View this week’s New York Times bestselling books below. Use these books as starting points for your book club or personal reading lists.
Fiction (Print & E-Book)
1 THE BLACK BOX, by Michael Connelly. (Little, Brown & Company.) In a case that spans 20 years, the Los Angeles detective Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a 1992 file, the killing of a young female photographer during the race riots.
2 COLD DAYS, by Jim Butcher. (Penguin Group.) Harry Dresden lives, but he’s no longer Chicago’s professional wizard. Now he’s the Winter Knight, Queen Mab’s assassin, and she wants her newest minion to pull off the impossible: kill an immortal.
3 NOTORIOUS NINETEEN, by Janet Evanovich. (Random House Publishing.) The New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum joins with Joe Morelli to track down a con man who disappeared from a hospital; meanwhile, she takes a second job guarding Ranger.
4 THE FORGOTTEN, by David Baldacci. (Grand Central Publishing.) The military investigator John Puller probes his aunt’s mysterious death in Florida.
5 THE RACKETEER, by John Grisham. (Knopf Doubleday Publishing.) An imprisoned ex-lawyer schemes to exchange this information about who murdered a judge for his freedom.
6 MERRY CHRISTMAS, ALEX CROSS, by James Patterson. (Little, Brown & Company.) Detective Alex Cross confronts both a hostage situation and a terrorist act at Christmas.
7 GONE GIRL, by Gillian Flynn. (Crown Publishing.) A woman disappears on the day of her fifth anniversary; is her husband a killer?
8 THE LAST MAN, by Vince Flynn. (Simon & Schuster.) The counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp searches for a missing C.I.A. asset amid treachery in Afghanistan.
9 LIFE OF PI, by Yann Martel. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishers.) A teenage boy and a 450-pound tiger are thrown together in a lifeboat after a shipwreck; originally published in 2002 and now a movie.
10 FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, by E. L. James. (Knopf Doubleday Publishing.) A college student falls in love with a tortured man with particular sexual tastes; the first of a trilogy.
11 SHADOW’S CLAIM, by Kresley Cole. (Pocket Books.) Prince Trehan, a master assassin, will do anything to possess the beautiful sorceress Bettina — even compete in a blood-sport tournament.
12 THE EDGE OF NEVER, by J.A. Redmerski. (J.A. Redmerski.) A woman impulsively boards a Greyhound bus to start everything afresh, and meets a man with a dark secret.
13 AGENDA 21, by Glenn Beck with Harriet Parke. (Simon & Schuster.) A girl begins to question the authorities who run the Republic, the totalitarian successor to the United States created by the U.N.
14 FIFTY SHADES DARKER, by E. L. James. (Knopf Doubleday Publishing.) Ana Steele learns more about Christian Grey’s troubled past; the second book in a trilogy.
15 THE PERFECT HOPE, by Nora Roberts. (Penguin Group.) The final volume of the Inn BoonsBoro trilogy sees sparks fly between Ryder Montgomery and the innkeeper.
Nonfiction (Print & E-Book)
1 KILLING KENNEDY, by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. (Henry Holt & Company.) The host of “The O’Reilly Factor” recounts the events surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
2 PROOF OF HEAVEN, by Eben Alexander. (Simon & Schuster.) A neurosurgeon recounts his near death experience during a coma from bacterial meningitis.
3 THOMAS JEFFERSON, by Jon Meacham. (Random House Publishing.) The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist celebrates Jefferson’s skills as a practical politician.
4 KILLING LINCOLN, by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. (Henry Holt & Company.) The host of “The O’Reilly Factor” recounts the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
5 TEAM OF RIVALS, by Doris Kearns Goodwin. (Simon & Schuster.) The political genius of Abraham Lincoln, revealed in his relationship with his cabinet; originally published in 2005.
6 NO EASY DAY, by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer. (Penguin Group.) An account of the mission that killed Osama bin Laden, by a former member of the Navy SEALs.
7 ANTIFRAGILE, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. (Random House Publishing.) The philosophical essayist and author of “The Black Swan” identifies things that not only gain from chaos but need it in order to survive and flourish.
8 THE SIGNAL AND THE NOISE, by Nate Silver. (Penguin Group.) An examination of predictions, the ones that come true and the ones that don’t.
9 FATAL FRIENDS, DEADLY NEIGHBORS, by Ann Rule. (Simon & Schuster.) The 16th collection in the Crime Files true-crime series.
10 AMERICA AGAIN, by Stephen Colbert, Richard Dahm, Paul Dinello, Barry Julien, Tom Purcell et al.. (Grand Central Publishing.) The mock pundit of Comedy Central’s “Colbert Report” tells how to bring America back from the brink.
11 THE LAST LION, by William Manchester and Paul Reid. (Little, Brown & Company.) A biography of Winston Churchill, reaching from World War II until his death in 1965.
12 UNBROKEN, by Laura Hillenbrand. (Random House Publishing.) An Olympic runner’s story of survival as a prisoner of the Japanese in World War II.
13 FAR FROM THE TREE, by Andrew Solomon. (Scribner.) The difficulties and triumphs of families dealing with exceptional children.
14 ROLL ME UP AND SMOKE ME WHEN I DIE, by Willie Nelson. (HarperCollins Publishers.) The musician muses on family, friends, Texas and life on the road.
15 WAGING HEAVY PEACE, by Neil Young. (Penguin Group.) The rocker’s memoir ranges over his personal life and his music.