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Posted at 09:16 AM ET, 12/05/2011

BOOK WORLD Bestsellers — Dec. 4, 2011

Three new books join both the nonfiction and fiction new title lists this weekend ... we’ll have to wait and see what staying power they have through this busy shopping season.

Happy Holidays!!

BOOK WORLD

Bestsellers — December 4, 2011

[click on the author’s name to be linked to Book World’s review]



NONFICTION HARDCOVER

1. STEVE JOBS (Simon & Schuster, $35)

By Walter Isaacson. The life of the offbeat, visionary founder of the Apple corporation, based on numerous interviews with Jobs himself. (5)


2. THEN AGAIN (Random House, $26)

By Diane Keaton. The Oscar-winning actress reflects on her own life and that of her mother, Dorothy Hall. (1)


3. KILLING LINCOLN: THE SHOCKING ASSASSINATION THAT CHANGED AMERICA FOREVER

(Henry Holt, $28). By Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard (9)


4. GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2012

(Guinness World Records, $28.95). The series unveils a “wide-screen” design, new topics and previously unseen photos. (8)


5. CATHERINE THE GREAT: PORTRAIT OF A WOMAN

(Random House, $35). By Robert K. Massie. The remarkable life of German princess turned Russian empress. (3)


6. JACK KENNEDY: ELUSIVE HERO

(Simon & Schuster, $27.50). By Chris Matthews. The political pundit’s biography of President Kennedy, drawn from multiple sources. (4)


7. BEING GEORGE WASHINGTON: THE INDISPENSABLE MAN, AS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN HIM

(Threshold, $26). By Glenn Beck. A new biography of the Founding Father, flaws and all. (1)


8. UNBROKEN: A WORLD WAR II STORY OF SURVIVAL, RESILIENCE, AND REDEMPTION

(Random House, $27). By Laura Hillenbrand (52)


9. THROW THEM ALL OUT (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26)

By Peter Schweizer. A plea for change in Washington by excising the old order of cronyism and power run amok. (1)


10. BACK TO WORK: WHY WE NEED SMART GOVERNMENT FOR A STRONG ECONOMY

(Knopf, $23.95). By Bill Clinton (3)




FICTION HARDCOVER

1. EXPLOSIVE EIGHTEEN (Bantam, $28)

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)


2. KILL ALEX CROSS (Little, Brown, $28.99)

By James Patterson. The president and his daughter are kidnapped as a biological attack on Washington, D.C.’s water supply is unleashed. (2)


3. 11/22/63 (Scribner, $35)

By Stephen King. A modest English professor is offered the chance to change history — by preventing the JFK assassination. (3)


4. THE LITIGATORS (Doubleday, $28.95)

By John Grisham. The fortunes of a sketchy law practice may change thanks to a new recruit and one major lawsuit. (5)


5. MICRO (Harper, $28.99)

By Michael Crichton and Richard Preston. Graduate students from diverse scientific disciplines are recruited by a mysterious microbiology firm. (1)


6. V IS FOR VENGEANCE (Marion Wood, $27.95)

By Sue Grafton. Kinsey Millhone’s ID of a shoplifter leads to unexpected, tragic consequences — including a punch in the face. (2)


7. ZERO DAY (Grand Central, $27.99)

By David Baldacci. A top notch U.S. Army CID investigator finds something amiss in a rural West Virginia Town. (4)


8. THE BEST OF ME (Grand Central, $25.99)

By Nicholas Sparks. A funeral calls former high school sweethearts back to their rural North Carolina town. (7)


9. DEVIL’S GATE (Putnam, $27.95)

By Clive Cussler and Graham Brown. A dictator utilizes a fearsome weapon to extort world nations, which draws the attention of the NUMA team. (2)


10. THE HOUSE OF SILK (Mulholland, $27.99)
By Anthony Horowitz. A new Sherlock Holmes caper, circa 1890, that finds the sleuth on the cusp of exposing a horrifying conspiracy. (1)



NONFICTION PAPERBACK

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

(Thomas Nelson, $16.99). By Todd Burpo (46)


2. THE CASSEROLE QUEENS COOKBOOK: PUT SOME LOVIN’ IN YOUR OVEN WITH 100 EASY ONE-DISH RECIPES

(Clarkson Potter, $17.99). By Crystal Cook & Sandy Pollock (1)


3. 13 BANKERS: THE WALL STREET TAKEOVER AND THE NEXT FINANCIAL MELTDOWN

(Vintage, $15.95). By Simon Johnson and James Kwak (1)


4. 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. (38)


5. THE WORLD ALMANAC AND BOOK OF FACTS 2012

(World Almanac, $12.99). The one-volume classic, a reference staple since 1868. (2)


6. POCKET POSH© CHRISTMAS SUDOKU 2

(Andrews McMeel, $7.99). By The Puzzle Society. Seasonal mindteasers for the young at heart. (2)


7. THE HAPPINESS PROJECT (Harper, $14.99)

By Gretchen Rubin. What happened when a lawyer, writer and mom set out to improve her life in a year. (15)


8. LOST WASHINGTON, D.C. (History Press, $19.99)

By John Deerrari. Vintage lithographs, postcards and photos illustrate this find look at the city’s vanished treasures. (1)


9. COMEBACK AMERICA: TURNING THE COUNTRY AROUND AND RESTORING FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY

(Random House, $15). By David M. Walker (2)


10. POCKET POSH© CHRISTMAS CROSSWORDS 2

(Andrews McMeel, $7.99). By the Puzzle Society. A batch of 75 challenges to leave you merry and bright. (1)



FICTION PAPERBACK

1. THE HELP (Berkley, $16)

By Kathryn Stockett. A frank chronicle of the lives of several black maids working in a town in 1960s Miss. (33)


2. THE NEXT ALWAYS: BOOK ONE OF THE INN BOONSBORO TRILOGY

(Berkley, $16). By Nora Roberts. A love story set in the very real Maryland town. (4)


3. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

(Vintage, $14.95; $7.99). By Stieg Larsson. First book in the late Swede’s “Millennium Trilogy.” (112)


4. SMOKIN’ SEVENTEEN (Bantam, $8.99)

By Janet Evanovich. Bail bondsman Stephanie Plum is faced with a string of murders and pressure to settle down with ... who? (2)


5. LEARNING TO LOVE (Mira, $7.99)

By Debbie Macomber. The romance novellas “Sugar & Spice” and “Love by Degree.” (1)


6. SING YOU HOME (Atria, $16)

By Jodi Picoult. Three characters take turns narrating this emotional tale of parenting, relationships and love. (6)


7. TICK TOCK (Grand Central, $14.99)

By James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge. A trio of twisted killers stalk NYC; cop Michael Bennett is summoned from vacation to lead the charge. (1)


8. THE TIGER’S WIFE (Random House, $15)

By Téa Obreht. While on a humanitarian mission, a doctor in the Balkans is confronted by the riddles of her own family’s past. (3)


9. LONGING (Zondervan, $14.99)

By Karen Kingsbury. The third novel in the Bailey Flanigan series, from the inspirational Christian author and songwriter. (1)


10. QUINN (St. Martin’s, $7.99)

By Iris Johansen. This taut Eve Duncan thriller, following up the April release “Eve,” provides further answers about her daughter’s abduction. (1)


Rankings reflect sales for the week ended November 27, 2011. The charts may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright 2011 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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