New York Times
Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers
April 25, 2021
1. Broken Horses: A Memoir
The Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter recounts difficulties during her formative years and her hard-won successes.
2. Finding Freedom: A Cook's Story: Remaking a Life from Scratch
A memoir by the chef and owner of The Lost Kitchen in Freedom, Maine.
3. Broken (In the Best Possible Way)
The humorist maps out her mental and physical health journey.
4. Beautiful Things: A Memoir
The lawyer and artist, who is the son of the current president, details tragedies within his family and his path to sobriety.
5. The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler's Ghettos
How Jewish women in Poland turned Jewish youth groups into resistance cells to fight the Nazis and helped build systems of underground bunkers.
6. The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race
How the Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna and her colleagues invented CRISPR, a tool that can edit DNA.
7. The God Equation: The Quest for a Theory of Everything
The theoretical physicist explains the controversy around the synthesis of the theory of relativity and quantum theory.
The Academy Award-winning actor shares snippets from the diaries he kept over the last 35 years.
9. 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.
10. This Is the Fire: What I Say to My Friends About Racism
The CNN host looks at the impact of racism on his life and prescribes ways to address systemic flaws in America.
The activist and public speaker describes her journey of listening to her inner voice.
12. Philip Roth: The Biography
A look at the life and work of the renowned novelist and short-story writer, based on his archive and interviews with his colleagues.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together
The chair of the board of the racial justice organization Color of Change analyzes the impact of racism on the economy.
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A version of this list appears in the April 25, 2021 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending April 10, 2021.
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