The New York Times List of Best Sellers for the week ending Aug. 25, 2019:











1. Where The Crawdads Sing

Delia Owens

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

2. The Inn

James Patterson; Candice Fox

A former Boston police detective who is now an innkeeper must shield a seaside town from a crew of criminals.

2. The Bitterroots

C.J. Box

The fourth book in the Cassie Dewell series. The black sheep of an influential family is accused of assault.

4. 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.

5. The Nickel Boys

Colson Whitehead

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

6. The Turn of the Key

Ruth Ware

A nanny working in a technology-laden house in Scotland goes to jail when one of the children dies.

7. The New Girl

Daniel Silva

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

8. Outfox

Sandra Brown

F.B.I. Agent Drex Easton has a hunch that the conman Weston Graham is also a serial killer.

9. Chances Are

Richard Russo

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

10. Contraband

Stuart Woods

The 50th book in the Stone Barrington series. Crimes come into focus in Key West and Manhattan.

11. Evvie Drake Starts Over

Linda Holmes

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

12. Inland

Tea Obreht

The lives of a frontierswoman and a former outlaw intersect in the unforgiving climate of the Arizona Territory in 1893.

13. 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.

14. A Dangerous Man

Robert Crais

Elvis Cole and Joe Pike get more than they bargained for when they investigate the abduction of a bank teller.

15. Things You Save in a Fire

Katherine Center

A Texas firefighter braves her estranged mother and the entrenched culture of a Boston firehouse.



1. Educated 

Tara Westover

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

2. How to be Antiracist 

Ibram X. Kendi

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. 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.

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. Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self Delusion

Jia Tolentino

Nine essays delving into late capitalism, online engagement and the author’s personal history.

7. Range

David Epstein

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

8. Unfreedom of the Press 

Mark R. Levin

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

9. Ball of Collusion

Andrew C. McCarthy

The Fox News contributor makes his case that the narrative of collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and the Kremlin is a fraud.

10. Kochland 

Christopher Leonard

How Koch Industries consolidated power and affected important facets of modern life over the last half-century.

11. The Yellow House: A Memoir

Sarah M. Broom

Identity and inequality are explored in the history of a family and home in New Orleans both before and after Hurricane Katrina.

12. Texas Flood

Alan Paul; Andy Aledort

A biography of Stevie Ray Vaughan, the influential blues guitarist and musician who died in a helicopter crash in 1990 at the age of 35.

13. Maybe you should talk to someone

Lori Gottlieb

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

14. The Source of Self Regard

Toni Morrison

A collection of essays and speeches written over four decades, including a eulogy for James Baldwin and the author’s Nobel lecture.

15. The Mosquito

Timothy C. Weingard

Ways in which this insect has affected economies, wars, civilizations and more.