New York Times Best Seller Non-Fiction - September, October & November 2013
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Book List Descriptions - NY Times Best Seller Non-Fiction - September, October & November 2013
* - 40 CHANCES - Howard G. Buffett and Howard W. Buffett
What Warren Buffett's son and grandson have learned in their efforts to feed the hungry.
* - A CAPTAIN'S DUTY - Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty
The captain of the Maersk Alabama recounts the 2009 hijacking of his ship by Somali pirates and his rescue by Navy Seals.
* - A CRUEL AND SHOCKING ACT - Philip Shenon
A journalist argues that the F.B.I., C.I.A. and others withheld information about Kennedy's assassination from the Warren
* - A HOUSE IN THE SKY - Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett
A memoir of a young woman's brutal kidnapping and 460-day captivity in Somalia.
* - AN APPETITE FOR WONDER - Richard Dawkins
A memoir of the childhood and intellectual development by the evolutionary biologist (and famous atheist).
* - A SHORT HISTORY OF THE WORLD - Christopher Lascelles
A concise overview, with 32 maps.
* - AN ASTRONAUT'S GUIDE TO LIFE ON EARTH - Chris Hadfield
Hadfield reflects on life lessons learned in space and his time spent training on our planet for that journey.
* - BONHOEFFER - Eric Metaxas
A biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German theologian who was hanged for his role in an assassination description against Hitler.
* - BRILLIANT BLUNDERS - Mario Livio
Profiles of five famous scientists - Einstein, Charles Darwin, Lord Kelvin, Linus Pauling and Fred Hoyle - who made major discoveries and major mistakes.
* - CARRY ON, WARRIOR - Glennon Doyle Melton
Reflections on marriage, motherhood, faith, addiction and recovery; from the author of the blog Momastery.com.
* - CAST NO STONES - Kevin Machell
Machell, the son of a poor girl from northern England and an American G.I. during World War II, recalls growing up and searching for his father.
* - CATASTROPHE 1914 - Max Hastings
A British historian considers the first few months of World War I.
* - CAT SENSE - John Bradshaw
A look at the history and science of cats to help us better understand this mysterious creature who shares our homes and our hearts.
* - CHILDREN OF DREAMS - Lorilyn Roberts
A memoir of a struggle to create a "forever family" through international adoption.
* - COMMAND AND CONTROL - Eric Schlosser
An examination of the risks inherent in keeping stockpiles of nuclear weapons.
* - COREYOGRAPHY - Corey Feldman
The former child star discloses a past of sexual abuse, drug abuse and rehab, and the deaths of famous friends including Corey Haim and Michael Jackson.
* - CORONER - Thomas T. Noguchi
A medical examiner explores the unanswered questions surrounding the deaths of Marilyn Monroe, Robert Kennedy, Sharon Tate and others.
* - CRASH AND BURN - Artie Lange with Anthony Bozza
The comedian describes his experience with depression, addiction and recovery.
* - CRAZY RICH - Jerry Oppenheimer
A group biography of the Johnson & Johnson dynasty.
* - DAUGHTERS OF ABSENCE - Mindy Weisel
A collection of essays written by daughters of Holocaust survivors.
* - DAVID AND GOLIATH - Malcolm Gladwell
How disadvantages can work in our favor; from the author of "The Tipping Point" and "Outliers."
* - DAYS OF FIRE - Peter Baker
A New York Times reporter's account of Bush and Cheney in the White House.
* - DEVIL IN THE GROVE - Gilbert King
The Pulitzer Prize-winning account of four black men who were falsely accused of raping a 17-year-old white woman in Groveland, Fla., in 1949.
* - DOUBLE DOWN - Mark Halperin and John Heilemann
Insider reporting on the election of 2012 from the authors of "Game Change."
* - EMPTY MANSIONS - Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell Jr.
The eccentric life of the reclusive heiress Huguette Clark, who died at the age of 104 in 2011.
* - ENOLA GAY - Gordon Thomas and Max Morgan Witts
The bombing of Hiroshima.
* - ETCHED IN SAND - Regina Calcaterra
Five siblings survive childhood abuse, foster care and homelessness on Long Island.
* - EVERYTHING STORE - Brad Stone
The story of Jeff Bezos and Amazon.
* - EXPOSED - Jane Velez-Mitchell
The story of Jodi Arias, who was convicted of murdering her boyfriend, Travis Alexander.
