New York Times® Best Sellers: Paperback Nonfiction
April 5, 2015

1. AMERICAN SNIPER
by Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice
A memoir recounts the battlefield experiences in Iraq by the Navy SEALs sniper; now a movie.

2. THE BOYS IN THE BOAT
by Daniel James Brown
A group of American rowers pursued gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games.

3. UNBROKEN
by Laura Hillenbrand
An Olympic runner’s story of survival as a prisoner of the Japanese in World War II after his plane went down over the Pacific; now a movie.

4. WILD
by Cheryl Strayed
A woman’s account of the life-changing 1,100-mile solo hike she took along the Pacific Crest Trail in 1995; now a movie.

5. THRIVE
by Arianna Huffington
The journalist argues for a third pinion of support, beyond career and financial success.

6. 10% HAPPIER
by Dan Harris
A co-anchor of "Nightline" reports on the science and spiritual basis of meditation and how it has improved his life.

7. A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME
by Stephen Hawking
The British cosmologist reviews efforts to create a unified theory of the universe.

8. THE POWER OF HABIT
by Charles Duhigg
An examination of the science behind habits, how we form them and break them.

9. I HATE MYSELFIE
by Shane Dawson
In these essays, the film director and Internet personality traces his route from a messy childhood to self-acceptance and self-exposure. (†)

10. QUIET
by Susan Cain
Introverts — approximately one-third of the population — are undervalued in American society.

11. THINKING, FAST AND SLOW
by Daniel Kahneman
How we make choices in business and personal life.

12. BOSSYPANTS
by Tina Fey
A memoir from the former “Saturday Night Live” star and creator of “30 Rock.”

13. THE NEW JIM CROW
by Michelle Alexander
A law professor takes aim at the “war on drugs” and its impact on black men.

14. WE SHOULD ALL BE FEMINISTS
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

15. LONE SURVIVOR
by Marcus Luttrell with Patrick Robinson
The only survivor of a Navy SEALs operation in Afghanistan describes the battle and his escape.

16. THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY
by Erik Larson
How an architect and a serial killer were linked by the Chicago World's Fair of 1893.

17. GHOST BOY
by Martin Pistorius with Megan Lloyd Davies
The story of a South African man, now living in England, who learned how to communicate and live a full life despite a mysterious disease that left him mute and in a wheelchair; originally published in 2011.

18. WHAT THE DOG KNOWS
by Cat Warren

19. OUTLIERS
by Malcolm Gladwell
Why some people succeed — it has to do with luck and opportunities as well as talent.

20. THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS
by Rebecca Skloot
A woman's cancer cells were cultured without her permission in 1951.

Rankings reflect sales, for the week ended Mar. 21, at many thousands of venues where a wide range of general interest books are sold nationwide. These include hundreds of independent book retailers (statistically weighted to represent all such outlets); national, regional and local chains; online and multimedia entertainment retailers; university, gift, supermarket, discount, department stores and newsstands. An asterisk (*) indicates that a book's sales are barely distinguishable from those of the book above. A dagger (†) indicates that some bookstores report receiving bulk orders. Expanded rankings are available on the Web: nytimes.com/books.

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