April 15, 2011 Operation Mincemeat tells the true story of a British World War II plot to distract the Germans by planting a floating corpse, which they had equipped with secret but misleading papers, off the coast of Spain. Ben Macintyre's account of the Allied machinations debuts at No. 10.
April 8, 2011 Christopher McDougall's new book on running takes us from Harvard's laboratories to Mexico's deadly Copper Canyons, where the author learns the centuries-old techniques of the world's greatest long-distance runners, the reclusive and ultra-athletic Tarahumara Indians. Born to Run debuts at No. 4.
April 1, 2011 In Patti Smith's spellbinding memoir, Just Kids, she tells the story of her lifelong relationship with fellow artist Robert Mapplethorpe, from their meeting in New York in the 1960s to his death in 1989. Smith's aching elegy to her deceased friend is No. 2 on the list this week.
March 25, 2011 In one of the latest additions to the canon of parenting psychology books, journalists Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman set out to debunk all the rest. They argue that many of the most popular strategies for raising children are wrong — and backfiring. NurtureShock enjoys its 10th week on the list.
March 18, 2011 Wendy Burden's memoir of growing up a Vanderbilt chronicles the decline of her eccentric and famously blue-blooded family with dark humor and wit. The Dead End Gene Pool debuts at No. 13.
March 11, 2011 In The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin takes a deliberate approach to a joyful life. She puts herself through a disciplined program to road-test the wisdom of the ages on achieving happiness in all areas — from work, marriage and money to fun and friendships. It debuts this week at No. 6.
March 4, 2011 Cultural historian Rebecca Solnit reinvents the atlas in her geographic exploration of the San Francisco Bay Area. With the help of artists, writers and cartographers, Solnit peels back the layers of the city, revealing its treasures and connections. Infinite City enjoys its second week on the list.
February 25, 2011 Dogs may be man's best friend, but that doesn't mean we know that much about them. Psychologist and dog lover Alexandra Horowitz applies the science of animal behavior to discover what they know and how they think. Inside of a Dog spends its 20th week on the list.
February 18, 2011 Malcolm Gladwell brings together a collection of his writings from The New Yorker, addressing subjects as various and sundry as varieties of ketchup, the hazards of statistical reasoning and the history of hair dye. What the Dog Saw enjoys its ninth week on the list.
February 11, 2011 Investigative journalist Michael Lewis, a former Wall Street insider, unearths the roots of the financial crisis by following a handful of perceptive investors who saw it coming. The Big Short debuts at No. 2.
February 4, 2011 Born into a family of traditional healers, shaman Don Miguel Ruiz uses the wisdom of Toltec teachings to counsel readers on living lives of grace, peace and love. His guide to achieving personal freedom, The Four Agreements, debuts at No. 15.
January 27, 2011 The King's Speech interweaves the stories of an Australian speech therapist and that of his unlikely friend and client, King George VI of England. This official tie-in to the Academy Award-nominated film debuts at No. 15.
January 21, 2011 Poet and philosopher Mark Nepo reflects on life and death in a collection of spiritual essays for each day of the year. The Book of Awakening debuts at No. 5.
January 13, 2011 Colton, the 4-year-old son of a Nebraska pastor, becomes unconscious during an emergency surgery. When he wakes up, he says he's been to heaven — and he can prove it. Todd Burpo tells the true story of his son's trip in Heaven is for Real, which debuts at No. 10.