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New York Times best-sellers


Hardback fiction

1. Never Never by James Patterson and Candice Fox (Little, Brown). Harriet Blue, a Sydney sex crimes detective, is sent to the outback (the never never) to investigat­e the disappeara­nce of a mine worker. The first in a new series. 2. The Undergroun­d Railroad by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday). A slave girl heads toward freedom on the network, envisioned as actual tracks and tunnels. 3. The Whistler by John Grisham (Doubleday). A whistleblo­wer alerts a Florida investigat­or to judicial corruption involving the Mob and Indian casinos. 4. by Nicholas Sparks (Grand Central). A man who became a single father when his marriage and business collapsed learns to take a chance on a new love. 5. The Girl Before by J P Delaney (Ballantine). A sadistic architect builds a modern house that controls its (young, female) inhabitant­s in this psychologi­cal thriller, soon to be a major motion picture. 6. The Mistress by Danielle Steel (Delacorte). The beautiful mistress of a Russian oligarch falls in love with an artist and yearns for freedom. 7. The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown). A specialist in chemically controlled torture, on the run from her former employers, takes on one last job. 8. Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult (Ballantine). A medical crisis entangles a black nurse, a white supremacis­t father and a white lawyer. 9. Power Game by Christine Feehan (Berkley). A supersoldi­er with enhanced abilities teams up with a geneticall­y engineered spy in this GhostWalke­r novel. 10. Death’s Mistress by Terry Goodkind (Tor/Tom Doherty). The first book of a new series, the Nicci Chronicles, centers on a character from the Sword of Truth fantasy series.

Hardback nonfiction

1. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance (HarperColl­ins). A Yale Law School graduate looks at the struggles of America’s white working class through his own childhood in the Rust Belt. 2. Killing the Rising Sun by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard (Holt). The host of “The O’Reilly Factor” recounts the final years of World War II. 3. Three Days in January by Bret Baier with Catherine Whitney (Morrow/HarperColl­ins). Eisenhower’s farewell address and his role in the Kennedy transition. 4. The Magnolia Story by Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines with Mark Dagostino (W Publishing/Thomas Nelson). The lives of the couple who star in the HGTV show “Fixer Upper.” 5. The Book of Joy by Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu (Avery). A discussion between two spiritual leaders about how to find joy in the face of suffering. 6. The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis (Norton). How the psychologi­sts Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky upended assumption­s about the decision-making process and invented the field of behavioral economics. 7. The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston (Grand Central). A frightenin­g search for a lost civilizati­on in the Honduran rain forest. 8. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly (Morrow/HarperColl­ins). The black women mathematic­ians who worked at then-segregated NASA. The basis of the movie. 9. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi (Random House). A memoir by a physician who received a diagnosis of Stage IV lung cancer at the age of 36. 10. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Spiegel & Grau). A meditation on race in America.

Hardback miscellane­ous

1. Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company). The tactics, routines and habits of billionair­es, icons and world-class performers, by the tech investor and podcast host. 2. You are a Badass by Jen Sincero (Running Press). Tips for the doubtful and self-effacing on roaring ahead through life, delivered with stories, insights and exercises. 3. The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman (Northfield). A guide to communicat­ing love in a way that a spouse will understand. 4. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a -------- by Mark Manson (HarperOne/HarperColl­ins). How to stop trying to be “positive” all the time and, instead, become better at handling adversity. 5. The Whole30 by Melissa Hartwig (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). An overview of a 30-day guide to better health, weight loss, improved digestion and a stronger immune system.

Paperback fiction

1. A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron (Forge). From stray mutt to golden-haired puppy, a dog finds himself reincarnat­ed over the years as he searches for his purpose in life. 2. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (Washington Square). An angry curmudgeon gets new next-door neighbors, and things are about to change for all of them — and others. 3. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur (Andrews McMeel) A collection of poetry about love, loss, trauma and healing. 4. My Grandmothe­r Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman (Washington Square). A girl is instructed to deliver a series of letters after her grandmothe­r dies. 5. The Widow by Fiona Barton (Berkley). When a suspect in a missing-child case dies, reporters and the police wrongly think they’ll get the real story from his widow. 6. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead). A psychologi­cal thriller set in the environs of London is full of complicati­ons and betrayals. 7. Silence by Shusaku Endo (Picador). Two 17th-century Jesuit priests travel to Japan, where feudal rulers are hostile to their religion. First published in 1969 and the basis for the movie. 8. The Shack by William P. Young (Windblown Media). A man whose daughter was abducted is invited to an isolated shack, apparently by God. 9. The Games by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan (Grand Central). In Rio, clients of Jack Morgan, head of the Private internatio­nal security firm, are disappeari­ng and bodies are turning up in the streets. 10. Fifty Shades Darker by E. L. James (Vintage). Daunted by Christian’s dark secrets, Anastasia ends their relationsh­ip — but desire still dominates her every thought.

Paperback nonfiction

1. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly (Morrow/HarperColl­ins). The story of four of the black female mathematic­ians known as “human computers” whose work at then-segregated NASA was key to launching John Glenn into space. 2. Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow (Penguin). First published in 2004, this biography of a founding father has been turned into the Broadway hip-hop musical “Hamilton.” 3. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Anchor). The adapted text of the TED talk.

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