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 A WORLD OF CURIOSITIES (Minotaur, $29.99). By Louise Penny. When a bricked-up attic room is unsealed, Chief Inspector Gamache discovers mysterious warnings connected to an old case.

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

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

 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.

 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.

 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.

 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.

 FAIRY TALE (Scribner, $32.50). By Stephen King. A teenager must protect the world from being invaded by the evil ruler of a fantastical realm.

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

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


 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 shares 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.

 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.

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

 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.

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

10  AN IMMENSE WORLD (Random House, $30). By Ed Yong. A science writer describes different ways sensory perception can be experienced in animals, including humans.

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended Dec. 4. 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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