1. Small Great Things, by Jodi Picoult. (Ballantine) A medical crisis entangles a black nurse, a white supremacist father and a white lawyer.

2. 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.

3. Vince Flynn: Order to Kill, by Kyle Mills. (Emily Bestler/Atria) Flynn’s character, CIA operative Mitch Rapp, uncovers a dangerous Russian plot. Flynn died in 2013.

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

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

6. 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.

7. Precious and Grace, by Alexander McCall Smith. (Pantheon) In the 17th installment of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, Precious Ramotswe and Grace Makutski help a Canadian woman find the nursemaid who raised her in Botswana.

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

9. Crimson Death, by Laurell K. Hamilton. (Berkley) Vampire hunter Anita Blake, her friend Edward and her servant Damian travel to Ireland to battle an unusual vampire infestation.

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


1. 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.

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

3. Filthy Rich, by James Patterson and John Connolly with Tim Malloy. (Little, Brown) The story of a South Florida financier convicted of soliciting sex from underage girls.

4. 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.

5. 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.

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

8. My Own Words, by Ruth Bader Ginsburg with Mary Hartnett and Wendy W. Williams. (Simon & Schuster) A collection of articles and speeches by the Supreme Court justice.

9. A Life in Parts, by Bryan Cranston. (Scribner) The actor discusses his relationships and career.

10. Upstream, by Mary Oliver. (Penguin Press) The poet’s essays, many close observations of the natural world.

Advice, How-To, Miscellaneous

1. Skinnytaste Fast and Slow, by Gina Homolka with Heather K. Jones. (Clarkson Potter) Recipes, including vegetarian and gluten-free, for fast meals and for slow-cookers by a blogger and a dietitian.

2. Thug Kitchen 101, by Thug Kitchen. (Rodale) Vegan recipes accompanied by salty prose and designed to be faster than ordering in.

3. 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)

4. 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.

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


Rankings reflect sales at venues nationwide for the week ending Oct. 15. 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.