New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers
September 17, 2017
1. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
Neil deGrasse Tyson
A straightforward, easy-to-understand introduction to the universe.
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.
3. Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment
Neuroscience and psychology findings are used to support Buddhist practice and meditation.
4. Al Franken, Giant of the Senate
A memoir by the Democratic senator from Minnesota and former
Saturday Night Live
5. Between the World and Me
A meditation on race in America.
6. Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy
Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
Insight on facing adversity and building resilience.
7. Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
The story of a murder spree in 1920s Oklahoma that targeted Osage Indians, whose lands contained oil.
8. The Big Lie: Exposing the Nazi Roots of the American Left
The conservative commentator argues that the American left is a fascist threat.
9. The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World
Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu with Douglas Abrams
Two spiritual leaders discuss how to find joy in the face of suffering.
10. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
A psychologist says passion and perseverance are the keys to success.
11. Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
A professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology delves into the conveniences and problems generated by artificial intelligence.
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. When Breath Becomes Air
A memoir by a physician who received a diagnosis of Stage IV lung cancer at the age of 36.
14. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari
How Homo sapiens became Earth's dominant species.
15. Hail to the Chin: Further Confessions of a B Movie Actor
Bruce Campbell with Craig Sanborn
The self-described B-movie actor evaluates his quality of life, moves to Oregon and enjoys further adventures.
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A version of this list appears in the September 17, 2017 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending September 2, 2017.