FICTION

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

2. Fire and Blood, by George R.R. Martin. (Bantam) Set 300 years before the events of “A Game of Thrones,” this is the first volume of the two-part history of the Targaryens in Westeros.

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

4. Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens. (Putnam) A woman who survived alone in the marsh becomes a murder suspect.

5. Target: Alex Cross, by James Patterson. (Little, Brown) Alex Cross returns for the 26th book in the series bearing his name.

6. 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.

7. Past Tense, by Lee Child. (Delacorte) Jack Reacher explores the New England town where his father was born.

8. Long Road to Mercy, by David Baldacci. (Grand Central) Atlee Pine, an FBI agent who is haunted by the childhood kidnapping of her twin sister, must choose between protecting her career and protecting democracy.

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

10. 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.

NONFICTION

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. The Point of It All, by Charles Krauthammer, edited by Daniel Krauthammer. (Crown Forum) A collection of essays, speeches and unpublished writings by the late conservative columnist.

3. Educated, by Tara Westover. (Random House) The daughter of survivalists leaves home for university.

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

5. Leadership, by Doris Kearns Goodwin. (Simon & Schuster) The challenges that shaped the leadership abilities of four presidents.

6. 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.

7. The Fifth Risk, by Michael Lewis. (Norton) How the Trump administration staffs its federal agencies.

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

9. Beastie Boys Book, by Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz. (Spiegel & Grau) The story of the New York band who achieved hip-hop stardom.

10. Fear, by Bob Woodward. (Simon & Schuster) Debates and decisionmaking within the Trump White House.

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. Magnolia Table, by Joanna Gaines with Marah Stets. (Morrow)

5. Gmorning, Gnight! by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Illustrated by Jonny Sun. (Random House)

 

Rankings reflect sales at venues nationwide for the week ending Dec. 15. 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.