New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers
January 15, 2017
1. The Princess Diarist
Recollections of life on the set of the first Star Wars movie by the actress and writer, who died in December.
2. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
A Yale Law School graduate looks at the struggles of America's white working class through his own childhood in the Rust Belt.
3. The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World
Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu with Douglas Abrams
A discussion between two spiritual leaders about how to find joy in the face of suffering.
4. The Undoing Project: A Friendship that Changed Our Minds
How the psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky upeneded assumptions about the decision-making process and invented the field of behavioral economics.
5. Killing the Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan
Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
The host of
The O'Reilly Factor
recounts the final years of World War II.
6. The Magnolia Story
Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines with Mark Dagostino
The lives of the couple who star in the HGTV show
7. Born To Run
The singer-songwriter's autobiography.
8. Settle For More
The anchor of Fox News's
The Kelly File
discusses the personal and professional challenges she has faced.
9. Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, (And Everything in Between)
Essays by the star of
(both the original and the mini-series) and
10. Hamilton: The Revolution
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter
The libretto of the award-winning musical, with backstage photos, a production history and interviews with the cast.
11. When Breath Becomes Air
A memoir by a physician who received a diagnosis of Stage IV lung cancer at the age of 36.
12. Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations
How the accelerating pace of technology, globalization and climate change are reshaping the world, and what we can do about it.
13. Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
A memoir about growing up in South Africa by the comedian, now the host of
The Daily Show,
whose parents had an illegal (under apartheid) interracial relationship.
14. The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo
Humorous personal essays by the comedian, actor and writer.
15. The Case Against Sugar
A science writer warns of sugar's dangers.
16. Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In
The Vermont senator and former candidate for the Democratic nomination for president delivers his message of social and economic justice.
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A version of this list appears in the January 15, 2017 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending December 31, 2016.
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