NPR logo NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of November 6, 2014

Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers

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Weeks on List: 1

Yes Please

by Amy Poehler

Hardcover, 329 pages, HarperCollins, $28.99, published October 28 2014 | purchase

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Yes Please
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Amy Poehler

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The actress best known for her work on Parks and Recreation and Saturday Night Live reveals personal stories and offers her humorous take on such topics as love, friendship, parenthood and her relationship with Tina Fey.

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Weeks on List: 5

Not That Kind of Girl

A Young Woman Tells You What She's Learned

by Lena Dunham

Hardcover, 256 pages, Random House Inc, $28, published September 30 2014 | purchase

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Not That Kind of Girl
Subtitle
A Young Woman Tells You What She's Learned
Author
Lena Dunham

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The creator and star of HBO's Girls documents her coming-of-age in and out of the spotlight, recounting her experiences with everything from dieting and embarrassing sex to dirty old men and performing in less-than-ideal conditions.

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Weeks on List: 6

Killing Patton

The Strange Death of World War II's Most Audacious General

by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

Hardcover, 352 pages, Henry Holt & Co, $30, published September 23 2014 | purchase

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Killing Patton
Subtitle
The Strange Death of World War II's Most Audacious General
Author
Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

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The anchor of cable's The O'Reilly Factor and an historian explore the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of Gen. George S. Patton after World War II and describe the powerful people who may have wanted him out of the way.

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Weeks on List: 1

Make It Ahead

by Ina Garten

Hardcover, 272 pages, Random House Inc, $35, published October 28 2014 | purchase

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Make It Ahead
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Ina Garten

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A celebrity chef shares favorite make-ahead recipes and meal planning tips for a variety of occasions, suggesting preparation options for low-stress dishes that improve if prepared in advance.

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Weeks on List: 4

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: 4

The Innovators

The Innovators

How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution

by Walter Isaacson

Hardcover, 528 pages, Simon & Schuster, $35, published October 7 2014 | purchase

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The Innovators
Subtitle
How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution
Author
Walter Isaacson

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A revelatory history of the people who created the computer and the internet discusses the process through which innovation happens in the modern world, citing the pivotal contributions of such figures as programming pioneer Ada Lovelace.

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Weeks on List: 1

The World of Ice & Fire

The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones

by George R.R. Martin, Elio M., Jr. Garcia and Linda Antonsson

Hardcover, 326 pages, Random House Inc, $50, published October 28 2014 | purchase

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The World of Ice & Fire
Subtitle
The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones
Author
George R.R. Martin, Elio M., Jr. Garcia, et al

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This guide to "Game of Thrones" offers a history of Westeros; family trees for the Starks, Lannisters and Targaryens; and artwork and maps.

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Weeks on List: 51

Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Little Golden Book

by Diane Muldrow

Hardcover, 1 volume (unpaged), Random House Childrens Books, $9.99, published September 24 2013 | purchase

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Everything I Need to Know About Love I Learned From a Little Golden Book
Author
Diane Muldrow

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A "guide to life" for grown fans of classic Little Golden Books combines lighthearted advice with illustrations from 60 favorites that convey such nuggets of wisdom as "don't forget to enjoy your wedding," "be a hugger" and "sweatpants are bad for morale."

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Weeks on List: 3

Plenty More

Vibrant Vegetable Cooking from London's Ottolenghi

by Yotam Ottolenghi

Hardcover, 339 pages, Random House Inc, $35, published October 14 2014 | purchase

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Plenty More
Subtitle
Vibrant Vegetable Cooking from London's Ottolenghi
Author
Yotam Ottolenghi

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Yotam Ottolenghi collects more than 100 vegetarian recipes organized by cooking method, including fig salad, root vegetable pie, and apricot, walnut and lavender cake.

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Weeks on List: 9

What If?

Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

by Randall Munroe

Hardcover, 303 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $24, published September 2 2014 | purchase

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What If?
Subtitle
Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
Author
Randall Munroe

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The creator of the popular webcomic "xkcd" presents his heavily researched answers to his fans' oddest questions, including "What if I took a swim in a spent-nuclear-fuel pool?" and "Could you build a jetpack using downward-firing machine guns?"

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Weeks on List: 1

The Secret History of Wonder Woman

by Jill Lepore

Hardcover, 410 pages, Random House Inc, $29.95, published October 28 2014 | purchase

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The Secret History of Wonder Woman
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Jill Lepore

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A cultural history of Wonder Woman traces the character's creation and enduring popularity, drawing on interviews and archival research to reveal the pivotal role of feminism in shaping her seven-decade story.

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Weeks on List: 9

What I Know for Sure

by Oprah Winfrey

Hardcover, 228 pages, St Martins Pr, $24.99, published September 2 2014 | purchase

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What I Know for Sure
Author
Oprah Winfrey

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What I Know For Sure collects advice from Oprah Winfrey's column in O magazine.

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Weeks on List: 6

How Google Works

by Jonathan Rosenberg and Eric Schmidt

Hardcover, 286 pages, Grand Central Pub, $30, published September 23 2014 | purchase

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How Google Works
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Jonathan Rosenberg and Eric Schmidt

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Two senior executives at Google discuss their sometimes opposing views on hiring, managing and motivating their employees, and how to best guide business strategies when consumers have all the power.

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Weeks on List: 7

This Changes Everything

Capitalism vs. the Climate

by Naomi Klein

Hardcover, 566 pages, Simon & Schuster, $30, published September 16 2014 | purchase

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This Changes Everything
Subtitle
Capitalism vs. the Climate
Author
Naomi Klein

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Naomi Klein explains why the environmental crisis challenges us to abandon free market ideologies and remake political systems, arguing that a massive reduction of greenhouse emissions may offer a best chance for correcting economic challenges.

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Weeks on List: 2

The Meaning of Human Existence

by Edward O. Wilson

Hardcover, 207 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $23.95, published October 6 2014 | purchase

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The Meaning of Human Existence
Author
Edward O. Wilson

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A twenty-first-century philosophical argument against mechanistic views of human life outlines expansive and advanced theories on human behavior to consider how humans are supremely different from all other species.

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