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Friday, June 13, 2014

The Top 100 Best-Selling Education Books of 2014 (So Far)

From The New York Times Blog
"The Learning Network"

By The Learning Network
June 10, 2014

The book trailer for “The End of Your Life Book Club,” No. 67 on our list.

In December, 2013, we published the first New York Times best-seller list of education titles. As we wrote at the time, the collection was intended to get people talking and thinking about the many ways we discuss education, how we present sometimes arcane subjects, and how we think about teaching and learning at all ages and in many contexts.

Now we’re back with a second edition, just in time for lazy days at the beach. So, while your students are participating in our Summer Reading Contest, we hope you’ll take the advice of “The End of Your Life Book Club” author Will Schwalbe and read “casually, promiscuously and whimsically.”

Before we send you off, a few notes on methodology:

Our education lists are compiled by Deborah Hofmann, senior editor of the New York Times best-seller lists. She created this one by looking at every adult nonfiction title that was reported each week to the New York Times best-seller lists though May 31, in both print and electronic formats.

As she explained in December, Ms. Hofmann classifies a book as “education” if it tries to “teach the reader, or tell us how we learn or why we learn — or, sometimes, why we do not.” This time, however, she narrowed the criteria slightly by removing any books that might more appropriately be classified first as “parenting” rather than “education.” So, for instance, Andrew Solomon’s “Far From the Tree,” No. 8 on that earlier list, does not appear here.

Though these lists do not generally include classroom evergreens or coming-of-age narratives (those titles are tracked differently), we made the decision together to include the work of Maya Angelou. After her death on May 28, we thought teachers and students might find it a fitting tribute to a much-loved writer that her books began selling so strongly that four of them appear below.

Happy summer, and happy reading!


The 100 Best-Selling Education Books of 2014 (So Far)
Compiled by Deborah Hofmann, senior editor, New York Times best-seller lists

1. Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman
2. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,by Maya Angelou
3. How Children Succeed, by Paul Tough
4. The Opposite of Loneliness, by Marina Keegan
5. Congratulations, by the Way, by George Saunders
6. Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, by Daniel J. Siegel
7. Look Me in the Eye: My Life With Asperger’s, by John Elder Robison
8. The Promise of a Pencil, by Adam Braun
9. Show Your Work!, by Austin Kleon

10. Lean In (for Graduates), by Sheryl Sandberg
11. The Whole-Brain Child, by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
12. America the Beautiful, by Ben C. Carson with Candy Carson
13. The Last Lecture, by Randy Pausch
14. The Reason I Jump, by Naoki Higashida
15. The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Getting Ahead, by Charles Murray
16. Healing ADD Revised Edition, by Daniel G. Amen
17. You Are Not Special, by David McCullough Jr.
18. The Normans, From Raiders to Kings, by Lars Brownworth
19. How to Read Literature Like a Professor, Revised, by Thomas C. Foster
20. The Smartest Kids in the World, by Amanda Ripley
21. Our Mathematical Universe, by Max Tegmark
22. I Just Graduated … Now What?, by Katherine Schwarzenegger
23. Cracking the AP Calculus AB and BC Exams, 2014 Edition, by Princeton Review
24. Two Old Fools on a Camel: From Spain to Bahrain, by Victoria Twead
25. 1,000 Creative Writing Prompts, Volume 2, by Bryan Cohen and Jeremiah Jones
26. The Naked Roommate, by Harlan Cohen
27. How Music Works, by David Byrne
28. My Life in Middlemarch, by Rebecca Mead
29. Mom and Me and Mom, by Maya Angelou

