John Grisham’s list of judges tops the bestseller list


1. The list of judges

by John Grisham. The second book in the “Whistler” series. Investigator Lacy Stoltz pursues a serial killer and approaches a sitting judge.

2. Mercy

by David Baldacci. The fourth volume of the “Atlee Pine” series. Atlee finds out that her twin sister survived a kidnapping when she was 6 years old.

3. The stranger in the lifeboat

by Mitch Albom. After a ship explodes, 10 people struggling to survive pull a man from the sea who claims to be the Lord.

4. The wish

by Nicholas Sparks. Renowned travel photographer Maggie Dawes struggles with a medical diagnosis over Christmas.

5. The Lincoln Highway

by Amor Towles. Two friends who escaped from a juvenile labor farm take Emmett Watson on an unexpected trip to New York City in 1954.

6. Dark hours

by Michael Connelly. A death on New Years Eve, an unsolved murder, and a hunt for serial rapists reunite Bosch and Ballard.

7. Better to die

by Lee Child and Andrew Child. The 26th volume of the “Jack Reacher” series. Reacher helps an FBI agent search for his missing brother and confronts an enemy named Dendoncker.

8. Game activated

by Janet Evanovitch. The 28th volume of the “Stéphanie Plum” series. Diesel and Stéphanie track down international hacker Oswald on Wednesday.

9. The Devil’s Sea by Clive Cussler

by Dirk Cussler. Dirk Pitt’s latest adventure involves a missing Buddhist artifact, a failed hypersonic missile, and a hijacked ship.

10. Cuckoo Earth Cloud

by Anthony Doerr. An interconnected cast of dreamers and strangers is found in dangerous and disparate contexts past, present and future.


1. The 1619 project

edited by Nikole Hannah-Jones, Caitlin Roper, Ilena Silverman and Jake Silverstein. See America’s entanglement with slavery and its legacy, in essays adapted and developed from The New York Times Magazine.

2. All American Christmases

by Rachel Campos-Duffy and Sean Duffy. A collection of vacation memorabilia from Fox News staff members.

3. Will

by Will Smith with Mark Manson. The actor, producer and musician talks about his life and the lessons he learned along the way.

4. Betrayal

by Jonathan Karl. ABC News chief Washington correspondent reports on the end of the Trump presidency.

5. The lyrics: from 1956 to the present day

by Paul McCartney. A two-volume celebration of 154 songs, with handwritten texts, paintings and photographs from the songwriter’s archives.

6. The storyteller

by Dave Grohl. A memoir by the musician known for his work with Foo Fighters and Nirvana.

7. The real Anthony Fauci

by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Anti-vaccine lawyer advises on the president’s chief medical adviser.

8. The President and the Freedom Fighter

by Brian Kilmeade. The Fox News host reports on the relationship between Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.

9. The dawn of everything

by David Graeber and David Wengrow. A re-investigation of social evolution and suggestions for new ways of organizing society.

10. Welcome to Dunder Mifflin

by Brian Baumgartner and Ben Silverman. An oral history of the television series “The Office” by one of its stars and one of its producers.

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