Columbine shooter's mom tells gut-wrenching tale

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The gut wrenching tale in "A Mother's Reckoning" offers a powerful account by the mother of one of the Columbine shooters, chronicling her battle with grief and shame ever since that infamous day in April 1999.

As the Times' review explains, she had the unnerving realization that something was amiss the day her son left for school:

When he left for school that morning, he called out one word: "Bye." She had detected, in that syllable, an edge she'd never heard before -- "a sneer, almost, as if he'd been caught in the middle of a fight with someone." The tone disturbed her enough that she turned to her husband, still in bed, and commented she was worried about Dylan. Something was amiss.

The book made its debut on The New York Times Best Seller list for the week of March 6.

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

A book from comedian and actress Ellen DeGeneres' mother titled "Love, Ellen" also climbed the charts in its first week, landing at number three.

"I Am Malala", the heroic story of a Pakistani girl who was shot by the Taliban after campaign for women's education, continues its success by remaining on the list for over 45 weeks.

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

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Columbine shooter's mom tells gut-wrenching tale

No. 15 on NY Times Bestsellers list nonfiction: 

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, $16.20

Using surprising studies and stories spanning business, politics, sports, and entertainment, Grant explores how to recognize a good idea, speak up without getting silenced, build a coalition of allies, choose the right time to act, and manage fear and doubt; how parents and teachers can nurture originality in children; and how leaders can fight groupthink to build cultures that welcome dissent. 

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: 

Bossypants, $9.52

Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV.

No. 12 on NY Times Bestsellers list nonfiction: 

13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened In Benghazi, $10.48

13 HOURS presents, for the first time ever, the true account of the events of September 11, 2012, when terrorists attacked the US State Department Special Mission Compound and a nearby CIA station called the Annex in Benghazi, Libya.

No. 11 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. 10 on NY Times Bestsellers list nonfiction: 

The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain, $18.12

Twenty years ago, Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to discover and celebrate that green and pleasant land. The result was Notes from a Small Island, a true classic and one of the bestselling travel books ever written. Now he has traveled about Britain again, by bus and train and rental car and on foot, to see what has changed—and what hasn’t.

No. 9 on NY Times Bestsellers list nonfiction: 

In his first book published as Pope, and in conjunction with the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis here invites all humanity to an intimate and personal dialogue on the subject closest to his heart—mercy—which has long been the cornerstone of his faith and is now the central teaching of his papacy.

No. 8 on NY Times Bestsellers list nonfiction: 

Based on two decades of reporting, NBC’s chief foreign correspondent’s riveting story of the Middle East revolutions, the Arab Spring, war, and terrorism seen up-close—sometimes dangerously so.

No. 7 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. 6 on NY Times Bestsellers list nonfiction: 

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, $9.79

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.

No. 5 on NY Times Bestsellers list nonfiction: 

Dear Cary: My Life with Cary Grant, $13.66

With honesty and heart-rending emotion, actress and filmmaker Dyan Cannon tells the story of her topsy-turvy relationship with Hollywood legendCary Grant. Cannon’s captivating narrative takes the reader behind the scenes of Hollywood’s Golden Age, inside America’s high court of glamour and notoriety in which Cary Grant was king. 

No. 4 on NY Times Bestsellers list nonfiction: 

Conviction: The Untold Story of Putting Jodi Arias Behind Bars, $19.49

Juan Martinez, the fiery prosecutor who convicted notorious murderess Jodi Arias for the disturbing killing of Travis Alexander, speaks for the first time about the shocking investigation and sensational trial that captivated the nation.

No. 3 on NY Times Bestsellers list nonfiction: 

Love, Ellen: A Mother/Daughter Journey, $11.25

"Mom, I'm gay." With three little words, gay sons and daughters can change their parents' lives forever. Twenty years ago, during a walk on a Mississippi beach, Ellen DeGeneres spoke those simple, powerful words to her mother. That emotional moment eventually brought mother and daughter closer than ever, but it was not without a struggle.

No. 2 on NY Times Bestsellers list nonfiction: 

A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy, $12.14

On April 20, 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold walked into Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. Over the course of minutes, they would kill twelve students and a teacher and wound twenty-four others before taking their own lives.

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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