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 DEMON COPPERHEAD (Harper, $32.50). By Barbara Kingsolver. A boy born in a trailer in Appalachia faces the challenges of childhood poverty.

 THE PASSENGER (Knopf, $30). By Cormac McCarthy. A mysterious plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico is the catalyst for a salvage diver to contemplate his legacy.

 LESSONS IN CHEMISTRY (Doubleday, $29). By Bonnie Garmus. A mid-century scientist becomes a sensation while hosting a feminist cooking show.

 THE LOST METAL (Tor, $29.99). By Brandon Sanderson. The conclusion to the second “Mistborn” series features Waxillium Ladrian fighting to save the planet Scadrial.

 GALATEA (Ecco, $12). By Madeline Miller. A short story, by the author of “Circe,” retells the myth of Pygmalion and Galatea.

 OUR MISSING HEARTS (Penguin Press, $29). By Celeste Ng. A boy searches for his missing mother, a Chinese American poet who left the family years earlier.

 LIBERATION DAY (Random House, $28). By George Saunders. The Booker Prize winner’s short stories explore the nature of modern life.

 HORSE (Viking, $28). By Geraldine Brooks. A scientist and a historian bond over their shared interest in a Civil War-era racehorse and his enslaved groom.

 TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW, AND TOMORROW (Knopf, $28). By Gabrielle Zevin. Two friends run a successful video design company while testing the boundaries of thier relationship

10  THE BOYS FROM BILOXI (Doubleday, $29.95). By John Grisham. Two childhood friends grow apart as one becomes a prosecutor and the other a mobster.


 THE LIGHT WE CARRY (Crown, $32.50). By Michelle Obama. The former first lady provides advice for overcoming adversity gleaned from her own experiences.

 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 as an adult.

 GO-TO DINNERS (Clarkson Potter, $35). By Ina Garten. The Barefoot Contessa offers recipes for uncomplicated dinners and guidance for turning the leftovers into delicious meals.

 SMITTEN KITCHEN KEEPERS (Knopf, $35). By Deb Perelman. The popular food blogger’s third cookbook offers recipes for her reliable favorites.

 A BOOK OF DAYS (Random House, $28.99). By Patti Smith. A visual record of a year in the life of the National Book Award-winning writer.

 SURRENDER (Knopf, $34). By Bono. The Irish frontman for the rock band U2 recounts his upbringing and the influences on his music and activism.

 AND THERE WAS LIGHT (Random House, $40). By Jon Meacham. The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer revisits the life of Abraham Lincoln.

 THE PHILOSOPHY OF MODERN SONG (Simon & Schuster, $45). By Bob Dylan. The Nobel Prize-winning musician’s essays explore the essence of popular music.

 THE SONG OF THE CELL (Scribner, $32.50). By Siddhartha Mukherjee. The Pulitzer Prize-winning doctor and researcher explains what the understanding of cells means to the past, the present and possibly the future.

10  NUMBER ONE IS WALKING (Celadon Books, $30). By Steve Martin, Harry Bliss (Illus.). An illustrated memoir focuses on the the Academy Award-winning actor’s career.

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended Nov. 20. 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 2022 American Booksellers Association. (The bestseller lists alternate between hardcover and paperback each week.)

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