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

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

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

4. 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)

5. The Girl Before, by J.P. Delaney. (Ballantine) A sadistic architect builds a modern house that controls its (young, female) inhabitants in this psychological thriller, soon to be a movie.

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

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

9. Power Game, by Christine Feehan. (Berkley) A super-soldier with enhanced abilities teams up with a genetically engineered spy in this GhostWalker novel.

10. Death’s Mistress, by Terry Goodkind. (Tor/Tom Doherty) The first book of a series, the Nicci Chronicles, centers on a character from the Sword of Truth fantasy series.


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

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

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

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

10. Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates. (Spiegel & Grau) A meditation on race in America. (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. The Five Love Languages, by Gary Chapman. (Northfield) A guide to communicating love in a way your spouse will understand.

4. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a ----, by Mark Manson. (HarperOne/HarperCollins) How to stop trying to be “positive” all the time and, instead, become better at handling adversity. (b)

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.


Rankings reflect sales at venues nationwide for the week ending Jan. 28. 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.