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Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 05/29/2012

Henry Crumpton’s CIA and Edward Klein on Obama join the nonfiction bestsellers, while John Sandford’s latest thriller tops the fiction chart

Many apologies to our readers (as well as publishers) for the tardy posting of these lists, rounding up top selling titles for the week past.

Oh, the #11 slot for nonfiction is occupied by Sarah Thomas’s strong selling “Jesus Calling” (poor Andy Cohen has slipped to #12), while over in fiction, that near-breakthrough spot is held by Stephen King’s “The Wind Through the Keyhole,” the Dark Tower novel knocked from the top 10 by fresh offerings from John Sandford and Steve Berry.


This image released by ABC shows host Robin Roberts, right, looking on as first lady Michelle Obama talks with students from PS 102 and 107 from the Brooklyn borough of New York, on "Good Morning America," Tuesday, May 29, 2012 in New York. Obama discussed a variety of topics including her new book "American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America," which promotes healthy eating. (AP Photo/ABC, Ida Mae Astute) (Ida Mae Astute - AP)

BOOK WORLD Bestsellers — May 27, 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. THE ART OF INTELLIGENCE: LESSONS FROM A LIFE IN THE CIA’S CLANDESTINE SERVICE

(Penguin Press, $27.95). By Henry A. Crumpton [1]

2. THE CHARGE: ACTIVATING THE 10 HUMAN DRIVES THAT MAKE YOU FEEL ALIVE

(Free Press, $26). By Brendon Burchard [1]

3. PASSAGE OF POWER: THE YEARS OF LYNDON JOHNSON

(Knopf, $35). By Robert A. Caro. Fourth volume of a planned five, tracing the grand arc of the president’s life. [3]

4. THE AMATEUR: BARACK OBAMA IN THE WHITE HOUSE

(Regnery, $27.95). By Edward Klein. Another character attack on the workings of the White House. [1]

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

(Zondervan, $19.99). By Mark Batterson [12]

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

(Ballantine, $26). By Bob Harper with Greg Critser [1]

7. STRENGTHS FINDER 2.0: ... ONLINE TEST FROM GALLUP'S “NOW, DISCOVER YOUR STRENGTHS”
(Gallup, $24.95). By Tom Rath [80]

8. THE PRESIDENTS CLUB: INSIDE THE WORLD’S MOST EXCLUSIVE FRATERNITY

(Simon & Schuster, $32.50). By Nancy Gibbs & Michael Duffy [3]

9. PRIVATE EMPIRE: EXXONMOBIL AND AMERICAN POWER

(Penguin Press, $36). By Steve Coll. The considerable influence of Big Oil. [2]

10. BETTY & FRIENDS: MY LIFE AT THE ZOO

LIFE AT THE ZOO

(Putnam, $26.95). By Betty White. The acclaimed actress details her activism on behalf of wildlife. [1]





FICTION HARDCOVER

1. STOLEN PREY

(Putnam, $27.95). By John Sandford The gangland-style murder of an entire family (dogs, too) unsettles Lucas Davenport. [1]

2. 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. [2]

3. HOME

(Knopf, $24). By Toni Morrison. A Korean War veteran, struggling with the trauma of battle and an often hostile society, is his younger sister’s only hope. [2]

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. [5]

5. BRING UP THE BODIES

(Henry Holt, $28). By Hilary Mantel. The continued machinations of Tudor England in this sequel to the Booker Prize-winning “Wolf Hall.” [2]

6. DEADLOCKED

(Ace, $27.95). By Charlaine Harris. Sookie Stackhouse has a murder to solve whilst the Vampire King of Louisiana is in Bon Temps. [3]

7. IN ONE PERSON

(Simon & Schuster, $28). By John Irving. The bisexual narrator of the novel chronicles a life in search of meaning, beyond wan stereotypes and labels. [2]

8. THE COLUMBUS AFFAIR

(Ballantine, $27). By Steve Berry. In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue — but perhaps not quite how we thought. [1]

9. CALICO JOE

(Doubleday, $24.95). By John Grisham. A tale of father and son, redemption and the great American pastime — baseball. [6]

10. THE STONECUTTER

(Pegasus, $25.95). By Camilla Läckberg. The shocking murder of a young girl tears apart a charming Finnish resort town. [1]



NONFICTION PAPERBACK

1. UPLIFTING SERVICE: THE PROVEN PATH TO DELIGHTING YOUR CUSTOMERS, COLLEAGUES, AND EVERYONE ELSE YOU MEET

(Evolve, $14.95). By Ron Kaufman[1]

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

(Broadway, $16). By Erik Larson [3]

3. 5 STEPS TO A 5: AP PHYSICS B&C 2012-2013 EDITION

(McGraw-Hill, $18.95). By Greg Jacobs and Joshua Schulman [1]

4. HOW TO BE RICHER, SMARTER, AND BETTER LOOKING THAN YOUR PARENTS

(Portfolio, $17). By Zac Bissonnette. The author of “Debt-Free U” tackles the post-college years. [2]

5. IF YOU ASK ME (AND OF COURSE YOU WON’T)

(Berkley, $15). By Betty White [1]

6. THE GREATER JOURNEY: AMERICANS IN PARIS

(Simon & Schuster, $20). by David McCullough. The tangible influence of the City of Light. [1]

7. ROBERT’S RULES OF ORDER: NEWLY REVISED: IN BRIEF

(Da Capo, $7.50). By Henry M. Robert III et al. [2]

8. THE FUNDAMENTAL 5: THE FORMULA FOR QUALITY INSTRUCTION

(CreateSpace, $24.95). By Sean Cain & Mike Laird [1]

9. MINDSET: THE NEW PSYCHOLOGY OF SUCCESS (Ballantine, $16). By Carol S. Dweck. Why one’s attitude is as important as talent. [7]

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. [61]



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. [8]

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. [5]

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. [5]

4. THE LAST BOYFRIEND

(Berkley, $16). By Nora Roberts. The Inn BoonsBoro opens to great acclaim after a painstaking renovation — and a romance is rekindled. [3]

5. EXPLOSIVE EIGHTEEN

(Bantam, $8.99). By Janet Evanovich. A Hawaiian sojourn goes terribly wrong for Stephanie Plum, as her seatmate on the flight is murdered — and she could be next. [1]

6. 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. [2]

7. 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. [18]

8. BURIED PREY

(Berkley, $9.99). By John Sandford. Lucas Davenport is confronted with a cold case when two bodies are unearthed in a demolition. [3]

9. 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. [16]

10. THE FIFTH WITNESS

(Vision, $9.99). By Michael Connelly. Mickey Haller, the “Lincoln Lawyer,” gets involved in the emotional foreclosure crisis; second paperback release. [6]

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended May 20, 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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