1. Two by Two, by Nicholas Sparks. (Grand Central) A man who became a single father when his marriage and business collapsed learns to take a chance on a new love.

2. The Trespasser, by Tana French. (Viking) In the sixth Dublin Murder Squad novel, Detective Antoinette Conway confronts a case that is more complicated than it appears.

3. Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett. (Harper) Five decades in the lives of two families remade by divorce.

4. Woman of God, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. (Little, Brown) The story of a female doctor who, after a life of service and suffering, becomes a Catholic priest.

5. Home, by Harlan Coben. (Dutton) Myron Bolitar and his friend Win locate a boy who was kidnapped 10 years earlier.

6. Today Will Be Different, by Maria Semple. (Little, Brown) A calamitous day in the life of a cynical Seattle transplant.

7. Twelve Days of Christmas, by Debbie Macomber. (Ballantine) A woman starts a blog about her attempt to reach out to a grumpy neighbor at Christmastime and finds herself falling for him.

8. 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.

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

10. Winter Storms, by Elin Hilderbrand. (Little, Brown) In the final book of the Winter Street trilogy, a huge snowstorm bearing down on Nantucket threatens the Quinn family’s Christmas, after a year of significant events.


1. Born to Run, by Bruce Springsteen. (Simon & Schuster) The singer-songwriter’s autobiography.

2. Killing the Rising Sun, by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. (Holt) “The O’Reilly Factor” host recounts the final years of World War II.

3. 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.

4. Love Warrior, by Glennon Doyle Melton. (Flatiron) After her husband confesses to infidelities, a woman who has overcome bulimia and alcoholism struggles to grow — and so does he.

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

6. Hero of the Empire, by Candice Millard. (Doubleday) The young Winston Churchill’s adventures in Africa during the Boer War, including an escape from captivity in 1899.

7. The Hidden Life of Trees, by Peter Wohlleben. (Greystone) A forester presents scientific research on the way trees interact with one another.

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

9. When Nobody Was Watching, by Carli Lloyd with Wayne Coffey. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) How the champion soccer player turned her career around in 2003.

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

Advice, How-To, Miscellaneous

1. Is This the End? by David Jeremiah. (Thomas Nelson) A pastor and media personality addresses cultural change, political turmoil and moral decay as they relate to God’s plan. (b)

2. Think Better, Live Better, by Joel Osteen. (Faith Words) A strategy for reprogramming your mind so that you can reach new levels of achievement and purpose. (b)

3. Designing Your Life, by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans. (Knopf) The creators of a workshop say you don’t need to know your passion to design a life you love.

4. Food Freedom Forever, by Melissa Hartwig. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) How to get out of the cycle of yo-yo dieting and cravings.

5. Deep Run Roots, by Vivian Howard. (Little, Brown) More than 200 recipes, and stories, celebrating the food of eastern North Carolina, from the star of “A Chef’s Life.”


Rankings reflect sales at venues nationwide for the week ending Oct. 8. 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.