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1. The Last Thing He Told Me
by Laura Dave

Hannah Hall discovers truths about her missing husband and bonds with his daughter from a previous relationship.

2. 21st Birthday
by  James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

The 21st book in the Women’s Murder Club series. New evidence changes the investigation of a missing mother.

3. Sooley
by John Grisham

Samuel Sooleymon receives a basketball scholarship to North Carolina Central and determines to bring his family over from a civil war-ravaged South Sudan.

4. Project Hail Mary
by Andy Weir

Ryland Grace awakes from a long sleep alone and far from home, and the fate of humanity rests on his shoulders.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. Finding Ashley
by Danielle Steel

Two estranged sisters, one a former best-selling author, the other a nun, reconnect as one searches for the child the other gave up.

10. The Newcomer
by Mary Kay Andrews

After discovering her sister dead, Letty Carnahan drives away with her niece and find potential trouble with a police detective at a Florida motel. 

11. Summer on the Bluffs
by Sunny Hostin

Amelia Vaux Tanner plans to give a cottage in a Black beach community to one of her three favorite guests.

12. 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.

13. Hour of the Witch
by Chris Bohjalian

In 1662 Boston, a young Puritan woman seeks to escape from a cruel husband and rumors that might mean her death.

14. Great Circle
by Maggie Shipstead

An actress immerses herself in the role of a pioneering woman aviator who disappeared in Antarctica.

15. 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.

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A version of this list appears in the May 23, 2021 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending May 8, 2021.

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