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Posted at 07:50 AM ET, 01/16/2012

BOOK WORLD bestsellers — Jan. 15, 2012

On this chilly winter weekend, the new books rankings see a bit of change — nonfiction adds an examination of marriage from a popular Seattle pastor; a business leadership manifesto and the latest in a string of memoirs/books on the nation’s elite special forces, this one from former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, his extraordinary missions and the heavy toll it took on both him and his family.

Fiction sees the arrival of three new novels (Patterson and friend, Evanovich and friend and Jack Higgins). And the surprise return (in hardcover anyway) of longtime bestseller Stieg Larsson’s “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.” Lisbeth Salander-mania is clearly in full swing ...

BOOK WORLD

Bestsellers — January 15, 2012

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NONFICTION HARDCOVER


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

By Walter Isaacson. The life of the offbeat, visionary founder of Apple, based on numerous interviews with Jobs himself. (11)

2. THINKING, FAST AND SLOW (FSG, $30)

By Daniel Kahneman. The Nobel Prize winner (economic sciences) examines the modes of thought that fuel our decision making. (7)


3. REAL MARRIAGE: THE TRUTH ABOUT SEX, FRIENDSHIP, & LIFE TOGETHER

(Thomas Nelson, $22.99). By Mark Driscoll (1)


4. AMERICAN SNIPER: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF THE MOST LETHAL SNIPER IN U.S. MILITARY HISTORY

(Morrow, $26.99). By Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice (1)


5. CATHERINE THE GREAT: PORTRAIT OF A WOMAN

(Random House, $35). By Robert K. Massie. The remarkable life of German princess turned Russian empress. (9)

6. TAKING PEOPLE WITH YOU: THE ONLY WAY TO MAKE BIG THINGS HAPPEN

(Portfolio, $25.95). By David Novak (1)


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

(Gallup, $24.95). By Tom Rath (65)


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

(Random House, $27). By Laura Hillenbrand (58)

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

(Henry Holt, $28). By Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard (15)


10. WEIGHT WATCHERS ONE POT COOKBOOK

(Wiley, $29.99). Over 300 diverse recipes for every meal, crafted for all manner of kitchen tools, from crock pot to skillet. (2)

FICTION HARDCOVER

1. PRIVATE: #1 SUSPECT (Little, Brown, $27.99)

By James Patterson & Maxine Paetro. The ex-Marine founder of an elite PI firm becomes the lead suspect in his former girlfriend’s murder. (1)



2. LOVE IN A NUTSHELL (St. Martin’s, $27.99)

By Janet Evanovich & Dorien Kelly. The comic, suspenseful and amorous exploits of a woman trying to rebuild her life. (1)


3. DEATH COMES TO PEMBERLEY

(Knopf, $25.95). By P.D. James. A bit of murder is injected into the milieu of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.” (5)


4. LOCKED ON (Putnam, $28.95)

By Tom Clancy with Mark Greaney. While Jack Ryan Sr. runs for president once again, his son and the Campus special-ops team have their own worries. (4)

5. THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST

(Knopf, $27.95). By Stieg Larsson. The Millennium Trilogy ends as Salander hunts for her failed assassin. (58)


6. 11/22/63 (Scribner, $35)

By Stephen King. A modest English professor is offered the chance to change history — by preventing the JFK assassination. (9)


7. 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. (11)


8. RED MIST (Putnam, $27.95)

By Patricia Cornwell. Scarpetta’s probe of her deputy chief’s murder reveals a conspiracy laced with terrorism. (5)


9. 77 SHADOW STREET (Bantam, $28)

By Dean Koontz. The residents of a Gilded Age manse turned apartment building are stalked by sinister forces. (2)

10. A DEVIL IS WAITING (Putnam, $26.95)

By Jack Higgins. A visit by POTUS to London is fraught with danger, as a fatwa for his killing has been issued. (1)



NONFICTION PAPERBACK

1. BOSSYPANTS (Reagan Arthur, $15.99)

By Tina Fey. An amusing memoir from the acclaimed former SNL writer, comedian and actress. (1)


2. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE (College Board, $21.99). This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. (94)


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

(Thomas Nelson, $16.99). By Todd Burpo (52)

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. (44)


5. EVERYDAY FOOD: LIGHT: THE QUICKEST AND EASIEST RECIPES, ALL UNDER 500 CALORIES

(Clarkson Potter, $24.99). By Martha Stewart Living Magazine (2)

6. THE WORLD ALMANAC AND BOOK OF FACTS 2012

(World Almanac, $12.99). The one-volume classic, a reference staple since 1868. (8)


7. FIRST AID FOR THE USMLE STEP 1: 2012

(McGraw-Hill Medical, $45). By Tao Le, Vikas Bhushan & Jeffrey Hofmann. A test and practice book for the exam, in full color. (2)


8. 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. (19)


9. WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING (Workman, $14.95). By Heidi Murkoff & Sharon Mazell. Fourth edition of the popular guide. (18)


10. THE 5 LOVE LANGUAGES: THE SECRET TO LOVE THAT LASTS (Northfield, $14.99)

By Gary D. Chapman. Knowing that special someone. (23)

FICTION PAPERBACK

1. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

(Vintage, $14.95; $7.99). By Stieg Larsson. First book in the late Swede’s “Millennium Trilogy.” (118)

2. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE

(Vintage, $15.95; $7.99). By Stieg Larsson. Sex trafficking between Sweden and Eastern Europe is exposed. (63)


3. THE HELP (Berkley, $16)

By Kathryn Stockett. A frank chronicle of the lives of several black maids working in a town in 1960s Miss. (39)

4. 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. (9)


5. EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE

(Mariner, $14.95). By Jonathan Safran Foer. A novel of the aftermath of 9/11 on young Oskar Schell; a new feature film. (1)


6. TRADER OF SECRETS (Harper, $9.99)

By Steve Martini. Attorney Paul Madriani juggles a daughter in danger and the leak of some rather lethal technology. (1)


7. MOONLIGHT IN THE MORNING

(Pocket Star, $7.99). By Jude Devereaux. A new chapter in Devereaux’s series set in the Virginia hamlet of Edilean. (2)


8. ONE SUMMER (Grand Central, $13.99)

By David Baldacci. A father’s grave diagnosis is compounded by his wife’s accidental death and the machinations of his mother-in-law. (1)


9. 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. (10)


10. HIDDEN SUMMIT (Mira, $7.99)

By Robyn Carr. A witness to a high-profile murder in Sacramento takes shelter in rural Virgin River. (2)




Rankings reflect sales for the week ended January 8, 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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