New York Times
Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers
June 21, 2020
1. How to Be an Antiracist
Ibram X. Kendi
A primer for creating a more just and equitable society through identifying and opposing racism.
The activist and public speaker describes her journey of listening to her inner voice.
3. Between the World and Me
Winner of the 2015 National Book Award for nonfiction. A meditation on race in America as well as a personal story, framed as a letter to the author's teenage son.
The former first lady describes how she balanced work, family and her husband's political ascent.
5. The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz
An examination of the leadership of the prime minister Winston Churchill.
6. Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor
Layla F. Saad
Ways to understand and possibly counteract white privilege.
7. United States of Socialism: Who's Behind It. Why It's Evil. How to Stop It.
The conservative commentator makes his case that identity politics are woven into what he considers socialism in America.
The daughter of survivalists, who is kept out of school, educates herself enough to leave home for university.
9. Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art
A re-examination of a basic biological function and a look at the science behind ancient breathing practices.
10. My Vanishing Country: A Memoir
A memoir that provides a historical and cultural analysis of the rural South by a former member of the South Carolina State Legislature.
11. Humankind: A Hopeful History
The author of
Utopia for Realists
explains why he believes humans are kind, cooperative and trusting.
12. The Mamba Mentality: How I Play
Various skills and techniques used on the court by the late Los Angeles Lakers player.
13. Plague of Corruption: Restoring Faith in the Promise of Science
Judy Mikovits and Kent Heckenlively
The controversial virologist gives her account of her work over nearly four decades.
14. The Deviant's War: The Homosexual vs. the United States of America
How the Mattachine Society of Washington protested the systematic persecution of gay federal employees during the 1960s.
15. Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don't Know
Famous examples of miscommunication serve as the backdrop to explain potential conflicts and misunderstandings.
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A version of this list appears in the June 21, 2020 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending June 6, 2020.