New York Times
Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers
February 21, 2021
1. Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019
edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain
A compendium featuring 90 writers covering 400 years of African-American history.
2. Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know
An examination of the cognitive skills of rethinking and unlearning that could be used to adapt to a rapidly changing world.
3. Just As I Am
Cicely Tyson with Michelle Burford
The late iconic actress describes how she worked to change perceptions of Black women through her career choices.
4. A Promised Land
In the first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama offers personal reflections on his formative years and pivotal moments through his first term.
5. Unmasked: Inside Antifa's Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy
A former writer for the online magazine Quillette gives his perspective on the activist movement antifa.
The Academy Award-winning actor shares snippets from the diaries he kept over the last 35 years.
7. Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents
The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist examines aspects of caste systems across civilizations and reveals a rigid hierarchy in America today.
The activist and public speaker describes her journey of listening to her inner voice.
The former first lady describes how she balanced work, family and her husband's political ascent.
10. How to Be an Antiracist
Ibram X. Kendi
A primer for creating a more just and equitable society through identifying and opposing racism.
11. When Harry Met Minnie: A True Story of Love and Friendship
CBS Sunday Morning
correspondent develops a bond with the ailing owner of a dog she agrees to adopt.
12. Mike Nichols: A Life
A biography of the award-winning theater and film director who was also half of the seminal improv duo with Elaine May.
13. Let Me Tell You What I Mean
A collection of 12 pieces written between 1968 and 2000 that includes observations on the underground press and the act of writing.
14. A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life
A collection of essays examining the functions and importance of works of fiction.
15. Like Streams to the Ocean: Notes on Ego, Love, and the Things That Make Us Who We Are
The author of
To Shake the Sleeping Self
explores eight subjects that he believes give life meaning.
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A version of this list appears in the February 21, 2021 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending February 6, 2021.
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