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#1 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 188 weeks


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#2 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 65 weeks


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#3 SAPIENS

Yuval Noah Harari

How Homo sapiens became Earth’s dominant species.

On the bestsellers list for 88 weeks


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#4 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 49 weeks


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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 76 weeks


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#6 WHY WE SLEEP

Matthew Walker

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

On the bestsellers list for 39 weeks


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#7 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 233 weeks

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#8 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 309 weeks

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#9 TO SHAKE THE SLEEPING SELF

Jedidiah Jenkins

A 30-year-old grapples with his identity as he cycles from Oregon to Patagonia.

On the bestsellers list for 1 week


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#10 THE SOUL OF AN OCTOPUS

Sy Montgomery

The complex intelligence, emotional capacities, playfulness and spirit of the octopus, by a naturalist who counts several as friends.

On the bestsellers list for 3 weeks


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#11 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 112 weeks

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#12 NO ONE IS TOO SMALL TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Greta Thunberg

Speeches by the Swedish climate activist, including her address to the United Nations.

On the bestsellers list for 10 weeks


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#13 HILLBILLY ELEGY

JD Vance

A Yale Law School graduate looks at the struggles of the white working class through the story of his own childhood.

On the bestsellers list for 52 weeks


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#14 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 73 weeks

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#15 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 63 weeks

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