John Grisham’s ‘Sparring Partners’ debuts at top of bestseller list

1. Sparring Partners

By John Grisham. Three novellas: “Homecoming,” “Strawberry Moon” and “Sparring Partners.”

2. Meant to Be

By Emily Giffin. Joe, the disappointing scion of a family considered American royalty, and Cate, a budding model seeking to escape her surroundings, find each other.

3. Nightwork

By Nora Roberts. Harry Booth, a master thief, breaks things off with Miranda when a dangerous contact might harm her.

4. 22 Seconds

By James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. The 22nd book in the “Women’s Murder Club” series. Lindsay Boxer returns as word gets around about a shipment of drugs and weapons.

5. The Summer Place

By Jennifer Weiner. A wedding between Ruby Danhauser and her pandemic boyfriend at a family beach house in Cape Cod brings to light family secrets.

6. The Midnight Library

By Matt Haig. Nora Seed finds a library beyond the edge of the universe that contains books with multiple possibilities of the lives one could have lived.

7. Run, Rose, Run

By Dolly Parton and James Patterson. A singer-songwriter goes to Nashville seeking stardom but is followed by her dark past.

8. Dream Town

By David Baldacci. The third book in the “Archer” series. Archer, Dash and Callahan search for a missing screenwriter who had a dead body turn up in her home.

9. This Time Tomorrow

By Emma Straub. A 40-year-old woman finds new meaning in past events when she goes back in time and relives her 16th birthday in 1996.

10. One Italian Summer

By Rebecca Serle. During a summer trip in Italy, Katy’s late mother reappears as a 30-year-old woman.

1. Happy-Go-Lucky

By David Sedaris. The humorist portrays personal and public upheavals of his life in its seventh decade and the world in the time of a pandemic.

2. Finding Me

By Viola Davis. The multiple award-winning actress describes the difficulties she encountered before claiming her sense of self and achieving professional success.

3. Killing the Killers

By Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. The 11th book in the conservative commentator’s “Killing” series gives an account of the global war against terrorists.

4. Here’s the Deal

By Kellyanne Conway. The former senior counselor in President Donald Trump’s White House gives her account of her time in politics.

5. The Palace Papers

By Tina Brown. This follow-up to “The Diana Chronicles” details how the royal family reinvented itself after the death of Princess Diana.

6. The Office BFFs

By Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey. Two stars of “The Office” celebrate the comedy series and their friendship.

7. Crying in H Mart

By Michelle Zauner. The daughter of a Korean mother and Jewish American father, and leader of the indie rock project Japanese Breakfast, describes creating her own identity after losing her mother to cancer.

8. River of the Gods

By Candice Millard. The story of the hardships encountered during 19th-century expeditions in Africa, and the complicated partnerships behind them.

9. Secret City

By James Kirchick. How cultural and political anxiety over gay people affected presidential administrations during the 20th century and created a decadeslong witch hunt.

10. Greenlights

By Matthew McConaughey. The Academy Award-winning actor shares snippets from the diaries he kept over the last 35 years.

New York Times




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