Nonfiction Best Sellers

Nonfiction Best Sellers: Week of February 16, 2020


  1. PROFILES IN CORRUPTION by Peter Schweizer. The author of “Clinton Cash” gives his evaluations of members of the Democratic Party.
  2. A VERY STABLE GENIUS by Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig. The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists use firsthand accounts to chart patterns of behavior within the Trump administration.
  3. EDUCATED by Tara Westover. The daughter of survivalists, who is kept out of school, educates herself enough to leave home for university.
  4. THE MAMBA MENTALITY by Kobe Bryant. Various skills and techniques used on the court by the Los Angeles Lakers player.
  5. WHY WE’RE POLARIZED by Ezra Klein. The editor at large and co-founder of Vox offers his take on what causes divisions in America.
  6. BECOMING by Michelle Obama. The former first lady describes how she balanced work, family and her husband’s political ascent.
  7. TALKING TO STRANGERS by Malcolm Gladwell. Famous examples of miscommunication serve as the backdrop to explain potential conflicts and misunderstandings.
  8. ME AND WHITE SUPREMACY by Layla F. Saad. Ways to understand and possibly counteract white privilege.
  9. MAYBE YOU SHOULD TALK TO SOMEONE by Lori Gottlieb. A psychotherapist gains unexpected insights when she becomes another therapist’s patient.
  10. THE BODY by Bill Bryson. An owner’s manual of the human body covering various parts, functions and what happens when things go wrong.
  11. TIGHTROPE by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. The Pulitzer Prize-winning authors examine issues affecting working-class Americans.
  12. HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACIST by Ibram X. Kendi. A primer for creating a more just and equitable society through identifying and opposing racism.
  13. ARGUING WITH ZOMBIES by Paul Krugman. The Nobel-winning economist and New York Times columnist describes potential misunderstandings in discussing economics.
  14. CATCH AND KILL by Ronan Farrow. The Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter details some surveillance and intimidation tactics used to pressure journalists and elude consequences by certain wealthy and connected men.
  15. SAY NOTHING by Patrick Radden Keefe. A look at the conflict in Northern Ireland known as the Troubles.


    Excerpted from The New York Times Best Seller lists