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Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers

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Weeks on List: 46

The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up

The Japanese Art Of Decluttering And Organizing

by Marie Kondo

Hardcover, 213 pages, Random House Inc, $16.99, published October 14 2014 | purchase

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The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up
Subtitle
The Japanese Art Of Decluttering And Organizing
Author
Marie Kondo

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This guide to cleaning and organizing a living space discusses best methods for decluttering and the impact that an organized home can have on mood and physical and mental health.

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Weeks on List: 1

Big Magic

Creative Living Beyond Fear

by Elizabeth Gilbert

Hardcover, 276 pages, Penguin Group USA, $24.95, published September 22 2015 | purchase

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Big Magic
Subtitle
Creative Living Beyond Fear
Author
Elizabeth Gilbert

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Elizabeth Gilbert builds on her personal generative process to counsel readers on how to let go of needless suffering while learning to understand the mysterious nature of inspiration and creativity.

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Weeks on List: 11

Between the World and Me

by Ta-nehisi Coates

Hardcover, 152 pages, Random House Inc, $24, published July 14 2015 | purchase

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Between the World and Me
Author
Ta-nehisi Coates

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Told through the author's own evolving understanding of the subject over the course of his life comes a bold and personal investigation into America's racial history and its contemporary echoes.

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4

Weeks on List: 2

Why Not Me?

by Mindy Kaling

Hardcover, 228 pages, Random House Inc, $25, published September 15 2015 | purchase

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Why Not Me?
Author
Mindy Kaling

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The star of The Mindy Project and author of Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? presents a second collection of uproarious essays, observations, fears and advice on everything from prisoner fan mail to celebrity interactions.

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5

Weeks on List: 1

Killing Reagan

The Violent Assault That Changed a Presidency

by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

Hardcover, 306 pages, Henry Holt & Co, $30, published September 22 2015 | purchase

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Killing Reagan
Subtitle
The Violent Assault That Changed a Presidency
Author
Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

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This look at Ronald Reagan's life discusses his time in Hollywood, the beginning of his political career and how he overcame the trauma of an assassination attempt.

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Weeks on List: 1

Furiously Happy

A Funny Book About Horrible Things

by Jenny Lawson

Hardcover, 329 pages, St Martins Pr, $26.99, published September 22 2015 | purchase

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Furiously Happy
Subtitle
A Funny Book About Horrible Things
Author
Jenny Lawson

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A popular blogger presents a humorous and candid memoir about her lifelong battle with severe depression and anxiety, discussing how embracing both the flawed and the beautiful parts of life have enabled her to find joy in outrageous ways.

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Weeks on List: 50

Being Mortal

Medicine and What Matters in the End

by Atul Gawande

Hardcover, 282 pages, Henry Holt & Co, $26, published October 7 2014 | purchase

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Being Mortal
Subtitle
Medicine and What Matters in the End
Author
Atul Gawande

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A prominent surgeon argues against modern medical practices that extend life at the expense of quality of life and outlines suggestions for freer, more fulfilling approaches to death that enable more dignified and comfortable choices.

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Weeks on List: 21

The Wright Brothers

by David McCullough

Hardcover, 320 pages, Simon & Schuster, $30, published May 5 2015 | purchase

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The Wright Brothers
Author
David McCullough

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David McCullough tells the story of Wilbur and Orville Wright, two brothers who taught the world to fly.

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Weeks on List: 2

The Art of Memoir

by Mary Karr

Hardcover, 229 pages, HarperCollins, $24.99, published September 15 2015 | purchase

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The Art of Memoir
Author
Mary Karr

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The author of The Liar's Club builds on her memoirs and literary anecdotes to outline her personal writing process while identifying the elements of a successful memoir.

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Weeks on List: 15

Modern Romance

by Aziz Ansari

Hardcover, 277 pages, Penguin Group USA, $28.95, published June 16 2015 | purchase

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Modern Romance
Author
Aziz Ansari

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The stand-up comedian and star of Parks and Recreation evaluates how technology is shaping today's romances, citing the work of forefront social scientists while considering the differences between courtships of the past and present.

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Weeks on List: 5

Rising Strong

by Brene, Ph.D. Brown

Hardcover, 301 pages, Random House Inc, $27, published August 25 2015 | purchase

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Rising Strong
Author
Brene, Ph.D. Brown

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Brene Brown shares theories about the "physics of vulnerability" to explain the role of disappointment, failure and heartbreak in personal strength and achieving a sense of purpose.

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Weeks on List: 28

Dead Wake

The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

by Erik Larson

Hardcover, 430 pages, Random House Inc, $28, published March 10 2015 | purchase

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Dead Wake
Subtitle
The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
Author
Erik Larson

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Erik Larson presents a 100th-anniversary chronicle of the sinking of the Lusitania that discusses the factors that led to the tragedy and the contributions of President Wilson, bookseller Charles Lauriat and architect Theodate Pope Riddle.

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Weeks on List: 3

Guinness World Records 2012

by Guinness World Records

Hardcover, 255 pages, St Martins Pr, $28.95, published September 1 2015 | purchase

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Guinness World Records 2012
Author
Guinness World Records

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This update to the Guinness World Records series features a new design and, of course, new records.

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Weeks on List: 25

H Is For Hawk

by Helen Macdonald

Hardcover, 300 pages, Pgw, $26, published March 3 2015 | purchase

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H Is For Hawk
Author
Helen Macdonald

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An experienced falconer grieving the sudden death of her father recounts how she endeavored to train a dangerous goshawk predator as part of her personal recovery.

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Weeks on List: 1

Conscious Uncoupling

5 Steps to Living Happily Even After

by Katherine Woodward Thomas

Hardcover, 307 pages, Random House Inc, $26, published September 22 2015 | purchase

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Conscious Uncoupling
Subtitle
5 Steps to Living Happily Even After
Author
Katherine Woodward Thomas

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A licensed psychotherapist outlines a five-step plan to ending a failing relationship with minimal damage by practicing goodwill, generosity and respect.