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Here are the bestsellers for the week that ended Saturday, June 5, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by NPD BookScan © 2021 NPD Group.

(Reprinted from Publishers Weekly, published by PWxyz LLC. © 2021, PWxyz LLC.)

HARDCOVER FICTION

1. "Golden Girl" by Elin Hilderbrand (Little, Brown) Last week: —

2. "Malibu Rising: A Novel" by Taylor Jenkins Reid (Ballantine) Last week: —

3. "The Last Thing He Told Me: A Novel" by Laura Dave (Simon & Schuster) Last week: 3

4. "Sooley: A Novel" by John Grisham (Doubleday) Last week: 2

5. "Legacy: A Novel" by Nora Roberts (St. Martin's) Last week: 1

6. "The Midnight Library" by Matt Haig (Viking) Last week: 6

7. "Project Hail Mary" by Andy Weir (Ballantine) Last week: 4

8. "The Other Black Girl: A Novel" by Zakiya Dalila Harris (Atria) Last week: —

9. "The Four Winds: A Novel" by Kristin Hannah (St. Martin’s) Last week: 11

10. "21st Birthday (Women's Murder Club, 21)" by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro (Little, Brown) Last week: 8

HARDCOVER NONFICTION

1. "Killing the Mob: The Fight Against Organized Crime in America" by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard (St. Martin's) Last week: 3

2. "How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America" by Clint Smith (Little, Brown) Last week: —

3. "What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing" by Bruce D. Perry and Oprah Winfrey (Flatiron/Oprah) Last week: 4

4. "After the Fall: Being American in the World We've Made" by Ben Rhodes (Random House) Last week: —

5. "Greenlights" by Matthew McConaughey (Crown) Last week: 6

6. "The Anthropocene Reviewed: Essays On A Human-Centered Planet (Signed Edition)" by John Green (Dutton) Last week: 3

7. "The Premonition: A Pandemic Story" by Michael Lewis (Norton) Last week: 10

8. "The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country" by Amanda Gorman (Viking) Last week: 5

9. "The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War" by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown) Last week: 11

10. "Zero Fail: The Rise and Fall of the Secret Service" by Carol Leonnig (Random House) Last week: 9

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