New York Times Nonfiction Best Sellers 2014 Complete List Page 1

There are 244 books in the New York Times Nonfiction Best Sellers 2014 list. Here are the 30 books ranked from 1 to 30.

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1. Unbroken

Weeks on the list: 52

by: Laura Hillenbr
Release date: Nov 16, 2010
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An Olympic runner’s story of survival as a prisoner of the Japanese in World War II.

2. Quiet

Weeks on the list: 39

by: Susan Cain
Release date: Jan 01, 2012
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Introverts — one-third of the population — are undervalued in American society.

3. Heaven Is For Real

Weeks on the list: 37

by: Todd Burpo Lynn Vincent
Release date: Jan 01, 2011
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A father recounts his 3-year-old son’s encounter with Jesus and the angels during an appendectomy.

4. Wild

Weeks on the list: 36

by: Cheryl Strayed
Release date: Mar 20, 2012
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A woman’s account of a life-changing 1,100-mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail.

5. The Boys In The Boat

Weeks on the list: 31

by: Daniel James Brown
Release date: Jun 04, 2013
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The story of the American rowers who pursued gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. Originally published in 2013.

6. Orange Is The New Black

Weeks on the list: 27

by: Piper Kerman
Release date: Apr 06, 2010
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A memoir by a Brooklyn woman whose relationship with a drug runner gets her sentenced to a year in prison. The basis for the Netflix series, originally published in 2010.

7. Lone Survivor

Weeks on the list: 27

by: Marcus Luttrell Patrick Robinson
Release date: Jun 12, 2007
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A harrowing Navy SEALs operation.

8. Lean In

Weeks on the list: 24

by: Sheryl S berg Nell Scovell
Release date: Jan 01, 2013
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The chief operating officer of Facebook urges women to pursue their careers without ambivalence.

9. Killing Jesus

Weeks on the list: 22

by: Bill O’Reilly Martin Dugard
Release date: Sep 24, 2013
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Jesus’ life and times, and the events leading up to his execution.

10. David And Goliath

Weeks on the list: 20

by: Malcolm Gladwell
Release date: Oct 01, 2013
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How disadvantages can work in our favor; from the author of “The Tipping Point” and “Outliers.”

11. Twelve Years A Slave

Weeks on the list: 19

by: Solomon Northup
Release date: Oct 22, 2013
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The narrative, first published in 1853, of a freeman who was sold into slavery and spent 12 years in bondage before escaping.

12. One Nation

Weeks on the list: 19

by: Ben Carson C y Carson
Release date: Jan 01, 2014
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Carson, a retired pediatric neurosurgeon, now a Fox News contributor, offers solutions to problems in health and education based on capitalism, not government.

13. Outliers

Weeks on the list: 19

by: Malcolm Gladwell
Release date: Nov 18, 2008
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Unexpected factors that explain why some people succeed, such as upbringing, timing and 10,000 hours of deliberate practice.

14. Proof Of Heaven

Weeks on the list: 18

by: Eben Alex er
Release date: Oct 23, 2012
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A neurosurgeon recounts his near death experience during a coma from bacterial meningitis.

15. The Nazi Officer’s Wife

Weeks on the list: 16

by: Edith H Beer Susan Dworkin
Release date: Jan 31, 2012
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The story of a Jewish woman who hid her identity and married a Nazi Party member, thus saving her life.

16. What If?

Weeks on the list: 15

by: R all Munroe
Release date: Sep 02, 2014
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Scientific (but often humorous) answers to hypothetical questions, based in part on the author’s website, xkcd.com.

17. Things That Matter

Weeks on the list: 13

by: Charles Krauthammer
Release date: Oct 22, 2013
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Three decades’ worth of essays from the conservative columnist.

18. The Monuments Men

Weeks on the list: 13

by: Robert M Edsel Bret Witter
Release date: Sep 03, 2009
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The attempt to preserve, and later to locate, art works stolen by the Nazis during World War II.

19. Flash Boys

Weeks on the list: 13

by: Michael Lewis
Release date: Mar 31, 2014
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The world of high-frequency computer-driven trading, from the author of “Liar’s Poker.”

20. Capital In The Twenty-First Century

Weeks on the list: 13

by: Thomas Piketty
Release date: Apr 15, 2014
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A French economist’s analysis of centuries of economic history predicts worsening inequality and proposes solutions.

21. Killing Patton

Weeks on the list: 12

by: Bill O’Reilly Martin Dugard
Release date: Sep 23, 2014
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The host of “The O’Reilly Factor” recounts the strange death of Gen. George S. Patton in December 1945.

22. Not That Kind Of Girl

Weeks on the list: 11

by: Lena Dunham
Release date: Sep 30, 2014
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A collection of revealing and often humorous personal essays from the creator and star of “Girls.”

23. Think Like A Freak

Weeks on the list: 11

by: Steven D Levitt Stephen J Dubner
Release date: May 12, 2014
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How to solve problems creatively, from the authors of “Freakonomics.”

24. Being Mortal

Weeks on the list: 10

by: Atul Gaw e
Release date: Oct 07, 2014
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The surgeon and New Yorker writer considers how doctors fail patients at the end of life, and how they can do better.

25. George Washington’s Secret Six

Weeks on the list: 10

by: Brian Kilmeade Don Yaeger
Release date: Nov 05, 2013
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The story of the Culper spy ring, which aided the American cause during the Revolution.

26. The Glass Castle

Weeks on the list: 10

by: Jeannette Walls
Release date: Jan 17, 2006
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The author recalls how she and her siblings were constantly moved from one bleak place to another.

27. The Wolf Of Wall Street

Weeks on the list: 9

by: Jordan Belfort
Release date: Sep 25, 2007
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The explosive rise and ugly fall of a high-living investment- firm founder. First published in 2007; the basis for the movie.

28. Duty

Weeks on the list: 9

by: Robert M Gates
Release date: Jan 01, 2014
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The former defense secretary recounts his experience serving Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

29. 10% Happier

Weeks on the list: 9

by: Dan Harris
Release date: Mar 11, 2014
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A co-anchor of “Nightline” reports on the science and spiritual dimensions of meditation, and describes how it has improved his life.

30. Hard Choices

Weeks on the list: 9

by: Hillary Rodham Clinton
Release date: Jun 10, 2014
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Clinton’s memoir focuses on her years as secretary of state and her views about the American role in the world.

Last updated on December 18, 2021