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New York Times Nonfiction

 

This week's New York Times Bestsellers: Nonfiction

 

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The Princess Diarist

The Princess Diarist
Fisher, Carrie

In 1976, Carrie Fisher was a teenager filming a movie, with an all-consuming crush on her costar. And it just happened to become one of the most famous films of all time-- the first Star wars movie. When she recently discovered the journals she had kept, she found them full of plaintive love poems, unbridled musings with youthful naiveté, and a vulnerability that she barely recognized. In revisiting her diaries, Fisher ponders the joys and insanity of celebrity as well as the absurdity of a life spawned by Hollywood royalty whose lofty status has ultimately been surpassed by her own outer-space royalty.


Format: Book
Holds: 356 on 66 copies
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Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of A Family and Culture in Crisis

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of A Family and Culture in Crisis
Vance, J. D.

Shares the story of the author's family and upbringing, describing how they moved from poverty to an upwardly mobile clan that included the author, a Yale Law School graduate, while navigating the demands of middle class life and the collective demons of the past.


Format: Book
Holds: 0 on 210 copies
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The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds

The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds
Lewis, Michael


Format: Book
Holds: 105 on 15 copies
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Killing the Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan

Killing the Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan
O'Reilly, Bill

Autumn 1944. World War II is nearly over in Europe but is escalating in the Pacific, where American soldiers face an opponent who will go to any length to avoid defeat. The Japanese army follows the samurai code of Bushido, stipulating that surrender is a form of dishonor. This book takes readers to the bloody tropical-island battlefields of Peleliu and Iwo Jima and to the embattled Philippines, where General Douglas MacArthur has made a triumphant return and is plotting a full-scale invasion of Japan. Across the globe in Los Alamos, New Mexico, Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer and his team of scientists are preparing to test the deadliest weapon known to mankind. In Washington, DC, Harry Truman ascends to the presidency after FDR dies in office, only to face the most important political decision in history: whether to use that weapon. And in Tokyo, Emperor Hirohito, who is considered a deity by his subjects, refuses to surrender, despite a massive and mounting death toll. This epic saga details the final moments of World War II like never before.--Adapted from dust jacket.


Format: Book
Holds: 49 on 15 copies
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The Magnolia Story

The Magnolia Story
Gaines, Chip

Chip and Joanna Gaines, the stars of the TV show Fixer Upper, describe their lives and renovation projects and the origins of the show.


Format: Book
Holds: 95 on 0 copies
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Born to Run

Born to Run
Springsteen, Bruce

Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to these pages the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs. He describes growing up Catholic in Freehold, New Jersey, amid the poetry, danger, and darkness that fueled his imagination, leading up to the moment he refers to as "The Big Bang": seeing Elvis Presley's debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. He vividly recounts his relentless drive to become a musician, his early days as a bar band king in Asbury Park, and the rise of the E Street Band. With disarming candor, he also tells for the first time the story of the personal struggles that inspired his best work, and shows us why the song "Born to Run" reveals more than we previously realized.


Format: Book
Holds: 263 on 67 copies
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Settle for More

Settle for More
Kelly, Megyn

Megyn Kelly, one of the most respected, hardest-hitting TV journalists in America, speaks candidly about her decision to "settle for more" -- a motto she credits as having changed her life, and the reason she abandoned a thriving legal career to follow her dream in the news business. She opens up about Donald Trump's feud with her, and the challenges she has faced as a professional woman and working mother. A deeply personal and surprising account, one that will inspire men and women of all ages and political persuasions to embrace the values of determination, honesty, and courage in the face of fear. --Adapted from book jacket.


Format: Book
Holds: 129 on 24 copies
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Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, (and Everything in Between)

Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, (and Everything in Between)
Graham, Lauren

"This book contains some stories from my life: the awkward growing-up years, the confusing dating years, the fulfilling work years, and what it was like to be asked to play one of my favorite characters again. Also included: tales of living on a houseboat, meeting guys at awards shows, and that time I was asked to be a butt model. A hint: all three made me seasick." --from back of dust jacket.


Format: Book
Holds: 185 on 36 copies
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Hamilton: The Revolution : Being the Complete Libretto of the Broadway Musical, With A True Account of Its Creation, and Concise Remarks on Hip-hop, the Power of Stories, and the New America

Hamilton: The Revolution : Being the Complete Libretto of the Broadway Musical, With A True Account of Its Creation, and Concise Remarks on Hip-hop, the Power of Stories, and the New America
Miranda, Lin-Manuel


Format: Book
Holds: 60 on 39 copies
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When Breath Becomes Air

When Breath Becomes Air
Kalanithi, Paul

"At the age of 36, on the verge of a completing a decade's worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi's health began to falter. He started losing weight and was wracked by waves of excruciating back pain. A CT scan confirmed what Paul, deep down, had suspected: he had stage four lung cancer, widely disseminated. One day, he was a doctor making a living treating the dying, and the next, he was a patient struggling to live. Just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined, the culmination of decades of striving, evaporated. With incredible literary quality, philosophical acuity, and medical authority, When Breath Becomes Air approaches the questions raised by facing mortality from the dual perspective of the neurosurgeon who spent a decade meeting patients in the twilight between life and death, and the terminally ill patient who suddenly found himself living in that liminality. At the base of Paul's inquiry are essential questions, such as: What makes life worth living in the face of death? What happens when the future, instead of being a ladder toward the goals of life, flattens out into a perpetual present? When faced with a terminal diagnosis, what does it mean to have a child, to nuture a new life as another one fades away? As Paul wrote, "Before my cancer was diagnosed, I knew that someday I would die, but I didn't know when. After the diagnosis, I knew that someday I would die, but I didn't know when. But now I knew it acutely. The problem wasn't really a scientific one. The fact of death is unsettling. Yet there is no other way to live." Paul Kalanithi passed away in March 2015, while working on this book"--Provided by publisher.


Format: Book
Holds: 141 on 103 copies
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