NYT Best Sellers - Week Ending January 2, 2021


The New York Times Best Sellers reflect sales for the week ending January 2, 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 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.

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

  4. READY PLAYER TWO by Ernest Cline In a sequel to “Ready Player One,” Wade Watts discovers a technological advancement and goes on a new quest.

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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.

  8. THE MYSTERY OF MRS. CHRISTIE by Marie Benedict What might have happened during the 11 days in which a rising mystery author went missing in 1926.

  9. 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.

  10. DEADLY CROSS by James Patterson The 28th book in the Alex Cross series. An investigation of a double homicide sends Alex Cross to Alabama.

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

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

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

  6. WORLD OF WONDERS by Aimee Nezhukumatathil In a collection of essays, the poet celebrates various aspects of the natural world and its inhabitants.

  7. THE SPLENDID AND THE VILE by Erik Larson An examination of the leadership of the prime minister Winston Churchill.

  8. BAG MAN by Rachel Maddow and Michael Yarvitz The MSNBC host gives an account of the 1973 investigation of then Vice President Spiro T. Agnew and its impact on politics and the media.

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

  10. HUMANS by Brandon Stanton Photos and stories of people from over 40 countries collected by the creator of “Humans of New York.”

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