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#1 THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE

Bessel van der Kolk

How trauma affects the body and mind, and innovative treatments for recovery.

On the bestsellers list for 197 weeks

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#2 BRAIDING SWEETGRASS

Robin Wall Kimmerer

A botanist and member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation espouses having an understanding and appreciation of plants and animals.

On the bestsellers list for 120 weeks


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#3 EDUCATED

Tara Westover

The daughter of survivalists, who is kept out of school, educates herself enough to leave home for university.

On the bestsellers list for 25 weeks

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#4 THIS IS YOUR MIND ON PLANTS

Michael Pollan

A look at arbitrary beliefs surrounding opium, caffeine and mescaline, which are derived from plants.

On the bestsellers list for 2 weeks


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#5 BORN A CRIME

Trevor Noah

A memoir about growing up biracial in apartheid South Africa by the host of “The Daily Show.”

On the bestsellers list for 167 weeks


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#6 ALL ABOUT LOVE

bell hooks

The late feminist icon explores the causes of a polarized society and the meaning of love.

On the bestsellers list for 34 weeks


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#7 HOW TO CHANGE YOUR MIND

Michael Pollan

A personal account of how psychedelics might help the mentally ill and people dealing with everyday challenges.

On the bestsellers list for 24 weeks

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#8 TALKING TO STRANGERS

Malcolm Gladwell

Famous examples of miscommunication serve as the backdrop to explain potential conflicts and misunderstandings.

On the bestsellers list for 44 weeks

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#9 OUTLIERS

Malcolm Gladwell

Unexpected factors that explain why some people succeed, such as upbringing, timing and 10,000 hours of deliberate practice.

On the bestsellers list for 352 weeks

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#10 THINKING, FAST AND SLOW

Daniel Kahneman

When we can and cannot trust our intuitions in making business and personal decisions.

On the bestsellers list for 326 weeks

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#11 THE BOMBER MAFIA

Malcolm Gladwell

A look at the key players and outcomes of precision bombing during World War II.

On the bestsellers list for 8 weeks


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#12 JUST MERCY

Bryan Stevenson

A civil rights lawyer and MacArthur grant recipient’s memoir of his decades of work to free innocent people condemned to death.

On the bestsellers list for 287 weeks


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#13 THE GLASS CASTLE

Jeannette Walls

The author recalls how she and her siblings were constantly moved from one bleak place to another.

On the bestsellers list for 454 weeks


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#14 GRIT

Angela Duckworth

The MacArthur Fellow argues that passion and perseverance are more important than innate talent in creating success.

On the bestsellers list for 119 weeks

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#15 THE OTHER WES MOORE

Wes Moore

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

On the bestsellers list for 45 weeks


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