Jeremiah Sullivan


20. THIS IS THE STORY OF A HAPPY MARRIAGE

by Ann Patchett

A collection of essays by the novelist.