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Paperback Nonfiction Bestsellers

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Weeks on List: 10

The Mindfulness Coloring Book

Anti-Stress Art Therapy for Busy People

by Emma Farrarons

Paperback, 1 volume unpaged, Workman Pub Co, $9.95, published June 2 2015 | purchase

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Title
The Mindfulness Coloring Book
Subtitle
Anti-Stress Art Therapy for Busy People
Author
Emma Farrarons

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Working with your hands is one of the best ways to soothe anxiety and eliminate stress. This pocket-sized coloring book offers a practical exercise in mindfulness that draws on your creativity and hones your focus.

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Weeks on List: 69

The Boys In The Boat

Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

by Daniel James Brown

Paperback, 404 pages, Penguin Group USA, $17, published May 27 2014 | purchase

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Title
The Boys In The Boat
Subtitle
Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
Author
Daniel James Brown

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Daniel James Brown traces the story of an American rowing team from the University of Washington that defeated elite rivals at Hitler's 1936 Berlin Olympics, sharing the experiences of their enigmatic coach, a visionary boat builder and a homeless teen rower.

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Weeks on List: 4

Yes Please

by Amy Poehler

Paperback, 329 pages, HarperCollins, $16.99, published September 1 2015 | purchase

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Yes Please
Author
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: 4

The Organized Mind

Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload

by Daniel J. Levitin

Paperback, 496 pages, Penguin Group USA, $17, published September 1 2015 | purchase

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Title
The Organized Mind
Subtitle
Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload
Author
Daniel J. Levitin

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A neuroscientist evaluates how the human brain responds to today's information-driven culture, drawing on the latest scientific discoveries to explore how the brain is struggling or adapting in the areas of attention, memory and decision-making.

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Weeks on List: 7

Black Mass

Whitey Bulger, the FBI, and a Devil's Deal

by Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill

Paperback, 419 pages, Perseus Books Group, $15.99, published August 4 2015 | purchase

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Title
Black Mass
Subtitle
Whitey Bulger, the FBI, and a Devil's Deal
Author
Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill

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Two former reporters tell the story of how Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger informed for the FBI while simultaneously rising to the top of the city's drug trade.

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Weeks on List: 11

You Are a Badass

How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

by Jen Sincero

Paperback, 254 pages, Perseus Books Group, $16, published April 23 2013 | purchase

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Title
You Are a Badass
Subtitle
How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
Author
Jen Sincero

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The author offers a blunt and irreverent guide to achieving the money, relationships, career, and happiness that one desires by eliminating self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors.

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Weeks on List: 9

A Walk in the Woods

Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

by Bill Bryson

Paperback, 276 pages, Random House Inc, $15.99, published July 28 2015 | purchase

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Title
A Walk in the Woods
Subtitle
Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
Author
Bill Bryson

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Bill Bryson recounts his trek along the Appalachian Trail, including its natural pleasures, human eccentrics and offbeat comforts.

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Weeks on List: 4

One Nation

What We Can All Do to Save America's Future

by Ben, M.d. Carson and Candy Carson

Paperback, 225 pages, Penguin Group USA, $15, published September 1 2015 | purchase

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One Nation
Subtitle
What We Can All Do to Save America's Future
Author
Ben, M.d. Carson and Candy Carson

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A brain surgeon and sometime presidential candidate outlines recommendations for correcting what he believes to be the country's economic and moral shortcomings.

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Weeks on List: 25

David and Goliath

Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

by Malcolm Gladwell

Paperback, 327 pages, Little Brown & Co, $18, published April 7 2015 | purchase

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David and Goliath
Subtitle
Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
Author
Malcolm Gladwell

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David and Goliath uncovers the hidden rules that shape the balance between the weak, the mighty, the powerful and the dispossessed.

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Weeks on List: 12

Think Like a Freak

The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain

by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

Paperback, 286 pages, HarperCollins, $16.99, published July 7 2015 | purchase

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Title
Think Like a Freak
Subtitle
The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain
Author
Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

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Think Like a Freak is a decision-making handbook that analyzes one's decisions, plans and morals, and shows how insights can be applied to daily life to make smarter, harder and better decisions.

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Weeks on List: 17

I Am Malala

The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

by Christina Lamb and Malala Yousafzai

Paperback, 16 pages, Little Brown & Co, $16, published June 2 2015 | purchase

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Title
I Am Malala
Subtitle
The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
Author
Christina Lamb and Malala Yousafzai

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I Am Malala describes the life of the young Pakistani student who advocated for women's rights and education in the Taliban-controlled Swat Valley, survived an assassination attempt and became the youngest nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Weeks on List: 6

Just Mercy

A Story of Justice and Redemption

by Bryan Stevenson

Paperback, 349 pages, Random House Inc, $16, published August 18 2015 | purchase

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Title
Just Mercy
Subtitle
A Story of Justice and Redemption
Author
Bryan Stevenson

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The founder of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Ala., recounts his experiences as a lawyer working to assist those desperately in need, reflecting on his pursuit of the ideal of compassion in American justice.

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Weeks on List: 9

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace

A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League

by Jeff Hobbs

Paperback, 406 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published July 28 2015 | purchase

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The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace
Subtitle
A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League
Author
Jeff Hobbs

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Jeff Hobbs traces a young man's effort to escape the dangers of the streets and his own nature after graduating from Yale. It describes his youth in violent 1980s Newark and his struggle to navigate two fiercely insular worlds.

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Weeks on List: 2

Killing Lincoln

The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

Paperback, 324 pages, St Martins Pr, $15.99, published September 1 2015 | purchase

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Title
Killing Lincoln
Subtitle
The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever
Author
Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard

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Fox News host Bill O'Reilly and writer Martin Dugard focus on the life, death and legacy of the 16th president in their book Killing Lincoln. The authors reconstruct the final days of Lincoln's life and examine the plot against the president at the end of the Civil War in April 1865.

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Weeks on List: 2

World Order

by Henry Kissinger

Paperback, 420 pages, Penguin Group USA, $18, published September 1 2015 | purchase

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Title
World Order
Author
Henry Kissinger

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The former secretary of state and national security adviser provides a deep meditation on the roots of international harmony and global disorder.

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