1. Never Never, by James Patterson and Candice Fox. (Little, Brown) Harriet Blue, a Sydney sex crimes detective, is sent to the outback (the never never) to investigate the disappearance of a mine worker.

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

3. 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. (x)

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

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

6. Feversong, by Karen Marie Moning. (Delacorte) Superhuman beings fight to save Dublin (and humanity); the end of the Fever series.

7. 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.

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

9. 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.

10. 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.


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. Three Days in January, by Bret Baier with Catherine Whitney. (Morrow/HarperCollins) Eisenhower’s farewell address and his role in the Kennedy transition.

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 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.

6. 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.

7. The Princess Diarist, by Carrie Fisher. (Blue Rider) Recollections of life on the set of the first “Star Wars” movie by the late actress.

8. Tears We Cannot Stop, by Michael Eric Dyson. (St. Martin’s) A frank and searing discussion of race.

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

10. Hidden Figures, by Margot Lee Shetterly. (Morrow/HarperCollins) The black female mathematicians who worked at then-segregated NASA. The basis of the movie. (x)

Advice, How-To, Miscellaneous

1. 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)

2. You Are a Badass, by Jen Sincero. (Running Press) Tips for the doubtful and self-effacing on roaring ahead through life.

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

4. The Lose Your Belly Diet, by Travis Stork. (Ghost Mountain) An eating plan that includes improving “gut health.”

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


Rankings reflect sales at venues nationwide for the week ending Jan. 21. 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.