New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers
February 19, 2017
1. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
A Yale Law School graduate looks at the struggles of America's white working class through his own childhood in the Rust Belt.
2. Killing the Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan
Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
The host of
The O'Reilly Factor
recounts the final years of World War II.
3. Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower's Final Mission
Bret Baier with Catherine Whitney
Eisenhower's farewell address and his role in the Kennedy transition.
4. The Magnolia Story
Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines with Mark Dagostino
The lives of the couple who star in the HGTV show
5. The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World
Dalai Lama and Desmund Tutu
A discussion between two spiritual leaders about how to find joy in the face of suffering.
6. Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America
Michael Eric Dyson
A frank and searing discussion of race.
7. Hidden Figures: The Untold True Story of Four African-American Women Who Helped Launch Our Nation into Space
Margot Lee Shetterly
The black women mathematicians who worked at then-segregated NASA. The basis of the movie.
8. The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story
A frightening search for a lost civilization in the Honduran rain forest.
9. Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations
Thomas L. Friedman
How globalization, climate change and the accelerating pace of technology are reshaping the world.
10. When Breath Becomes Air
A memoir by a physician who received a diagnosis of Stage IV lung cancer at the age of 36.
11. Between the World and Me
A meditation on race in America.
12. The Undoing Project: A Friendship that Changed Our Minds
How the psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky upended assumptions about the decision-making process.
13. The Blood of Emmett Till
Timothy B. Tyson
An account of the shocking 1955 lynching presents new evidence.
14. Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
A memoir about growing up biracial in apartheid South Africa by the comedian, now the host of
The Daily Show.
15. The Princess Diarist
Recollections of life on the set of the first Star Wars movie by the actress and writer, who died in December.
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A version of this list appears in the February 19, 2017 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending February 4, 2017.
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