1. 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.

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

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

4. 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.

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

6. Past Perfect, by Danielle Steel. (Delacorte) A Manhattan family moves into a mansion in San Francisco and encounters the ghosts of its original inhabitants.

7. Tom Clancy Power and Empire, by Marc Cameron. (Putnam) President Jack Ryan seeks to identify the hidden forces escalating the tensions between China and the United States.

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

9. 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.

10. 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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

9. 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.

10. What Happened, by Hillary Rodham Clinton. (Simon & Schuster) An inside look at her campaign and how she recovered in its aftermath.

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

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

5. The Wisdom of Sundays, by Oprah Winfrey. (Flatiron Books)


Rankings reflect sales at venues nationwide for the week ending Dec. 2. 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.