NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of September 24, 2015 Author Mary Karr outlines her writing process in The Art of Memoir, which debuts at No. 6.
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Weeks on List: 45

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: 1

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?
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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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Weeks on List: 10

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: 4

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
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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: 49

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
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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: 1

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
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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: 14

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: 20

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: 27

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: 2

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
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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: 24

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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Weeks on List: 2

Reckless

My Life As a Pretender

by Chrissie Hynde

Hardcover, 312 pages, Random House Inc, $26.95, published September 8 2015 | purchase

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Reckless
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My Life As a Pretender
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Chrissie Hynde

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The front woman for The Pretenders looks back on her 1950s Ohio childhood, her immersion in the music scenes of subsequent decades and her band's instant rise to fame in the heyday of 1980s culture.

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Weeks on List: 14

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: 15

Emotional Intelligence 2.0

by Travis, Ph.D. Bradberry, Jean Greaves, Patrick Lencioni, Sue DeLazaro and Melissa, Ph.D. Monday

Hardcover, 255 pages, Pgw, $24.99, published June 1 2009 | purchase

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Emotional Intelligence 2.0
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Travis, Ph.D. Bradberry, Jean Greaves, et al

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Emotional Intelligence 2.0 presents a step-by-step guide for increasing emotional intelligence through four core principles: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship management.

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Weeks on List: 9

On the Move

A Life

by Oliver Sacks

Hardcover, 397 pages, Random House Inc, $27.95, published April 28 2015 | purchase

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On the Move
Subtitle
A Life
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Oliver Sacks

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Oliver Sacks recounts his life and career, sharing his experiences as a neurologist in the early 1960s, his obsession with motorcycles and speed, and finding a long-forgotten illness in the wards of a New York hospital.