New York Times Bestsellers

Week of August 9, 2020

Fiction
1 Near Dark
by Brad Thor
The 19th book in the Scot Harvath series. With a bounty on his head, Harvath makes an alliance with a Norwegian intelligence operative.
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2 The Order
by Daniel Silva
The 20th book in the Gabriel Allon series. The art restorer and spy cuts his family’s vacation short to investigate whether Pope Paul VII was murdered.
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3 Where The Crawdads Sing
by Delia Owens
In a quiet town on the North Carolina coast in 1969, a young woman who survived alone in the marsh becomes a murder suspect.
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4 The Vanishing Half
by Brit Bennett
The lives of twin sisters who run away from a Southern Black community at age 16 diverge as one returns and the other takes on a different racial identity but their fates intertwine.
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5 The Guest List
by Lucy Foley
A wedding between a TV star and a magazine publisher on an island off the coast of Ireland turns deadly.
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6 28 Summers
by Elin Hilderbrand
A relationship that started in 1993 between Mallory Blessing and Jake McCloud comes to light while she is on her deathbed and his wife runs for president.
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7 Axiom’S End
by Lindsay Ellis
Cora Sabino finds herself caught between her estranged whistle-blower father and the extraterrestrials who have been living here for decades.
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8 Peace Talks
by Jim Butcher
The 16th book in the Dresden Files series. Chicago’s only professional wizard tries to keep the peace during a summit of the Supernatural nations of the world.
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9 American Dirt
by Jeanine Cummins
A bookseller flees Mexico for the United States with her son while pursued by the head of a drug cartel.
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10 The Guardians
by John Grisham
Cullen Post, a lawyer and Episcopal minister, antagonizes some ruthless killers when he takes on a wrongful conviction case.
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11 Then She Was Gone
by Lisa Jewell
Ten years after her daughter disappears, a woman tries to get her life in order but remains haunted by unanswered questions.
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12 Camino Winds
by John Grisham
The line between fact and fiction becomes blurred when an author of thrillers is found dead after a hurricane hits Camino Island.
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13 Little Fires Everywhere
by Celeste Ng
An artist upends a quiet town outside Cleveland.
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14 The Book Of Lost Names
by Kristin Harmel
A woman who helped Jewish children flee the Nazis during World War II now might be the only one who can unlock a code found in a religious text.
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15 Sex And Vanity
by Kevin Kwan
A nod to “A Room With a View” in which Lucie Tang Churchill is torn between her WASPy billionaire fiancé and a privileged hunk born in Hong Kong.
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Non-Fiction
1 Too Much And Never Enough
by Mary L. Trump
The clinical psychologist gives her assessment of events and patterns inside her family and how they shaped President Trump.
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2 The Answer Is …
by Alex Trebek
Who is the Canadian-American who got his break on American TV by hosting the game show “The Wizard of Odds” and whose pronunciation of the word “genre” has been shared widely on social media?
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3 White Fragility
by Robin DiAngelo
Historical and cultural analyses on what causes defensive moves by white people and how this inhibits cross-racial dialogue.
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4 How To Destroy America In Three Easy Steps
by Ben Shapiro
The conservative commentator describes what he perceives as threats to American history, ideals and culture.
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5 How To Be An Antiracist
by Ibram X. Kendi
A primer for creating a more just and equitable society through identifying and opposing racism.
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6 The Room Where It Happened
by John Bolton
The former national security advisor gives his account of the 17 months he spent working for President Trump.
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7 Untamed
by Glennon Doyle
The activist and public speaker describes her journey of listening to her inner voice.
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8 On Tyranny
by Timothy Snyder
Twenty lessons from the 20th century about the course of tyranny.
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9 Begin Again
by Eddie S. Glaude Jr.
An appraisal of the life and work of James Baldwin and their meaning in relation to the Black Lives Matter movement and the Trump presidency.
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10 So You Want To Talk About Race
by Ijeoma Oluo
A look at the contemporary racial landscape of the United States.
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11 Twilight Of Democracy
by Anne Applebaum
The Pulitzer Prize–winning historian looks at the rise of nationalism and authoritarianism around the world.
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12 The Splendid And The Vile
by Erik Larson
An examination of the leadership of the prime minister Winston Churchill.
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13 Educated
by Tara Westover
The daughter of survivalists, who is kept out of school, educates herself enough to leave home for university.
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14 Walking With The Wind
by John Lewis and Michael D’Orso
A memoir by the recently deceased leader in the American civil rights movement and representative for Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District.
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15 Stamped From The Beginning
by Ibram X. Kendi
Winner of the 2016 National Book Award for nonfiction. A look at anti-Black racist ideas and their effect on the course of American history.
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