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2021 NYT Bestsellers Non-Fiction

This page is updated weekly with the newest titles appearing on the New York Times Bestsellers list, complete with links to our catalog. For more information, such as how many weeks the title has been on the list, visit www.nytimes.com/books/best-sellers (2020 Bestsellers can be found here.)

May 2021

CRYING IN H MART by Michelle Zauner

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.

OUT OF MANY, ONE by George W. Bush

Forty-three portraits by the former president, of men and women who have immigrated to the United States.

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BLOOD AND TREASURE by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin

A depiction of the frontiersman Daniel Boone.

MADAM SPEAKER by Susan Page

Based on numerous interviews, the USA Today Washington bureau chief profiles the current speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi.

GOODBYE, AGAIN by Jonny Sun

A collection of personal essays on anxiety, loneliness and productivity.

ON THE HOUSE by John Boehner

The former speaker of the House reflects on his time in Washington, key political figures and the current state of the Republican Party.

EMPIRE OF PAIN by 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.

April 2021

BROKEN HORSES by Brandi Carlile

The Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter recounts difficulties during her formative years and her hard-won successes.

FINDING FREEDOM by Erin French

A memoir by the chef and owner of the Lost Kitchen in Freedom, Maine.

BROKEN by Jenny Lawson

The humorist maps out her mental and physical health journey.

BEAUTIFUL THINGS by Hunter Biden

The lawyer and artist, who is the son of the current president, details tragedies within his family and his path to sobriety.

THE LIGHT OF DAYS by Judy Batalion

How Jewish women in Poland turned Jewish youth groups into resistance cells to fight the Nazis and helped build systems of underground bunkers.

THE GOD EQUATION by Michio Kaku

The theoretical physicist explains the controversy around the synthesis of the theory of relativity and quantum theory.

PHILIP ROTH by Blake Bailey

A look at the life and work of the renowned novelist and short-story writer, based on his archive and interviews with his colleagues.

THE BEAUTY OF LIVING TWICE by Sharon Stone

The actress and human rights activist recounts her childhood difficulties and biggest accomplishments.

ROCK ME ON THE WATER by Ronald Brownstein

How popular culture was impacted by what happened in Los Angeles in 1974 in movies, music, television and politics.

HOOKED by Michael Moss

A Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative reporter formerly with The New York Times looks at ways food can be addictive.

EVERY DAY IS A GIFT by Tammy Duckworth

A memoir by the biracial daughter of an American father and a Thai-Chinese mother who served in the Iraq War and is currently a senator from Illinois.

REMEMBER by Lisa Genova

The neuroscientist and novelist explores the strengths and weaknesses of memory.

THIS IS THE FIRE by Don Lemon

The CNN host looks at the impact of racism on his life and prescribes ways to address systemic flaws in America.

March 2021

THE CODE BREAKER by Walter Isaacson

How the Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna and her colleagues invented CRISPR, a tool that can edit DNA.

HUNT, GATHER, PARENT by Michaeleen Doucleff

A look at different approaches to rearing children from various parts of the planet.

NOMADLAND by Jessica Bruder

A look at an expanding low-cost labor pool, which largely consists of transient older adults, and what this might portend.

HOW TO AVOID A CLIMATE DISASTER by Bill Gates

A prescription for what business, governments and individuals can do to work toward zero emissions.

THE SUM OF US by Heather McGhee

The chair of the board of the racial justice organization Color of Change analyzes the impact of racism on the economy.

THE DAUGHTERS OF KOBANI by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

In 2014, a group of all-female Kurdish militia faced off against ISIS in a small town in Syria.

THE BLACK CHURCH by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

The companion book to the PBS series that provides a look at five centuries of the meaning and functions of the Black church in America.

February 2021

WALK IN MY COMBAT BOOTS by James Patterson and Matt Eversmann with Chris Mooney

A collection of interviews with troops who fought overseas.

BETWEEN TWO KINGDOMS by Suleika Jaouad

The writer of the New York Times column “Life, Interrupted” chronicles her fight with cancer and an impactful road trip.

THIS IS HOW THEY TELL ME THE WORLD ENDS by Nicole Perlroth

The New York Times cybersecurity reporter describes a malicious and undetectable software bug that is in the hands of hostile nations and mercenaries.

UNFINISHED by Priyanka Chopra Jonas

The actor and producer describes her childhood in India, winning international beauty competitions and contending with loss.

MIKE NICHOLS by Mark Harris

A biography of the award-winning theater and film director who was also half of the seminal improv duo with Elaine May.

WHEN HARRY MET MINNIE by Martha Teichner

The CBS Sunday Morning correspondent develops a bond with the ailing owner of a dog she agrees to adopt.

UNMASKED by Andy Ngo

A former writer for the online magazine Quillette gives his perspective on the activist movement antifa.

FOUR HUNDRED SOULS edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain

A compendium featuring 90 writers covering 400 years of African-American history.

THINK AGAIN by Adam Grant

An examination of the cognitive skills of rethinking and unlearning that could be used to adapt to a rapidly changing world.

JUST AS I AM by Cicely Tyson with Michelle Burford

The late iconic actress describes how she worked to change perceptions of Black women through her career choices.

EXTRATERRESTRIAL by Avi Loeb

The Harvard science professor shares his theory that a piece of advanced technology created by a distant alien civilization recently visited our solar system.

LET ME TELL YOU WHAT I MEAN by Joan Didion

A collection of 12 pieces written between 1968 and 2000 that includes observations on the underground press and the act of writing.

THE DEVIL YOU KNOW by 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.

AMERICAN KOMPROMAT by Craig Unger

An examination of Russian intelligence efforts to collect compromising information on and leverage power against key Americans.

January 2021

A SWIM IN A POND IN THE RAIN by George Saunders

A collection of essays examining the functions and importance of works of fiction.

YOU’LL NEVER BELIEVE WHAT HAPPENED TO LACEY by Amber Ruffin and Lacey Lamar

A pair of sisters who live in different parts of the country share their perspectives on the absurdities and everyday experiences of racism.

SAVING JUSTICE by James Comey

The former F.B.I. director incorporates his experiences into lessons on how the federal justice system functions.

BRAIDING SWEETGRASS by Robin Wall Kimmerer

A botanist and member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation espouses having an understanding and appreciation of plants and animals.

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