1 THE VANISHING HALF (Riverhead, $27). By Brit Bennett. Identical twin sisters grow into women with different racial identities, leaving their daughters to grapple with issues of identity and authenticity.
2 SQUEEZE ME (Knopf, $28.95). By Carl Hiaasen. A satirical novel skewering politics and Palm Beach’s elite society.
3 WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING (Putnam, $26). By Delia Owens. A young outcast finds herself at the center of a murder trial.
4 MEXICAN GOTHIC (Del Rey, $27). By Silvia Moreno-Garcia. A young woman is sent to her cousin’s decaying house in the Mexican countryside, where all is not as it seems.
5 LUSTER (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $26). By Raven Leilani. A young woman falls for an older man who has an open marriage.
6 THE GUEST LIST (William Morrow, $27.99). By Lucy Foley. Friends are gathered in Ireland at an island wedding when someone turns up dead.
7 AMERICAN DIRT (Flatiron, $27.99). By Jeanine Cummins. After her family is murdered by a drug cartel, a Mexican bookstore owner and her young son go on the run toward the U.S. border.
8 HAMNET (Knopf, $26.95). By Maggie O’Farrell. An account of Shakespeare and his wife’s early marriage and the grief they share over their only son’s untimely death.
9 MIGRATIONS (Flatiron Books, $26.99). By Charlotte McConaghy. A woman grapples with her dark history while pursuing migrating Arctic terns from a fishing vessel.
10 SUCH A FUN AGE (Putnam, $26). By Kiley Reid. A privileged blogger gets involved in the life of her African American babysitter after the younger woman is falsely accused of kidnapping her child.


1 CASTE (Random House, $32). By Isabel Wilkerson. America’s racial divisions are examined and reframed as a caste system.
2 HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACIST (One World, $27). By Ibram X. Kendi. A mix of social commentary and memoir that aims to reshape our understanding of racism and inequality.
3 TOO MUCH AND NEVER ENOUGH: HOW MY FAMILY CREATED THE WORLD’S MOST DANGEROUS MAN (Simon & Schuster, $28). By Mary L. Trump. A clinical psychologist and niece to President Trump shines a light on the dysfunction she has seen in her family.
4 UNTAMED (The Dial Press, $28). By Glennon Doyle. A memoir as well as a wake-up call to people who want to learn to listen to themselves.
5 HIS TRUTH IS MARCHING ON: JOHN LEWIS AND THE POWER OF HOPE (Random House, $30). By Jon Meacham. A biography of the late Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis.
6 VESPER FLIGHTS (Grove, $27). By Helen Macdonald. Essays explore relationships between animals and humans.
7 THE SPLENDID AND THE VILE (Crown, $32). By Erik Larson. A look at how Winston Churchill led Britain through World War II that explores his political gamesmanship and his family dynamics.
8 HOAX: DONALD TRUMP, FOX NEWS, AND THE DANGEROUS DISTORTION OF TRUTH (Atria/One Signal, $28). By Brian Stelter. The chief media correspondent for CNN Worldwide describes the relationship between Donald Trump and Fox News.
9 BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME (One World, $26). By Ta-Nehisi Coates. A black father writes his son a letter about race in America.
10 EVIL GENIUSES: THE UNMAKING OF AMERICA: A RECENT HISTORY (Random House, $30). By Kurt Andersen. The author explores how the American middle class has been undermined and dismantled.

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended Aug 30. The charts may not be reproduced without permission from the American Booksellers Association, the trade association for independent bookstores in the United States, and Copyright 2020 American Booksellers Association. (The bestseller lists alternate between hardcover and paperback each week.)