Bestsellers: National nonfiction

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May 20, 2018
May 20
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The Post compiles its bestsellers lists by combining hard cover, paperback and ebook sales data from Nielsen Bookscan and — including qualified borrows of books read through Amazon's digital subscription program. The Post excludes non-narrative books at its sole discretion. Amazon founder and chief executive Jeffrey P. Bezos owns The Post.
4 weeks on list
#1 last week
Magnolia Table
By Joanna Gaines
A cookbook from Joanna Gaines of HGTV's "Fixer Upper." (William Morrow Cookbooks, $29.99)
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2 weeks on list
#2 last week
The Soul of America
By Jon Meacham
A Pulitzer Prize–winning author looks at America's past to examine today's partisan polarization. (Random House, $30)
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How to Change Your Mind
By Michael Pollan
Mixing history, memoir and science, this book explains how to understand your mind. (Penguin Press, $28)
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Three Days in Moscow
By Bret Baier
An in-depth look at the end of the Soviet Union and how Ronald Reagan shaped the world we live in today. (William Morrow, $28.99)
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5 weeks on list
#3 last week
A Higher Loyalty
By James Comey
A former FBI director recounts his experience in government, including investigations into Clinton's e-mail and ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. (Flatiron, $29.99)
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2 weeks on list
#4 last week
By Zora Neale Hurston
Zora Neale Hurston's recovered masterpiece about one of the last-known survivors of the Atlantic slave trade. (Amistad, $24.99)
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16 weeks on list
#5 last week
12 Rules for Life
By Jordan B. Peterson
A psychologist shares tips on how to transform your life. (Random House Canada, $25.95)
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21 weeks on list
#7 last week
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
By Mark Manson
A blogger counters the positive attitude of self-help books. (HarperOne, $24.99)
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21 weeks on list
#8 last week
You Are a Badass
By Jen Sincero
Advice, inspiring stories and exercises to lift self-confidence. (Running, $16)
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By Yuval Noah Harari
A examination of the creation of humanity and evolution. (Harper Perennial, $22.99)
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7 weeks on list
#9 last week
Killers of the Flower Moon
By David Grann
The FBI's investigation of Native Americans deaths in 1920s Oklahoma. (Vintage, $16.95)
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7 weeks on list
#11 last week
By Rachel Hollis
Rachel Hollis, founder of, on how to live a meaningful, truthful life. (Thomas Nelson, $22.99)
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8 weeks on list
#6 last week
I'll Be Gone in the Dark
By Michelle McNamara
Michelle McNamara's posthumously published account of a serial rapist-turned-murderer who wreaked havoc across California for more than 10 years. (Harper, $27.99)
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12 weeks on list
#10 last week
By Tara Westover
A memoir by a self-educated girl from a survivalist family who earned a Ph.D. from Cambridge. (Random House, $28)
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3 weeks on list
#12 last week
Hillbilly Elegy
By J. D. Vance
An analysis of white working-class Americans and their politics. (Harper, $16.99)
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Rankings reflect sales for week ended May 20, 2018.
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Amazon Most Read lists rank titles by the average number of daily Kindle readers and Audible listeners each week. Categories not ranked on Most Read charts include dictionaries, encyclopedias, religious texts, daily devotionals and calendars. All data is supplied by Amazon Charts and not edited by The Washington Post. The Post has no editorial influence on these lists.
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