New York Times
Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers
May 9, 2021
1. Out of Many, One: Portraits of America's Immigrants
George W. Bush
Forty-three portraits by the former president, of men and women who have immigrated to the United States.
2. Crying in H Mart: A Memoir
The daughter of a Korean mother and Jewish-American father, and leader of the indie rock project Japanese Breakfast, describes creating her own identity after losing her mother to cancer.
The Academy Award-winning actor shares snippets from the diaries he kept over the last 35 years.
4. On the House: A Washington Memoir
The former Speaker of the House reflects on his time in Washington, key political figures and the current state of the Republican Party.
5. 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.
6. Broken Horses: A Memoir
The six-time Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter recounts difficulties during her formative years and her hard-won successes.
7. 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.
8. 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.
The activist and public speaker describes her journey of listening to her inner voice.
10. Blood and Treasure: Daniel Boone and the Fight for America's First Frontier
Bob Drury and Tom Clavin
A depiction of the frontiersman Daniel Boone.
11. F*ck It, I'll Start Tomorrow: A True Story
Action Bronson as told to Rachel Wharton
The chef-turned-rapper shares his journey to improved fitness.
12. Goodbye, Again: Essays, Reflections, and Illustrations
A collection of personal essays on anxiety, loneliness and productivity.
13. Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi and the Lessons of Power
Based on numerous interviews, the USA Today Washington bureau chief profiles the current speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi.
14. Broken (In the Best Possible Way)
The humorist maps out her mental and physical health journey.
15. Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty
Patrick Radden Keefe
A portrait of the Sackler family, known for their philanthropy toward institutions around the world, and their involvement with Valium and OxyContin.
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A version of this list appears in the May 9,2021 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending April 24, 2021.
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