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Washington Post hardcover bestsellers

1 IRON FLAME (Red Tower Books, $29.99). By Rebecca Yarros. The Empyrean series continues as second-year students face new challenges at Basgiath War College.

2 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.

3 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.

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

5 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.

6 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.

7 NORTH WOODS (Random House, $28). By Daniel Mason. Over the centuries, a New England farmhouse is a home that interconnects people, plants and animals.

8 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.

9 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.

10 THE LITTLE LIAR (Harper, $26.99). By Mitch Albom. During World War II, a truthful boy is tricked into helping Nazi invaders and vows to never tell the truth again.

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

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 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.

4 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.

5 HOW TO KNOW A PERSON (Random House, $30). By David Brooks. A New York Times columnist draws on various sources to consider how people can make more meaningful connections with each other.

6 MY NAME IS BARBRA (Viking, $47). By Barbra Streisand. The legendary entertainer writes about a music and filmmaking career that spans six decades.

7 THE WOMAN IN ME (Gallery, $32.99). By Britney Spears. In her memoir, the pop star looks back on her rise to stardom and the 13 years she spent under the conservatorship of her father.

8 FRIENDS, LOVERS, AND THE BIG TERRIBLE THING (Flatiron, $29.99). By Matthew Perry. The “Friends” star opens up about his childhood, career and lifelong battles with addiction.

9 THE COMFORT OF CROWS (Spiegel & Grau, $32). By Margaret Renkl. In 52 chapters, the author of “Late Migrations” chronicles the evolution of her backyard over the course of a year.

10 HIDDEN POTENTIAL (Viking, $32). By Adam Grant. The author of “Think Again” gives a framework for achievement that relies on growth rather than innate ability.

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended Dec. 3. 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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