New York Times
Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers
September 1, 2019
1. Educated: A Memoir
The daughter of survivalists, who is kept out of school, educates herself enough to leave home for university.
2. How to Be an Antiracist
Ibram X. Kendi
A primer for creating a more just and equitable society through identifying and opposing racism.
The former first lady describes her journey from the South Side of Chicago to the White House, and how she balanced work, family and her husband's political ascent.
4. Three Women
The inequality of female desire is explored through the sex lives of a homemaker, a high school student and a restaurant owner.
5. The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West
The Pulitzer Prize-winning historian tells the story of the settling of the Northwest Territory through five main characters.
6. Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion
Nine essays delving into late capitalism, online engagement and the author's personal history.
7. Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World
An argument for how generalists excel more than specialists, especially in complex and unpredictable fields.
8. Unfreedom of the Press
Mark R. Levin
The conservative commentator and radio host makes his case that the press is aligned with political ideology.
9. Ball of Collusion: The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency
Andrew C. McCarthy
The Fox News contributor and former federal prosecutor makes his case that the narrative of collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and the Kremlin is a fraud.
10. Kochland: The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Power in America
How Koch Industries consolidated power and affected important facets of modern life over the last half-century.
11. Yellow House
Sarah M. Broom
Identity and inequality are explored in the history of a family and home in New Orleans both before and after Hurricane Katrina.
12. Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan
Alan Paul and Andy Aledort
A biography of Stevie Ray Vaughan, the influential blues guitarist and musician who died in a helicopter crash in 1990 at the age of 35.
13. Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed
A psychotherapist gains unexpected insights when she becomes another therapist's patient.
14. The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations
A collection of essays and speeches written over four decades, including a eulogy for James Baldwin and the author's Nobel lecture.
15. The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator
Timothy C. Winegard
Ways in which this insect has affected economies, wars, civilizations and more.
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A version of this list appears in the September 1, 2019 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending August 17, 2019.
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