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Posted at 09:17 AM ET, 07/02/2012

Books hitting the bestseller lists this week include Maraniss's “Barack Obama,” a zany new novel from Janet Evanovich and a memoir that is also the first book in the Oprah Book Club 2.0

With the oppressive heat and humidity making daily life a bit more difficult, perhaps hunkering down inside with one of this week’s bestsellers might be the answer (and getting power restored to the thousands without it!).


CHICAGO, IL - FILE: People walk by the entrance to a Barnes & Noble store on April 30, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. It was reported on June 19, 2012 that Barnes & Noble posted a net loss of $57.7 million, or $1.08 per share, for the fourth quarter as the company continues to invest in its Nook e-reader business and adjust to the evolving book business. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) (Scott Olson - GETTY IMAGES)

BOOK WORLD Bestsellers — July 1, 2012

(Numbers in brackets represent weeks on the list)

(Click on the author’s name to be linked to Book World’s review)

NONFICTION HARDCOVER

1. BARACK OBAMA: THE STORY

(Simon & Schuster, $32.50). By David Maraniss. The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist chronicles a life lived large. [1]

2. UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES: WHY EVERYTHING YOU’VE BEEN TOLD ABOUT THE ECONOMY IS WRONG

(Portfolio, $27.95). By Edward Conard [2]

3. IT WORKED FOR ME: IN LIFE AND LEADERSHIP

(Harper, $27.99). By Colin Powell with Tony Koltz. A memoir from a man of considerable accomplishments. [5]

4. STRENGTHS FINDER 2.0: ... ONLINE TEST FROM GALLUP'S “NOW, DISCOVER YOUR STRENGTHS”

(Gallup, $24.95). By Tom Rath [82]

5. CREATING INNOVATORS: THE MAKING OF YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WILL CHANGE THE WORLD

(Scribner, $27). By Tony Wagner. Educating to encourage thinking outside the box. [2]

6. THE AMATEUR: BARACK OBAMA IN THE WHITE HOUSE

(Regnery, $27.95). By Edward Klein. The journalist takes the president to task for his record to date. [6]

7. UNBROKEN: A WORLD WAR II STORY OF SURVIVAL, RESILIENCE, AND REDEMPTION

(Random House, $27). By Laura Hillenbrand [60]

8. COWARDS: WHAT POLITICIANS, RADICALS, AND THE MEDIA REFUSE TO SAY

By Glenn Beck. The pundit’s rundown of the “truths” most Americans are missing. [2]

9. THE SKINNY RULES: THE SIMPLE, NONNEGOTIABLE PRINCIPLES FOR GETTING TO THIN

(Ballantine, $26). By Bob Harper [5]

10. WILD: FROM LOST TO FOUND ON THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL

(Knopf, $25.95). By Cheryl Strayed. A memoir that is also the first pick of Oprah’s Book Club 2.0. [1]





FICTION HARDCOVER

1. WICKED BUSINESS

(Bantam, $28). By Janet Evanovich. A ancient relic that wields the power of lust is an object of desire in this second Lizzy and Diesel novel. [1]

2. GONE GIRL

(Crown, $25). By Gillian Flynn. A model couple has their marriage crumble when the wife vanishes and the husband is a prime suspect. [3]

3. CALICO JOE

(Doubleday, $24.95). By John Grisham. A tale of father and son, redemption and the great American pastime — baseball. [11]

4. THE INNOCENT

(Grand Central, $27.99). By David Baldacci. A hit gone wrong sets off a dangerous chain of events in this new Will Robie thriller. [10]

5. MISSION TO PARIS

(Random House, $27). By Alan Furst. A Hollywood star is more than just a pretty face while on set in a city overshadowed by war. [2]

6. THE LONG EARTH

(Harper, $25.99). By Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter. Book one in a new, imaginative series from the veteran SF / fantasy writers. [1]

7. CANADA

(Ecco, $27.99). By Richard Ford. A young man’s coming of age above the 49th parallel, after his family falls apart. [3]

8. 11TH HOUR

(Little, Brown, $27.99). By James Patterson & Maxine Paetro. Time is running out in the Women’s Murder Club’s efforts to solve two gruesome crimes. [7]