* - EXTORTION - Peter Schweizer
A Hoover Institution fellow argues that politicians shape legislation in order to extract donations.
* - FACING THE MUSIC - Nick Carter
Carter chronicles his struggles with a dysfunctional family and the rigors of becoming an internationally successful pop star at the age of 12.
* - FAMILY BLOOD - Marvin J. Wolf and Larry Attebery
An account of two California brothers who, for business reasons, arranged to have their parents murdered in 1985; first published in 1993.
* - FAREWELL TO THE EAST END - Jennifer Worth
The last book in the "Call the Midwife" trilogy.
* - FIVE DAYS AT MEMORIAL - Sheri Fink
The case of a New Orleans surgeon suspected of euthanizing patients during the Katrina disaster.
* - FOCUS - Daniel Goleman
The author of "Emotional Intelligence" relies on research on attention to argue that high achievement requires three kinds of focus.
* - GAME CHANGE - John Heilemann and Mark Halperin
A behind-the-scenes account of the election of 2008; the inspiration for the recent HBO docudrama.
* - GEORGE WASHINGTON'S SECRET SIX - Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger
The story of the Culper spy ring, which aided the American cause during the Revolution.
* - GRAIN BRAIN - David Perlmutter with Kristin Loberg
The deleterious effect of carbohydrates on the brain, and how to reverse it.
* - HATCHING TWITTER - Nick Bilton
An account of how Twitter came to be focuses on its four founders.
* - HISTORY DECODED - Brad Meltzer
Ten historical mysteries, based on the History Channel show "Brad Meltzer's Decoded."
* - I AM MALALA - Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb
The experience of the Pakistani girl who advocated for women's education and was shot by the Taliban.
* - INVESTIGATIVE MEDIUM - THE AWAKENING - Laine Crosby
A former marketing executive moves to an 18th-century Maryland plantation and discovers that she has psychic powers.
* - JAILING - Clifford Irving
The prison experiences of the author convicted in 1972 for a fraudulent "autobiography" of Howard Hughes.
* - JESUS > RELIGION - Jefferson Bethke
Thoughts on faith from the author of the video poem "Why I Hate Religion, but Love Jesus."
* - JIM HENSON - Brian Jay Jones
A Biography written with the generous cooperation of the family, covers the full arc of Henson's all-too-brief life.
* - JOHNNY CARSON - Henry Bushkin
A recollection by Carson's lawyer and confidant for 18 years.
* - KETCHUP IS A VEGETABLE - Robin O'Bryant
A humorous look at life as the mother of three.
* - KILLING JESUS - Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
Jesus' life and times, and the events leading up to his execution.
* - LEAGUE OF DENIAL - Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru
Two ESPN investigative reporters conclude that the N.F.L. has tried to cover up mounting evidence of brain damage sustained by football players.
* - LIBERTY AMENDMENTS - Mark R. Levin
The talk-radio host and president of the Landmark Legal Foundation offers 11 proposals for returning to America's founding principles.
* - LOSS OF EDEN - Joyce Milton
A dual biography of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh.
* - MEMOIRS OF A GAS STATION - Sam Neumann
A young man's summer job at a convenience store in Alaska.
* - MERLE'S DOOR - Ted Kerasote
Lessons from a freethinking dog: a nature writer?s tribute to the quirky Labrador mutt he adopted.
* - MONSTERS - Rich Cohen
The account of the 1985 Chicago Bears football team and their lone championship season.
* - MURDER IN LITTLE EGYPT - Darcy O'Brien
The case of an Illinois doctor who murdered two of his four sons. Originally published in 1989.
* - MY BRIEF HISTORY - Stephen Hawking
The brilliant mathematician and physicist focuses his intellect on himself in a new autobiography.
* - MY STORY - Elizabeth Smart with Chris Stewart.
A woman kidnapped by religious fanatics from her Utah home in 2002 at age 14 describes her captivity and rescue nine months later.
* - NOTHIN' TO LOSE - Ken Sharp with Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons
An oral history of the early years (1972-5) of the band Kiss.
* - ONE SUMMER - Bill Bryson
The author of "A Short History of Nearly Everything" describes the events of the summer of 1927: Charles Lindbergh's trans-Atlantic flight, Babe Ruth's 60 homers, the great Mississippi flood.
* - PADDLE YOUR OWN CANOE - Nick Offerman
The "Parks and Recreation" actor combines autobiographical anecdotes and life advice.
* - PASTRIX - Nadia Bolz-Weber
A memoir about an eccentric life of faith.
