Nonfiction Best Sellers

Nonfiction Best Sellers: Week of January 12, 2020


  1. BECOMING by Michelle Obama. The former first lady describes how she balanced work, family and her husband’s political ascent.
  2. EDUCATED by Tara Westover. The daughter of survivalists, who is kept out of school, educates herself enough to leave home for university.
  3. TALKING TO STRANGERS by Malcolm Gladwell. Famous examples of miscommunication serve as the backdrop to explain potential conflicts and misunderstandings.
  4. ME by Elton John. The multi-award-winning solo artist's first autobiography chronicles his career, relationships and private struggles.
  5. SAM HOUSTON AND THE ALAMO AVENGERS by Brian Kilmeade. The "Fox & Friends” host gives an account of the battle against the Mexican Army in 1836.
  6. FINDING CHIKA by Mitch Albom. Lessons learned by the Alboms when they bring a Haitian orphan with a life-threatening illness into their family.
  7. A WARNING by Anonymous. A senior official in the Trump administration offers an assessment of the president and makes a moral appeal.
  8. TRIGGERED by Donald Trump Jr. Forays into politics and views on liberals from the executive vice president of the Trump Organization.
  9. THE BODY by Bill Bryson. An owner’s manual of the human body covering various parts, functions and what happens when things go wrong.
  10. THE BOOK OF GUTSY WOMEN by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton. Profiles of women from around the world who have blazed trails and challenged the status quo.
  11. BLOWOUT by Rachel Maddow. The MSNBC host argues that the global oil and gas industry has weakened democracies and bolstered authoritarians.
  12. THE WAY I HEARD IT by Mike Rowe. The television personality relays stories from his podcast and personal anecdotes.
  13. THE BEAUTIFUL ONES by Prince. A memoir by the musician written before his death, with photos and other memorabilia showing his evolution.
  14. THE PIONEERS by David McCullough. The Pulitzer Prize-winning historian tells the story of the settling of the Northwest Territory through five main characters.
  15. 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. 

    Excerpted from The New York Times Best Seller lists