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Posted at 01:07 PM ET, 07/30/2012

The bestselling books in the Washington area: What’s on top?

After a one-week hiatus, David Maraniss’s biography of the young Barack Obama is back on the list, coming in at number 5 in hardcover nonfiction. And the “Fifty Shades of Grey” series continues its dominance atop the fiction paperback list.

BOOK WORLD Bestsellers — July 23, 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 MOBILE WAVE: HOW MOBILE INTELLIGENCE WILL CHANGE EVERYTHING

(Vanguard, $25.99). By Michael Saylor [2]

2. A YEAR UP: HOW A PIONEERING PROGRAM TEACHES YOUNG ADULTS REAL SKILLS FOR REAL JOBS-WITH REAL SUCCESS

(Viking, $26.95). By Gerald Chertavian [1]

3.A GOOD MAN: REDISCOVERING MY FATHER, SARGENT SHRIVER

(Henry Holt, $24). By Mark K. Shriver. Honoring a legacy. [4]

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

(Gallup, $24.95). By Tom Rath [85]

5. BARACK OBAMA: THE STORY

(Simon & Schuster, $32.50). By David Maraniss. The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist chronicles a life lived large. [4]

6. JESUS CALLING: ENJOYING PEACE IN HIS PRESENCE

(Integrity, $15.99). By Sarah Young. A devotional of daily readings [3]

7. SWITCH: HOW TO CHANGE THINGS WHEN CHANGE IS HARD

(Broadway Business, $26. By Chip Heath and Dan Heath [1]

8. 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. [6]

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

(Knopf, $25.95). By Cheryl Strayed [3]

10. HOW: WHY HOW WE DO ANYTHING MEANS EVERYTHING

(Wiley, $27.95). By Dov Seidman. [1]

FICTION HARDCOVER

1. FALLEN ANGEL

(Harper, $27.99). By Daniel Silva. A body is found in the Vatican.[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. [6]

3. I, MICHAEL BENNETT

(Little Brown, $27.99). By James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge. A jailed Mexican crime lord vows revenge. [2]

4. THE SANDCASTLE GIRLS

(Doubleday, $25.95). By Chris Bohjalian. A woman explores her Armenian roots and the genocide that exterminated hundreds of thousands. [1]

5. SHADOW OF NIGHT

(Viking, $28.95). By Deborah E. Harkness. Diana Bishop, an Oxford scholar and witch, and Matthew Clairmont, a handsome geneticist and vampire, return. [2]

6. BACKFIRE

(Putnam, $26.95). By Catherine Coulter. A judge is shot during criminal proceedings. [2]

7. THE NEXT BEST THING

(Atria, $26.99). By Jennifer Weiner. The business maw of Hollywood crushes the dreams of a young screenwriter. [2]

8. CREOLE BELLE

(Simon & Schuster, $27.99). By James Lee Burke. A man fights personal demons after an accident in New Orleans. [1]

9. A DANCE WITH DRAGONS

(Bantam, $35). By George R. R. Martin. After almost six years, a new installment in the series “A Song of Ice and Fire.”[19]

10. THE IMPEACHMENT OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN

(Knopf, $26.95). By Stephen L. Carter. Lincoln survives the assasination attempt. [2]

NONFICTION PAPERBACK

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

(WaterBrook, $14.99). By Mary C. Neal [4]

2. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE

(College Board, $21.99). This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. [115]

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

(Broadway, $16). By Erik Larson [12]

4. THE LEAN SIX SIGMA POCKET TOOLBOOK: A QUICK REFERENCE GUIDE TO 100 TOOLS FOR IMPROVING QUALITY AND SPEED

(Mcgraw-Hill, $16.95). By Michael L. George. Management principles. [3]

5. THE WOMAN BEHIND THE NEW DEAL

(Anchor, $16.95). By Kirstin Downey. The life and times of Frances Perkins, Franklin Roosevelt’s first labor secretary. [1]

6. 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. [67]

7. OUTLIERS: THE STORY OF SUCCESS

(Back Bay, $16.99). By Malcolm Gladwell. Assumptions about success challenged. [26]

8. 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE

(Free Press, $15.95). By Stephen R. Covey. The hit book on personal and professional leadership. [3]

9. A STOLEN LIFE

(Simon & Schuster, $15). By Jaycee Dugard. Dugard recounts here years in captivity. [2]

10. HOW TO BE A WOMAN

(Harper, $15.99). By Caitlin Moran. Observations on womanhood by the British television personality. [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. [17]

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. [14]

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. [13]

4. THE LITIGATORS

(Dell $9.99; Bantam $16). By John Grisham. A small law firm tries to file a class-action suit against a pharmaceutical company. [4]

5. 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. [5]

6. SAFE HAVEN

(Grand Central, $7.99). By Nicholas Sparks. An enigmatic young woman arrives in the small North Carolina town of Southport. [6]

7. SPLIT SECOND

(Jove, $9.99). By Catherine Coulter. A quartet of FBI agents hunts a serial killer who has ties to the infamous Ted Bundy. [3]

8. THE NIGHT CIRCUS

(Anchor, $15. By Erin Morgenstern.) A duel between ilusionists who fall for each other. [2]

9. PRIVATE GAMES

(Grand Central, $14.99; Vision, $9.99). By James Patterson and Mark Sullivan. A private eye investigates a murder before the opening of the summer Olympics in London. [6]

10. FAMILY AFFAIR

(Avon, $6.99). By Debbie Macomber. A San Francisco woman gets caught up in the family affairs of her neighbors. [3]

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended July 22, 2012. The charts may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright 2012 by Nielsen BookScan.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  01:07 PM ET, 07/30/2012

 
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