NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of August 20, 2015 Rinker Buck's The Oregon Trail recounts the author's old-fashioned journey down the historic route. It appears at No. 9.
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Weeks on List: 40

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
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The Japanese Art Of Decluttering And Organizing
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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: 5

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
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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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Weeks on List: 15

The Wright Brothers

by David McCullough

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

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The Wright Brothers
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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: 9

Modern Romance

by Aziz Ansari

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

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Modern Romance
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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: 44

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
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Medicine and What Matters in the End
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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: 22

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
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The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
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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: 9

Sick in the Head

Conversations About Life and Comedy

by Judd Apatow

Hardcover, 489 pages, Random House Inc, $27, published June 16 2015 | purchase

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Sick in the Head
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Conversations About Life and Comedy
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Judd Apatow

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The director presents a collection of uproarious and intimate conversations with some of today's most popular comedians, drawing on his teenage radio hosting days.

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Weeks on List: 19

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
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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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9

Weeks on List: 7

The Oregon Trail

A New American Journey

by Rinker Buck

Hardcover, 450 pages, Simon & Schuster, $28, published June 30 2015 | purchase

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The Oregon Trail
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A New American Journey
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Rinker Buck

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The author took a 2000-mile trip on the Oregon Trail the old-fashioned way, in a covered wagon with a team of mules. He discusses the rich history of the trail, the people who made the migration and its significance to the United States.

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Weeks on List: 2

Plunder and Deceit

Big Government's Exploitation of Young People and the Future

by Mark R. Levin

Hardcover, 244 pages, Pocket Books, $27, published August 4 2015 | purchase

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Plunder and Deceit
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Big Government's Exploitation of Young People and the Future
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Mark R. Levin

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Talk-radio host Mark R. Levin calls for a new civil rights movement that ceases the exploitation of young people by government.

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Weeks on List: 4

Barbarian Days

A Surfing Life

by William Finnegan

Hardcover, 447 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published July 21 2015 | purchase

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Barbarian Days
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A Surfing Life
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William Finnegan

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The award-winning author of Cold New World describes his experiences as a lifelong surfer, from his early years in Honolulu through his pursuits of perfect waves in some of the world's most exotic locales.

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Weeks on List: 17

The Road to Character

by David Brooks

Hardcover, 300 pages, Random House Inc, $28, published April 14 2015 | purchase

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The Road to Character
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David Brooks

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The New York Times columnist and author of The Social Animal evaluates America's transition to a culture that values self-promotion over humility, explaining the importance of an engaged inner life in personal fulfillment.

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13

Weeks on List: 41

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: 3

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

by Diane Muldrow

Hardcover, 1 volume (unpaged), Random House Childrens Books, $9.99, published July 28 2015 | purchase

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Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Disney Little Golden Book
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Diane Muldrow

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This whimsical guide for grown fans of classic Little Golden Books and Disney films combines lighthearted advice with nostalgic illustrations from Disney favorites such as Cinderella, Peter Pan, The Lion King and Frozen.

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Weeks on List: 6

A Full Life

Reflections at Ninety

by Jimmy Carter

Hardcover, 257 pages, Simon & Schuster, $28, published July 7 2015 | purchase

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A Full Life
Subtitle
Reflections at Ninety
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Jimmy Carter

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The thirty-ninth president and Nobel Peace Prize winner reflects on his full and happy life with pride, humor, and a few second thoughts.

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