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#1 ATLAS OBSCURA

Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras and Ella Morton

A dense (nearly 500 pages) richly documented ultimate explorer's guide to more than 700 hidden marvels, events and curiosities around the world.

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#2 HUMANS OF NEW YORK: STORIES

Brandon Stanton

More photographs, this time accompanied by interviews, from the creator of the blog and the book “Humans of New York.”

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#3 THE ROAD TO LITTLE DRIBBLING

Bill Bryson

An American expatriate travels around his adopted country, Britain.

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#4 HUMANS OF NEW YORK

Brandon Stanton

Four hundred color photos of New Yorkers, with brief commentary by the author.

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#5 SULLY

Chesley B Sullenberger III with Jeffrey Zaslow

A memoir by the pilot who performed the successful emergency landing of a plane with 155 passengers on the Hudson River in 2009. Originally published as “Highest Duty” in 2009. The basis for the movie.

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#6 DESTINATIONS OF A LIFETIME

the staff of National Geographic

A photographic tour of 225 global destinations.

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#7 SPEAKING AMERICAN

Josh Katz

The creator of The New York Times dialect quiz provides a guide to how words are pronounced in different parts of the country.

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#8 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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#9 LION

Saroo Brierley

The memoir of a five-year-old boy, who got lost on a train in India, adopted by a couple in Australia and searched globally for his family as an adult; originally published in 2014 as “A Long Way Home” and basis for the movie.

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#10 NONSTOP METROPOLIS

Rebecca Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro

Essays and 26 imaginative maps bring together the insights of diverse experts -- linguists, music historians, ethnographers, environmental journalists, and others -- to provide unique views of the five boroughs of New York and of nearby New Jersey.

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