NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of July 30, 2015 Emma Farrarons' The Mindfulness Coloring Book, a pocket-sized, anti-stress booklet for grown-ups, appears at No. 12.
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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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The Boys In The Boat
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Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
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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: 2

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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I Am Malala
Subtitle
The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
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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: 3

How Not to Be Wrong

The Power of Mathematical Thinking

by Jordan Ellenberg

Paperback, 468 pages, Penguin Group USA, $17, published May 26 2015 | purchase

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How Not to Be Wrong
Subtitle
The Power of Mathematical Thinking
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Jordan Ellenberg

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The writer for Slate's popular Do the Math column celebrates the logical, illuminating nature of math, sharing mathematical approaches that demystify complex and everyday problems.

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Weeks on List: 1

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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Think Like a Freak
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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: 10

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
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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: 30

Wild

From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

by Cheryl Strayed

Paperback, 315 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published November 18 2014 | purchase

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Wild
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From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
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Cheryl Strayed

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After her mother's death and the end of her marriage, Cheryl Strayed impulsively decided to hike more than 1,000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington state — alone.

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Weeks on List: 1

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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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: 19

We Should All Be Feminists

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Paperback, 52 pages, Random House Inc, $7.95, published February 3 2015 | purchase

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We Should All Be Feminists
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Adapted from her TEDx talk of the same name, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's essay redefines the 21st-century feminist.

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Weeks on List: 1

The Secret History of Wonder Woman

by Jill Lepore

Paperback, 436 pages, Random House Inc, $16.95, published July 7 2015 | 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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The Sixth Extinction

An Unnatural History

by Elizabeth Kolbert

Paperback, 319 pages, St Martins Pr, $16, published January 6 2015 | purchase

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The Sixth Extinction
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An Unnatural History
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Elizabeth Kolbert

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Elizabeth Kolbert draws on the work of geologists, botanists, marine biologists and other researchers to discuss five devastating mass extinctions and to predict the coming of a sixth.

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Weeks on List: 9

The Opposite of Loneliness

Essays and Stories

by Marina Keegan and Anne Fadiman

Paperback, 208 pages, Simon & Schuster, $15, published April 14 2015 | purchase

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The Opposite of Loneliness
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Essays and Stories
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Marina Keegan and Anne Fadiman

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This hope-filled, posthumous collection of essays and stories from a talented young Yale graduate, who died five days after graduation, details the struggle of finding one's place in the world.

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Weeks on List: 1

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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The Mindfulness Coloring Book
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Anti-Stress Art Therapy for Busy People
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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: 28

The Heart of Everything That Is

The Untold Story of Red Cloud, an American Legend

by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin

Paperback, 414 pages, Simon & Schuster, $17, published September 2 2014 | purchase

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The Heart of Everything That Is
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The Untold Story of Red Cloud, an American Legend
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Bob Drury and Tom Clavin

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This never-before-told story of the great Oglala Sioux chief — the only Plains Indian to defeat the United States Army in a war — places readers at the center of the conflict over western expansion. The Heart of Everything That Is draws on a wealth of evidence — including Red Cloud's biography, which was lost for nearly a hundred years.

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The Devil in the White City

Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America

by Erik Larson

Paperback, 447 pages, Random House Inc, $15.95, published February 1 2004 | purchase

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The Devil in the White City
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Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
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Erik Larson

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An account of the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 relates the stories of two men who shaped the history of the event — architect Daniel H. Burnham, who coordinated its construction, and serial killer Herman Mudgett.

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Weeks on List: 14

What the Dog Knows

Scent, Science, and the Amazing Ways Dogs Perceive the World

by Cat Warren

Paperback, 343 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16, published March 10 2015 | purchase

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What the Dog Knows
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Scent, Science, and the Amazing Ways Dogs Perceive the World
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Cat Warren

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Journalist Cat Warren explores the abilities of "working dogs" — canines who can sniff out drugs, find explosives and even locate the dead.