New York Times Nonfiction Bestsellers

Week of January 2nd (list limited to titles available at the library)

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1.

A Promised Land

by Barack Obama

In the first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama offers personal reflections on his formative years and pivotal moments through his first term.
2.

Greenlights

by Matthew McConaughey

The Academy Award-winning actor shares snippets from the diaries he kept over the last 35 years.
3.

Untamed

by Glennon Doyle

The activist and public speaker describes her journey of listening to her inner voice.
4.

Caste

by Isabel Wilkerson

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist examines aspects of caste systems across civilizations and reveals a rigid hierarchy in America today.
5.

Becoming

by Michelle Obama

The former first lady describes how she balanced work, family and her husband’s political ascent.
6.

World Of Wonders

by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

In a collection of essays, the poet celebrates various aspects of the natural world and its inhabitants.
7.

The Splendid And The Vile

by Erik Larson

An examination of the leadership of the prime minister Winston Churchill.
8.

Bag Man

by Rachel Maddow

The MSNBC host gives an account of the 1973 investigation of then Vice President Spiro T. Agnew and its impact on politics and the media.
9.

Breath

by James Nestor

A re-examination of a basic biological function and a look at the science behind ancient breathing practices.
10.

Humans

by Brandon Stanton

Photos and stories of people from over 40 countries collected by the creator of “Humans of New York.”
11.

Uncomfortable Conversations With A Black Man

by Emmanuel Acho

A look at some questions and concepts needed to address systemic racism.
12.

Is This Anything?

by Jerry Seinfeld

The comedian shares material he collected in an accordion folder over the last 45 years.
13.

Wintering

by Katherine May

Personal reflections on the potential benefits of embracing and living through painful times of isolation.
14.

The Last Days Of John Lennon

by James Patterson

The story of the killing of the former member of the Beatles by Mark David Chapman in 1980 and interviews with some of Lennon’s friends and associates.
15.

The Answer Is ...

by Alex Trebek

A memoir by the host of the TV game show “Jeopardy!,” from 1984 to 2020.