1. The People vs. Alex Cross, by James Patterson. (Little, Brown) Detective Alex Cross takes on a case even though he has been suspended from the department and taken to federal court to stand trial on murder charges.

2. The Rooster Bar, by John Grisham. (Doubleday) Three students at a sleazy for-profit law school hope to expose the student-loan banker who runs it.

3. Origin, by Dan Brown. (Doubleday) A symbology professor goes on a perilous quest with a beautiful museum director.

4. Hardcore Twenty-Four, by Janet Evanovich. (Putnam) When a homeless man is murdered, the bounty hunter Stephanie Plum searches for the killer. (x)

5. The Midnight Line, by Lee Child. (Delacorte) Jack Reacher tracks down the owner of a pawned West Point class ring and stumbles upon a large criminal enterprise.

6. End Game, by David Baldacci. (Grand Central) Jessica Reel and Will Robie fight a dangerous adversary in Colorado.

7. Artemis, by Andy Weir. (Crown) A small-time smuggler living in a lunar colony schemes to pay off an old debt by pulling off a challenging heist.

8. Oathbringer, by Brandon Sanderson. (Tor) The third volume of the Stormlight Archive. The War of Reckoning ends and the Voidbringers return.

9. Two Kinds of Truth, by Michael Connelly. (Little, Brown) While he investigates the murder of two pharmacists, an old case comes back to haunt Harry Bosch.

10. Uncommon Type, by Tom Hanks. (Knopf) Seventeen short stories, each incorporating a typewriter, by the Academy Award-winning actor.


1. Obama, by Pete Souza. (Little, Brown) More than 300 pictures of the former president by his White House photographer, with behind-the-scenes stories.

2. Leonardo da Vinci, by Walter Isaacson. (Simon & Schuster) A biography of the Italian Renaissance polymath that connects his work in various disciplines.

3. Promise Me, Dad, by Joe Biden. (Flatiron Books) The former vice president recalls his toughest year in office, as his son battled brain cancer.

4. Grant, by Ron Chernow. (Penguin Press) A biography of the Union general of the Civil War and two-term president of the United States.

5. Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans, by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger. (Sentinel) Maj. Gen. Andrew Jackson takes on the British in Louisiana.

6. Bobby Kennedy, by Chris Matthews. (Simon & Schuster) The New York senator’s journey from his formative years to his tragic run for president.

7. Killing England, by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. (Holt) Major events and battles during the Revolutionary War are told from several perspectives.

8. Sisters First, by Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush. (Grand Central) How the twin daughters of former President George W. Bush grew up in the public eye.

9. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, by Neil deGrasse Tyson. (Norton) A straightforward, easy-to-understand introduction to the universe.

10. Endurance, by Scott Kelly. (Knopf) A memoir by the retired astronaut and former commander of the International Space Station.

Advice, How-To, Miscellaneous

1. The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get It! by Ree Drummond. (Morrow)

2. Tribe of Mentors, by Timothy Ferriss. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

3. Capital Gaines, by Chip Gaines. (Thomas Nelson)

4. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a ----------, by Mark Manson. (HarperOne/HarperCollins) (b)

5. You Are a Badass, by Jen Sincero. (Running Press)


Rankings reflect sales at venues nationwide for the week ending Nov. 25. 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.