The New York Times List of Best Sellers for the week ending Aug. 4, 2019:










1. The New Girl

Daniel Silva

Gabriel Allon, the chief of Israeli intelligence, partners with the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, whose daughter is kidnapped.

2. Where The Crawdads Sing

Delia Owens

A woman who survived alone in the marsh becomes a murder suspect.

3. The Nickel Boys

Colson Whitehead

Two boys respond to horrors at a Jim Crow-era reform school in ways that impact them decades later.

4. Under Currents

Nora Roberts

Echoes of a violent childhood reverberate for Zane Bigelow when he starts a new kind of family in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains.

5. Summer of ’69

Elin Hilderbrand

The Levin family undergoes dramatic events with a son in Vietnam, a daughter in protests and dark secrets hiding beneath the surface.

6. Window on the Bay

Debbie Macomber

A single mom’s life takes unexpected turns when her two children go off to college.

7. Evvie Drake Starts Over

Linda Holmes

In a seaside town in Maine, a former Major League pitcher and a grieving widow assess their pasts.

8. City of Girls

Elizabeth Gilbert

An 89-year-old Vivian Morris looks back at the direction her life took when she entered the 1940s New York theater scene.

9. Backlash – A Thriller

Brad Thor

Cut off from any support, Scot Harvath fights to get his revenge.

10. Mrs. Everything

Jennifer Weiner

The story of two sisters, Jo and Bethie Kaufman, and their life experiences as the world around them changes drastically from the 1950s.

11. The Silent Patient

Alex Michaelides

Theo Faber looks into the mystery of a famous painter who stops speaking after shooting her husband.

12. The Chain 

Adrian McKinty

Rachel Klein is ensnared in a pay-it-forward criminal enterprise involving ransoms and kidnapping.

13. Lost and Found

Danielle Steel

A photographer embarks on a road trip to reconnect with three men she might have married.

14. Shamed

Linda Castillo

An Amish family’s secrets are exposed when the grandmother is murdered and granddaughter is abducted.

15. Red Metal

Mark Greaney; H. Ripley Rawlings

After a Russian military attack, a small team of American and European soldiers unite against them.



1. Educated 

Tara Westover

The daughter of survivalists, who is kept out of school, educates herself enough to leave home for university.

2. American Carnage

Tim Alberta

Politico Magazine’s chief political correspondent narrates a decade-long civil war inside the GOP and Donald Trump’s concurrent ascension.

3. The Pioneers

David McCullough

The Pulitzer Prize-winning historian tells the story of the settling of the Northwest Territory through five main characters.

4. Becoming

Michelle Obama

The former first lady describes her journey from the South Side of Chicago to the White House, and how she balanced work, family and her husband’s political ascent.

5. Three Women 

Lisa Taddeo

The inequality of female desire is explored through the sex lives of a homemaker, a high school student and a restaurant owner.

6. Unfreedom of the Press

Mark Levin

The conservative commentator and radio host makes his case that the press is aligned with political ideology.

7. Justice on Trial

Mollie Hemingway; Carrie Severino

The conservative authors give their take on the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

8. America’s Reluctant Prince

Steven M. Gillion

A historian describes John F. Kennedy Jr. through the lens of their decades-long friendship.

9. Howard Stern Comes Again

Howard Stern

The radio interviewer delves into some of his favorite on-air conversations from the past four decades of his career.

10. The Moment of Lift 

Melinda Gates

The philanthropist shares stories of empowering women to improve society.

11. The Second Mountain 

David Brooks

A New York Times Op-Ed columnist espouses having an outward focus to attain a meaningful life.

 12. The British are Coming 

Rick Atkinson

The Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and journalist begins his Revolution Trilogy with events from 1775 to 1777.

13. Maybe you should talk to someone

Lori Gottlieb

A psychotherapist gains unexpected insights when she becomes another therapist’s patient.

14. The Man Who Sold America

Joy-Ann Reid

The MSNBC host gives her analysis of Donald Trump’s presidency.

15. Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem

Daniel R. Day; Mikael Awake

A memoir by the creator of 1980s high-end streetwear and owner of an eponymous boutique.