1. A Great Reckoning, by Louise Penny. (Minotaur) A police academy instructor is found murdered, perhaps by one of the cadets favored by Armand Gamache, the retired homicide chief of the Sûreté du Québec.

2. The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead. (Doubleday) A slave girl heads toward freedom on the network, envisioned as actual tracks and tunnels.

3. Rushing Waters, by Danielle Steel. (Delacorte) Six people cope with a hurricane in New York City.

4. The Woman in Cabin 10, by Ruth Ware. (Scout) A travel writer on a cruise is certain she has heard a body thrown overboard, but no one believes her.

5. The Nix, by Nathan Hill. (Knopf) An aspiring writer who spends too much time playing video games investigates the past of the mother who abandoned him.

6. Truly Madly Guilty, by Liane Moriarty. (Flatiron) Tense turning points for three couples at a backyard barbecue gone wrong. (x)

7. 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.

8. The Jealous Kind, by James Lee Burke. (Simon & Schuster) A coming-of-age story set in 1952 Houston and featuring a member of the Holland family completes a trilogy with “Wayfaring Stranger” and “Rising Sun.”

9. Sting, by Sandra Brown. (Grand Central) A hired killer and a woman he kidnapped join forces to elude the FBI agents and others who are searching for her corrupt brother.

10. The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah. (St. Martin’s) Two sisters in World War II France: one struggling to survive in the countryside, the other joining the Resistance in Paris.


1. The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo, by Amy Schumer. (Gallery Books) Humorous personal essays by the comedian, actor and writer.

2. 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.

3. Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates. (Spiegel & Grau) A meditation on race in America.

4. When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi. (Random House) A memoir by a physician diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer at 36.

5. Armageddon, by Dick Morris and Eileen McGann. (Humanix) The political strategist offers a game plan for how to defeat Hillary Clinton. (b)

6. Hamilton: The Revolution, by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter. (Grand Central/Melcher Media) The libretto of the award-winning musical, with backstage photos, a production history and cast interviews.

7. The Perfect Horse, by Elizabeth Letts. (Ballantine) The attempt in the closing days of World War II to rescue purebred horses raised for Hitler.

8. Grit, by Angela Duckworth. (Scribner) A psychologist says passion and perseverance are the keys to success. (x)

9. White Trash, by Nancy Isenberg. (Viking) The role of the white poor in American history.

10. Crisis of Character, by Gary Byrne with Grant Schmidt. (Center Street) A former Secret Service officer claims to have witnessed scandalous behavior by the Clintons.

Advice, How-To, Miscellaneous

1. Uninvited, by Lysa TerKeurst. (Thomas Nelson) The author examines the roots of rejection and its ability to poison relationships, including one’s relationship with God. (b)

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. Yuge! by G.B. Trudeau. (Andrews McMeel) The “Doonesbury” creator collects strips from over three decades featuring Donald Trump.

4. The Five Love Languages, by Gary Chapman. (Northfield) A guide to communicating love in a way that your spouse will understand.

5. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo. (Ten Speed) A guide to decluttering by discarding expendable objects all at once.


Rankings reflect sales at venues nationwide for the week ending Sept. 3. An (x) indicates that a book’s sales are barely distinguishable from those of the book above. A (b) indicates that some sellers report receiving bulk orders.