1. Look Alive Twenty-Five, by Janet Evanovich. (Putnam) The 25th book in the Stephanie Plum series. When several managers of a deli in Trenton, N.J., disappear, a bounty hunter and her detective boyfriend look for clues.

2. Long Road to Mercy, by David Baldacci. (Grand Central) Atlee Pine, an FBI agent haunted by the childhood kidnapping of her twin sister, must choose between protecting her career or America’s democracy.

3. The Reckoning, by John Grisham. (Doubleday) A decorated World War II veteran shoots and kills a pastor inside a Mississippi church.

4. Past Tense, by Lee Child. (Delacorte) Jack Reacher explores the New England town where his father was born and a Canadian couple now find themselves stranded.

5. Nine Perfect Strangers, by Liane Moriarty. (Flatiron) A romance writer becomes fascinated by the owner and director of a health resort.

6. Every Breath, by Nicholas Sparks. (Grand Central) Difficult choices surface when Hope Anderson and Tru Walls meet in a North Carolina seaside town.

7. Dark Sacred Night, by Michael Connelly. (Little, Brown) Detective Renée Ballard teams up with retired detective Harry Bosch, who is working on a cold case.

8. Elevation, by Stephen King. (Scribner) A man who is losing weight without getting thinner forms an unlikely alliance with his neighbors who are dealing with prejudices.

9. The Next Person You Meet in Heaven, by Mitch Albom. (Harper) The sequel to “The Five People You Meet in Heaven” follows Annie on her heavenly journey.

10. Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens. (Putnam) In a quiet town on the North Carolina coast in 1969, a young woman who survived alone in the marsh becomes a murder suspect.


1. Becoming, by Michelle Obama. (Crown) The former first lady describes her journey from the South Side of Chicago to the White House, and how she balanced work, family and her husband’s political ascent.

2. Killing the SS, by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. (Holt) A look at the postwar manhunt for members of Hitler’s inner circle.

3. Ship of Fools, by Tucker Carlson. (Free Press) The Fox News anchor argues that America’s ruling class is out of touch with everyday citizens.

4. Fear, by Bob Woodward. (Simon & Schuster) Based on hours of interviews with sources, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist describes debates and decisionmaking within the Trump White House.

5. Educated, by Tara Westover. (Random House) The daughter of survivalists, who is kept out of school, educates herself enough to leave home for a university.

6. Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back), by Jeff Tweedy. (Dutton) The founding member of the rock band Wilco discusses his life and artistic process.

7. Leadership, by Doris Kearns Goodwin. (Simon & Schuster) The challenges that shaped the leadership abilities of four presidents: Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson.

8. Beastie Boys Book, by Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz. (Spiegel & Grau) The story of the New York band that went from performing hard-core punk music to hip-hop stardom.

9. Shade, by Pete Souza. (Little, Brown) Pictures of former President Barack Obama are juxtaposed with tweets, headlines and quotes from the Trump administration.

10. Brief Answers to the Big Questions, by Stephen Hawking. (Bantam) A collection of essays from the late scientist’s personal archive that address 10 imponderables.

Advice, How-To, Miscellaneous

1. Homebody, by Joanna Gaines. (Harper Design)

2. Girl, Wash Your Face, by Rachel Hollis. (Thomas Nelson) (b)

3. Whose Boat Is This Boat?, by the staff of “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.” Illustrated by Andro Buneta and John Henry. (Simon & Schuster)

4. It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way, by Lysa TerKeurst. (Thomas Nelson) (b)

5. Cook Like a Pro, by Ina Garten. (Clarkson Potter)


Rankings reflect sales at venues nationwide for the week ending Nov. 17. 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.