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 Whistler, by John Grisham. (Doubleday) A whistleblower alerts a Florida investigator to judicial corruption involving the mob and Indian casinos.

3. Cross the Line, by James Patterson. (Little, Brown) Detective Alex Cross and his wife, Bree, team up to catch a killer causing chaos in Washington, D.C.

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

5. No Man’s Land, by David Baldacci. (Grand Central) John Puller, a special agent with the Army, searches for the truth about his mother, who disappeared 30 years ago.

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

7. The Chemist, by Stephenie Meyer. (Little, Brown) A specialist in chemically controlled torture, on the run from her former employers, takes on one last job.

8. Night School, by Lee Child. (Delacorte) Jack Reacher becomes involved in an investigation with elite agents from the FBI and CIA.

9. Tom Clancy True Faith and Allegiance, by Mark Greaney. (Putnam) Jack Ryan Jr., working for a secret organization, seeks to prevent complicated terrorist strikes set in motion by a hacker. Clancy died in 2013.

10. The Wrong Side of Goodbye, by Michael Connelly. (Little, Brown) Detective Harry Bosch aids a billionaire in search of a possible heir.


1. The Princess Diarist, by Carrie Fisher. (Blue Rider) Recollections of life on the set of the first “Star Wars” movie by the actress and writer, who died in December.

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. The Book of Joy, by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu with Douglas Abrams. (Avery) A discussion between two spiritual leaders about how to find joy in the face of suffering.

4. The Undoing Project, by Michael Lewis. (Norton) How psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky upended assumptions about the decision-making process and invented the field of behavioral economics.

5. 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.

6. The Magnolia Story, by Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines with Mark Dagostino. (W Publishing/Thomas Nelson) The lives of the couple who star in the HGTV show “Fixer Upper.”

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

8. Settle for More, by Megyn Kelly. (Harper/HarperCollins) The news anchor discusses the challenges she has faced.

9. Talking as Fast as I Can, by Lauren Graham. (Ballantine) Essays by the star of “Gilmore Girls” and “Parenthood.”

10. 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. (x)

Advice, How-To, Miscellaneous

1. The Lose Your Belly Diet, by Travis Stork. (Ghost Mountain) The doctor and talk-show host promotes an eating plan that includes improving “gut health.”

2. Tools of Titans, by Tim Ferriss. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) The tactics, strategies and habits of billionaires, icons and world-class performers, by the technology investor. (b)

3. The Whole30, by Melissa Hartwig. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) An overview of a 30-day guide to better health, weight loss, improved digestion and a stronger immune system. (b)

4. Green Smoothies for Life, by J.J. Smith. (Atria) A 30-day plan for weight loss that includes recipes for meals and special treats.

5. The Zero Sugar Diet, by David Zinczenko with Stephen Perrine. (Ballantine) A 14-day plan to flatten your belly, crush cravings and help keep you lean.

Rankings reflect sales at venues nationwide for the week ending Dec. 31. 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.