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Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers
February 14, 2021
1. Just As I Am: A Memoir
Cicely Tyson with Michelle Burford
The late iconic actress describes how she worked to change perceptions of Black women through her career choices.
2. 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.
The Academy Award-winning actor shares snippets from the diaries he kept over the last 35 years.
4. 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.
6. 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.
7. Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth
The Harvard science professor shares his theory that a piece of advanced technology created by a distant alien civilization recently visited our solar system.
The former first lady describes how she balanced work, family and her husband's political ascent.
9. The Devil You Know: A Black Power Manifesto
Charles M. Blow
The New York Times Op-Ed columnist gives a call to action for Black people to achieve equality on their own terms.
10. 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.
11. How to Be an Antiracist
Ibram X. Kendi
A primer for creating a more just and equitable society through identifying and opposing racism.
12. Girl With No Job: The Crazy Beautiful Life of an Instagram Thirst Monster
The podcaster and social media personality looks at the ups and downs of internet celebrity.
13. Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art
A re-examination of a basic biological function and a look at the science behind ancient breathing practices.
14.Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times
Personal reflections on the potential benefits of embracing and living through painful times of isolation.
15. Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man
A look at some questions and concepts needed to address systemic racism.
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A version of this list appears in the February 14, 2021 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending January 30, 2021.
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