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#1 THE GLASS CASTLE

Jeannette Walls

The author recalls a bizarre childhood. Originally published in 2005 and the basis of the movie.

On the bestsellers list for 390 weeks


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#2 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 1 week

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#3 THE LOST CITY OF THE MONKEY GOD

Douglas Preston

A frightening search for a lost civilization in the Honduran rain forest.

On the bestsellers list for 1 week


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#4 JUST MERCY

Bryan Stevenson

A law professor and MacArthur grant recipient’s memoir of his decades of work to free innocent people condemned to death.

On the bestsellers list for 77 weeks


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#5 ON TYRANNY

Timothy Snyder

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

On the bestsellers list for 28 weeks


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#6 THE NEW JIM CROW

Michelle Alexander

A law professor takes aim at the “war on drugs,” mass incarceration and their impact on black men.

On the bestsellers list for 154 weeks


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#7 WHITE RAGE

Carol Anderson

An historian documents a long timeline and pattern in which social, legal and economic advances for African Americans have been countered with systemic and deliberate opposition.

On the bestsellers list for 1 week

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#8 EVICTED

Matthew Desmond

How poor people repeatedly lose their homes while landlords profit.

On the bestsellers list for 12 weeks

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#9 THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS

Rebecca Skloot

The story of a woman whose cancer cells were cultured without her permission in 1951. Originally published in 2010 and the basis of the HBO movie.

On the bestsellers list for 207 weeks

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#10 HIDDEN FIGURES

Margot Lee Shetterly

The story of the black women mathematicians at then-segregated NASA and its precursor. The basis of the movie.

On the bestsellers list for 39 weeks


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