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#1 LET'S EXPLORE DIABETES WITH OWLS

David Sedaris

A humorist returns with more wry takes on contemporary life.

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#2 LEAN IN

Sheryl Sandberg with Nell Scovell

The chief operating officer of Facebook urges women to pursue their careers without ambivalence.

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#3 PROOF OF HEAVEN

Eben Alexander

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

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#4 COOKED

Michael Pollan

A celebration of braising, baking, grilling and fermenting.

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#5 WILD

Cheryl Strayed

A woman’s account of the life-changing 1,100-mile solo hike she took along the Pacific Crest Trail in 1995. Originally published in 2012 and a 2014 movie.

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#6 TRIDENT K9 WARRIORS

Michael Ritland with Gary Brozek

A former member of the Navy SEALs describes his subsequent career finding, training and supplying working dogs to the U.S. military.

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#7 WAKING UP IN HEAVEN

Crystal McVea

What happened to a teacher from Oklahoma during nine minutes of unconsciousness.

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#8 AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL

Ben C Carson and Candy Carson

A doctor explores what makes America great.

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#9 DIRTY WARS

Jeremy Scahill

America’s new covert wars, fought by secret commandos.

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#10 CARRIE AND ME

Carol Burnett

The comedian recalls her oldest daughter, who died in 2002. 

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#11 AMERICAN SNIPER

Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice

A member of the Navy Seals who has the most career sniper kills in United States military history discusses his childhood, his marriage and his battlefield experiences during the Iraq war.

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#12 MY NEXT STEP

Dave Liniger with Laura Morton

The founder of Re/Max recounts his ordeal with a staph infection that left him paralyzed.

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#13 QUIET

Susan Cain

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

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#14 THE NEW DIGITAL AGE

Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen

The promise and peril of the continuing information and technology revolution for people, nations and business.

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#15 WAY OF THE KNIFE

Mark Mazzetti

The Times’s national security correspondent describes how the lines between the C.I.A. and the American military have been blurred.

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#16 GULP

Mary Roach

A science writer’s pilgrimage down the digestive tract; by the author of “Stiff,” “Spook,” “Bonk” and “Packing for Mars.”

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#17 DUCK COMMANDERS

Willie and Korie Robertson with Mark Schlabach

Behind the scenes at the A&E show “Duck Dynasty.”

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#18 THINKING, FAST AND SLOW

Daniel Kahneman

How we make choices in our business and personal lives.

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#19 I'LL SEE YOU AGAIN

Jackie Hance with Janice Kaplan

The experience of a mother whose three daughters were killed when her sister-in-law drove the wrong way down the Taconic Parkway.

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#20 UNBROKEN

Laura Hillenbrand

An Olympic runner’s story of survival as a prisoner of the Japanese in World War II. Originally published in 2010 and a 2014 movie.

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