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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)

4. THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ, by Heather Mor­ris. (Harper) A con­cen­tra­tion camp de­tainee tasked with per­ma­nently mark­ing fel­low pris­on­ers falls in love with one of them. 16)(

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)


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)

8. CHURCHILL: WALK­ING WITH DESTINY, by An­drew Roberts. (Vik­ing) A bi­og­ra­phy fo­cus­ing on what mo­ti­vated the war leader and how he learned from his mis­takes. (4)

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