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BEST-SELLERS: PAPERBACK BOOKS

Posted July 22, 2018 1:46 a.m. EDT

Rankings reflect sales for the week ending Saturday, July 14, which were 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 were barely distinguishable from those of the book above. A (b) indicates that some bookstores reported 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 Co. More information on rankings and methodology: www.nytimes.com/books/best-sellers/methodology.

NONFICTION

1. KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL, by Anthony Bourdain. (Ecco)

A memoir-exposé of the restaurant world. Originally published in 2000.

THIS WEEK: 1

WEEKS ON LIST: 41

2. THINGS THAT MATTER, by Charles Krauthammer. (Crown)

Essays and reflections from the recently deceased conservative columnist.

THIS WEEK: 2

WEEKS ON LIST: 9

3. SAPIENS, by Yuval Noah Harari. (Harper Perennial)

How Homo sapiens became Earth’s dominant species.

THIS WEEK: 3

WEEKS ON LIST: 9

4. 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: 4

WEEKS ON LIST: 15

5. 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: 5

WEEKS ON LIST: 11

6. 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: 6

WEEKS ON LIST: 261

7. QUIET, by Susan Cain. (Broadway)

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

THIS WEEK: 7

WEEKS ON LIST: 162

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

The author recalls a bizarre childhood during which she and her siblings were constantly moved from one bleak place to another. (b)

THIS WEEK: 8

WEEKS ON LIST: 429

9. BRAIN ON FIRE, by Susannah Cahalan. (Simon & Schuster)

A young reporter suddenly experiences seizures, hallucinations and near catatonia.

THIS WEEK: 9

WEEKS ON LIST: 51

10. 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: 10

WEEKS ON LIST: 112

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

A memoir by the co-founder of Nike Inc.

THIS WEEK: 11

WEEKS ON LIST: 11

12. 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: 12

WEEKS ON LIST: 45

13. 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: 13

WEEKS ON LIST: 178

14. 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: 14

WEEKS ON LIST: 364

15. WHITE FRAGILITY, by Robin DiAngelo. (Beacon Press)

Historical and cultural analyses on what causes defensive moves by white people and how this inhibits cross-racial dialogue.

THIS WEEK: 15

WEEKS ON LIST: 2

TRADE FICTION

1. SHARP OBJECTS, by Gillian Flynn. (Broadway)

Fresh from a stay at a psychiatric hospital, a newspaper reporter returns (reluctantly) to her hometown to cover the murders of two girls.

THIS WEEK: 1

WEEKS ON LIST: 46

2. 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: 2

WEEKS ON LIST: 12

3. ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE, by Gail Honeyman. (Penguin)

A young woman’s well-ordered life is disrupted by the IT guy from her office.

THIS WEEK: 3

WEEKS ON LIST: 6

4. LESS, by Andrew Sean Greer. (Back Bay)

Winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in fiction. To avoid an ex-boyfriend’s wedding, a failed novelist attends literary events around the world.

THIS WEEK: 4

WEEKS ON LIST: 8

5. 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.

THIS WEEK: 5

WEEKS ON LIST: 72

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

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

THIS WEEK: 6

WEEKS ON LIST: 118

7. THE ROOSTER BAR, by John Grisham. (Bantam)

Three students at a sleazy for-profit law school hope to expose the student-loan banker who runs it.

THIS WEEK: 7

WEEKS ON LIST: 4

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

Women are found drowned in a river in a small English town.

THIS WEEK: 8

WEEKS ON LIST: 11

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: 58

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

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

THIS WEEK: 10

WEEKS ON LIST: 41

11. THE GIRL WHO TAKES AN EYE FOR AN EYE, by David Lagercrantz. (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)

Stieg Larsson’s character Lisbeth Salander tries to uncover the secrets of her childhood.

THIS WEEK: 11

WEEKS ON LIST: 3

12. 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: 12

WEEKS ON LIST: 56

13. THE NIGHTINGALE, by Kristin Hannah. (St. Martin’s Griffin)

Two sisters in World War II France: one struggling to survive in the countryside, the other joining the Resistance.

THIS WEEK: 13

WEEKS ON LIST: 18

14. A STRANGER IN THE HOUSE, by Shari Lapena. (Penguin)

Karen Krupp’s life is turned upside down when she suffers amnesia because of a car crash.

THIS WEEK: 14

WEEKS ON LIST: 7

15. HOPE NEVER DIES, by Andrew Shaffer. (Quirk)

“Uncle Joe” Biden and Renegade (President Barack Obama) investigate an Amtrak conductor’s death and uncover the bad elements escalating the opioid epidemic.

THIS WEEK: 15

WEEKS ON LIST: 1