9. THE STORM

(Putnam, $27.95). By Clive Cussler and Graham Brown. A sinister scheme to permanently alter weather patterns comes to the attention of NUMA. [4]

10. BRING UP THE BODIES

(Henry Holt, $28). By Hilary Mantel. The continued machinations of Tudor England in this sequel to “Wolf Hall.” [6]




NONFICTION PAPERBACK

1. THE NEW JIM CROW: MASS INCARCERATION IN THE AGE OF COLORBLINDNESS

(New Press, $19.95). By Michelle Alexander [3]

2. MYTHOLOGY

(Back Bay, $14.99). By Edith Hamilton. The perennial bestseller (a high school staple) first published in 1942. [1]

3. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE

(College Board, $21.99). This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. [112]

4. IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS: LOVE, TERROR, AND AN AMERICAN FAMILY IN HITLER’S BERLIN

(Broadway, $16). By Erik Larson [8]

5. THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS

(Broadway, $16). By Rebecca Skloot. How one woman’s death from cervical cancer in 1951 led to the creation of the prodigious HeLa cell line. [64]

6. A GUIDE TO THE PROJECT MANAGEMENT BODY OF KNOWLEDGE (PMBOK GUIDE)

(Project Management, $65.95). Fourth edition of the project management test guide. [5]

7. OUTLIERS: THE STORY OF SUCCESS

(Back Bay, $16.99). By Malcolm Gladwell. Assumptions about success challenged. [24]

8. TO HEAVEN AND BACK: THE TRUE STORY OF A DOCTOR’S EXTRAORDINARY WALK WITH GOD

(WaterBrook, $14.99). By Mary C. Neal [3]

9. HOLY BIBLE: GIFT & AWARD EDITION

(Common English Bible, $9.95). The recently published softcover blue binding. [1]

10. CONSTRUCTIVE CONFLICTS: FROM ESCALATION TO RESOLUTION

(Rowman & Littlefield, $49.95). By Louis Kriesberg & Bruce W. Dayton. The fourth edition of the primer on social conflict. [1]



FICTION PAPERBACK

1. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY

(Vintage, $15.95). By E.L. James. The first of a British e-book erotic trilogy that has become a publishing phenomenon. [13]

2. FIFTY SHADES DARKER

(Vintage, $15.95). By E.L. James. Book two in the trilogy finds Ana still enraptured by Christian — and a reconciliation. [10]

3. FIFTY SHADES FREED

(Vintage, $15.95). By E.L. James. How traditional a couple are Ana and Christian? The trilogy’s conclusion answers all. [9]

4. FIFTY SHADES TRILOGY

(Vintage, $47.85). By E.L. James. The erotically-charged series in a handsome slip-cased format. [2]

5. A GAME OF THRONES

(Bantam, $17; Spectra, $8.99) By George R.R. Martin. The first book of the fantasy epic “A Song of Ice and Fire.”; the HBO miniseries’ second seasons began April 1. [23]

6. BARED TO YOU

(Berkley, $15). By Sylvia Day. A tale billed as “erotic,” part of the author’s “Crossfire” series and sporting a cover style in the vein of E.L. James’s trilogy. [2]

7. THE LAST BOYFRIEND

(Berkley, $16). By Nora Roberts. The Inn BoonsBoro opens to great acclaim after a painstaking renovation — and a romance is rekindled. [8]

8. KILL ALEX CROSS

(Grand Central, $14.99). By James Patterson. The president and his daughter are kidnapped as a biological attack on Washington, D.C.’s water supply is unleashed. [5]

9. THE GREAT GATSBY

(Scribner, $15). By F. Scott Fitzgerald. The classic American novel of love lost and fortunes gained amid the Jazz Age. [6]

10. STATE OF WONDER

(HarperPerennial, $15.99). By Ann Patchett. Set deep in the Amazon, this tale binds together pharmaceutical research and its tolls, both ethical and emotional. [6]

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended June 24, 2012. The charts may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright 2012 by Nielsen BookScan. (The right-hand column of numbers represents weeks on this list, which premiered in Book World on Jan. 11, 2004. The bestseller lists in print alternate between hardcover and paperback; the complete list can be found online.)

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