Entertainment

BEST-SELLERS: PAPERBACK BOOKS

Posted May 29, 2018 11:01 a.m. EDT

Rankings reflect sales for the week ending Saturday, May 19, 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. SAPIENS, by Yuval Noah Harari. (Harper Perennial)

How Homo sapiens became Earth’s dominant species.

THIS WEEK: 1

WEEKS ON LIST: 1

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

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

THIS WEEK: 2

WEEKS ON LIST: 7

3. HILLBILLY ELEGY, by J.D. Vance. (Harper)

A Yale Law School graduate looks at the struggles of the white working class through the story of his own childhood.

THIS WEEK: 3

WEEKS ON LIST: 3

4. SHOE DOG, by Phil Knight. (Scribner)

A memoir by the co-founder of Nike Inc.

THIS WEEK: 4

WEEKS ON LIST: 3

5*. THE COLOR OF LAW, by Richard Rothstein. (Liveright)

A case for how the U.S. government abetted racial segregation in metropolitan areas across the country.

THIS WEEK: 5*

WEEKS ON LIST: 3

6. 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: 6

WEEKS ON LIST: 37

7. 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: 7

WEEKS ON LIST: 172

8. 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: 8

WEEKS ON LIST: 104

9. THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY, by Erik Larson. (Vintage)

A story of how an architect and a serial killer were linked by the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893. Originally published in 2003.

THIS WEEK: 9

WEEKS ON LIST: 359

10*. EVICTED, by Matthew Desmond. (Broadway)

How poor people repeatedly lose their homes while landlords profit.

THIS WEEK: 10*

WEEKS ON LIST: 36

11. 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: 11

WEEKS ON LIST: 253

12. 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: 12

WEEKS ON LIST: 116

13. THE GLASS CASTLE, by Jeannette Walls. (Scribner)

The author recalls a bizarre childhood. Originally published in 2005 and the basis of the movie. (b)

THIS WEEK: 13

WEEKS ON LIST: 421

14. 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: 14

WEEKS ON LIST: 174

15. I CAN’T MAKE THIS UP, by Kevin Hart with Neil Strauss. (Atria/37 INK)

The comedian’s personal and professional life.

THIS WEEK: 15

WEEKS ON LIST: 1

TRADE FICTION

1. INTO THE WATER, by Paula Hawkins. (Riverhead)

In this psychological thriller by the author of “The Girl on the Train,” women are found drowned in a river in a small English town.

THIS WEEK: 1

WEEKS ON LIST: 3

2. 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: 2

WEEKS ON LIST: 64

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

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

THIS WEEK: 3

WEEKS ON LIST: 110

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

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

THIS WEEK: 4*

WEEKS ON LIST: 33

5. 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: 5

WEEKS ON LIST: 4

6. PRINCESS, by James Patterson and Rees Jones. (Grand Central)

Princess Caroline calls on Jack Morgan when her friend goes missing.

THIS WEEK: 6

WEEKS ON LIST: 1

7. TWO KINDS OF TRUTH, by Michael Connelly. (Grand Central)

While Harry Bosch investigates the murder of two pharmacists, an old case comes back to haunt him.

THIS WEEK: 7

WEEKS ON LIST: 3

8. 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: 8

WEEKS ON LIST: 59

9. 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: 9

WEEKS ON LIST: 50

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

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

THIS WEEK: 10

WEEKS ON LIST: 13

11. 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: 11

WEEKS ON LIST: 48

12*. SING, UNBURIED, SING, by Jesmyn Ward. (Scribner)

A 13-year-old boy comes of age in Mississippi while his black mother takes him and his toddler sister to pick up their white father, who is getting released from the state penitentiary.

THIS WEEK: 12*

WEEKS ON LIST: 2

13. 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: 13

WEEKS ON LIST: 4

14. PACHINKO, by Min Jin Lee. (Grand Central)

In the early 20th century, a Korean fisherman’s daughter has a wealthy stranger’s child, marries a pastor and moves to Japan.

THIS WEEK: 14

WEEKS ON LIST: 16

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

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

THIS WEEK: 15

WEEKS ON LIST: 11