New York Times
Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers
January 19, 2020
The daughter of survivalists, who is kept out of school, educates herself enough to leave home for university.
2. 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.
The former first lady describes how she balanced work, family and her husband's political ascent.
The multi-award-winning solo artist's first autobiography chronicles his career, relationships and private struggles.
5. The Body: A Guide for Occupants
An owner's manual of the human body covering various parts, functions and what happens when things go wrong.
6. Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland
Patrick Radden Keefe
A look at the conflict in Northern Ireland known as the Troubles.
7. Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers: The Texas Victory That Changed American History
Fox & Friends
host gives an account of the battle against the Mexican Army in 1836.
8. 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.
9. Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy To Protect Predators
The Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter details some surveillance and intimidation tactics used to pressure journalists and elude consequences by certain wealthy and connected men.
10. How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy
An argument for unplugging from technology in order to potentially focus attention on important matters.
11. Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family
Lessons learned by the Alboms when they bring a Haitian orphan with a life-threatening illness into their family.
12. The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience
Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton
Profiles of women from around the world who have blazed trails and challenged the status quo.
13. A Warning
A senior official in the Trump administration offers an assessment of the president and makes a moral appeal.
14. The 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.
15. Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth
The MSNBC host argues that the global oil and gas industry has weakened democracies and bolstered authoritarians.
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A version of this list appears in the January 19, 2020 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending January 4, 2020.
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