Washington Post hardcover bestsellers

Washington Post hardcover bestsellers


1 IRON FLAME (Red Tower Books, $29.99). By Rebecca Yarros. The Empyrean series continues as second-year students face new challenges at Basgiath War College.

2 FOURTH WING (Red Tower Books, $29.99). By Rebecca Yarros. A young woman competes to secure a spot at an elite war college for dragon riders.

3 THE HEAVEN AND EARTH GROCERY STORE (Riverhead, $28). By James McBride. In a ramshackle Pennsylvania neighborhood in the 1920s and 1930s, Jewish and African American residents come together to hide an orphan from state officials.

4 TOM LAKE (Harper, $30). By Ann Patchett. Over a summer, a woman tells her three daughters the story of her affair, at 19, with an actor on the cusp of stardom.

5 FOURTH WING SPECIAL EDITION (Red Tower Books, $32.99). By Rebecca Yarros. A decorative edition of the bestseller about an elite war college for dragon riders.

6 LESSONS IN CHEMISTRY (Doubleday, $29). By Bonnie Garmus. A midcentury scientist becomes a sensation while hosting a feminist cooking show.

7 THE NARROW ROAD BETWEEN DESIRES (DAW, $26). By Patrick Rothfuss. An expanded reimagining of a companion short story in the Kingkiller Chronicle series follows a day in the life of a Fae trickster named Bast.

8 DEMON COPPERHEAD (Harper, $32.50). By Barbara Kingsolver. In this Pulitzer Prize winner, a boy born in a trailer in Appalachia faces the challenges of childhood poverty with resilience.

9 SYSTEM COLLAPSE (Tordotcom, $21.99). By Martha Wells. Murderbot and its allies must protect the humans on a struggling planet from rescuers with evil intent.

10 THE LITTLE LIAR (Harper, $26.99). By Mitch Albom. During World War II, a truthful boy is tricked into helping Nazi invaders and vows to never tell the truth again.


1 THE WOMAN IN ME (Gallery, 32.99). By Britney Spears. In her memoir, the pop star looks back on her rise to stardom and 13 years spent under the conservatorship of her father.

2 MY NAME IS BARBRA (Viking, $47). By Barbra Streisand. The legendary entertainer writes about a music and filmmaking career that spans six decades.

3 PREQUEL (Crown, $32). By Rachel Maddow. A narrative history of the plot to promote authoritarianism in early 20th century America and the effort to prevent it.

4 THE WAGER (Doubleday, $30). By David Grann. After enduring storms, sickness and a shipwreck, the surviving crew members of a Royal Navy ship turn against each other.

5 DEMOCRACY AWAKENING (Viking, $30). By Heather Cox Richardson. The author of the popular newsletter “Letters From an American” warns that America is trending toward autocracy.

6 HOW TO KNOW A PERSON (Random House, $30). By David Brooks. The New York Times columnist draws on various sources to consider how people can make more meaningful connections.

7 THE CREATIVE ACT (Penguin, $32). By Rick Rubin. A Grammy-winning music producer shares how artists work and suggests ways to foster creativity in everyday life.

8 MY EFFIN’ LIFE (Harper, $40). By Geddy Lee. The respected bassist talks about his upbringing and his path to musical success with the rock and roll band Rush.

9 FRIENDS, LOVERS, AND THE BIG TERRIBLE THING (Flatiron, $29.99). By Matthew Perry. The “Friends” star opens up about his childhood, career and battles with addiction.

10 THE COMFORT OF CROWS (Spiegel & Grau, $32). By Margaret Renkl. In 52 chapters, the “Late Migrations” author chronicles the evolution of her backyard over a year.

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended Nov. 19. The charts may not be reproduced without permission from the American Booksellers Association, the trade association for independent bookstores in the United States, and indiebound.org. Copyright 2023 American Booksellers Association. (The bestseller lists alternate between hardcover and paperback each week.)


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