New York Times
Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers
May 16, 2021
1. What Happened to You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing
Bruce D. Perry and Oprah Winfrey
An approach to dealing with trauma that shifts an essential question used to investigate it.
2. The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War
A look at the key players and outcomes of precision bombing during World War II.
3. You Are Your Best Thing: Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and the Black Experience
Tarana Burke (editor) and Bren
An anthology of writing on the Black experience and shame resilience.
4. How Y'all Doing?: Misadventures and Mischief from a Life Well Lived
A collection of essays by the Emmy-winning actor who became a viral sensation without knowing what that phrase meant at the time.
5. Out of Many, One: Portraits of America's Immigrants
George W. Bush
Forty-three portraits by the former president, of men and women who have immigrated to the United States.
6. Crying in H Mart: A Memoir
The daughter of a Korean mother and Jewish-American father, and leader of the indie rock project Japanese Breakfast, describes creating her own identity after losing her mother to cancer.
The activist and public speaker describes her journey of listening to her inner voice.
8. 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 Academy Award-winning actor shares snippets from the diaries he kept over the last 35 years.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. Antitrust: Taking on Monopoly Power from the Gilded Age to the Digital Age
The senior senator from Minnesota suggests ways to deal with monopolies, promote business competition and encourage innovation.
13. Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi and the Lessons of Power
Based on numerous interviews, the USA Today Washington bureau chief profiles the current speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi.
14. Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty
Patrick Radden Keefe
A portrait of the Sackler family, known for their philanthropy toward institutions around the world, and their involvement with Valium and OxyContin.
15. On the House: A Washington Memoir
The former Speaker of the House reflects on his time in Washington, key political figures and the current state of the Republican Party.
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A version of this list appears in the May 16,2021 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending May 1, 2021.
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