New York Times Nonfiction Best Sellers 2015 Complete List Page 1

There are 264 books in the New York Times Nonfiction Best Sellers 2015 list. Here are the 30 books ranked from 1 to 30.

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1. The Boys In The Boat

Weeks on the list: 52

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.

2. Being Mortal

Weeks on the list: 48

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.

3. Wild

Weeks on the list: 38

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.

4. Unbroken

Weeks on the list: 34

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.

5. Dead Wake

Weeks on the list: 31

by: Erik Larson
Release date: Mar 10, 2015
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The last voyage of the Lusitania, by the author of “The Devil in the White City.”

6. American Sniper

Weeks on the list: 30

by: Chris Kyle Scott McEwen Jim DeFelice
Release date: Jan 03, 2012
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A member of the Navy Seals with the most career sniper kills in United States military history discusses his childhood, his marriage and his battlefield experiences during the Iraq war.

7. I Am Malala

Weeks on the list: 28

by: Malala Yousafzai Christina Lamb
Release date: Oct 08, 2013
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The experience of the Pakistani girl who advocated for women’s education and was shot by the Taliban.

8. The Wright Brothers

Weeks on the list: 28

by: David McCullough
Release date: May 05, 2015
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The story of the bicycle mechanics from Ohio who ushered in the age of flight; by the author of “1776” and “The Greater Journey.”

9. Yes Please

Weeks on the list: 24

by: Amy Poehler
Release date: Oct 28, 2014
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A humorous miscellany from the comedian and actress, the “S.N.L.” alumna and star of “Parks and Recreation.”

10. Between The World And Me

Weeks on the list: 22

by: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Release date: Jul 14, 2015
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A meditation on race in America as well as a personal story by the national correspondent of The Atlantic, framed as a letter to his teenage son.

11. Modern Romance

Weeks on the list: 18

by: Aziz Ansari Eric Klinenberg
Release date: Jun 16, 2015
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The comedian enlists a sociologist to help him understand today’s dating scene.

12. Killing Patton

Weeks on the list: 16

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.

13. Outliers

Weeks on the list: 15

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. The Devil In The White City

Weeks on the list: 13

by: Erik Larson
Release date: Feb 10, 2004
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A story of how an architect and a serial killer were linked by the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893. Originally published in 2003.

15. The Road To Character

Weeks on the list: 13

by: David Brooks
Release date: Apr 14, 2015
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The Times columnist extols personal virtues like kindness and honesty in a materialistic age.

16. Why Not Me?

Weeks on the list: 13

by: Mindy Kaling
Release date: Jan 01, 2015
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More personal essays from the comedian and actress.

17. Bill O’reilly’s Legends And Lies

Weeks on the list: 12

by: David Fisher
Release date: Apr 07, 2015
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Stories of the American West; a companion volume to the Fox News series.

18. Killing Reagan

Weeks on the list: 12

by: Bill O’Reilly Martin Dugard
Release date: Sep 22, 2015
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The host of “The O’Reilly Factor” recounts the events surrounding the attempted assassination of President Reagan in 1981.

19. What If?

Weeks on the list: 11

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.

20. Lone Survivor

Weeks on the list: 9

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

21. H Is For Hawk

Weeks on the list: 9

by: Helen Macdonald
Release date: Jan 01, 2014
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A grief-stricken British woman decides to raise a goshawk, a fierce bird that is notoriously difficult to tame.

22. Down The Rabbit Hole

Weeks on the list: 9

by: Holly Madison
Release date: Jun 23, 2015
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Life inside the Playboy Mansion, by a former bunny and girlfriend of Hugh Hefner.

23. A Walk In The Woods

Weeks on the list: 9

by: Bill Bryson
Release date: Sep 08, 2010
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A journey to rediscover America by trekking the 2,100 miles of the Appalachian Trail. First published in 1998; a 2015 movie.

24. Humans Of New York: Stories

Weeks on the list: 8

by: Br on Stanton
Release date: Oct 13, 2015
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More photographs, this time accompanied by interviews, from the creator of the blog and the book “Humans of New York.”

25. A Brief History Of Time

Weeks on the list: 8

by: Stephen Hawking
Release date: Jan 01, 1998
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The British cosmologist reviews efforts to create a unified theory of the universe; first published in 1988.

26. And The Good News Is …

Weeks on the list: 8

by: Dana Perino
Release date: Apr 21, 2015
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The Fox News contributor and former press secretary under President George W. Bush reviews her life and career and shares lessons she has learned.

27. Plunder And Deceit

Weeks on the list: 8

by: Mark R Levin
Release date: Aug 04, 2015
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The talk-radio host urges young Americans to resist the statist masterminds who he says are burdening them with debt, inferior education and illegal immigration.

28. Not That Kind Of Girl

Weeks on the list: 7

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.”

29. The Witches

Weeks on the list: 7

by: Stacy Schiff
Release date: Oct 27, 2015
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An account of the Salem witch trials of 1692.

30. Alan Turing: The Enigma

Weeks on the list: 7

by: Andrew Hodges
Release date: Nov 10, 2014
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The life of the British mathematician who broke the Nazis’ wartime codes; the inspiration for the film “The Imitation Game.”

Last updated on December 18, 2021