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#1 THE GREAT INFLUENZA

John M Barry

An overview of the 1918 flu epidemic and cautionary tale for similar kinds of large-scale outbreaks.

On the bestsellers list for 2 weeks


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#2 SAPIENS

Yuval Noah Harari

How Homo sapiens became Earth’s dominant species.

On the bestsellers list for 97 weeks


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#3 SAY NOTHING

Patrick Radden Keefe

A look at the conflict in Northern Ireland known as the Troubles.

On the bestsellers list for 4 weeks

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#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 197 weeks


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#5 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 74 weeks


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#6 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 58 weeks


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#7 CHESAPEAKE REQUIEM

Earl Swift

The ways that climate change encroaches the well-being of the small community of Tangier Island, Virginia.

On the bestsellers list for 3 weeks


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#8 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 85 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 318 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 242 weeks

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#11 MIDNIGHT IN CHERNOBYL

Adam Higginbotham

An account of the 1986 disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, based on hundreds of hours of interviews.

On the bestsellers list for 4 weeks


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#12 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 15 weeks

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#13 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 4 weeks


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#14 BAD BLOOD

John Carreyrou

The rise and fall of Theranos, the biotech startup that failed to deliver on its promise to make blood testing more efficient.

On the bestsellers list for 5 weeks

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#15 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 31 weeks

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