New York Times
Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers
January 31, 2021
1. A Promised Land
In the first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama offers personal reflections on his formative years and pivotal moments through his first term.
The Academy Award-winning actor shares snippets from the diaries he kept over the last 35 years.
3. Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents
The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist examines aspects of caste systems across civilizations and reveals a rigid hierarchy in America today.
The activist and public speaker describes her journey of listening to her inner voice.
5. A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life
A collection of essays examining the functions and importance of works of fiction.
The former first lady describes how she balanced work, family and her husband's political ascent.
7. Evil Geniuses: The Unmaking of America: A Recent History
The author of
looks at the economic, cultural and political forces to which he ascribes the undermining and dismantling of the American middle class.
8. How to Be an Antiracist
Ibram X. Kendi
A primer for creating a more just and equitable society through identifying and opposing racism.
9. You'll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey: Crazy Stories About Racism
Amber Ruffin and Lacey Lamar
A pair of sisters who live in different parts of the country share their perspectives on the absurdities and everyday experiences of racism.
10. 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.
11. The Answer Is...: Reflections on My Life
A memoir by the host of the TV game show
, from 1984 to 2020.
12. Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man
A look at some questions and concepts needed to address systemic racism.
13. World of Wonders : In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments
In a collection of essays, the poet celebrates various aspects of the natural world and its inhabitants.
14. Saving Justice: Truth, Transparency, and Trust
The former F.B.I. director incorporates his experiences into lessons on how the federal justice system functions.
15. Educated: A Memoir
The daughter of survivalists, who is kept out of school, educates herself enough to leave home for university.
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A version of this list appears in the January 31, 2021 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending January 16, 2021.
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