Go beyond just the current list of New York Times Nonfiction Best Sellers 2022 to discover every bestselling book listed on the NYT Bestseller List in 2022.
Since 1931, The New York Times has been publishing a weekly list of bestselling books. Since then, becoming a New York Times bestseller has become a dream for virtually every writer.
When I first started reading adult books, one of the first places I went for book recommendations was the New York Times Nonfiction Nonfiction Best Sellers. I wanted to know what books were the most widely read, and start with those.
However, scrolling through the list week by week on The New York Times website is rather annoying. I just wanted all the bestselling nonfiction books gathered together in one place.
When I couldn’t find it, I decided to create it.
Here are all the New York Times nonfiction bestsellers from 2022. Instead of just the current best seller list, which you can find all over the place, I’ve compiled a list of every book that has appeared on the New York Times Nonfiction Best Sellers list in 2022 for Hardcover Nonfiction.
Note: The week count in this list stops on the last week of 2022. Visit the 2023 Bestseller List if you want to find out which books kept ranking into the next year.
Since this is a bit of a sprawling post, feel free to jump to the section that most interests you or take your time scrolling through the complete list of New York Times nonfiction best sellers.
#1 New York Times Nonfiction Best Sellers of 2022
(101 Weeks) After writing about recovering a marriage rocked by infidelity in Love Warrior, Glennon Doyle has a new memoir about her love story with US soccer star Abby Wambach. Doyle details how she found herself by realizing her true power comes from within and not from the expectations others put on her.
(84 Weeks) Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey offers a memoir on his approach to getting the most satisfaction out of life. McConaughey poured over decades of his diaries to share the highs and lows of his life and the funny stories that shaped him along the way.
(60 Weeks) A powerful memoir about growing up a Korean American from the indie singer known for her Japanese Breakfast project. Growing up in Eugene, Oregon, Michelle Zauner struggled to fit in as the only Asian-American student in high school, burdened by the high expectations of her mother. Moving East, she began working in the restaurant industry and joined a fledgling band. But not until her mother’s terminal cancer diagnosis did Zauner feel liked she discovered her identity and understand her Koreanness.
Bruce D. Perry and Oprah Winfrey
(45 Weeks) Instead of asking What’s wrong with you?, we should be asking What happened to you? Oprah Winfrey teams up with neuroscientist Bruce D. Perry to discuss how understanding the trauma we faced at a young age can impact our behaviors now. By understanding our past, we can shift our viewpoint and see a clear path to healing.
(34 Weeks) Known for his work as a drummer for Nirvana and the founder of The Foo Fighters, Dave Grohl reflects on how much life has changed from his childhood in Springfield, Virginia. Reflecting on his fame, Grohl focuses on his love of the music that has underscored his life.
Created by Nikole Hannah-Jones
(29 Weeks) In 1619, a ship arrived in the Virginia colony with the first enslaved people from Africa. Thus began the unprecedented system of slavery that has shaped America ever since. Based on The New York Times Magazine‘s Pulitizer Prize-winning articles, The 1619 Project combines essays, poems, and works of fiction to chronicle how the legacy of slavery impacts America today.
(24 Weeks) The powerful memoir from actress and producer Viola Davis about finding herself. From her roots in a rundown apartment in Rhode Island to center stage in New York, Davis constantly had to find the courage to forget the judgment of the world and fall in love with herself.
(23 Weeks) The celebrated actor, producer, and musician describes his transformation from a terrified child in West Philadelphia to a well-known rapper and an all-star actor. Yet, at the top of his game, Smith still felt lost, realizing that despite his outer accomplishments, he still needed to work on his inner self.
Mark R. Levin
(22 Weeks) Fox News political commentator and radio host Mark Levin theorizes that the core principles of Marxism are pervasive in America. Levin describes his views on such liberal policies as the Green New Deal, critical race theory, and social activism.
(18 Weeks) Both vulnerable and hilarious, Jennette McCurdy’s tell-all memoir sends a poignant message of the dangers of child acting. McCurdy brilliantly embraces her inner child by describing how desperately she wanted to please her mom by acting, even if it lead to an eating disordered and a chaotic relationship with her family that she didn’t full understand until attending therapy after her mother’s death.
Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
(15 Weeks) In the eleventh book in the Killing Series, Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard discuss the global war on terror. After the 9/11 attacks, America launched an intense war against terrorist groups, targeting leaders of Al Qaeda, ISIS, and the Iran Revolutionary Guard.
Arthur C. Brooks
(13 Weeks) Atlantic columnist Arthur C. Brooks teaches how to find happiness in the second half of life. Brooks points out that the more successful you are, the sharper you notice the decline in your abilities as you age. Brooks gives a roadmap to refocusing priorities to achieve greater happiness later in life.
(12 Weeks) Fox News host Pete Hegseth presents his argument for a classical Christian education. Afraid of leftish indoctrination of the next generation in schools and progressive ideals in homeschooling and even Christian schools, Hegseth promotes revamping the entire American education system.
(11 Weeks) In his first collection of new essays since Calypso, David Sedaris writes of the change the pandemic has wrought in the world and in himself. Stuck in lockdown during the pandemic, Sedaris finds himself changing – sometimes for the good and sometimes for the humorous. Yet, even after normal life begins to return after the lockdowns, Sedaris finds himself in a different America, scarred by the pandemic, while dealing with his emotions from his father’s death.
(10 Weeks) Pairing the text of 154 of Paul McCartney’s songs with first-person commentary, The Lyrics takes an in-depth look at a musical legend. McCartney explains how each song came to be and tells about the people who inspired them, from his songwriting partner John Lennon to his parents and even Queen Elizabeth.
(10 Weeks) Investigative journalist Peter Schweizer details China’s plan to infiltrate American institutions. Going through corporate records, Schweizer’s theory says that wealthy Americans in business, education, finance, and entertainment have made secret deals to help build Chinese wealth and power.
Bob Woodward and Robert Costa
(9 Weeks) The Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Robert Costa take a deep dive into the transition between the US Presidencies of Donald Trump and Joe Biden. Looking at the challenges faced as the nation’s leadership switches between two opposing political parties, Woodward and Costa paint a picture of a nation at the brink.
(7 Weeks) Bestselling author James Patterson is among the most-anticipated June 2022 book releases, not for one of his thrillers but for a new memoir detailing his life. Patterson describes how a kid whose dad grew up in a poorhouse became one of the most famous modern storytellers.
(6 Weeks) At the height of its popularity, The Rush Limbaugh Show aired on almost a thousand radio stations across the United States. A year after the conservative talk radio host’s death, Limbaugh’s widow and his brother have collected the best of the best of his on-air moments with special commentary added in.
(6 Weeks) Fox News contributors Rachel Campos-Duffy and Sean Duffy present a collection of Christmas stories from across the nation. From recipes to family photographs and emotional memories, All American Christmas traces different Christmas traditions from around the United States.
(6 Weeks) In a painful memoir, Congressman Jamie Raskin tells of the 45 days at the beginning of 2021 that changed his life forever. On December 31, 2020, his only son committed suicide after a long struggle with depression. Less than a week later, Raskin found himself in the Capitol building stormed by insurrectionists. Although reeling from both events, Raskin was forced to set his feelings aside and use his experience as a constitutional law professor to lead the impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.
(6 Weeks) When his young lawyer was killed, Bill Browder swore to uncover the $230 million dollar tax refund scheme that his lawyer was killed for. Following the money trail around the world, Browder was shocked to find it led back to Vladimir Putin. When the feds started freezing Putin’s money, Browder found himself attacked through cyber, legal and physical threats to prevent him from seeking justice.
(6 Weeks) Known for his role as Chandler Bing on Friends, Matthew Perry gives a behind-the-scenes look at the hit sitcom. Yet, while his career was hitting a high, Perry struggled through some of his darkest days. In this candid memoir, Perry discusses his lifelong battle with addiction and the persistence, hope, and friends who helped him along the way.
