Arts & Theater


Rankings reflect sales for the week ending Saturday, Oct. 22, for books sold in both print and electronic formats as reported by venues offering a wide range of general interest titles.


1. ESCAPE CLAUSE, by John Sandford. Virgil Flowers of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension must deal with the theft of tigers from the local zoo. (1 week on list)

2. THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, by Paula Hawkins. A psychological thriller set in the environs of London is full of complications and betrayals. (87)

3. THE OBSIDIAN CHAMBER, by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. While FBI agent Aloysius Pendergast is believed dead, his ward is kidnapped. (1)

4. TWO BY TWO, by Nicholas Sparks. A man who became a single father when his marriage and business collapsed learns to take a chance on a new love. (3)

5. SMALL GREAT THINGS, by Jodi Picoult. A medical crisis entangles a black nurse, a white supremacist father and a white lawyer. (2)

6. VINCE FLYNN: ORDER TO KILL, by Kyle Mills. Vince Flynn’s character, CIA operative Mitch Rapp, uncovers a dangerous Russian plot. Flynn died in 2013. (2)

7. A MAN CALLED OVE, by Fredrik Backman. A curmudgeon’s gruff exterior masks a generosity of spirit. Originally published in Sweden in 2014. (22)

8. INFERNO, by Dan Brown. Symbologist Robert Langdon, on the run in Florence, must decipher a series of codes created by a Dante-loving scientist. (33)

9. THE SEXY ONE, by Lauren Blakely. A nanny finds herself falling for the father of her charge. (1)

10. HOME, by Harlan Coben. Myron Bolitar and his friend Win locate a boy who was kidnapped 10 years earlier; the 11th Myron Bolitar novel. (5)


1. THE MAGNOLIA STORY, by Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines with Mark Dagostino. The lives of the couple who star in the HGTV show “Fixer Upper.” (1)

2. KILLING THE RISING SUN, by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. The host of “The O’Reilly Factor” recounts the final years of World War II. (6)

3. BORN TO RUN, by Bruce Springsteen. The singer-songwriter’s autobiography. (4)

4. HILLBILLY ELEGY, by J.D. Vance. A Yale Law School graduate looks at the struggles of the white working class through the story of his own childhood in the Rust Belt. (13)

5. BUFFERING, by Hannah Hart. A memoir by the host of the YouTube show “My Drunk Kitchen” focuses on her challenging childhood. (1)

6. FILTHY RICH, by James Patterson and John Connolly with Tim Malloy. The story of a South Florida financier convicted of soliciting sex from underage girls. (2)

7. ALEXANDER HAMILTON, by Ron Chernow. A biography of the first Treasury secretary. Originally published in 2004 and the basis of the Broadway musical. (43)

8. LOVE WARRIOR, by Glennon Doyle Melton. After her husband confesses to multiple infidelities, a woman struggles to grow – and so does he. (7)

9. THOMAS JEFFERSON AND THE TRIPOLI PIRATES, by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger. The war against the Barbary pirates in 1801. (18)

10. A LIFE IN PARTS, by Bryan Cranston. The actor discusses his relationships and career. (2)