Copyright (c) 2019 The New York Times Company. All Rights Reserved.

Book Cover

#1 ON TYRANNY

Timothy Snyder

Twenty lessons from the 20th century about the course of tyranny.

On the bestsellers list for 56 weeks


Book Cover

#2 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 34 weeks


Book Cover

#3 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 50 weeks


Book Cover

#4 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 173 weeks


Book Cover

#5 SAPIENS

Yuval Noah Harari

How Homo sapiens became Earth’s dominant species.

On the bestsellers list for 73 weeks


Book Cover

#6 WHITE FRAGILITY

Robin DiAngelo

Historical and cultural analyses on what causes defensive moves by white people and how this inhibits cross-racial dialogue.

On the bestsellers list for 65 weeks


Book Cover

#7 THE LIBRARY BOOK

Susan Orlean

The story of the 1986 fire at the Los Angeles Public Library provides a backdrop to the evolution and purpose of libraries.

On the bestsellers list for 1 week

New York Times Review
Book Cover

#8 WINNERS TAKE ALL

Anand Giridharadas

The former New York Times columnist examines the new gilded age and the failures of modern philanthropy.

On the bestsellers list for 1 week

New York Times Review
Book Cover

#9 THESE TRUTHS

Jill Lepore

An investigation of truth in America traced through its intertwining histories of politics, law, technology and journalism.

On the bestsellers list for 1 week

New York Times Review
Book Cover

#10 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 294 weeks

New York Times Review
Book Cover

#11 WHY WE SLEEP

Matthew Walker

A neuroscientist uses recent scientific discoveries to explain the functions of sleep and dreams.

On the bestsellers list for 26 weeks


Book Cover

#12 SHOE DOG

Phil Knight

A memoir by the co-founder of Nike, Inc.

On the bestsellers list for 40 weeks


Book Cover

#13 CALYPSO

David Sedaris

A collection of comedic stories on mortality, middle age and a beach house dubbed the Sea Section.

On the bestsellers list for 18 weeks

New York Times Review
Book Cover

#14 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 222 weeks

New York Times Review
Book Cover

#15 BEING MORTAL

Atul Gawande

The surgeon and New Yorker writer considers how doctors fail patients at the end of life, and how they can do better.

On the bestsellers list for 103 weeks

New York Times Review
Book covers provided by the following sources depending on availability: Syndetics