William P. Barr
(5 Weeks) Former Attorney General William P. Barr gives a forthright memoir of his two tenures 30 years apart, one under President George H. W, Bush and one during the last two terms of President Trump. Bar describes the important events of the 1990s, Iran Contra and the LA riots, as well as recent events like Covid, President Trump’s impeachments, and the 2020 Presidential election.
(5 Weeks) As son-in-law and senior advisor to former President Donald Trump, Jared Kushner had unparalleled access during Trump’s presidency. In his memoir, Kushner takes you behind the scenes of his four years in the White House and his insights as a member of Trump’s family.
(5 Weeks) Even early success in acting could not prepare Tom Felton for the life-changing experience of starring as Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter film series. In Beyond the Wand, Felton gives readers a behind-the-scenes to life growing up as a wizard, yet still attending high school like any other teen. Felton also discusses the lasting friendships he made on the set as well as the highs and lows of viral fandom.
(5 Weeks) New York Times journalist Maggie Haberman describes Donald Trump’s rise to the Presidency of the United States. Having covered Trump extensively from his years in New York to his post-presidency, Haberman theorizes what makes the man tick and how he became such a polarizing figure.
(4 Weeks) In an uncertain world, former First Lady Michelle Obama teaches strategies to help you find hope and balance. Instead of cliche affirmations, Obama digs deep into the conversation about difficult topics and finds practical wisdom to help readers cope. With insightful stories and usable tools, Obama empowers readers to find connections in an ever-changing world.
(4 Weeks) After showing the power of introverts in Quiet, Susan Cain uses the same mix of science and storytelling to explore what bittersweet feelings of sorrow and longing can teach us about creativity, compassionate leadership, and love. Cain shows that bittersweetness isn’t just a fleeting emotion but a powerful way of being that can lead to transcendence.
Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey
(4 Weeks) Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey, stars of the US tv show The Office, reveal a behind-the-scenes look at the hit tv series. Although their characters, secretary Pam Beasley and accountant Angela Martin, didn’t have anything in common, the co-stars hit it off in a warm friendship that continues to this day.
(3 Weeks) Mark Leibovich, a staff writer for The Atlantic, explains how the GOP changed to embrace President Trump after his election despite scorning him during his candidacy. Leibovich concentrates his focus on prominent Republicans Lindsey Graham, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz, showcasing how they changed their stances to fit the President’s.
Stephanie Johnson and Brandon Stanton
(2 Weeks) After capturing the hearts of readers in the Humans of New York series, Stephanie Johnson writes her memoir with the help of HONY founder Brandon Stanton. Johnson is best known as “Tanqueray,” a burlesque dancer who took New York City by storm in the seventies. Johnson beautifully describes her struggles and triumphs in a never-before-told story.
(10+ Weeks on the NYT Bestseller List)
(36 Weeks) Grant reminds us that just like we refresh our wardrobe from time to time, we need to routinely reexamine our beliefs and ways of thinking. Often our beliefs become habits, and Grant argues that being too attached to one identity and thought process can kill our creativity. Instead, we need to start spending as much time rethinking as we do thinking.
(19 Weeks) Actor and foodie Stanley Tucci takes you behind the recipes from his bestselling cookbooks to tell of his life growing up in an Italian-American family. Tucci describes how food as overlayed is life, from preparing for the films he’s starred and directed in to helping his wife cook for their growing family.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
(16 Weeks) Anti-vaccine advocate Robert F Kennedy Jr. gives his views on Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Although hailed a hero by mainstream media for his work during the COVID epidemic, Kennedy expresses his concerns about Fauci’s connections and history.
Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen
(10 Weeks) Long-time friends President Barack Obama and musician Bruce Springsteen have a candid conversation about a variety of topics, covering everything from their origins to their successful careers. Discussing the increased polarization of American politics, they point out the growing gap between the American Dream and the American reality.
(5+ Weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List)
What If? 2 by Randall Munroe
The Palace Papers by Tina Brown
The President and the Freedom Fighter by Brian Kilmeade
And There Was Light by Jon Meacham
An Immense World by Ed Yong
The Beatles: Get Back by the Beatles
The Myth of Normal by Gabor Maté
The Mosquito Bowl by Buzz Bissinger
Vanderbilt by Anderson Cooper and Katherine Howe
(7 Weeks) The CNN host and descendant of the Vanderbilt family charts the rise and fall of this American dynasty.
