Heartbreaking memoir by dying neurosurgeon continues to soar on the bestseller charts

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Paul Kalanithi: A Neurosurgeon's Memoirs

Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer at the age of 36 just before completing a decade of training as a neurosurgeon.

In his heartbreaking and posthumous memoir, "When Breath Becomes Air", Kalanithi explores the big questions surrounding how the prospect of death can impact what makes life worth living.

As the Times' review explains, Kalanithi offers a "gripping" look into the life of a doctor treating patients one day and being one the next:

I guarantee that finishing this book and then forgetting about it is simply not an option. There is so much here that lingers, and not just about matters of life and death.

The book made its debut on The New York Times Best Seller list for the week of January 31, 2016, and has since spent 12 weeks at the top of the charts.

Also this week a few new releases have shot up to the top of the nonfiction list while some heavy hitters continue to fly off the shelves.

"Between the World and Me," a book by author Ta-Nehisi Coates which a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son remains in the top ten on the bestsellers list this week.

While the gut wrenching tale in "Miracles from Heaven: A Little Girl and Her Amazing Story of Healing" which offers the true story of "one little girl, her journey to heaven, and an amazing story of healing," remains high on the list in its fourth week.

Click through the nonfiction New York Times Best Sellers list below:

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Heartbreaking memoir by dying neurosurgeon continues to soar on the bestseller charts

No. 15 on NY Times Bestsellers list nonfiction: 

The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero, $16.79

From the National Book Award–winning and best-selling author Timothy Egan comes the epic story of one of the most fascinating and colorful Irishman in nineteenth-century America.

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No. 14 on NY Times Bestsellers list nonfiction: 

Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right, $18.68

Why is America living in an age of profound economic inequality? Why, despite the desperate need to address climate change, have even modest environmental efforts been defeated again and again? Why have protections for employees been decimated? Why do hedge-fund billionaires pay a far lower tax rate than middle-class workers?

No. 13 on NY Times Bestsellers list nonfiction: 

The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, $8.87

The real story of the crash began in bizarre feeder markets where the sun doesn't shine and the SEC doesn't dare, or bother, to tread: the bond and real estate derivative markets where geeks invent impenetrable securities to profit from the misery of lower--and middle--class Americans who can't pay their debts. 

No. 12 on NY Times Bestsellers list nonfiction: 

Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery, $12.28

Award-winning investigative reporter Robert Kolker delivers a humanizing account of the true-life search for a serial killer still at large on Long Island, and presents the first detailed look at the shadow world of online escorts, where making a living is easier than ever and the dangers remain all too real.

No. 11 on NY Times Bestsellers list nonfiction: 

Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter, $16.07

Joe and Rose Kennedy’s strikingly beautiful daughter Rosemary attended exclusive schools, was presented as a debutante to the Queen of England, and traveled the world with her high-spirited sisters. And yet, Rosemary was intellectually disabled — a secret fiercely guarded by her powerful and glamorous family. 

No. 10 on NY Times Bestsellers list nonfiction: 

Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business, $16.29

From the author of The Power of Habit comes a fascinating book that explores the science of productivity, and why, in today’s world, managing how you think—rather than what you think—can transform your life.

No. 9 on NY Times Bestsellers list nonfiction: 

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, $9.15

For readers of Unbroken, out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times—the improbable, intimate account of how nine working-class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant.

No. 8 on NY Times Bestsellers list nonfiction: 

Between the World and Me, $9.83

In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis.

No. 7 on NY Times Bestsellers list nonfiction: 

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, $11.53

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics is a book about the joy of discovery. Carlo Rovelli brings a playful, entertaining, and mind-bending introduction to modern physics, offering surprising—and surprisingly easy to grasp—explanations of Einstein's general relativity, quantum mechanics, elementary particles, gravity, black holes, the complex architecture of the universe, and the role humans play in this weird and wonderful world. 

No. 6 on NY Times Bestsellers list nonfiction: 

Miracles from Heaven: A Little Girl and Her Amazing Story of Healing, $9.10

Soon to be a major motion picture from Sony, starring Jennifer Garner and Queen Latifah-Miracles from Heaven is the true story of one little girl, her journey to heaven, and an amazing story of healing.

No. 5 on NY Times Bestsellers list nonfiction: 

Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape, $16.19

The author of the New York Times bestseller Cinderella Ate My Daughter offers a clear-eyed picture of the new sexual landscape girls face in the post-princess stage—high school through college—and reveals how they are negotiating it.

No. 4 on NY Times Bestsellers list nonfiction: 

Alexander Hamilton​, $13.06

In the first full-length biography of Alexander Hamilton in decades, Ron Chernow tells the riveting story of a man who overcame all odds to shape, inspire, and scandalize the newborn America. According to historian Joseph Ellis, Alexander Hamilton is “a robust full-length portrait, in my view the best ever written, of the most brilliant, charismatic and dangerous founder of them all.”

No. 3 on NY Times Bestsellers list nonfiction: 

Lust & Wonder: A Memoir, $16.06

In chronicling the development and demise of the different relationships he's had while living in New York, Augusten Burroughs examines what it means to be in love, what it means to be in lust, and what it means to be figuring it all out. 

No. 2 on NY Times Bestsellers list nonfiction: 

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, $12.23

From the bestselling author and master of narrative nonfiction comes the enthralling story of the sinking of the Lusitania

No. 1 on NY Times Bestsellers list nonfiction: 

When Breath Becomes Air, $15.00

At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live.

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