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Washington Post hardcover bestsellers

1 THE EXCHANGE (Doubleday, $29.95). By John Grisham. A sequel to the best-selling legal thriller “The Firm” finds Mitch and Abby McDeere caught up in a shady international crisis.

2 TOM LAKE (Harper, $30). By Ann Patchett. Over the course of a summer, a woman tells her three daughters the story of her affair, at 19, with an actor on the cusp of stardom.

3 FOURTH WING (Red Tower Books, $29.99). By Rebecca Yarros. A young woman competes to secure a spot at an elite war college for dragon riders.

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

5 DEMON COPPERHEAD (Harper, $32.50). By Barbara Kingsolver. In this Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, a boy born in a trailer in Appalachia faces the challenges of childhood poverty with resilience.

6 THE HEAVEN AND EARTH GROCERY STORE (Riverhead, $28). By James McBride. In a ramshackle Pennsylvania neighborhood during the 1920s and ’30s, Jewish and African American residents come together to hide an orphan from state officials.

7 THE COVENANT OF WATER (Grove, $32). By Abraham Verghese. Generations of a family from South India’s Malabar Coast all contend with the same affliction — at least one member of each generation dies by drowning.

8 ROMAN STORIES (Knopf, $27). By Jhumpa Lahiri, Todd Portnowitz (Transl.). The Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s first story collection contains nine tales that take place in Rome, Italy.

9 THE ILIAD (W. W. Norton, $39.95). Homer, Emily Wilson (Transl.). A fresh translation of the ancient Greek epic about the final years of the Trojan War.

10 THE FRAUD (Penguin Press, $29). By Zadie Smith. A Victorian-era housekeeper becomes fascinated with a scandalous trial involving a man’s dubious claim to a fortune.

1 DEMOCRACY AWAKENING (Viking, $30). By Heather Cox Richardson. The author of the popular newsletter “Letters From an American” warns that America is trending toward autocracy.

2 PREQUEL (Crown, $32). By Rachel Maddow. A narrative history of the wide-reaching plot to promote authoritarianism in early 20th-century America, and the effort to prevent it.

3 GOING INFINITE (W. W. Norton, $30). By Michael Lewis. The author of “The Big Short” gives an insider’s account of the rise and fall of cryptocurrency exchange FTX and its founder Sam Bankman-Fried.

4 ENOUGH (Simon & Schuster, $30). By Cassidy Hutchinson. A memoir by the former White House aide who testified before the House Jan. 6 committee about President Trump’s actions before and during the attack on the U.S. Capitol.

5 THE CREATIVE ACT (Penguin, $32). By Rick Rubin. A Grammy-winning music producer shares how artists work and suggests ways to foster creativity in everyday life.

6 THE WAGER (Doubleday, $30). By David Grann. After enduring storms, sickness and a shipwreck, the surviving crew members of HMS Wager turn against each other.

7 ELON MUSK (Simon & Schuster, $35). By Walter Isaacson. The bestselling biographer tells the story of the billionaire’s path to becoming a controversial trailblazer.

8 MAKING IT SO (Gallery, $35). By Patrick Stewart. The “Star Trek” actor gives a tour of his life, from his Yorkshire upbringing to his Hollywood rise.

9 BE USEFUL (Penguin Press, $29). By Arnold Schwarzenegger. Advice from the bodybuilder, movie star and former California governor about how to find purpose.

10 ASTOR (Harper, $32.99). By Anderson Cooper, Katherine Howe. A chronicle of the rise and fall of the legendary family’s fortune over generations.

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended Oct. 22. The charts may not be reproduced without permission from the American Booksellers Association, the trade association for independent bookstores in the United States, and indiebound.org. Copyright 2023 American Booksellers Association. (The bestseller lists alternate between hardcover and paperback each week.)

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