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Rank­ings re­flect sales for the week end­ing Dec. 15, and in­clude both elec­tronic- and print-edi­tion sales.


1. THE RECK­ON­ING, by John Gr­isham. (Dou­ble­day) A dec­o­rated World War II vet­eran shoots and kills a pas­tor in­side a Mis­sis­sippi church. (Weeks on list: 8)

2. EV­ERY BREATH, by Ni­cholas Sparks. (Grand Cen­tral) Dif­fi­cult choices sur­face when Hope An­der­son and Tru Walls meet in a North Carolina sea­side town. (9)


SING, by Delia Owens. (Put­nam) In a quiet town on the North Carolina coast in 1969, a young woman who sur­vived alone in the marsh be­comes a mur­der sus­pect. (14)

4. FIRE AND BLOOD, by Ge­orge R.R. Martin. (Ban­tam) Set 300 years be­fore the events of “A Game of Thrones,” this is the first vol­ume of the two-part his­tory of the Tar­garyens in Wes­teros. (4)

5. TAR­GET: ALEX CROSS, by James Pat­ter­son. (Lit­tle, Brown) Alex Cross re­turns for the 26th book in the se­ries bear­ing his name. (4)

6. PAST TENSE, by Lee Child. (Dela­corte) Jack Reacher ex­plores the New Eng­land town where his fa­ther was born and a Cana­dian cou­ple now find them­selves stranded. (6) 7. LONG ROAD TO MERCY, by David Bal­dacci. (Grand Cen­tral Pub­lish­ing) Atlee Pine, an FBI agent who is haunted by the child­hood kid­nap­ping of her twin sis­ter, must choose be­tween pro­tect­ing her ca­reer and pro­tect­ing democ­racy. (5) 8. OF BLOOD AND BONE, by Nora Roberts. (St. Martin’s) While the peo­ple of New Hope face threats, Fal­lon Swift goes on three quests to dis­cover her pow­ers. (2)


ERS, by Liane Mo­ri­arty. (Flat­iron) A ro­mance writer be­comes fas­ci­nated by the owner and di­rec­tor of a health re­sort. (6)


AUSCHWITZ, by Heather Mor­ris. (Harper) A con­cen­tra­tion camp de­tainee tasked with per­ma­nently mark­ing fel­low pris­on­ers falls in love with one of them. (14)

11. A DOG'S WAY HOME, by W. Bruce Cameron. (Forge) A dog sets out across 400 miles of wilder­ness to find the man who res­cued her as a puppy. (1)


FIVE, by Janet Evanovich. (Put­nam) The 25th book in the Stephanie Plum se­ries. When sev­eral man­agers of a deli in Tren­ton, New Jersey, dis­ap­pear, a bounty hunter and her de­tec­tive boyfriend look for clues. (5)


MEET IN HEAVEN, by Mitch Al­bom. (Harper) The se­quel to “The Five Peo­ple You Meet in Heaven” fol­lows An­nie on her heav­enly jour­ney. (7)


BLIND, by Louise Penny. (Mino­taur) Chief In­spec­tor Ar­mand Ga­mache is made an ex­ecu­tor of a stranger’s will and tries to keep a deadly nar­cotic off Mon­treal’s streets. (3) 15. ONE DAY IN DE­CEM­BER, by Josie Sil­ver. (Broad­way) A woman spends a year search­ing for a man in Lon­don she be­lieves – af­ter a sin­gle glance – is her true love. (2)


1. BE­COM­ING, by Michelle Obama. (Crown) The for­mer first lady de­scribes her jour­ney from the South Side of Chicago to the White House, and how she bal­anced work, fam­ily and her hus­band’s po­lit­i­cal as­cent. (5) 2. THE POINT OF IT ALL, by Charles Krautham­mer, edited by Daniel Krautham­mer. (Crown Fo­rum) A col­lec­tion of es­says, speeches and un­pub­lished writ­ings by the late con­ser­va­tive colum­nist. (2)

3. ED­U­CATED, by Tara Westover. (Ran­dom House) The daugh­ter of sur­vival­ists, who is kept out of school, ed­u­cates her­self enough to leave home for uni­ver­sity. (43)

4. KILLING THE SS, by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard. (Holt) A look at the post­war man­hunt for mem­bers of Hitler’s in­ner cir­cle. (10)

5. LEAD­ER­SHIP, by Doris Kearns Good­win. (Si­mon & Schus­ter) The chal­lenges that shaped the lead­er­ship abil­i­ties of four pres­i­dents: Abra­ham Lin­coln, Theodore Roo­sevelt, Franklin D. Roo­sevelt and Lyn­don B. John­son. (13)

6. THE FIFTH RISK, by Michael Lewis. (Nor­ton) The au­thor of “The Big Short” ex­am­ines how the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion staffs its fed­eral agen­cies. (9)

7. SAPI­ENS, by Yu­val Noah Harari. (Harper) How Homo sapi­ens be­came Earth’s dom­i­nant species. (51)


BIG QUES­TIONS, by Stephen Hawk­ing. (Ban­tam) A col­lec­tion of es­says from the late sci­en­tist’s per­sonal ar­chive that ad­dress 10 im­pon­der­ables. (9)

9. SHADE, by Pete Souza. (Lit­tle, Brown) The for­mer White House pho­tog­ra­pher jux­ta­poses pic­tures of for­mer Pres­i­dent Barack Obama with tweets, head­lines and quotes from the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion. (7)

10. FEAR, by Bob Wood­ward. (Si­mon & Schus­ter) Based on hours of in­ter­views with sources, the Pulitzer Prize-win­ning jour­nal­ist de­scribes de­bates and de­ci­sion-mak­ing within the Trump White House. (14) 11. BEASTIE BOYS BOOK, by Michael Di­a­mond and Adam Horovitz. (Spiegel & Grau) The story of the New York band who went from per­form­ing hard­core punk mu­sic to hip-hop star­dom. (7)


WITH DES­TINY, by An­drew Roberts. (Vik­ing) A bi­og­ra­phy fo­cus­ing on what mo­ti­vated the war leader and how he learned from his mis­takes. (2)

13. SHIP OF FOOLS, by Tucker Carl­son. (Free Press) The Fox News an­chor ar­gues that Amer­ica’s rul­ing class is out of touch with ev­ery­day cit­i­zens. (11)

14. BAD BLOOD, by John Car­rey­rou. (Knopf) The rise and fall of Ther­a­nos, the biotech startup that failed to de­liver on its prom­ise to make blood test­ing more ef­fi­cient. (19)

15. DES­TINY AND POWER, by Jon Meacham. (Ran­dom House) A bi­og­ra­phy of Ge­orge H.W. Bush. (9)

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