Killing the Legends by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
The Betrayal of Anne Frank by Rosemary Sullivan
I’d Like to Play Alone, Please by Tom Segura
River of the Gods by Candice Millard
The Revolutionary by Stacy Schiff
The Song of the Cell by Siddhartha Mukherjee
The Great Reset by Glenn Beck
The Dawn of Everything by David Graeber and David Wengrow
How to Be Perfect by Michael Schur
Starry Messenger by Neil deGrasse Tyson
Surrender by Bono
The Philosophy of Modern Song by Bob Dylan
Cinema Speculation by Quentin Tarantino
The Nineties by Chuck Klosterman
Phil by Alan Shipnuck
Scars and Stripes by Tim Kennedy and Nick Palmisciano
Leadership by Henry Kissinger
Path Lit by Lightning by David Maraniss
Life on the Mississippi by Rinker Buck
Dinners with Ruth by Nina Totenberg
Live Wire by Kelly Ripa
(2-4 Weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List)
Essays on friendships, influences and the connection between life and art.
The Book of Hope by Jane Goodall and Douglas Adams
The naturalist explores an element of human nature during a time of multiple crises in areas of health, climate and politics.
All About Me! by Mel Brooks
The EGOT and Kennedy Center honoree shares stories about making comedy for the stage, film and television.
Best Wishes, Warmest Regards by Daniel Levey and Eugene Levy
Character profiles, major story moments and behind-the-scenes tales from the Emmy Award-winning series “Schitt’s Creek.”
Enough Already by Valerie Bertinelli
The actress and TV personality describes her personal setbacks and difficult journey to self-acceptance.
Blood in the Garden by Chris Herring
A senior writer for Sports Illustrated gives a history of the New York Knicks during the 1990s.
South to America by Imani Perry
A wide-ranging collection of stories and histories based in the American South that also illuminate the country as a whole.
Stolen Focus by Johann Hari
Potential causes for diminishing attention spans and how corporations might raid our attention for profit.
The Power of Regret by Daniel H. Pink
A look at four core regrets and potential strategies to make them a positive force.
Watergate by Garrett M. Graff
A narrative account of the persons and events connected to the Watergate scandal using newly public documents and transcripts.
Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama by Bob Odenkirk
The actor and writer, known for his work in sketch comedy and dramatic roles, charts his path.
Allow Me to Retort by Elie Mystal
The Nation’s legal analyst and justice correspondent posits ways to protect the rights of women and people of color.
In Love by Amy Bloom
After her husband’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis, the author travels with him to Dignitas, a prominent Swiss right-to-die organization.
Lessons from the Edge by Marie Yovanovitch
The former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine chronicles her career in the post-Soviet world and her testimony during the first impeachment of President Trump.
Against All Odds by Alex Kershaw
The story of four soldiers who received the Medal of Honor for their service during World War II.
Origin by Jennifer Raff
Using genetic data, an anthropologist traces the lineage of the first people to populate the Americas and the routes that they took.
Recessional by David Mamet
The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright lambastes liberal politics, cancel culture and other things he finds objectionable.
Hello, Molly! by Molly Shannon
The comedic actor shares stories of family tragedy and her years as a star of “Saturday Night Live.”
Left on Tenth by Delia Ephron
The author and screenwriter describes losing her sister and husband to cancer, finding love again and receiving a leukemia diagnosis.
Playing with Myself by Randy Rainbow
A memoir by the three-time Emmy-nominated comedian known for his online musical and political satires.
Unmasked by Paul Holes
A memoir by a former cold case investigator who worked on several notable cases, including the identification of the Golden State Killer.
I’ll Show Myself Out by Jessi Klein
A collection of comedic essays on motherhood and middle age by the Emmy Award-winning writer and producer.
The War on the West by Douglas Murray
A memoir by the three-time Emmy-nominated comedian known for his online musical and political satires.
