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

2. The Chef, by James Patterson with Max DiLallo. (Little, Brown) Caleb Rooney, a police detective and celebrity food truck chef, must clear his name of murder allegations.

3. Never Tell, by Lisa Gardner. (Dutton) D.D. Warren and Flora Dane investigate whether a pregnant woman shot and killed her husband.

4. The Silent Patient, by Alex Michaelides. (Celadon) Theo Faber looks into the mystery of a famous painter who stops speaking after shooting her husband.

5. Black Leopard, Red Wolf, by Marlon James. (Riverhead) A loner named Tracker teams up with a group of unusual characters in search of a mysterious boy.

6. An Anonymous Girl, by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. (St. Martin’s) Jessica Farris’ life unravels when she signs up for Dr. Shields’ psychology study.

7. Mission Critical, by Mark Greaney. (Berkley) The eighth book in the Gray Man series. Court Gentry must track down assassins.

8. Connections in Death, by J.D. Robb. (St. Martin’s) Eve Dallas scours tattoo parlors and strip joints for clues to the cause of Lyle Pickering’s death.

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

10. Fire and Blood, by George R.R. Martin. (Bantam) The first volume of the two-part history of the Targaryens in Westeros.


1. The Threat, by Andrew G. McCabe. (St. Martin’s) The former deputy director of the FBI describes major events of his career and the ways the agency works to protect Americans.

2. Becoming, by Michelle Obama. (Crown) The former first lady describes how she balanced work, family and her husband’s political ascent.

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

4. Spearhead, by Adam Makos. (Ballantine) A U.S. tank gunner faces enemies in Cologne, Germany, during World War II.

5. Grateful American, by Gary Sinise with Marcus Brotherton. (Thomas Nelson) The Oscar-nominated actor describes how he has entertained troops and helped veterans. (b)

6. The Uninhabitable Earth, by David Wallace-Wells. (Tim Duggan) How climate-related crises may cause food shortages, refugee emergencies and other catastrophes.

7. Bad Blood, by John Carreyrou. (Knopf) The rise and fall of the biotech startup Theranos.

8. Maid, by Stephanie Land. (Hachette) An unexpected pregnancy forces the author to navigate challenges faced by the working poor.

9. The First Conspiracy, by Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch. (Flatiron) The story of a secret plot to kill George Washington in 1776.

10. Women Rowing North, by Mary Pipher. (Bloomsbury) Reflections on the ageism, misogyny and loss that women might encounter as they grow older.

Advice, How-To, Miscellaneous

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

2. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo. (Ten Speed)

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

4. Dreyer’s English, by Benjamin Dreyer. (Random House)

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


Rankings reflect sales at venues nationwide for the week ending Feb. 23. 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.