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Rank­ings re­flect sales for the week end­ing Dec. 29, and in­clude both elec­tronic- and print-edi­tion sales.


1. 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 or the United States’ democ­racy. (Weeks on list: 7) 2. THE RECK­ON­ING, by John Gr­isham. (Dou­ble­day) A dec­o­rated World War II vet­eran shoots and kills a pas­tor in­side a Mis­sis­sippi church. (10) 3. WHERE THE CRAWDADS

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. (16)


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


5. 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. (6)

6. EV­ERY BREATH, by Ni­cholas Sparks. (Grand Cen­tral) Dif­fi­cult choices sur­face when Hope An­der­son and Tru Walls meet in a North Carolina sea­side town. (11)

7. BIRD BOX, by Josh Maler­man. (Ecco) Malo­rie must get her two young chil­dren 20 miles down­river to es­cape an un­seen ter­ror. (1)

8. TAR­GET: ALEX CROSS, by James Pat­ter­son. (Lit­tle, Brown) Alex Cross re­turns for the 26th book in the se­ries bear­ing his name. (6) 9. 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. (3) 10. 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. (8)


ERS, by Liane Mo­ri­arty. (Flat­iron) A ro­mance writer be­comes fas­ci­nated by the owner and di­rec­tor of a health re­sort. (8) 12. 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. (3)

13. THE AL­ICE NET­WORK, by Kate Quinn. (Mor­row) A preg­nant Amer­i­can col­lege stu­dent and a French spy join to­gether on a mis­sion in Lon­don in 1947. (3)


COM­PLETELY FINE, by Gail Honey­man. (Pen­guin) A young woman’s well-or­dered life is dis­rupted by the IT guy from her of­fice. (20)

15. CRAZY RICH ASIANS, by Kevin Kwan. (An­chor) A New Yorker gets a sur­prise when she spends the sum­mer with her boyfriend in Sin­ga­pore. (21)


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. (7) 2. ED­U­CATED, by Tara Westover. (Random House) The daugh­ter of sur­vival­ists, who is kept out of school, ed­u­cates her­self enough to leave home for univer­sity. (45)

3. 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. (4)

4. SAPIENS, by Yu­val Noah Harari. (Harper) How Homo sapiens be­came Earth’s dom­i­nant species. (53)

5. KILLING THE SS, by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Du­gard. (Holt) A look at the post­war man­hunt for mem­bers of Hitler’s in­ner cir­cle. (12)

6. 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. (21) 7. GRANT, by Ron Ch­er­now. (Pen­guin Press) A bi­og­ra­phy of the Union gen­eral of the Civil War and two-term pres­i­dent of the United States. (18)


WITH DESTINY, by An­drew Roberts. (Vik­ing) A bi­og­ra­phy fo­cus­ing on what mo­ti­vated the war leader and how he learned from his mis­takes. (4) 9. BRIEF AN­SWERS TO THE

BIG QUES­TIONS, by Stephen Hawk­ing. (Ban­tam) A col­lec­tion of es­says from the late sci­en­tist’s per­sonal ar­chive that ad­dress 10 im­pon­der­ables. (11) 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. (16) 11. THE IN­NO­CENT MAN, by John Gr­isham. (Ban­tam/Dell) Gr­isham’s first non­fic­tion book con­cerns a man wrongly sen­tenced to death. (1) 12. 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. (9) 13. 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. (15)

14. THE FIFTH RISK, by Michael Lewis. (Nor­ton) The au­thor of “The Big Short” ex­am­ines how the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion staffs its fed­eral agen­cies. (11)


21ST CEN­TURY, by Yu­val Noah Harari. (Spiegel & Grau) Tech­no­log­i­cal, po­lit­i­cal and so­cial is­sues in the mod­ern era, and the choices in­di­vid­u­als might con­sider in fac­ing them. (5)

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