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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 138 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 61 weeks


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#3 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 122 weeks


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#4 JESUS AND JOHN WAYNE

Kristin Kobes Du Mez

How rugged masculinity and Christian nationalism play a part in today’s white evangelicalism.

On the bestsellers list for 1 week


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#5 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 145 weeks


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#6 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 253 weeks


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#7 KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON

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.

On the bestsellers list for 83 weeks

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#8 SAPIENS

Yuval Noah Harari

How Homo sapiens became Earth’s dominant species.

On the bestsellers list for 148 weeks


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#9 MY GRANDMOTHER'S HANDS

Resmaa Menakem

A therapist who specializes in trauma, body-centered psychotherapy and violence prevention explains racism's effect on the body.

On the bestsellers list for 22 weeks


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#10 BECOMING

Michelle Obama

The former first lady describes her journey from the South Side of Chicago to the White House, and how she balanced work, family and her husband’s political ascent.

On the bestsellers list for 15 weeks

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#11 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 82 weeks

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#12 SO YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT RACE

Ijeoma Oluo

A look at the contemporary racial landscape of the United States.

On the bestsellers list for 38 weeks


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#13 THE PRICE WE PAY

Marty Makary

A look at the rising health care costs and medical debt that has arisen from some of the current business practices of medicine.

On the bestsellers list for 1 week


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#14 HIGH ON THE HOG

Jessica B. Harris

A history of African American cuisine focusing on the harrowing journey of the people and food from Africa across the Atlantic to America. The basis of the Netflix series.

On the bestsellers list for 1 week


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#15 HOAX

Brian Stelter

The CNN anchor and chief media correspondent examines the inner workings of Fox News and its relationship with former President Trump.

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