1. Origin, by Dan Brown. (Doubleday) A symbology professor goes on a perilous quest with a beautiful museum director.

2. The Rooster Bar, by John Grisham. (Doubleday) Three students at a sleazy for-profit law school hope to expose the student-loan banker who runs it.

3. Year One, by Nora Roberts. (St. Martin’s) When a pandemic strikes and the world spins into chaos, several travelers head west to find a new life.

4. The People vs. Alex Cross, by James Patterson. (Little, Brown) Detective Alex Cross takes on a case even though he has been suspended from the department and taken to federal court to stand trial on murder charges.

5. The Midnight Line, by Lee Child. (Delacorte) Jack Reacher tracks down the owner of a pawned West Point class ring and stumbles upon a large criminal enterprise.

6. Artemis, by Andy Weir. (Crown) A small-time smuggler living in a lunar colony schemes to pay off an old debt by pulling off a challenging heist.

7. End Game, by David Baldacci. (Grand Central) Jessica Reel and Will Robie fight a dangerous adversary in Colorado.

8. Tom Clancy Power and Empire, by Marc Cameron. (Putnam) President Jack Ryan seeks to identify the hidden forces escalating the tensions between China and the United States.

9. Hardcore Twenty-Four, by Janet Evanovich. (Putnam) When a homeless man is murdered, bounty hunter Stephanie Plum searches for his killer.

10. Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng. (Penguin Press) An artist upends a quiet town outside Cleveland.


1. Leonardo da Vinci, by Walter Isaacson. (Simon & Schuster) A biography of the Italian Renaissance polymath that connects his work in various disciplines.

2. Grant, by Ron Chernow. (Penguin Press) A biography of the Union general of the Civil War and two-term president of the United States.

3. Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans, by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger. (Sentinel) Maj. Gen. Andrew Jackson takes on the British in Louisiana.

4. Obama, by Pete Souza. (Little, Brown) More than 300 pictures of the former president by his White House photographer, with behind-the-scenes stories.

5. Let Trump Be Trump, by Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie. (Center Street) Insider accounts of the Republican presidential campaign and its outcome. (b)

6. Killing England, by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. (Holt) Major events and battles during the Revolutionary War are told from several perspectives.

7. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, by Neil deGrasse Tyson. (Norton) A straightforward, easy-to-understand introduction to the universe.

8. Bobby Kennedy, by Chris Matthews. (Simon & Schuster) The New York senator’s journey from his formative years to his tragic run for president.

9. Promise Me, Dad, by Joe Biden. (Flatiron Books) The former vice president recalls his toughest year in office, as his son battled brain cancer.

10. Sisters First, by Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush. (Grand Central) How the twin daughters of former President George W. Bush grew up in the public eye.

Advice, How-To, Miscellaneous

1. The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get It! by Ree Drummond. (Morrow)

2. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a ----, by Mark Manson. (HarperOne/HarperCollins) (b)

3. The How Not to Die Cookbook, by Michael Greger with Gene Stone. (Flatiron) (b)

4. You Are a Badass, by Jen Sincero. (Running Press)

5. Tribe of Mentors, by Timothy Ferriss. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)


Rankings reflect sales at venues nationwide for the week ending Dec. 9. 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.