New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers
March 19, 2017
1. Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief's Tribute to America's Warriors
George W. Bush
Sixty-six color paintings and a four-panel mural, accompanied by brief biographies, show members of the military who have served since 9/11. By the former president.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World
Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu
Two spiritual leaders discuss how to find joy in the face of suffering.
5. Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
Yuval Noah Harari
A provocative look into the future by the author of
6. Big Agenda: President Trump's Plan to Save America
A battle plan for the Trump White House.
7. The Magnolia Story
Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines with Mark Dagostino
The lives of the couple who star in the HGTV show
8. This Life I Live: One Man's Extraordinary, Ordinary Life and the Woman Who Changed It Forever
The songrwriter describes his difficult childhood, love for his wife, and her death from cancer in 2016.
9. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari
How Homo sapiens became Earth's dominant species.
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. 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.
12. 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.
13. Dodge City: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the Wickedest Town in the American West
This history of the
"wickedest town in the West,"
full of colorful characters, focuses on Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson.
14. Between the World and Me
A meditation on race in America.
15. 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.
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A version of this list appears in the March 19, 2017 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending March 4, 2017.
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