3 THE HEAVEN AND EARTH GROCERY STORE (Riverhead, $28). By James McBride. In a ramshackle Pennsylvania neighborhood during the 1920s and ’30s, Jewish and African American residents come together to hide an orphan from state officials.
4 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.
5 THE COVENANT OF WATER (Grove, $32). By Abraham Verghese. Generations of a family from South India’s Malabar Coast all contend with the same affliction — at least one member of each generation dies by drowning.
6 LESSONS IN CHEMISTRY (Doubleday, $29). By Bonnie Garmus. A mid-century scientist becomes a sensation while hosting a feminist cooking show.
7 TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW (Knopf, $28). By Gabrielle Zevin. Two friends run a successful video design company while testing the boundaries of their relationship.
8 HAPPY PLACE (Berkley, $27). By Emily Henry. At a friend group’s annual getaway, one couple hides the fact that they have split.
9 YELLOWFACE (William Morrow, $30). By R. F. Kuang. An author who stole a competitor’s work must decide how far she will go to protect the secret behind her success.
10 REMARKABLY BRIGHT CREATURES (Ecco, $29.99). By Shelby Van Pelt. A woman develops a friendship with an octopus living in an aquarium.
1 THE WAGER (Doubleday, $30). By David Grann. After enduring storms, sickness and a shipwreck, the surviving crew members of HMS Wager turn against each other.
2 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.
3 OUTLIVE (Harmony, $32). By Peter Attia, M.D., Bill Gifford. A physician offers alternate ways of looking at aging and longevity.
4 ATOMIC HABITS (Avery, $27). By James Clear. How to make small changes that have a big impact.
5 THE ART THIEF (Knopf, $28). By Michael Finkel. Over three hundred art objects were stolen by one man who kept them in a secret room.
6 SAFE AND SOUND (DK, $24.99). By Mercury Stardust. A guide to home repair for renters from an expert known on social media as the Trans Handy Ma’am.
7 I’M GLAD MY MOM DIED (Simon & Schuster, $27.99). By Jennette McCurdy. The former Nickelodeon actor details her dysfunctional childhood and the resulting psychological distress she faced during adulthood.
8 POVERTY, BY AMERICA (Crown, $28). By Matthew Desmond. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Evicted” examines the reasons poverty is entrenched in the culture of the United States.
9 THE BOY, THE MOLE, THE FOX AND THE HORSE (HarperOne, $22.99). By Charlie Mackesy. The British illustrator brings to life fables about unlikely friendships.
10 WHAT AN OWL KNOWS (Penguin Press, $30). By Jennifer Ackerman. A scientific immersion into the world of owls and an exploration of their impact on human history.
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