The New York Times List of Best Sellers for the week ending Aug. 18, 2019:











1. Where The Crawdads Sing

Delia Owens

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

2. One Good Deed

David Baldacci

A World War II veteran on parole must find the real killer in a small town or face going back to jail.

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. The New Girl

Daniel Silva

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

5. Dark Age

Pierce Brown

The fifth book in the Red Rising series.

6. 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.

7. Labyrinth

Catherine Coulter

The 23rd book in the F.B.I. Thriller series. Agents Savich and Sherlock wend their way through a maze of lies to get to the bottom of a secret.

8. Chances Are

Richard Russo

Three men in their 60s who met in college reunite on Martha’s Vineyard, where mysterious events occurred in 1971.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. Ask Again, Yes

Mary Beth Keane

The lives of neighboring families in a New York City suburb intertwine over four decades.

12. Someone We Know

Shari Lapena

In a quiet suburb, a teenager has been breaking into homes and hacking into computers, while a woman is found murdered.

13. Window on the Bay

Debbie Macomber

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

14. The Last House Guest

Megan Miranda

Littleport resident Avery Greer and visitor Sadie Loman become good friends until Sadie mysteriously dies. Avery must fight the clock to clear her name and uncover the real killer.

15. Lady in the Lake

Laura Lippman

In 1966, a housewife becomes a reporter and investigates the killing of a black woman in Baltimore.



1. Educated 

Tara Westover

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

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. Unfreedom of the Press

Mark Levin

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

5. The Pioneers

David McCullough

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

6. Justice on Trial

Mollie Hemingway; Carrie Severino

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

7. A Dream about Lightning Bugs 

Ben Folds

A memoir by the former frontman of the alternative rock band Ben Folds Five.

8. Beyond Charlottesville

Terry McAuliffe; John Lewis

The former governor of Virginia describes the forces and events behind the “Unite the Right” rally and suggests ways to prevent similar occurrences in the future.

9. The Second Mountain 

David Brooks

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

10. 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.

11. Maybe you should talk to someone

Lori Gottlieb

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

12. Range

David Epstein

An argument for how generalists excel more than specialists, especially in complex and unpredictable fields.

13. Because Internet

Gretchen McCulloch

The digital world’s influence on the English language.

14. Signs

Laura Lynne Jackson

A medium details potential ways the deceased may speak to us through everyday events.

15. Between the World and Me

Ta-Nehisi Coates

A meditation on race in America