Fiction Best Sellers

Fiction Best Sellers: Week of October 20, 2019

  1. THE WATER DANCER by Ta-Nehisi Coates. A young man who was gifted with a mysterious power becomes part of a war between slavers and the enslaved.

  2. THE INSTITUTE by Stephen King. Children with special talents are abducted and sequestered in an institution where the sinister staff seeks to extract their gifts through harsh methods.

  3. WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING by Delia Owens. In a quiet town on the North Carolina coast in 1969, a woman who survived alone in the marsh becomes a murder suspect.

  4. THE DUTCH HOUSE by Ann Patchett. A sibling relationship is impacted when the family goes from poverty to wealth and back again over the course of many decades.

  5. BLOODY GENIUS by John Sandford. The 12th book in the Virgil Flowers series. A fight between university departments turns deadly.

  6. THE TESTAMENTS by Margaret Atwood. In a sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale,” old secrets bring three women together as the Republic of Gilead’s theocratic regime shows signs of decay. 

  7. VINCE FLYNN: LETHAL AGENT by Kyle Mills. Mexican cartels, ISIS and a possible pandemic bring Mitch Rapp back into action.

  8. CILKA'S JOURNEY by Heather Morris. A 16-year-old, who sleeps with a concentration camp commandant in order to survive, is sentenced to a Siberian prison camp where she cares for the ill.

  9. FULL THROTTLE by Joe Hill. A collection of short stories including two written with Stephen King: “Throttle” and “In the Tall Grass.”

  10. IMAGINARY FRIEND by Stephen Chbosky. After disappearing for six days, a boy emerges from the woods with a voice in his head that sends him on a mission.

  11. A MRS. MIRACLE CHRISTMAS by Debbie Macomber. A visitor helps the McCullough family beyond expectation during the holiday season.

  12. THE GIRL WHO LIVED TWICE by David Lagercrantz. Mikael Blomkvist helps Lisbeth Salander put her past behind her in the latest installment of Stieg Larsson's Millennium series.

  13. THE ORACLE by Jonathan Cahn. A traveler discovers mysteries hidden behind seven locked doors.

  14. RED AT THE BONE by Jacqueline Woodson. The long-lasting decisions young people make are explored through the history of a Brooklyn teenager’s family.

  15. THE SECRETS WE KEPT by Lara Prescott. During the Cold War, members of the C.I.A.’s typing pool aid its mission to smuggle the banned book “Doctor Zhivago” behind the Iron Curtain.


  Excerpted from The New York Times Best Seller lists