Nonfiction Best Sellers

Nonfiction Best Sellers: Week of August 18, 2019

  1. EDUCATED by Tara Westover. The daughter of survivalists, who is kept out of school, educates herself enough to leave home for university.

  2. THREE WOMEN by Lisa Taddeo. The inequality of female desire is explored through the sex lives of a homemaker, a high school student and a restaurant owner.

  3. BECOMING by Michelle Obama. The former first lady describes her journey from the South Side of Chicago to the White House, and how she balanced work, family and her husband’s political ascent.

  4. UNFREEDOM OF THE PRESS by Mark R. Levin. The conservative commentator and radio host makes his case that the press is aligned with political ideology.

  5. THE PIONEERS by David McCullough. The Pulitzer Prize-winning historian tells the story of the settling of the Northwest Territory through five main characters.

  6. JUSTICE ON TRIAL by Mollie Hemingway and Carrie Severino. The conservative authors give their take on the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

  7. A DREAM ABOUT LIGHTNING BUGS by Ben Folds. A memoir by the former frontman of the alternative rock band Ben Folds Five.

  8. BEYOND CHARLOTTESVILLE by Terry McAuliffe. The former governor of Virginia describes the forces and events behind the "Unite the Right" rally and suggests ways to prevent similar occurrences in the future.

  9. THE SECOND MOUNTAIN by David Brooks. A New York Times Op-Ed columnist espouses having an outward focus to attain a meaningful life.

  10. AMERICAN CARNAGE by Tim Alberta. Politico Magazine’s chief political correspondent narrates a decade-long civil war inside the GOP and Donald Trump’s concurrent ascension.

  11. MAYBE YOU SHOULD TALK TO SOMEONE by Lori Gottlieb. A psychotherapist gains unexpected insights when she becomes another therapist’s patient.

  12. RANGE by David Epstein. An argument for how generalists excel more than specialists, especially in complex and unpredictable fields.

  13. BECAUSE INTERNET by Gretchen McCulloch. The digital world’s influence on the English language.

  14. SIGNS by Laura Lynne Jackson. A medium details potential ways the deceased may speak to us through everyday events.

  15. BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME by Ta-Nehisi Coates. A meditation on race in America.

     Excerpted from The New York Times Best Seller lists