New York Times Nonfiction Bestsellers

The preeminent list of best selling nonfiction in the United States.
Updated May 12, 2024
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The Anxious Generation: How the Great Rewiring of Childhood Is Causing an Epidemic of Mental Illness
Jonathan Haidt
THE INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice From New York Times bestselling coauthor of The Coddling of the American Mind, an essential investigation into the collapse of youth mental health--and a plan for a...
I'm Glad My Mom Died
Jennette McCurdy
* #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * #1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER * MORE THAN 2 MILLION COPIES SOLD! A heartbreaking and hilarious memoir by iCarly and Sam & Cat star Jennette McCurdy about her struggles as a former child actor--including eating...
The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny, and Murder
David Grann
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * From the author of Killers of the Flower Moon, a page-turning story of shipwreck, survival, and savagery, culminating in a court martial that reveals a shocking truth. The powerful narrative reveals the deeper meaning of the events on The Wager...
An Unfinished Love Story: A Personal History of the 1960s
Doris Kearns Goodwin
#1 New York Times Bestseller The perfect gift for Father's Day! An Unfinished Love Story: A Personal History of the 1960s by Doris Kearns Goodwin, one of America's most beloved historians, artfully weaves together biography, memoir, and history. She...
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
David Grann
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * A twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history, from the author of The Wager and The Lost City of Z, "one of the preeminent adventure and true-crime writers working today."--New...
The Wide Wide Sea: Imperial Ambition, First Contact and the Fateful Final Voyage of Captain James Cook
Hampton Sides
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * An epic account of the most momentous voyage of the Age of Exploration, which culminated in Captain James Cook's death in Hawaii, and left a complex and controversial legacy still debated to this day. "Sides has mastered the art of you-are-there...
Somehow: Thoughts on Love
Anne Lamott
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "Anne Lamott is my Oprah." --Chicago Tribune From the bestselling author of Dusk, Night, Dawn and Help, Thanks, Wow, a joyful celebration of love "Love is our only hope," Anne Lamott writes in this...
Knife: Meditations After an Attempted Murder
Salman Rushdie
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * From internationally renowned writer and Booker Prize winner Salman Rushdie, a searing, deeply personal account of enduring--and surviving--an attempt on his life thirty years after the fatwa that was ordered against him   On the morning of...
The Body Keeps The Score: Mind, Brain and Body in the Transformation of Trauma
Bessel van der Kolk
A pioneering researcher and one of the world's foremost experts on traumatic stress offers a bold new paradigm for healing   Trauma is a fact of life. Veterans and their families deal with the painful aftermath of combat; one in five Americans has been molested; one in four...
Outlive: The Science and Art of Longevity
Peter Attia
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * OVER ONE MILLION COPIES SOLD * A groundbreaking manifesto on living better and longer that challenges the conventional medical thinking on aging and reveals a new approach to preventing chronic disease and extending long-term health, from a visionary...
The Backyard Bird Chronicles
Amy Tan
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * A gorgeous, witty account of birding, nature, and the beauty around us that hides in plain sight, written and illustrated by the best-selling author of The Joy Luck Club * With a foreword by David Allen Sibley "Unexpected...
Age of Revolutions: Progress and Backlash from 1600 to the Present
Fareed Zakaria
A New York Times Bestseller The CNN host and best-selling author explores the revolutions--past and present--that define the polarized and unstable age in which we live. Populist rage, ideological fracture, economic and technological shocks, war, and an...
Nuclear War: A Scenario
Annie Jacobsen
The INSTANT New York Times bestseller Instant Los Angeles Times bestseller "In Nuclear War: A Scenario, Annie Jacobsen gives us a vivid picture of what could happen if our nuclear guardians fail...Terrifying."--Wall Street...
Crying in H Mart: A Memoir
Michelle Zauner
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * From the indie rock sensation known as Japanese Breakfast, an unforgettable memoir about family, food, grief, love, and growing up Korean American--"in losing her mother and cooking to bring her back to life, Zauner became herself" (NPR). * CELEBRATING...
Shakespeare: The Man Who Pays the Rent
Judi Dench
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Taking a curtain call with a live snake in her wig... Cavorting naked through the Warwickshire countryside painted green... Acting opposite a child with a pumpkin on his head... These...
Thinking, Fast and Slow
Daniel Kahneman
*Major New York Times Bestseller *More than 2.6 million copies sold *One of The New York Times Book Review's ten best books of the year *Selected by The Wall Street Journal as one of the best nonfiction books of the year *Presidential...
Reading the Constitution: Why I Chose Pragmatism, Not Textualism
Stephen Breyer
A provocative, brilliant analysis by recently retired Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer that deconstructs the textualist philosophy of the current Supreme Court's supermajority and makes the case for a better way to interpret the Constitution. "You will not read a more...
Poverty, by America
Matthew Desmond
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Evicted reimagines the debate on poverty, making a "provocative and compelling" (NPR) argument about why it persists in America: because the rest of us benefit from it. A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR...
Hundred Years' War on Palestine
Rashid Khalidi
A landmark history of one hundred years of war waged against the Palestinians from the foremost US historian of the Middle East, told through pivotal events and family history In 1899, Yusuf Diya al-Khalidi, mayor of Jerusalem, alarmed by the Zionist call to create a Jewish...
Masters of the Air
Donald L. Miller
The inspiration for the major Apple TV+ series, streaming now! The riveting history of the American Eighth Air Force in World War II and the young men who flew the bombers that helped beat the Nazis and liberate Europe, brilliantly told by historian and World War II expert...
Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know
Adam Grant
#1 New York Times Bestseller "THIS. This is the right book for right now. Yes, learning requires focus. But, unlearning and relearning requires much more--it requires choosing courage over comfort. In Think Again, Adam Grant weaves together research and...
Everything I Know About Love: A Memoir
Dolly Alderton
New York Times Bestseller "There is no writer quite like Dolly Alderton working today and very soon the world will know it." --Lisa Taddeo, author of #1 New York Times bestseller Three Women "Dolly Alderton has always been a sparkling Roman candle of talent. She is funny, smart...
Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don't Know
Malcolm Gladwell
Malcolm Gladwell, host of the podcast Revisionist History and author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Outliers, offers a powerful examination of our interactions with strangers--and why they often go wrong.  A Best...
All About Love: New Visions
bell hooks
A New York Times bestseller and enduring classic, All About Love is the acclaimed first volume in feminist icon bell hooks' "Love Song to the Nation" trilogy.  All About Love reveals what causes a polarized society, and how to heal the divisions that cause suffering. Here is the truth about...
The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times
Michelle Obama
#1 NEW YORK TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLER * In an inspiring follow-up to her acclaimed memoir Becoming, former First Lady Michelle Obama shares practical wisdom and powerful strategies for staying hopeful and balanced in today's highly uncertain world.<...
Cinema Speculation
Quentin Tarantino
Instant New York Times bestseller The long-awaited first work of nonfiction from the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: a deliriously entertaining, wickedly intelligent cinema book as unique and creative as anything by Quentin...
Nona the Ninth
Tamsyn Muir
Tamsyn Muir's New York Times and USA Today bestselling Locked Tomb Series continues with Nona ...the Ninth? A Finalist for the Hugo and Locus Awards! An Indie Next Pick! The Locked Tomb is a 2023 Hugo...

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