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Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 05/12/2012

Robert A. Caro’s next Lyndon Johnson bio and a new round of headaches for Sookie Stackhouse top the bestseller lists this weekend ...

Memoirs — political and otherwise — surge onto the new nonfictionm lists this week, with Caro’s fourth volume of a planned five book chronicle of the life of Lyndon Johnson debuts at #1, Madeleine Albright’s very touching look back at childhood holds strong near the top and a bit father down we have memoir from journalist Dan Rather, which is not likely to squelch the voices of any of his many critics.

In fiction bestsellers, Charlaine “True Blood” Harris returns with a few more vampire headaches for the gifted Sookie Stackhouse, and the list boasts a suprising (and welcome) addition with the new, widely-praised novel from Nell Freudenberger of a clash of cultures. Oh, and the Rev. Curtis Black has some trouble on his hands in the new novel from Kimberla Lawson Roby. Let’s hope your choice of what to read next is a bit less vexing than what Rev. Black is facing ...


FILE - In this March 23, 2011 file photo, Nathan Myhrvold, author of "Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking," as he poses with five books from the work at the Institute for Culinary Education in New York. On Friday, May 4, 2012, Myhrvold won a James Beard Award for Cookbook of the Year. (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin, File) (Stephen Chernin - AP)

BOOK WORLD Bestsellers — May 13, 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. 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. [1]

2. PRAGUE WINTER: A PERSONAL STORY OF REMEMBRANCE AND WAR, 1937-1948

(Harper, $29.99). By Madeleine Albright [2]

3. HARD MEASURES: HOW AGGRESSIVE CIA ACTIONS AFTER 9/11 SAVED AMERICAN LIVES

(Threshold, $27). By Jose A. Rodriguez Jr. [1]

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

(Zondervan, $19.99). By Mark Batterson [10]

5. END THIS DEPRESSION NOW!

(Norton, $24.95). By Paul Krugman. Insight from the Nobel Prize-winning economist. [1]

6. MANHUNT: THE TEN-YEAR SEARCH FOR BIN LADEN FROM 9/11 TO ABBOTTABAD

(Crown $26). By Peter L. Bergen [1]

7. RATHER OUTSPOKEN: MY LIFE IN THE NEWS

(Grand Central, $27.99). By Dan Rather. A candid memoir from the former CBS News anchor. [1]

8. PRIVATE EMPIRE: EXXONMOBIL AND AMERICAN POWER

(Penguin Press, $36). By Steve Coll. The considerable influence of Big Oil. [1]

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

(Simon & Schuster, $32.50). By Nancy Gibbs & Michael Duffy [2]

10. THE TYRANNY OF CLICHES: HOW LIBERALS CHEAT IN THE WAR OF IDEAS

(Sentinel, $27.95). By Jonah Goldberg. Flogging the left by praising the right. [1]






FICTION HARDCOVER

1. DEADLOCKED

(Ace, $27.95). By Charlaine Harris. Sookie Stackhouse has a murder to solve whilst the Vampire King of Louisiana is in Bon Temps. [1]

2. 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. [3]

3. THE WIND THROUGH THE KEYHOLE

(Scribner, $27). By Stephen King. Gunslinger Roland Deschain’s early years unfold in this stand-alone Dark Tower tale. [2]

4. CALICO JOE

(Doubleday, $24.95). By John Grisham. A tale of father and son, redemption and the great American pastime — baseball. [4]

5. THE WITNESS

(Putnam, $27.95). By Nora Roberts. Life (and love) catches up with a young woman seeking anonymity in the rural Ozarks. [3]

6. THE NEWLYWEDS

(Knopf, $25.95). By Nell Freudenberger. A promising on-line romance brings a young woman from Bangladesh to Rochester, NY. [1]

7. ROBERT B. PARKER’S LULLABY

(Putnam, $26.95). By Ace Atkins. Boston PI Spenser has an unlikely new client — a street-wise14-year old girl. [1]

8. 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. [4]

9. 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. [6]

10. THE REVEREND’S WIFE

(Grand Central, $24.99). By Kimberla Lawson Roby. Rev. Curtis Black is wooed by his unfaithful wife and a brash newcomer. [1]



NONFICTION PAPERBACK

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

(Broadway, $16). By Erik Larson [1]

2. WORD OF MOUTH MARKETING: HOW SMART COMPANIES GET PEOPLE TALKING

(Greenleaf, $15.95). By Andy Sernovitz [1]

3. ACT LIKE A LADY, THINK LIKE A MAN

(Amistad, $13.99). By Steve Harvey. The comedian’s bestselling book of advice which inspired the new feature film. [3]

4. NOW THEY CALL ME INFIDEL: WHY I RENOUNCED JIHAD FOR AMERICA, ISRAEL, AND THE WAR ON TERROR

(Sentinel, $16.). By Nonie Darwish [1]

5. SAME KIND OF DIFFERENT AS ME: A MODERN-DAY SLAVE, AN INTERNATIONAL ART DEALER, AND THE UNLIKELY WOMAN WHO BOUND THEM TOGETHER

(Thomas Nelson, $16.99). By Ron Hall & Denver Moore with Lynn Vincent [1]

6. GETTING PAST NO: NEGOTIATING IN DIFFICULT SITUATIONS

(Bantam, $17). By William Ury [2]

7. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE

(College Board, $21.99). This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. [108]

8. SOUTHERN LIVING BIG BOOK OF CUPCAKES

(Oxmoor, $19.95). By Jan Moon. Bursting with 150 recipes. [1]

9. CRACKING THE AP WORLD HISTORY EXAM

(Princeton Review, $18.99). The updated 2012 guide, packed with tips, tests and timelines. [2]

10. SAY THIS, NOT THAT TO YOUR PROFESSOR: 36 TALKING TIPS FR COLLEGE SUCCESS

(NorLights, $15.99). By Ellen Bremen [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. [6]

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. [3]

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. [3]

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. [1]

5. 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. [14]

6. 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. [16]

7. BURIED PREY

(Berkley, $9.99). By John Sandford. Lucas Davenport is confronted with a cold case when two bodies are unearthed in a demolition. [1]

8. 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. [11]

9. THE FIFTH WITNESS

(Vision, $9.99). By Michael Connelly. Mickey Haller, the “Lincoln Lawyer,” gets involved in the emotional foreclosure crisis; second paperback release. [4]

10. 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. [6]

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended May 6, 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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