In Non-Fiction this week there is a large variety of books and trends doing well, History appears to be getting some traction, as do Memoirs and Biographies. But it is Self Help that seems to be doing the best, with Medical and Recipe books following closely behind. Science in general is popular, though it tends to be more of a trend than a niche and is popular in many of the genres shown on the chart.

History is always a popular niche in the Non-Fiction chart, but this week it is more varied and covers more of the world than is usual. It is almost as if after last week’s over abundance of American History that the readers chose with an eye on making up the difference. Jack Wetherford’s, Genghis Khan, And the Making of the Modern World shows that people are looking outside of the usual areas for History. There is also a clear interest on books n Jewish History, books about World War 2 are a part of this niche, as are books about older parts of Jewish history, such as Rachel Kadish’s, The Weight of Ink.

Memoirs and Biographies are very popular this week, there are books from celebrities, such as Becoming, by Michelle Obama, and Felicia Day’s, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost). But there is also a clear interest in True Crime. Such as Dianne Lake’s, A Member of the Family, which talks about Charles Manson, while Harold Schechter’s book, Hell’s Princess, is about Belle Gunness, a mass murderer of the 1800s. Interestingly, there also appears to be a lot of interest in books about Art History, with books about Caravaggio (Caravaggio; A Life Sacred and Profane, by Andrew Graham-Dixon) and Leonardo da Vinci, (Tim Tigner’s, Leonardo and Gabriel) among others doing very well with readers this week. In short, readers seem to have very clear interests, which they are expressing through the books they are choosing to read.

Likewise, the History of Science is drawing a lot of readers this week. Of course, Leonardo da Vinci, comes under this heading, so this trend can be applied to that book as well. But as well as that book there are many books professing to tell secret histories, or forgotten histories. Most of the books tend to have a niche interest, rather than giving a broad over view. For example, Jill Jonnes’ book, Empires of Light,  tells the stories of the scientists and engineers who fought to become the first person and the most famous person to bring light to the world. Plus, the book by Simon Winchester, The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World, is clearly a part of this niche, showing that there is some depth to the trend.

In Self-Help this week people seem very focused on the mind and on improving their mental acuity. There are numerous books on improving awareness and memory.  And there seems to be a real want for books on improving inter personal relations, both on the business side of things, to gain promotions or better management styles, and also on the  more personal front. A lot of people seem to have, all at once, decided that there are some clear areas of themselves that could be improved and that they wish to do so in this way.

Recipes are once more focused on speed and using specific tools. Hotpots and Instant pots are particularly popular this week. There are also some recipe books focused on health issues and promising that the recipes within their bindings will give the reader a new lease of life, or at the very least they will no longer be at risk from their food.

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