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Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 05/20/2012

Stephen Colbert tops nonfiction bestsellers, while a trio of literary fiction — Hilary Mantel, John Irving & Toni Morrison — hit the fiction list


In this Saturday, May 5, 2012 photo, from left, TV host Kelly Ripa, Bravo TV personality Andy Cohen and actress Sarah Jessica Parker pose at a party celebrating Cohen's new book "Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture," in New York. (Dave Allocca - AP)

Four new titles each hit both the new nonfiction and fiction lists this weekend — from writers on the economy and a dash of humor compliments of Stephen Colbert to a trio of some seriously literary fiction topped off with suspense from Lord Archer.

We’re going to begin revealing the #11 book — the title perched just on the edge of the top 10. In nonfiction this week, it’s the new memoir from the very charming (and ridiculously handsome) Bravo TV executive, Andy Cohen, which posted some astonishingly strong sales just out of the gate ...

BOOK WORLD Bestsellers — May 20, 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 ROAD TO FREEDOM: HOW TO WIN THE FIGHT FOR FREE ENTERPRISE

(Basic, $25.99). By Arthur C. Brooks [1]

2. 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. [2]

3. THE ART OF BEING UNREASONABLE: LESSONS IN UNCONVENTIONAL THINKING

(Wiley, $24.95). By Eli Broad [1]

4. I AM A POLE (AND SO CAN YOU!)

(Grand Central, $15.99). By Stephen Colbert. Another amusing book from the Daily Show alum, with illustrations by Paul Hildebrand and the imprimatur of the late Maurice Sendak. [1]

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

(Crown $26). By Peter L. Bergen [2]

6. THE $100 STARTUP REINVENT THE WAY YOU MAKE A LIVING, DO WHAT YOU LOVE, AND CREATE A NEW FUTURE

(Crown Business, $23). By Chris Guillebeau [1]

7. JESUS CALLING: ENJOYING PEACE IN HIS PRESENCE (Integrity, $15.99). By Sarah Young. A devotional of daily readings. [3]

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

(Harper, $29.99). By Madeleine Albright [3]

9. STRENGTHS FINDER 2.0: ... ONLINE TEST FROM GALLUP'S “NOW, DISCOVER YOUR STRENGTHS”
(Gallup, $24.95). By Tom Rath [79]

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

(Zondervan, $19.99). By Mark Batterson [11]





FICTION HARDCOVER

1. 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. [1]

2. 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.” [1]

3. 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. [1]

4. DEADLOCKED

(Ace, $27.95). By Charlaine Harris. Sookie Stackhouse has a murder to solve whilst the Vampire King of Louisiana is in Bon Temps. [2]

5. 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. [4]

6. 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. [1]

7. CALICO JOE

(Doubleday, $24.95). By John Grisham. A tale of father and son, redemption and the great American pastime — baseball. [5]

8. THE WITNESS

(Putnam, $27.95). By Nora Roberts. Life (and love) catches up with a young woman seeking anonymity in the rural Ozarks. [4]

9. THE WIND THROUGH THE KEYHOLE

(Scribner, $27). By Stephen King. Gunslinger Roland Deschain’s early years unfold in this stand-alone Dark Tower tale. [3]

10. THE SINS OF THE FATHER

(St. Martin’s, $27.99). By Jeffrey Archer. Book two of the Clifton Chronicles has Harry assuming a new identity in America — at his peril. [1]



NONFICTION PAPERBACK

1. 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. [1]

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

(Broadway, $16). By Erik Larson [2]

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. [4]

4. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO BEFORE YOU DIE?

(Artisan, $19.95). By the Buried Life. A quartet of guys, on a mission to change lives, offer 200 options to the question above. [2]

5. THE VOW: THE TRUE EVENTS THAT INSPIRED THE MOVIE

(B&H, $14.99). By Kim & Krickitt Carpenter. The wrenching ordeal that began with a car accident in November, 1993. [8]

6. THE ELEMENT: HOW FINDING YOUR PASSION CHANGES EVERYTHING

(Penguin, $15). By Ken Robinson with Lou Aronica [1]

7. THE ADVENTURES OF JOHNNY BUNKO: THE LAST CAREER GUIDE YOU’LL EVER NEED

(Riverhead, $15). By Daniel H. Pink [1]

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

(Circle 6, $14.95). By Mary C. Neal [1]

9. MINDSET: THE NEW PSYCHOLOGY OF SUCCESS (Ballantine, $16). By Carol S. Dweck. Why one’s attitude is as important as talent. [5]

10. BOSSYPANTS

(Reagan Arthur, $15.99) By Tina Fey. An amusing memoir from the acclaimed former SNL writer, comedian and actress. [17]



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. [7]

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. [4]

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. [4]

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. [2]

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. [15]

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. [1]

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. [17]

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. [2]

9. 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. [12]

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. [5]

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended May 13, 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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