New York Times
Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers
September 29, 2019
1. 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.
2. Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead
Jim Mattis and Bing West
The former Marine infantry officer and secretary of defense recounts key moments from his career and imparts his leadership philosophy.
The daughter of survivalists, who is kept out of school, educates herself enough to leave home for university.
4. The Education of an Idealist
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author's journey from being an immigrant to being an activist outsider to serving in President Obama's cabinet.
5. The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11
Garrett M. Graff
An oral history of the events that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001, based on transcripts, declassified documents and interviews.
6. She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story that Helped Ignite a Movement
Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey
Two reporters for The New York Times recount their investigation into Harvey Weinstein’s alleged abuses of power and the subsequent global disclosure of women's traumatic stories.
7. How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-world Problems
The former NASA roboticist dispenses complex and excessive solutions to common problems; reclassified this week as nonfiction.
8. Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?: Big Questions from Tiny Mortals About Death
A funeral director answers 35 questions from children about death.
9. Radicals, Resistance, and Revenge: The Left's Plot to Remake America
The Fox News host posits those she labels anti-Trump conspirators have committed possible crimes and a plot to destroy liberty.
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.
11. Lifespan: Why We Age--and Why We Don't Have to
David A. Sinclair and Matthew D. LaPlante
A professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School expounds on some new technologies and lifestyle changes that may affect aging.
12. Three Women
The inequality of female desire is explored through the sex lives of a homemaker, a high school student and a restaurant owner.
13. How to Be an Antiracist
Ibram X. Kendi
A primer for creating a more just and equitable society through identifying and opposing racism.
14. A Republic, If You Can Keep It
Neil M. Gorsuch with Jane Nitze and David Feder
The associate justice of the Supreme Court shares key moments from his life and his views on the Constitution.
15. Tools and Weapons: The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age
Brad Smith and Carol Ann Browne
Microsoft's president makes his case that technology companies should take responsibility for the future and governments need to regulate those companies.
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A version of this list appears in the September 29, 2019 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending September 14, 2019.
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