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Rank­ings re­flect sales for the week ending Aug. 17, and in­clude both elec­tronic- and print-edi­tion sales.


1. 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. (Weeks on list: 49)

2. THE BITTERROOT­S, by C.J. Box. (Mino­taur) The fourth book in the “Cassie Dewell” se­ries. The black sheep of an in­flu­en­tial fam­ily is ac­cused of as­sault. (1)

3. CON­TRA­BAND, by Stuart Woods. (Put­nam) The 50th book in the “Stone Bar­ring­ton” se­ries. Crimes come into fo­cus in Key West and Man­hat­tan. (1)

4. THE INN, by James Patterson and Candice Fox. (Lit­tle, Brown) A former Boston po­lice de­tec­tive who is now an innkeeper must shield a sea­side town from a crew of crim­i­nals. (2)

5. THE ART OF RAC­ING IN THE RAIN, by Garth Stein. (HarperColl­ins) An in­sight­ful Lab-ter­rier mix helps his owner, a strug­gling race car driver. (4)

6. BLOOD TRUTH, by J.R. Ward. (Gallery) The fourth book in the “Black Dag­ger Legacy” se­ries. (1)

7. ONE GOOD DEED, by David Bal­dacci. (Grand Cen­tral) A World War II vet­eran on pa­role must find the real killer in a small town or face go­ing back to jail. (4)

8. THE NICKEL BOYS, by Col­son White­head. (Dou­ble­day) Two boys re­spond to hor­rors at a Jim Crow-era re­form school. (5)

9. THE TURN OF THE KEY, by Ruth Ware. (Scout) A nanny work­ing in a tech­nol­ogy-laden house in Scot­land goes to jail when one of the chil­dren dies. (2)

10. THE NEW GIRL, by Daniel Silva. (Harper) Gabriel Al­lon, the chief of Is­raeli in­tel­li­gence, part­ners with the crown prince of Saudi Ara­bia, whose daugh­ter is kid­napped. (5)


1. ED­U­CATED, by Tara Westover. (Ran­dom House) The daugh­ter of sur­vival­ists, who is kept out of school, ed­u­cates her­self enough to leave home for uni­ver­sity. (78)

2. HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACIST, by Ibram X. Kendi. (One World) A primer for cre­at­ing a more just and eq­ui­table so­ci­ety through iden­ti­fy­ing and op­pos­ing racism. (1)

3. 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. (40)

4. BORN A CRIME, by Trevor Noah. (Spiegel & Grau) A mem­oir about grow­ing up bira­cial in apartheid South Africa by the host of “The Daily Show.” (57)

5. THREE WOMEN, by Lisa Tad­deo. (Avid Reader) The in­equal­ity of fe­male de­sire is ex­plored through the sex lives of a home­maker, a high school stu­dent and a restau­rant owner. (6)6. THE PI­O­NEERS,

by David McCul­lough. (Si­mon & Schuster) The Pulitzer Prize-win­ning his­to­rian tells the story of the set­tling of the North­west Ter­ri­tory through five main char­ac­ters. (15)

7. SAPI­ENS, by Yu­val Noah Harari. (Harper) How Homo sapi­ens be­came Earth’s dom­i­nant species. (82)

8. BALL OF COL­LU­SION, by An­drew C. McCarthy. (En­counter) The Fox News con­trib­u­tor makes his case that the nar­ra­tive of col­lu­sion be­tween the 2016 Trump campaign and the Krem­lin is a fraud. (1)

9. RANGE, by David Epstein. (River­head) An ar­gu­ment for how gen­er­al­ists excel more than specialist­s, es­pe­cially in com­plex and un­pre­dictable fields. (5)

10. TRICK MIR­ROR, by Jia To­lentino. (Ran­dom House) Nine es­says delv­ing into late cap­i­tal­ism, on­line en­gage­ment and the au­thor’s per­sonal his­tory. (2)

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