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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
Merle’s Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog

What Is the What

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What Is the What
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
All Creatures Great and Small
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between)
The Glass Castle
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

What Now?

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What Now?
The Gratitude Diaries: How a Year Looking on the Bright Side Can Transform Your Life
Between the World and Me

The End of Your Life Book Club

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The End of Your Life Book Club
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body
Tiny Beautiful Things
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake

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Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake
Seabiscuit: An American Legend
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

Rising Strong

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Rising Strong
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
Zeitoun
The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century
A Circle of Quiet
Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books

Women, Food, and God

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Women, Food, and God
Hidden Figures
Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks: A Librarian’s Love Letters and Breakup Notes to the Books in Her Life
Tell Me More: Stories about the 12 Hardest Things I’m Learning to Say
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
Educated: A Memoir
Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman’s Awakening
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

Night

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Night
In Cold Blood
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
The Boys of My Youth
Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder
When Breath Becomes Air
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
Text Me When You Get Home: The Evolution and Triumph of Modern Female Friendship
The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit

Brown Girl Dreaming

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Brown Girl Dreaming
The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story
Children of the Flames: Dr. Josef Mengele and the Untold Story of the Twins of Auschwitz

From the Corner of the Oval

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From the Corner of the Oval
Truth & Beauty: A Friendship
I Was Told There’d Be Cake: Essays
A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy
My Flag Grew Stars: World War II Refugees’ Journey to America

Calypso

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Calypso
How to Be Loved: A Memoir of Lifesaving Friendship

Becoming

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Becoming

This Messy Magnificent Life

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This Messy Magnificent Life
Wayfinding: The Science and Mystery of How Humans Navigate the World
Where the Angels Lived: One Family’s Story of Exile, Loss, and Return

I Miss You When I Blink: Essays

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I Miss You When I Blink: Essays
Meet the Frugalwoods: Achieving Financial Independence Through Simple Living
My Glory Was I Had Such Friends: A Memoir
The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11
Into the Tangle of Friendship: A Memoir of the Things That Matter
The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate

Lab Girl

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Lab Girl

Underland: A Deep Time Journey

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Underland: A Deep Time Journey

Remember

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Remember

Wintering

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Wintering

The Best of Me

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The Best of Me

Untamed

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Untamed

So You Want to Talk About Race

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So You Want to Talk About Race

Open Book

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Open Book
Everything Is Figureoutable
I’ll Be There for You: the One about Friends

Good Boy

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Good Boy

Why We Can’t Sleep

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Why We Can’t Sleep
Know My Name
I’m Still Here
The Boys in the Boat
Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir
Crying in H Mart
Mom & Me & Mom
The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story
I Came All This Way to Meet You: Writing Myself Home
The Treeline: The Last Forest and the Future of Life on Earth
The Next Everest
Manifesto: On Never Giving Up
Crying in the Bathroom
I’m Glad My Mom Died
El Deafo
The Hiding Place