New York Times Nonfiction Best Sellers 2017 Complete List Page 1

There are 185 books in the New York Times Nonfiction Best Sellers 2017 list. Here are the 30 books ranked from 1 to 30.

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1. Hillbilly Elegy

Weeks on the list: 48

by: J.D. Vance
Release date: Jun 28, 2016
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A Yale Law School graduate looks at the struggles of the white working class through the story of his own childhood in the Rust Belt.

2. Astrophysics For People In A Hurry

Weeks on the list: 32

by: Neil deGrasse Tyson
Release date: Jan 01, 2017
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A straightforward, easy-to-understand introduction to the laws that govern the universe.

3. Killers Of The Flower Moon

Weeks on the list: 27

by: David Grann
Release date: Apr 18, 2017
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The story of a murder spree in 1920s Oklahoma that targeted Osage Indians, whose lands contained oil.

4. Born A Crime

Weeks on the list: 24

by: Trevor Noah
Release date: Nov 15, 2016
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A memoir about growing up in South Africa by the comedian, now the host of “The Daily Show,” whose birth was the result of an illegal (under apartheid) relationship between a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother.

5. Hidden Figures

Weeks on the list: 23

by: Margot Lee Shetterly
Release date: Sep 06, 2016
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he story, based in part on interviews, of the black women mathematicians who were hired as “computers” by the precursor of NASA during World War II. The basis of the forthcoming movie.

6. Option B

Weeks on the list: 19

by: Sheryl S berg Adam Grant
Release date: Jan 01, 2017
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Sandberg’s experience after her husband’s sudden death and Grant’s psychological research combine to provide insight on facing adversity and building resilience.

7. When Breath Becomes Air

Weeks on the list: 19

by: Paul Kalanithi
Release date: Jan 12, 2016
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A memoir by a physician who received a diagnosis of Stage IV lung cancer at the age of 36.

8. The Zookeeper’S Wife

Weeks on the list: 19

by: Diane Ackerman
Release date: Sep 17, 2008
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How a Warsaw couple sheltered Jews and members of the Resistance during World War II. Originally published in 2007.

9. Al Franken, Giant Of The Senate

Weeks on the list: 18

by: Al Franken
Release date: May 30, 2017
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A memoir by the Democratic senator from Minnesota and former “Saturday Night Live” writer and performer.

10. Killing The Rising Sun

Weeks on the list: 18

by: Bill O’Reilly Martin Dugard
Release date: Sep 13, 2016
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The host of “The O’Reilly Factor” recounts the final years of World War II.

11. The Magnolia Story

Weeks on the list: 18

by: Chip Gaines Joanna Gaines Mark Dagostino
Release date: Oct 18, 2016
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The lives of the couple who star in the HGTV show “Fixer Upper.”

12. The Glass Castle

Weeks on the list: 16

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.

13. The Book Of Joy

Weeks on the list: 16

by: the Dalai Lama Desmond Tutu Douglas Abrams
Release date: Sep 20, 2016
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Two spiritual leaders discuss how to find joy in the face of suffering.

14. On Tyranny

Weeks on the list: 14

by: Timothy Snyder
Release date: Jan 01, 2017
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Twenty lessons from the 20th century about the course of tyranny.

15. Sapiens

Weeks on the list: 14

by: Yuval Noah Harari
Release date: May 15, 2018
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How Homo sapiens became Earth’s dominant species.

16. What Happened

Weeks on the list: 14

by: Hillary Clinton
Release date: Sep 12, 2017
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The first woman nominated for president by a major political party details her campaign, mistakes she made, outside forces that affected the outcome and how she recovered in its aftermath.

17. Killing England

Weeks on the list: 13

by: Bill O’Reilly Martin Dugard
Release date: Sep 19, 2017
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Major events and battles during the Revolutionary War are told from the perspectives of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and others.

18. Alexander Hamilton

Weeks on the list: 12

by: Ron Chernow
Release date: Mar 29, 2005
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A biography of the first Treasury secretary, a major author of the Federalist Papers and an advocate of strong central government. Originally published in 2004 and the basis of the Broadway play.

19. Grant

Weeks on the list: 10

by: Ron Chernow
Release date: Oct 10, 2017
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A biography of the Union general of the Civil War and two-term president of the United States.

20. The Undoing Project

Weeks on the list: 10

by: Michael Lewis
Release date: Dec 06, 2016
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How the psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky upended assumptions about the decision-making process and invented the field of behavioral economics.

21. The Lost City Of The Monkey God

Weeks on the list: 10

by: Douglas Preston
Release date: Jan 03, 2017
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A frightening search for a lost civilization in the Honduran rain forest.

22. Leonardo Da Vinci

Weeks on the list: 9

by: Walter Isaacson
Release date: Oct 17, 2017
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A biography of the Italian Renaissance polymath which connects his work in various disciplines.

23. Thank You For Being Late

Weeks on the list: 9

by: Thomas L Friedman
Release date: Nov 22, 2016
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How the accelerating pace of technology, globalization and climate change are reshaping the world, and what we can do about it.

24. Endurance

Weeks on the list: 8

by: Scott Kelly
Release date: Jan 01, 2017
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A memoir by the retired astronaut and former commander of the International Space Station.

25. Sisters First

Weeks on the list: 8

by: Jenna Bush Hager Barbara Pierce Bush
Release date: Oct 24, 2017
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The twin daughters of former president George W. Bush offer their account of growing up in the public eye.

26. Andrew Jackson And The Miracle Of New Orleans

Weeks on the list: 8

by: Brian Kilmeade Don Yaeger
Release date: Oct 24, 2017
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Major General Jackson takes on the British in Louisiana.

27. Big Agenda

Weeks on the list: 8

by: David Horowitz
Release date: Jan 17, 2017
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A battle plan for the Trump White House.

28. Shattered

Weeks on the list: 7

by: Jonathan Allen Amie Parnes
Release date: Apr 18, 2017
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An examination of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

29. The American Spirit

Weeks on the list: 7

by: David McCullough
Release date: Apr 18, 2017
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A collection of speeches by the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, focused on American values.

30. The Operator

Weeks on the list: 7

by: Robert O’Neill
Release date: Apr 25, 2017
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The 400-mission career of a SEAL Team operator.

Last updated on December 18, 2021