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1. A Gambling Man
by David Baldacci

Aloysius Archer, a World War II veteran, seeks to apprentice with Willie Dash, a private eye, in a corrupt California town.

2. The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country
by Amanda Gorman

The poem read on President Joe Biden’s Inauguration Day, by the youngest poet to write and perform an inaugural poem.

3. Ocean Prey
by John Sandford

The 31st book in the Prey series. When federal officers are killed, Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers team up to investigate matters.

4. The Four Winds
by Kristin Hannah

As dust storms roll during the Great Depression, Elsa must choose between saving the family and farm or heading West.

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. 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.

7. Klara and the Sun
by Kazuo Ishiguro

An “Artificial Friend” named Klara is purchased to serve as a companion to an ailing 14-year-old girl.

8. Lover Unveiled
by J. R. Ward

The 19th book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Sahvage and Mae fight against what she unleashed. 

9. The Red Book
by James Patterson and David Ellis

The second book in the Black Book thriller series. Chicago detective Billy Harney investigates his own past.

10. 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.

11. The Good Sister
by Sally Hepworth

Past secrets come up when Fern decides to pay back her twin sister, Rose, by having a baby for her.

12. The Man Who Lived Underground
by Richard Wright

A previously unpublished novel by the author of Native Son, with an afterword by his grandson Malcom Wright. A Black man named Fred Daniels is tortured by the police until he confesses to a crime he did not commit.

13. Win
by Harlan Coben

Windsor Horne Lockwood III might rectify cold cases connected to his family that have eluded the F.B.I. for decades.

14. The Lost Apothecary
by Sarah Penner

An aspiring historian in London finds a clue that might put to rest unsolved apothecary murders from 200 years ago.

15. Good Company
by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

The foundation of a marriage between actors is shaken when they reunite with an old friend who is now a TV star.

© 2021 All rights reserved by New York Times Syndication Sales Corp. This material may not be published, broadcast or redistributed in any manner.
 

A version of this list appears in the May 9, 2021 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending April 24, 2021.

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