Nonfiction Best Sellers

Nonfiction Best Sellers: Week of September 24, 2017

  1. ASTROPHYSICS FOR PEOPLE IN A HURRY by Neil deGrasse Tyson. A straightforward, easy-to-understand introduction to the universe.
  2. HILLBILLY ELEGY, by J. D. Vance. A Yale Law School graduate looks at the struggles of America's white working class through his own childhood in the Rust Belt.
  3. FANTASYLAND by Kurt Andersen. The politics and culture of 21st-century America are put in the context of five centuries of historical events and movements, including elements of conspiracy theories, crackpot ideas and hucksterism.
  4. AL FRANKEN, GIANT OF THE SENATE by Al Franken. A memoir by the Democratic senator from Minnesota and former “Saturday Night Live” writer.
  5. WHY BUDDHISM IS TRUE by Robert Wright. Neuroscience and psychology findings are used to support Buddhist practice and meditation.
  6. BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME by Ta-Nehisi Coates. A meditation on race in America.

  7. OPTION B by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant. Sandberg’s experience after her husband’s sudden death and Grant’s psychological research combine to provide insight on facing adversity and building resilience.

  8. THE VIETNAM WAR by Geoffrey C. Ward. A companion to the PBS series by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that looks at the events and the legacy of the war.

  9. IT TAKES TWO by Jonathan Scott and Drew Scott. The identical twins and reality TV stars trace their ascent from their upbringing in Vancouver, B.C., through personal setbacks to building careers together.

  10. KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON by David Grann. The story of a murder spree in 1920s Oklahoma that targeted Osage Indians, whose lands contained oil. The fledgling F.B.I. intervened, ineffectively.

  11. THE BOOK OF JOY by Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu. Two spiritual leaders discuss how to find joy in the face of suffering. 

  12. SAPIENS by Yuval Noah Harari. How Homo sapiens became Earth’s dominant species. 

  13. COMING TO MY SENSES by Alice Waters with Cristina Mueller and Bob Carrau. A memoir by the restaurateur and supporter of the organic food movement, who opened Chez Panisse in Berkeley, Calif., in 1971.

  14. THE BIG LIE by Dinesh D'Souza. The conservative commentator argues that the American left is a fascist threat.

  15. LIFE 3.0 by Max Tegmark. A professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology delves into the conveniences and problems generated by artificial intelligence.


  Excerpted from The New York Times Best Seller lists