30. It’s Complicated, by Danah Boyd
31. With Their Eyes, edited by Annie Thoms
32. Letters of Note, compiled by Shaun Usher
33. Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread From the Data, by Charles Wheelan
34. Survival Wisdom and Know-How, by Amy Rost
35. Mastery, by Robert Greene
36. Everything’s an Argument, by Andrea A. Lunsford, John J. Ruszkiewicz and Keith Walters
37. Collected Autobiographies of Maya Angelou, by Maya Angelou
38. 1001 Things Every College Student Needs to Know, by Harry H. Harrison Jr.
39. Plato at the Googleplex, by Rebecca Goldstein
40. The Knowledge, by Lewis Dartnell
41. Focus, by Daniel Goleman
42. De-Textbook, by Cracked.com
43. Homework for Grownups: Everything You Learned at School and Promptly Forgot, by E. Foley and B. Coates
44. The Autistic Brain, by Temple Grandin and Richard Panek
45. F This Test, by Richard Benson
46. If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?, by Kurt Vonnegut and Dan Wakefield
47. F in Exams, Richard Benson
48. 1,000 Creative Writing Prompts, by Bryan Cohen
49. 50 Physics Ideas You Really Need to Know, by Joanne Baker
50. Reign of Error, by Diane Ravitch
51. Letters to a Young Scientist, by Edward O. Wilson

The book trailer for “An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth,”
by Chris Hadfield, No. 52 on our list.

52. An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, by Chris Hadfield
53. Expert Companions: Outdoor Skills and Tips, by Lachlan McLaine
54. MFA vs. NYC, by Chad Harbach
55. The Brainy Bunch, by Kip Harding and Mona Lisa Harding
56. Autism Breakthrough, by Raun K. Kaufman
57. Teach Like a PIRATE, by Dave Burgess
58. My Gentle Barn, by Ellie Laks
59. GRE Premier 2015 With 6 Practice Tests, by Kaplan
60. Essential Skills and Practice, Grade 2, by the Staff, Brighter Child Publishing
61. On Writing, by Stephen King
62. The Perfect Score Project: Uncovering the Secrets of the SAT, by Debbie Stier
63. The Smithsonian’s History of America in 101 Objects, by Richard Kurin
64. Writing Skills Success in 20 Minutes a Day, by LearningExpress
65. Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life, by Marta McDowell
66. The End of Your Life Book Club, by Will Schwalbe
67. Quantum Mechanics, by Leonard Susskind and Art Friedman
68. The Dangerous Book for Boys, by Conn Iggulden and Hal Iggulden
69. How to Write Anything, by Laura Brown
70. The Signal and the Noise, by Nate Silver

71. Letter to My Daughter, by Maya Angelou
72. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
73. Whistling Vivaldi and Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us, by Claude M. Steele
74. The Art of Learning, by Josh Waitzkin
75. The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2013, edited by Siddhartha Mukherjee
76. The Education of a Lifetime, by Robert Khayat
77. A Little History of the World, by E. H. Gombrich
78. Barron’s 6 ACT Practice Tests, by Jim D. Giovannini and Patsy J. Prince
79. A Smart Girl’s Guide to Starting Middle School, by Julie Williams Montalbano and Sara Hunt
80. The One World Schoolhouse, by Salman Khan
81. The Enjoyment of Music, by Kristine Forney and Joseph Machlis
82. This Is Water, by David Foster Wallace
83. George Washington’s Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior, by George Washington
84. The Priority List, by David Menasche
85. Teach Your Children Well, by Madeline Levine
86. How to Read Literature Like a Professor, by Thomas C. Foster
87. The Art of Public Speaking, by Stephen Lucas
88. The Disappearing Spoon, by Sam Kean
89. The Pact, by Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, Rameck Hunt and Lisa Frasier Page
90. The Happy Student, by Daniel Wong
91. The New School, by Glenn Harlan Reynolds

92. 1,227 Quite Interesting Facts to Blow Your Socks Off, by John Lloyd, John Mitchinson and James Harkin
93. A Different Mirror for Young People, by Ronald Takaki
94. Make It Stick, by Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger III and Mark McDaniel
95. F for Effort, by Richard Benson
96. What You’re Really Meant to Do, by Robert Steven Kaplan
97. What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World, by Taylor Mali
98. How to Create a Mind, by Ray Kurzweil
99. Hurricane Season: A Coach, His Team, and Their Triumph in the Time of Katrina, Neal Thompson
100. Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking, Daniel C. Dennett


Sales of both print books and e-books are reported confidentially to The New York Times; retailers were not asked specifically about education titles. The sales venues for print books include independent book retailers; national, regional and local chains; online and multimedia entertainment retailers; supermarkets, university, gift and discount department stores; and newsstands. E-book rankings reflect sales from leading online vendors of e-books in a variety of popular e-reader formats.

Learn more about how the New York Times best-seller list is compiled.

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