This Will Not Pass by Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns
Two New York Times correspondents chronicle the 2020 election and the first year of the Biden presidency.
Out of the Corner by Jennifer Grey
The actress details growing up the child of Joel Grey, her iconic film roles and the repercussions from a plastic surgery procedure.
Just Tyrus by Tyrus
A memoir by the pro wrestler and Fox News political commentator.
A Sacred Oath by Mark T. Esper
The former secretary of defense gives an account of serving in his post until he was fired by the president after the 2020 election.
Mean Baby by Selma Blair
The actress and model describes dark times and the salvation she found in her multiple sclerosis diagnosis.
Created Equal by Ben Carson
The former secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development gives his analysis of race relations in America.
Here’s the Deal by Kellyanne Conway
The former senior counselor in President Trump’s White House gives her account of her time in politics.
Rough Draft by Katy Tur
The MSNBC anchor describes growing up with her helicopter journalist parents and her own journey in covering the news.
The End of the World is Just the Beginning by Peter Zeihan
A look at potential changes in globalization.
Why We Did It by Tim Miller
The former Republican political operative assesses why some centrist conservatives fell under the sway of Donald Trump
They Want to Kill Americans by Malcolm Nance
The author of “The Plot to Hack America” examines radicalization and terror threats within the United States.
The Big Lie by Jonathan Lemire
The MSNBC host and White House bureau chief at Politico examines Donald Trump’s continuing influence over the Republican Party.
The Destructionists by Dana Milbank
The Washington Post columnist describes Republican actions between the signing of the Contract With America and the Jan. 6 insurrection.
America, A Redemption Story by Tim Scott
The Republican senator from South Carolina shares stories from his life and the lives of other Americans.
Diana, William, and Harry by James Patterson and Chris Mooney
A biography of the late Princess of Wales and her sons.
What We Owe the Future by William MacAskill
A philosopher shares his perspective on what we should do now to ensure that civilization would rebound if it collapsed.
Vacuuming in the Nude by Peggy Rowe
Stories of vacation mishaps, writers’ conferences and a cancer support group.
Shy by Mary Rodgers and Jesse Green
The memoirs of the late composer, author and screenwriter, written with the chief theater critic at The New York Times.
Solito by Javier Zamora
The poet describes his journey over two months from El Salvador to the United States to reconnect with his parents who left years earlier.
Holding the Line by Geoffrey Berman
The former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York gives his account of pushing back against the Trump Justice Department.
Like a Rolling Stone by Jann S. Wenner
A memoir by the founder, co-editor and publisher of Rolling Stone magazine.
Profiles in Ignorance by Andy Borowitz
The creator of “The Borowitz Report” looks at the declining knowledge of some public officials over the last 50 years.
The Divider by Peter Baker and Susan Glasser
The married journalists who write for The New York Times and The New Yorker posit that Donald Trump began to emulate the foreign autocrats he admired.
American Psychosis by David Corn
The Washington bureau chief for Mother Jones magazine gives his take on the Republican Party over the last seven decades.
Adrift by Scott Galloway
An overview of events from 1945 to the present and how they might inform potential crises in the near future.
The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man by Paul Newman
The late movie star’s memoir reveals intimate details about his personal relationships and professional rivalries; compiled and edited by David Rosenthal.
Bibi by Benjamin Netanyahu
An autobiography by the former prime minister of Israel.
Justice Corrupted by Ted Cruz
The Republican senator from Texas gives his take on the justice system.
So Help Me God by Mike Pence
The former vice president gives an account of his career, including his time in the Oval Office and during the Jan. 6 insurrection.
A Book of Days by Patti Smith
More than 365 images and reflections by the National Book Award–winning author and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee.
The Queen by Andrew Morton
A biography of Queen Elizabeth II, which explores her influence on Britain and the rest of the world.
Comedians in Cars Geting Coffee Book by Jerry Seinfeld
Behind-the-scenes photos and stories of the streaming series about the art of comedy.
One Hit Wonders
(1 Week on the New York Times Best Seller List)