1. The Mistress, by Danielle Steel. (Delacorte) The beautiful mistress of a Russian oligarch falls in love with an artist and yearns for freedom.

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. Below the Belt, by Stuart Woods. (Putnam) New York lawyer Stone Barrington faces danger when he finds himself in possession of a retired CIA agent’s explosive memoir.

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

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

6. 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.

7. 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.

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

9. 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.

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


1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.”

5. 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.

6. The Lost City of the Monkey God, by Douglas Preston. (Grand Central) A scary search for a lost civilization in the Honduran rain forest.

7. 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.

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

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

10. The Case Against Sugar, by Gary Taubes. (Knopf) Science writer warns of sugar’s dangers.

Advice, How-To, Miscellaneous

1. Food, Health and Happiness, by Oprah Winfrey. (Flatiron Books) More than 100 recipes for Oprah’s favorite home-cooked meals. Includes reflections, quotes and annotations.

2. 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.”

3. 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)

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 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)

Rankings reflect sales at venues nationwide for the week ending Jan. 7. 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.