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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 191 weeks

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#2 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 19 weeks

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#3 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 2 weeks


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#4 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 114 weeks


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#5 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 28 weeks


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#6 TALKING TO STRANGERS

Malcolm Gladwell

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

On the bestsellers list for 38 weeks

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#7 KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL

Anthony Bourdain

A memoir-exposé of the restaurant world. Originally published in 2000.

On the bestsellers list for 80 weeks


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#8 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 161 weeks


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#9 UNDER THE BANNER OF HEAVEN

Jon Krakauer

Two brothers who subscribed to a fundamentalist version of Mormonism killed a woman and her daughter; the basis of the TV series.

On the bestsellers list for 8 weeks


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#10 SAPIENS

Yuval Noah Harari

How Homo sapiens became Earth’s dominant species.

On the bestsellers list for 188 weeks


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#11 THE SPLENDID AND THE VILE

Erik Larson

An examination of the leadership of the prime minister Winston Churchill.

On the bestsellers list for 16 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 281 weeks


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#13 WALK IN MY COMBAT BOOTS

James Patterson and Matt Eversmann with Chris Mooney

A collection of interviews with troops who fought overseas.

On the bestsellers list for 6 weeks


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#14 THE CODE BREAKER

Walter Isaacson

How the Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna and her colleagues invented CRISPR, a tool that can edit DNA.

On the bestsellers list for 7 weeks


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#15 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 346 weeks

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