* - PICTURE PERFECT - Shanna Hogan
An Arizona journalist's account of Jodi Arias's murder of her boyfriend, Travis Alexander.
* - PRACTICE TO DECEIVE - Ann Rule
Sex, greed and scandal motivate a murder on Washington State's Whidbey Island.
* - PRINCESS - Jean Sasson
Life as lived by a member of the royal family and other women in Saudi Arabia. Originally published in 1993.
* - PURE JOY - Danielle Steel
An appreciation of the dogs in Steel's life.
* - REIGN OF ERROR - Diane Ravitch
An education scholar denounces what she claims is an effort by foundations, individual billionaires and hedge fund managers to destroy public education.
* - SALINGER - David Shields and Shane Salerno
An oral history of the writer, a companion volume to the recently released documentary.
* - SCENT OF THE MISSING - Susannah Charleson
A memoir of love and partnership with a search-and-rescue dog.
* - SHADOWS OF THE WORKHOUSE - Jennifer Worth
The sequel to "Call the Midwife," the memoir of a midwife who worked alongside nuns, delivering babies in 1950s London.
* - SI-COLOGY 1 - Si Robertson with Mark Schlabach. (Howard Books.) Tales from Phil's youngest brother, retired from the Army, who works in the Duck Commander workshop.
* - SIMPLE DREAMS - Linda Ronstadt
The singer looks back on her life and career.
* - SLOW GETTING UP - Nate Jackson
A memoir looks at life in the N.F.L. and the young men who risk their health to play football.
* - SPELLING IT LIKE IT IS - Tori Spelling with Hilary Liftin
The further experiences of the reality TV star, including her third and fourth pregnancies.
* - STILL FOOLIN' 'EM - Billy Crystal
The 65-year-old comedian's reminiscences and his complaints about aging.
* - SUPERFREAKONOMICS - Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
How to apply economic theory to everything: the sequel; originally published in 2009.
* - SYSTEM - Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian
The corruption and abuse behind big-time N.C.A.A. college football.
* - THE BULLY PULPIT - Doris Kearns Goodwin
The author of "Team of Rivals" turns her attention to the early 20th century, highlighting the relationship between Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft and the activities of the muckraking press.
* - THE DEATH OF SANTINI - Pat Conroy
In this memoir, Conroy mourns the abusive father on whom "The Great Santini" was based.
* - THE FIRM - Duff McDonald
An examination of the rise of McKinsey & Company, the management consulting firm, and its influence on American business.
* - THE KENNEDY HALF-CENTURY - Larry J. Sabato
A political scientist examines J.F.K.'s enduring influence.
* - THE MEN WHO UNITED THE STATES - Simon Winchester
The explorers, builders, engineers and other innovators who joined Americans together geographically and culturally.
* - THE REASON I JUMP - Naoki Higashida
A 13-year-old boy with autism answers questions.
* - THE SMARTEST KIDS IN THE WORLD - Amanda Ripley
High-performing schools in Finland, South Korea and Poland, seen through the eyes of American high school students abroad.
* - THE WITNESS WORE RED - Rebecca Musser with Bridget Cook
A memoir by a woman who helped expose crimes within a polygamous sect that she fled.
* - THE WORST HARD TIME - Timothy Egan
What happened to those who stayed put during the 1930s Dust Bowl.
* - THINGS THAT MATTER - Charles Krauthammer
Three decades' worth of essays from the conservative columnist.
* - THIS IS THE STORY OF A HAPPY MARRIAGE - Ann Patchett
A collection of essays by the novelist.
* - THUNDER DOG - Michael Hingson with Susy Flory
A blind man and his guide dog show the power of trust and courage in the midst of devastating terror on Sept. 11.
* - TIP AND THE GIPPER - Chris Matthews
The host of MSNBC's "Hardball," a former aide to Tip O'Neill, analyzes the former speaker's collegial relationship with President Reagan.
* - TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE - Solomon Northup
The narrative, first published in 1853, of a freeman who was sold into slavery and spent 12 years in bondage before escaping.
* - WHAT'S SO FUNNY - Tim Conway with Jane Scovell
A memoir by the comedian best known for his work on "The Carol Burnett Show."
* - WHEELMEN - Reed Albergotti and Vanessa O'Connell
Two Wall Street Journal reporters reveal the story behind the Lance Armstrong blood-doping scandal.
* - WILSON - A. Scott Berg
A new biography of the 28th president.