New York Times
Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers
August 2, 2020
1. Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man
Mary L. Trump
The clinical psychologist gives her assessment of events and patterns inside her family and how they shaped President Trump.
2. How to Be an Antiracist
Ibram X. Kendi
A primer for creating a more just and equitable society through identifying and opposing racism.
3. The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir
The former national security advisor gives his account of the 17 months he spent working for President Trump.
The activist and public speaker describes her journey of listening to her inner voice.
5. Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own
Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.
An appraisal of the life and work of James Baldwin and their meaning in relation to the Black Lives Matter movement and the Trump presidency.
6. Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor
Layla F. Saad
Ways to understand and possibly counteract white privilege.
7. A Very Punchable Face: A Memoir
Snippets of the
Saturday Night Live
head writer's life including growing up on Staten Island, performing in rural college cafeterias and competing in a WrestleMania match.
8. Between the World and Me
Winner of the 2015 National Book Award for nonfiction. A meditation on race in America as well as a personal story, framed as a letter to the author's teenage son.
The former first lady describes how she balanced work, family and her husband's political ascent.
The daughter of survivalists, who is kept out of school, educates herself enough to leave home for university.
11. Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close
Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman
The hosts of the podcast
Call Your Girlfriend
describe changes in their relationship over the years.
12. The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz
An examination of the leadership of the prime minister Winston Churchill.
13. Blitz: Trump Will Smash the Left and Win
The author of
explains why he thinks President Trump will be re-elected.
14. Separated: Inside an American Tragedy
The NBC News correspondent examines the Trump administration's systematic separation of migrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border and the living conditions of the children in custody.
15. Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art
A re-examination of a basic biological function and a look at the science behind ancient breathing practices.
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A version of this list appears in the August 2, 2020 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending July 18, 2020.
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