NYT Best Sellers - Week Ending January 16, 2021


The New York Times Best Sellers reflect sales for the week ending January 16, 2021.

Hardcover Fiction


  1. 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.

  2. THE SCORPION’S TAIL by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child The second book in the Nora Kelly series. An F.B.I. agent and an archaeologist identify a mummified corpse and its gruesome cause of death.

  3. NEIGHBORS by Danielle Steel A Hollywood recluse’s perspective changes when she invites her neighbors into her mansion after an earthquake.

  4. STAR WARS: LIGHT OF THE JEDI by Charles Soule In this installment of the High Republic series, a disaster in hyperspace may cause far greater damage.

  5. THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY by Matt Haig Nora Seed finds a library beyond the edge of the universe that contains books with multiple possibilities of the lives one could have lived.

  6. 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.

  7. THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE by V.E. Schwab A Faustian bargain comes with a curse that affects the adventure Addie LaRue has across centuries.

  8. ANXIOUS PEOPLE by Fredrik Backman A failed bank robber holds a group of strangers hostage at an apartment open house.

  9. THE RETURN by Nicholas Sparks A doctor serving in the Navy in Afghanistan goes back to North Carolina where two women change his life.

  10. A TIME FOR MERCY by John Grisham The third book in the Jake Brigance series. A 16-year-old is accused of killing a deputy in Clanton, Miss., in 1990.

Hardcover Non-Fiction

  1. A PROMISED LAND by Barack Obama In the first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama offers personal reflections on his formative years and pivotal moments through his first term.

  2. GREENLIGHTS by Matthew McConaughey The Academy Award-winning actor shares snippets from the diaries he kept over the last 35 years.

  3. CASTE by Isabel Wilkerson The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist examines aspects of caste systems across civilizations and reveals a rigid hierarchy in America today.

  4. UNTAMED by Glennon Doyle The activist and public speaker describes her journey of listening to her inner voice.

  5. A SWIM IN A POND IN THE RAIN by George Saunders A collection of essays examining the functions and importance of works of fiction.

  6. BECOMING by Michelle Obama The former first lady describes how she balanced work, family and her husband’s political ascent.

  7. EVIL GENIUSES by Kurt Andersen The author of “Fantasyland” looks at the economic, cultural and political forces to which he ascribes the undermining and dismantling of the American middle class.

  8. HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACIST by Ibram X. Kendi A primer for creating a more just and equitable society through identifying and opposing racism.

  9. YOU'LL NEVER BELIEVE WHAT HAPPENED TO LACEY by Amber Ruffin and Lacey Lamar A pair of sisters who live in different parts of the country share their perspectives on the absurdities and everyday experiences of racism.

  10. BREATH by James Nestor A re-examination of a basic biological function and a look at the science behind ancient breathing practices.

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