New York Times bestsellers

  • Updated: August 26, 2014 - 1:17 PM

This book cover image released by Viking shows "The Magician's Land," by Lev Grossman. (AP Photo/Viking)


1. THE MAGICIAN’S LAND, by Lev Grossman. (Viking) Quentin, an exiled magician, tries a risky heist in the final installment of a trilogy.

2. BIG LITTLE LIES, by Liane Moriarty. (Amy Einhorn/Putnam) Who will end up dead, and how, when three mothers with children in the same school become friends?

3. THE LOST ISLAND, by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. (Grand Central) Gideon Crew, scientist and thief, pursues an extraordinary treasure for his mysterious employer.

4. SEVERED SOULS, by Terry Goodkind. (Tor/Tom Doherty) Book 14 of the Sword of Truth series returns to Richard Rahl, Kahlan Amnell and their world.

5. THE GOLDFINCH, by Donna Tartt. (Little, Brown) A painting becomes a boy’s prize, guilt and burden.

6. THE HEIST, by Daniel Silva. (Harper) Gabriel Allon, an art restorer and occasional spy for the Israeli secret service, must track down a famous missing painting by Caravaggio.

7. THE BOOK OF LIFE, by Deborah Harkness. (Viking) In the conclusion to the All Souls trilogy, the Oxford scholar/witch Diana Bishop and the vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont return from Elizabethan London to the present.

8. TOM CLANCY: SUPPORT AND DEFEND, by Mark Greaney. (Putnam) A Dominic Caruso novel, written in the tradition of Clancy, who died in October 2013.

9. ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE, by Anthony Doerr. (Scribner) The lives of a blind French girl and a gadget-obsessed German boy before and during World War II.

10. THE SILKWORM, by Robert Galbraith. (Mulholland/Little, Brown) The private detective Cormoran Strike in literary London; by J.K. Rowling, writing pseudonymously.


1. AMERICA, by Dinesh D’Souza. (Regnery) A defense of the United States against the view that its power in the world should be diminished; also a documentary film.

2. ONE NATION, by Ben Carson with Candy Carson. (Sentinel) Carson, a retired pediatric neurosurgeon, now a Fox News contributor, offers solutions to problems.

3. IN THE KINGDOM OF ICE, by Hampton Sides. (Doubleday) An 1879 polar voyage gone terribly wrong.

4. THE FIRST FAMILY DETAIL, by Ronald Kessler. (Crown Forum) A reporter divulges details from Secret Service agents about the lives of presidents, ex-presidents and candidates, as well as about the service’s failings.

5. HARD CHOICES, by Hillary Rodham Clinton. (Simon & Schuster) Clinton’s memoir focuses on her years as secretary of state.

6. A SPY AMONG FRIENDS, by Ben Macintyre. (Crown) An account of the British Cold War spy Kim Philby focuses on the two close friends whose trust he betrayed.

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