New York Times
Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers
August 1, 2021
1. The Cellist
The 21st book in the Gabriel Allon series. A private intelligence service plans an act of violence that will aid Russia and divide America.
2. The Paper Palace
Miranda Cowley Heller
After an extramarital dalliance, Elle must choose between her husband and her childhood love.
3. The Last Thing He Told Me
Hannah Hall discovers truths about her missing husband and bonds with his daughter from a previous relationship.
4. It's Better This Way
Julia Jones begins a new life after discovering her husband's infidelity almost six years ago.
5. Malibu Rising
Taylor Jenkins Reid
An epic party has serious outcomes for four famous siblings.
6. The President's Daughter
Bill Clinton and James Patterson
Matthew Keating, a past president and former Navy SEAL, goes on his own to find his abducted teenage daughter.
7. Nine Lives
After tragedy upsets her stable family life, Maggie must decide if she will take a risk with a thrill seeker.
8. The Midnight Library
Nora Seed finds a library beyond the edge of the universe that contains books with multiple possibilities of the lives one could have lived.
9. The Personal Librarian
Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray
A Black woman who becomes one of the most powerful people in the art and book world is forced to hide her true identity.
T. J. Newman
A kidnapper demands that a pilot crash his plane with 144 passengers onboard to save his family.
11. The Final Girl Support Group
At a gathering that has taken place for more than a decade, women who survived unthinkable ordeals worry about a missing member.
12. Golden Girl
A Nantucket novelist gets one final summer to watch what happens from the great beyond.
13. Project Hail Mary
Ryland Grace awakes from a long sleep alone and far from home, and the fate of humanity rests on his shoulders.
14. The Maidens
A therapist suspects a Greek tragedy professor at Cambridge University of committing murder.
15. The Four Winds
As dust storms roll during the Great Depression, Elsa must choose between saving the family and farm or heading West.
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A version of this list appears in the August 1, 2021 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending July 17, 2021.
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