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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 04/23/2012

Brad Meltzer’s inspiring lives; John Grisham and baseball; a Secret Service agent’s Kennedy detail

After some (slightly serious) technical glitches, here at last are the bestseller lists for April 22 ....

No surprise that Grisham’s latest (non-thriller) novel nabs the top spot in new fiction ... while in nonfiction, the lovely Giada De Laurentiis is trumped by another thriller writer, Brad Meltzer, with yet another non-thriller entry — “Heroes for My Daughter” is the inspirational follow-up to his bestselling “Heroes for My Son.”


A digital book is displayed on an Apple Inc. iPad for a photograph in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, April 11, 2012. Apple Inc. and two publishers, Macmillan and Penguin, were accused by the U.S. Justice Department of conspiring to fix prices of digital books to undermine Amazon.com Inc.'s dominance of the industry. (Scott Eells - BLOOMBERG)

BOOK WORLD

Bestsellers — April 22, 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. HEROES FOR MY DAUGHTER

(Harper, $19.99). By Brad Meltzer. The bestselling writer selects 55 men and women whose inspiring stories are told via illustrated vignettes. [1]

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

(Gallup, $24.95). By Tom Rath [76]

3. DRIFT: THE UNMOORING OF AMERICAN MILITARY POWER

(Crown, $25). By Rachel Maddow. The dangers of the national security apparatus and our state of perpetual war. [3]

4. THE CIRCLE MAKER PRAYING CIRCLES AROUND YOUR BIGGEST DREAMS AND GREATEST FEARS

(Zondervan, $19.99). By Mark Batterson [7]

5. THE QUEST: ENERGY, SECURITY, AND THE REMAKING OF THE MODERN WORLD

(Penguin Press, $37.95). By Daniel Yergin [5]

6. REVERSE INNOVATION: CREATE FAR FROM HOME, WIN ANYWHERE

(Harvard Business School, $30). By Vijay Govindarajan & Chris Trimble [1]

7. IMAGINE: HOW CREATIVITY WORKS

(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26). By Jonah Lehrer. Revealing how various, often quirky thought processes are key to inspiration. [3]

8. STEVE JOBS

(Simon & Schuster, $35) By Walter Isaacson. The life of the offbeat, visionary founder of Apple, based on numerous interviews with Jobs himself. [23]

9. MRS. KENNEDY AND ME: AN INTIMATE MEMOIR

(Gallery, $26). By Clint Hill. A Secret Service agent pulls back the curtain on the private life of the very public woman. [1]

10. LET IT GO: FORGIVE SO YOU CAN BE FORGIVEN

(Atria, $25). By T.D. Jakes. Sage spiritual advice with practical applications. [2]



FICTION HARDCOVER

1. CALICO JOE

(Doubleday, $24.95). By John Grisham. A tale of father and son, redemption and the great American pastime — baseball. [1]

2. GUILTY WIVES

(Little, Brown, $27.99). By James Patterson & David Ellis. Four tight friends’ lavish Monte Carlo vacation is cut short when they’re accused of a heinous crime. [3]

3. THE LOST YEARS

(Simon & Schuster, $26.99). By Mary Higgins Clark. The discovery of an archaic parchment, thought to written by Jesus, leads to murder. [2]

4. COME HOME

(St. Martin’s, $27.99). By Lisa Scottoline. A mother’s life is derailed when her ex-stepdaughter shows up, claiming her father was murdered. [1]

5. THE LIMPOPO ACADEMY OF PRIVATE DETECTION

(Pantheon, $24.95). By Alexander McCall Smith. The creator of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency’s revered guide to sleuthing arrives unexpectedly, and just in the nick of time. [2]

6. SACRE BLEU: A COMEDY D’ART

(Morrow, $26.99). By Christopher Moore. A vivid reimagining of the life of Vincent Van Gogh in the Belle Époque — specifically, the odd circumstances of his death. [2]

7. BETRAYAL

(Delacorte, $28). By Danielle Steel. A renowned filmmaker’s grounded life is upended by evidence of embezzlement. [3]

8. THE SHOEMAKER’S WIFE

(Harper, $26.99). By Adriana Trigiani. Charting the fractured course of romance between two Italian youths, both of whom build new lives in America at the dawn of the 20th century. [2]

9. THE BEGINNER’S GOODBYE

(Knopf, $24.95). By Anne Tyler. A husband grapples with the death of his wife — aided, in part, by her surprise appearances. [2]

10. A DANCE WITH DRAGONS

(Bantam, $35) By George R.R. Martin. After almost six years, Martin returns to the Seven Kingdoms in this fifth book of “A Song of Ice and Fire.” [15]




NONFICTION PAPERBACK

1. THE NEWCOMER’S HANDBOOK FOR MOVING TO AND LIVING IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

(First Books, $24.95). By Mike Livingston. Includes Northern Virginia & suburban Maryland. [1]

2. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE

(College Board, $21.99). This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. [105]

3. DICTIONARY OF BANKING TERMS

(Barron’s Educational, $14.99). By Thomas P. Fitch. Fifth edition of the handy resource. [1]

4. THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE

(Free Press, $15.95). By Stephen R. Covey. The mega-bestseller for personal and professional leadership. [3]

5. THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE (FOURTH EDITION)

(Longman, $9.95). By William Strunk Jr. & E.B. White The classic guide to writing well. [7]

6. HEAVEN IS FOR REAL: A LITTLE BOY’S ASTOUNDING STORY OF HIS TRIP TO HEAVEN AND BACK

(Thomas Nelson, $16.99). By Todd Burpo [64]

7. THE 5 LOVE LANGUAGES: THE SECRET TO LOVE THAT LASTS

(Northfield, $14.99). By Gary D. Chapman. Knowing that special someone. [33]

8. EFFECTIVE PHRASES FOR PERFORMANCE APPRAISALS

(Neal, $12.95). By James E. Neal Jr. Twelfth edition. [3]

9. 60 SECONDS & YOU’RE HIRED!

(Penguin, $15). By Robin Ryan. A career coach tells all. [1]

10. 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. [58]




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. [3]

2. THE LUCKY ONE

(Grand Central, $14.99; Vision, $7.99) By Nicholas Sparks. True love awaits at the end of the search for a woman smiling in a photo; a new feature film. [11]

3. 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. [13]

4. CHASING FIRE

(Jove, $7.99). By Nora Roberts. An ensemble cast enliven this novel of smoke jumpers working in Missoula, Montana. [2]

5. THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST

(Vintage, $15.95; $9.99). By Stieg Larsson. The Millennium Trilogy concludes with Lisbeth Salander hunting for her failed assassin. [8]

6. ZERO DAY

(Grand Central, $14.99). By David Baldacci.A top notch U.S. Army CID investigator finds something amiss in a rural WVa.town. [3]

7. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

(Vintage, $14.95; $7.99). By Stieg Larsson. First book in the late Swede’s “Millennium Trilogy.” [132]

8. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE

(Vintage, $15.95; $7.99). By Stieg Larsson. Sex trafficking between Sweden and Eastern Europe is exposed. [76]

9. NOW YOU SEE HER

(Grand Central, $14.99). By James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge. A woman risks the new life she’s created when she returns to Florida when a killer from her past strikes once again. [1]

10. I’LL WALK ALONE

(Pocket, $7.99) By Mary Higgins Clark. A Manhattan designer is terrorized by an identity thief — who may have kidnapped her child years earlier. [4]

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended April 15, 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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