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Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 11/12/2011

BOOK WORLD Bestsellers — Nov. 13, 2011

As we rush headlong into the real holiday season (though the startlingly early seasonal decorations adorning many a store may have lead you to think we’re there already), there’s been a shake-up in the two new title lists this weekend ...

The nonfiction top 10 loses more than half of its titles from the week prior (Michael Lewis and Joel Osteen among them — though they’ll likely return — as well as “Unbroken,” which sees it’s long streak of consecutive Sundays broken at last.

Joining are books from two respected journalists: Chris Matthews’ biography of President Kennedy and an illuminating tour of America with NBC News alum Tom Brokaw, as he takes measure of the state of the nation and what we (and many already) are doing to restore America’s lustre.

Memoirs from Condoleeza Rice (reflecting on her years of service in Washington), the renowned Joan Didion (autobiographical essays on her life and family) and actress - writer Mindy Kaling (best known for her role on “The Office,” she’s already drawing comparisons to Nora Ephron) all hit the list.

Wrapping up the list is the new cookbook from husband-and-wife team Pat and Gina Neely (they of the Food Network), a guide to the splendors of the holiday table. With those same holidays approaching, look for more such fare to hit the nonfiction roundup in the weeks ahead.

As for fiction, four debuts to speak of — David Baldacci knocks John Grisham out of the #1 spot with his new thriller (Grisham may very well be back on top next week), along with an emotional tale from Danielle Steel (very much in the vein of “Fine Things”), the final volume in cult favorite Gregory Maguire’s unique perspective on the Land of Oz and yet another Christmas yarn from Richard Paul Evans, whose reputation rests firmly on such yearly literary gifts.



BOOK WORLD

Bestsellers — November 13, 2011

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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. (2)

2. JACK KENNEDY: ELUSIVE HERO

(Simon & Schuster, $27.50). By Chris Matthews. The political pundit’s biography of President Kennedy, drawn from multiple sources. (1)

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

(Henry Holt, $28). By Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard (6)

4. THE TIME OF OUR LIVES: A CONVERSATION ABOUT AMERICA (Random House, $26)

By Tom Brokaw. The veteran journalist traverses the country seeking insight from citizens making a difference. (1)

5. GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2012

(Guinness World Records, $28.95). The series unveils a “wide-screen” design, new topics and previously unseen photos. (5)

6. NO HIGHER HONOR: A MEMOIR OF MY YEARS IN WASHINGTON

(Crown, $35). By Condoleeza Rice. Candid reflections from the former secretary of state. (1)

7. BLUE NIGHTS (Knopf, $25)

By Joan Didion. Autobiographical essays from the acclaimed writer, recalling her childhood, marriage and the loss of her daughter. (1)

8. THE QUEST: ENERGY, SECURITY, AND THE REMAKING OF THE MODERN WORLD

(Penguin Press, $37.95). By Daniel Yergin (3)

9. IS EVERYONE HANGING OUT WITHOUT ME? (AND OTHER CONCERNS)

(Crown, $25). By Mindy Kaling. Musings from the actress/writer. (1)

10. THE NEELYS’ CELEBRATION COOKBOOK: DOWN-HOME MEALS FOR EVERY OCCASION

(Knopf, $28.95). By Pat and Gina Neely (1)




FICTION HARDCOVER

1. 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. (1)

2. 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. (2)

3. 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. (4)

4. HOTEL VENDÔME (Delacorte, $28)

By Danielle Steel. A savvy hotelier juggles the demands of his exclusive Manhattan hideaway and the demands of a single dad. (1)

5. THE CHRISTMAS WEDDING (Little, Brown, $25.99)

By James Patterson and Richard DiLallo. A mother’s holiday nuptials may be the healing salve for a family fractured by their father’s passing three years earlier. (3)

6. OUT OF OZ (Morrow, $26.99)

By Gregory Maguire. All good things must come to an end as this finale of the “Wicked Years’ finds Oz in utter chaos. (1)

7. THE MARRIAGE PLOT (FSG, $28)

By Jeffrey Eugenides. Set in the early ’80s, it’s a tale of two men, one woman, their complicated relationship and a senior thesis on the 19th-century English novel. (4)

8. 1Q84 (Knopf, $30.50)

By Haruki Murakami. A surreal, hefty novel chronicling parallel worlds — our own, and that of the title; a runaway hit in Japan. (2)

9. LOST DECEMBER (Simon & Schuster, $19.99)

By Richard Paul Evans. A holiday-tinged retelling of “The Prodigal Son” parable, following the travails of a wealthy businessman’s errant son. (1)

10. THE SNOW ANGEL (Threshold, $21)

By Glenn Beck. A young woman decides to make a change in a life scarred by a painful family history — and appropriately, on Christmas Eve. (2)




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 (43)

2. DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS: HOW TO DISCUSS WHAT MATTERS MOST

(Penguin, $16). By Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton & Sheila Heen. Tenth anniversary edition. (5)

3. 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. (35)

4. THE TRUSTED ADVISOR FIELDBOOK: A COMPREHENSIVE TOOLKIT FOR LEADING WITH TRUST (Wiley, $27.95). By Charles H. Green & Andrea P. Howe (1)

5. THE WARMTH OF OTHER SUNS: THE EPIC STORY OF AMERICA’S GREAT MIGRATION

(Vintage, $16.95). By Isabel Wilkerson (2)

6. WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING (Workman, $14.95). By Heidi Murkoff & Sharon Mazell. Fourth edition of the popular guide. (16)

7. THE BEST OF THE REJECTION COLLECTION: 293 CARTOONS THAT WERE TOO DUMB, TOO DARK, OR TOO NAUGHTY FOR THE NEW YORKER

(Workman, $13.95). By Matthew Diffee (1)

8. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE (College Board, $21.99). This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. (91)

9. OUTLIERS: THE STORY OF SUCCESS

(Back Bay, $16.99). By Malcolm Gladwell. Assumptions about success challenged. (16)

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

By Gary D. Chapman. Knowing that special someone. (17)



FICTION PAPERBACK

1. 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. (1)

2. THE HELP (Berkley, $16)

By Kathryn Stockett. A frank chronicle of the lives of several black maids working in a town in 1960s Miss. (30)

3. CRESCENT DAWN (Berkley, $9.99)

By Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler. Dirk Pitt races to stop extremists targeting Muslim holy sites. (2)

4. SING YOU HOME (Atria, $16)

By Jodi Picoult. Three characters take turns narrating this emotional tale of parenting, relationships and love. (3)

5. THE GUARDIAN (St. Martin’s, $7.99)

By Sherrilyn Kenyon. A quest to rescue the god of dreams is the center of in this new “Dream-Hunter” escapade. (5)

6. TOUCHED BY ANGELS (Avon, $7.99)

By Debbie Macomber. Three New York women from different walks of life are each assisted by three very unique angels. (2)

7. THE VALCOURT HEIRESS (Jove, $7.99)

By Catherine Coulter. A missing cache of gold, a destructive tyrant and the new Baron Wareham feature in this period romance. (1)

8. BRING ME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS

(Mira, $7.99). By Robyn Carr. A mirthful seasonal tale — part of the author’s “Virgin River” series. (2)

9. THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS (Mira, $7.99)

By Debbie Macomber. A young woman’s holiday-themed matchmaking experience, with an unexpected ending. (1)

10. WHAT THE NIGHT KNOWS (Bantam, $9.99)

By Dean Koontz. The murders of four families are being re-created years later, perhaps by a ghost. (3)


Rankings reflect sales for the week ended November 6, 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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