Paperback Non-Fiction

Paperback Non-Fiction

Bestsellers

Last Updated: September 27, 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. OUTLIERS

by Malcolm Gladwell

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


5. THE POWER OF HABIT

by Charles Duhigg

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


6. HEAVEN IS FOR REAL

by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent

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


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. QUIET

by Susan Cain

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


10. 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.


11. THE OTHER WES MOORE

by Wes Moore

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


12. THE BULLY PULPIT

by Doris Kearns Goodwin

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


13. THE HOT ZONE

by Richard Preston

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


14. THINKING, FAST AND SLOW

by Daniel Kahneman

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


15. STILL FOOLIN' 'EM

by Billy Crystal

The 65-year-old comedian’s reminiscences and his complaints about aging.


16. THE NEW JIM CROW

by Michelle Alexander

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


17. THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS

by Rebecca Skloot

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


18. BRAIN ON FIRE

by Susannah Cahalan

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


19. HOW CHILDREN SUCCEED

by Paul Tough

An argument that character matters more than intelligence.


20. LET'S EXPLORE DIABETES WITH OWLS

by David Sedaris

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