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BEST-SELLERS: PAPERBACK BOOKS

Posted May 6, 2018 3:15 p.m. EDT

Rankings reflect sales for the week ending Saturday, April 28, which are reported on a confidential basis by vendors offering a wide range of general interest titles. Every week, thousands of diverse selling locations report their actual sales on hundreds of thousands of individual titles. The panel of reporting retailers is comprehensive and reflects sales in stores of all sizes and demographics across the United States. An asterisk (*) indicates that a book’s sales are barely distinguishable from those of the book above. A (b) indicates that some bookstores report receiving bulk orders. The New York Times Best Sellers are compiled and archived by The Best-Seller Lists Desk of The New York Times News Department, and are separate from the Culture, Advertising and Business sides of The New York Times Company. More information on rankings and methodology: www.nytimes.com/books/best-sellers/methodology.

NON-FICTION

1. KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON, by David Grann. (Vintage)

The story of a murder spree in 1920s Oklahoma that targeted Osage Indians, whose lands contained oil. The fledgling FBI intervened, ineffectively.

THIS WEEK: 1

WEEKS ON LIST: 4

2. JUST MERCY, by Bryan Stevenson. (Spiegel & Grau)

A law professor and MacArthur grant recipient’s memoir of his decades of work to free innocent people condemned to death.

THIS WEEK: 2

WEEKS ON LIST: 101

3. BEING MORTAL, by Atul Gawande. (Picador)

The surgeon and New Yorker writer considers how doctors fail patients at the end of life, and how they can do better.

THIS WEEK: 3

WEEKS ON LIST: 34

4. EVICTED, by Matthew Desmond. (Broadway)

How poor people repeatedly lose their homes while landlords profit.

THIS WEEK: 4

WEEKS ON LIST: 33

5. THINKING, FAST AND SLOW, by Daniel Kahneman. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

When we can and cannot trust our intuitions in making business and personal decisions.

THIS WEEK: 5

WEEKS ON LIST: 169

6. ON TYRANNY, by Timothy Snyder. (Tim Duggan)

Twenty lessons from the 20th century about the course of tyranny.

THIS WEEK: 6

WEEKS ON LIST: 51

7. THE POWER OF HABIT, by Charles Duhigg. (Random House)

An examination of the science behind habits, how we form them and break them.

THIS WEEK: 7

WEEKS ON LIST: 114

8. THE VIEW FROM FLYOVER COUNTRY, by Sarah Kendzior. (Flatiron)

Essays detailing the “post-employment” economy.

THIS WEEK: 8

WEEKS ON LIST: 1

9. A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME, by Stephen Hawking. (Bantam)

The British cosmologist reviews efforts to create a unified theory of the universe; first published in 1988.

THIS WEEK: 9

WEEKS ON LIST: 20

10. OUTLIERS, by Malcolm Gladwell. (Back Bay/Little, Brown)

Why some people succeed — it has to do with luck and opportunities as well as talent.

THIS WEEK: 10

WEEKS ON LIST: 251

11*. QUIET, by Susan Cain. (Broadway)

Introverts — approximately one-third of the population — are undervalued in American society.

THIS WEEK: 11*

WEEKS ON LIST: 158

12. ALEXANDER HAMILTON, by Ron Chernow. (Penguin)

A biography of the first Treasury secretary and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Originally published in 2004 and the basis of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical.

THIS WEEK: 12

WEEKS ON LIST: 103

13. THE NEW JIM CROW, by Michelle Alexander. (New Press)

A law professor on the war on drugs and its role in the disproportionate incarceration of black men.

THIS WEEK: 13

WEEKS ON LIST: 172

14. THE OPERATOR, by Robert O’Neill. (Scribner)

The 400-mission career of a SEAL Team operator.

THIS WEEK: 14

WEEKS ON LIST: 3

15. BROWN IS THE NEW WHITE, by Steve Phillips. (New Press)

An argument for cultivating a more diverse voting population. (b)

THIS WEEK: 15

WEEKS ON LIST: 1

TRADE FICTION

1. READY PLAYER ONE, by Ernest Cline. (Broadway)

It’s 2044, life on a resource-depleted Earth is grim, and the key to a vast fortune is hidden in a virtual-reality world.

THIS WEEK: 1

WEEKS ON LIST: 56

2. MILK AND HONEY, by Rupi Kaur. (Andrews McMeel)

A collection of poetry about love, loss, trauma and healing.

THIS WEEK: 2

WEEKS ON LIST: 107

3. THE SUN AND HER FLOWERS, by Rupi Kaur. (Andrews McMeel)

A second collection of poetry from the author of “Milk and Honey.”

THIS WEEK: 3

WEEKS ON LIST: 30

4. CRAZY RICH ASIANS, by Kevin Kwan. (Anchor)

A New Yorker gets a surprise when she spends the summer with her boyfriend in Singapore.

THIS WEEK: 4

WEEKS ON LIST: 1

5. COME SUNDOWN, by Nora Roberts. (St. Martin’s Griffin)

A Montana family is tested when a long-missing relative is found beaten in the snow and another woman is murdered.

THIS WEEK: 5

WEEKS ON LIST: 1

6. THE HANDMAID’S TALE, by Margaret Atwood. (Anchor)

In the Republic of Gilead’s dystopian future, men and women perform the services assigned to them. The basis of the Hulu series; originally published in 1985.

THIS WEEK: 6

WEEKS ON LIST: 61

7. SMALL GREAT THINGS, by Jodi Picoult. (Ballantine)

A medical crisis entangles a black nurse, a white supremacist father and a white lawyer.

THIS WEEK: 7

WEEKS ON LIST: 10

8. THE LYING GAME, by Ruth Ware. (Gallery/Scout)

Four friends, who had been expelled during their final year of school following the mysterious death of their art teacher, come together as their long-held secret threatens to emerge.

THIS WEEK: 8

WEEKS ON LIST: 8

9. THE PEOPLE VS. ALEX CROSS, by James Patterson. (Grand Central)

Detective 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.

THIS WEEK: 9

WEEKS ON LIST: 3

10. CAMINO ISLAND, by John Grisham. (Bantam)

A search for stolen rare manuscripts leads to a Florida island.

THIS WEEK: 10

WEEKS ON LIST: 8

11. NORSE MYTHOLOGY, by Neil Gaiman. (Norton)

A modern retelling of Norse folklore.

THIS WEEK: 11

WEEKS ON LIST: 3

12. THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10, by Ruth Ware. (Scout)

A travel writer on a cruise is certain she has heard a body thrown overboard, but no one believes her.

THIS WEEK: 12

WEEKS ON LIST: 47

13*. ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE, by Anthony Doerr. (Scribner)

The lives of a blind French girl and a gadget-obsessed German boy before and during World War II.

THIS WEEK: 13*

WEEKS ON LIST: 45

14. MAGPIE MURDERS, by Anthony Horowitz. (Harper Perennial)

A novel within a novel pays homage to and updates Agatha Christie-style mysteries.

THIS WEEK: 14

WEEKS ON LIST: 5

15. WE WERE THE LUCKY ONES, by Georgia Hunter. (Penguin)

In 1939, members of a Jewish family in Radom, Poland are forced into different circumstances as the horrors in Europe increase.

THIS WEEK: 15

WEEKS ON LIST: 17