Science Best Sellers: Science Bookshelf

2 THE REASON I JUMP by Naoki Higashida. Random House. A 13-year-old boy with autism answers questions. (2)

3 QUIET by Susan Cain. Crown. Introverts, one-third of the population, are undervalued in American society. (3)

4 AN ASTRONAUT’S GUIDE TO LIFE ON EARTH by Chris Hadfield. Little Brown. Decades of education at NASA and in outer space provide adrenaline-filled anecdotes.

5 THINKING, FAST AND SLOW by Daniel Kahneman. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. The winner of a Nobel in economic science discusses how we make choices in business and personal life and when we can and cannot trust our intuitions. (7)

6 THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS by Rebecca Skloot. Crown. The story of an African-American woman whose cancerous cells were extensively cultured without her permission in 1951. (5)

7 THE WORLD UNTIL YESTERDAY by Jared M. Diamond. Penguin. Modern society retains many evolutionary practices of primitive and traditional ancestors.

8 THE FRACKERS by Gregory Zuckerman. Penguin. How experiments by wildcatters tapped into shale — and environmental controversy.

9 FOCUS by Daniel Goleman. Harper. The author of “Emotional Intelligence” relies on research on attention to argue that high achievement requires three kinds of focus. (4)

10 WHY CAN’T I GET BETTER? by Richard I. Horowitz. St. Martin’s. A doctor’s investigation of Lyme disease.

The titles ranked here are selected by the science editors from all adult nonfiction books reported to The New York Times for the month. These titles are fundamentally based on the sciences; those for which science is more tangential or peripheral are generally excluded. Rankings reflect combined print and e-book sales for November 2013. An asterisk (*) indicates that a book’s sales are barely distinguishable from those of the book above. A dagger (†) indicates that some bookstores report receiving bulk orders.

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