New York Times bestsellers

  • Updated: May 20, 2014 - 2:35 PM


1. THE TARGET, by David Baldacci. (Grand Central) As the government hit man Will Robie and his partner, Jessica Reel, prepare for a mission, they face a new adversary.

2. NATCHEZ BURNING, by Greg ­Iles. (Morrow/HarperCollins) Penn Cage, a former prosecutor in Natchez, Miss., delves into the secrets of his father, a doctor who has been accused of murdering an African-American nurse.

3. THE GOLDFINCH, by Donna Tartt. (Little, Brown) A painting smuggled out of the Metropolitan Museum of Art after a bombing becomes a boy’s prize, guilt and burden.

4. THE COLLECTOR, by Nora Roberts. (Putnam) A writer travels the world of affluent art collectors to learn the truth about what appears to be a murder/suicide.

5. CHESTNUT STREET, by Maeve Binchy. (Knopf) Binchy, who died in 2012, depicts ordinary lives in Dublin, Ireland.

6. THE INVENTION OF WINGS, by Sue Monk Kidd. (Viking) The relationship between a wealthy Charleston girl, Sarah Grimké, who will grow up to become a prominent abolitionist, and the slave she is given for her 11th birthday.

7. I’VE GOT YOU UNDER MY SKIN, by Mary Higgins Clark. (Simon & Schuster) The producer of a true-crime show must contend with participants who have secrets of their own.

8. THE SERPENT OF VENICE, by Christopher Moore. (Morrow/HarperCollins) A farcical mash-up of “Merchant of Venice,” “Othello” and “The Cask of Amontillado.”

9. KEEP QUIET, by Lisa Scottoline. (St. Martin’s) A father hides a terrible secret to protect his son.

10. NYPD RED 2, by James Patterson and Marshall Karp. (Little, Brown) Detective Zach Jordan is called in when the body of a woman is discovered in Central Park.


1. CAPITAL IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY, by Thomas Piketty. (Belknap/Harvard University) A French economist’s analysis of centuries of economic history predicts worsening inequality and proposes solutions.

2. A FIGHTING CHANCE, by Elizabeth Warren. (Metropolitan/Holt) The Massachusetts senator describes her life, her academic work and her battle for a consumer protection agency.

3. FLASH BOYS, by Michael Lewis. (Norton) The world of high-frequency, computer-driven trading.

4. EVERYBODY’S GOT SOMETHING, by Robin Roberts with Veronica Chambers. (Grand Central) A memoir by the “Good Morning America” anchor discusses her struggle with breast cancer and a rare blood disorder.

5. LET’S JUST SAY IT WASN’T PRETTY, by Diane Keaton. (Random House) The actor discusses aging, beauty and her personal style.

6. THRIVE, by Arianna Huffington. (Harmony) Personal well-being as the indispensable third measure — with money and power — of success.

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