New York Times
Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers
April 18, 2021
1. The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race
How the Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna and her colleagues invented CRISPR, a tool that can edit DNA.
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.
4. The Beauty of Living Twice
The actress and human rights activist recounts her childhood difficulties and biggest accomplisments.
The activist and public speaker describes her journey of listening to her inner voice.
6. Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know
An examination of the cognitive skills of rethinking and unlearning that could be used to adapt to a rapidly changing world.
7. The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together
The chair of the board of the racial justice organization Color of Change analyzes the impact of racism on the economy.
8. 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.
9. This Is the Fire: What I Say to My Friends About Racism
The CNN host looks at the impact of racism on his life and prescribes ways to address systemic flaws in America.
10. A World on the Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds
The navigational and physiological undertakings performed by billions of birds as they circumnavigate the globe.
11. Just As I Am
Cicely Tyson with Michelle Burford
The late iconic actress describes how she worked to change perceptions of Black women through her career choices.
12. How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need
A prescription for what business, governments and individuals can do to work toward zero emissions.
13. Rock Me on the Water: 1974 - The Year Los Angeles Transformed Movies, Music, Television, and Politics
How popular culture was impacted by what happened in Los Angeles in 1974 in movies, music, television and politics.
14. 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.
15. The Marathon Don't Stop: The Life and Times of Nipsey Hussle
A biography of the late hip hop mogul and artist Nipsey Hussle.
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A version of this list appears in the April 18, 2021 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending April 3, 2021.