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May 25, 2014

Best-selling books

Fiction

1.”The Goldfinch,” by Donna Tartt (Little, Brown: $30) A young man clings to a painting years after surviving an explosion at a museum that killed his mother.

2.”The Serpent of Venice,” by Christopher Moore (Morrow: $26.99) Shakespeare meets Edgar Allan Poe in this mash-up adventure.

3.”Delicious,” by Ruth Reichl (Random House: $27) A food magazine editor discovers a cache of mysterious World War II-era letters to legendary chef James Beard.

4.”The Snow Queen,” by Michael Cunningham (Farrar, Straus & Giroux: $26) Two brothers search for transcendence, via different paths, in New York City.

5.”The Target,” by David Baldacci (Grand Central: $28) The tables are turned when two assassins are the target of a hit.

6.”Can’t and Won’t: Stories,” by Lydia Davis (Farrar, Straus & Giroux: $26) This sixth collection of short stories strips narrative to its most essential form.

7.”The Fault in Our Stars,” by John Green (Dutton: $17.99) Two teenagers fighting cancer fall in love.

8.”The Last Kind Words Saloon,” by Larry McMurtry (Liveright: $24.95) The travails of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday from Colorado to the O.K. Corral.

9.”All the Light We Cannot See,” by Anthony Doerr (Morrow: $26.99) A blind French girl and a German boy try to survive World War II in occupied France.

10.”The Invention of Wings,” by Sue Monk Kidd (Viking: $27.95) The friendship between a 10-year-old Charleston slave and her reluctant 11-year-old owner.

Nonfiction

1.”A Fighting Chance,” by Elizabeth Warren (Metropolitan: $28) A political memoir with a twist from the unlikely political star.

2.”Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?” by Roz Chast (Bloomsbury: $28) The New Yorker cartoonist finds comedy in her elderly parents decline in this graphic memoir.

3.”Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” by Thomas Piketty (Belnap Press: $39.95) The historic evolution of wealth and worsening inequality in America.

4.”Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty,” by Diane Keaton (Random House: $26) In her second memoir, the actress ponders aging, beauty and turtlenecks.

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