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Posted at 09:47 PM ET, 11/27/2011

BOOK WORLD Bestsellers — Nov. 27, 2011

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday --- and apologies for the delay in having these lists posted.

For those eager to find what’s selling well (perhaps with bit of holiday shopping in mind), please see below. Several new authors (from James Patterson and Sue Grafton to Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and husband, Mark Kelly) join the lists this last weekend of November.



BOOK WORLD

Bestsellers — November 27, 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. (4)

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

(Henry Holt, $28). By Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard (8)

3. GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2012

(Guinness World Records, $28.95). The series unveils a “wide-screen” design, new topics and previously unseen photos. (7)

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

(Gallup, $24.95). By Tom Rath (63)

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

(Knopf, $23.95). By Bill Clinton (2)

6. JACK KENNEDY: ELUSIVE HERO

(Simon & Schuster, $27.50). By Chris Matthews. The political pundit’s biography of President Kennedy, drawn from multiple sources. (3)

7. GABBY: A STORY OF COURAGE AND HOPE

(Scribner, $26.99). By Gabrielle Giffords & Mark Kelly . A first-person account of the extraordinary recovery of the wounded Arizona congresswoman, written with her husband, Mark Kelly. (1)

8. THE CUPCAKE DIARIES: RECIPES AND MEMORIES FROM THE SISTERS OF GEORGETOWN CUPCAKE

(HarperOne, $23.99). By Katherine Kallinis & Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne (2)

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

(Random House, $27). By Laura Hillenbrand (51)

10. CATHERINE THE GREAT: PORTRAIT OF A WOMAN

(Random House, $35). By Robert K. Massie. The remarkable life of German princess turned Russian Empress. (2)




FICTION HARDCOVER

1. 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. (1)

2. 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. (1)

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. (2)

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. (4)

5. 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. (3)

6. 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. (1)

7. 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. (6)

8. KBL: KILL BIN LADEN (Morrow, $26.99)

By John Weisman. A fictional reimagining of the daring plot to assassinate Osama bin Laden, by the co-author of the “Rogue” thriller series. (1)

9. 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. (6)

10. 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. (4)



NONFICTION PAPERBACK

1. THE WORLD ALMANAC AND BOOK OF FACTS 2012

(World Almanac, $12.99). The one-volume classic, a reference staple since 1868. (1)

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

(Thomas Nelson, $16.99). By Todd Burpo (45)

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. (37)

4. THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM: OFFICIAL GAME GUIDE

(Prima, $26.99). By David Hodgson. Navigating the popular role-playing video game. (2)

5. LINCOLN ON LEADERSHIP: EXECUTIVE STRATEGIES FOR TOUGH TIMES

(Warner, $14.99). By Donald T. Phillips (4)

6. OUTLIERS: THE STORY OF SUCCESS

(Back Bay, $16.99). By Malcolm Gladwell. Assumptions about success challenged. (18)

7. THE MONEY BOOK FOR THE YOUNG, FABULOUS & BROKE

(Riverhead, $16). By Suze Orman. Financial advice for novices in credit, real estate loans and that first real job. (1)

8. WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING (Workman, $14.95). By Heidi Murkoff & Sharon Mazell. Fourth edition of the popular guide. (17)

9. THE CURMUDGEON’S GUIDE TO PRACTICING LAW

(American Bar Assoc., $34.95). By Mark Herrmann. Insight for navigating the law firm for fresh law school graduates. (1)

10. POCKET POSH CHRISTMAS SUDOKU 2

(Andrews McMeel, $7.99). By The Puzzle Society. Seasonal mindteasers for the young at heart. (1)



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. (3)

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. (32)

3. 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? (1)

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. (2)

5. SING YOU HOME (Atria, $16)

By Jodi Picoult. Three characters take turns narrating this emotional tale of parenting, relationships and love. (5)

6. CRESCENT DAWN (Berkley, $9.99)

By Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler. Dirk Pitt races to stop extremists targeting Muslim holy sites. (4)

7. 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. (4)

8. THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS (Mira, $7.99)

By Debbie Macomber. A young woman’s holiday-themed matchmaking experience, with an unexpected ending. (3)

9. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (Warner, $7.99)

By Harper Lee. The Pulitzer Prize-winning tale set in the Depression-era South. (8)

10. 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. (3)


Rankings reflect sales for the week ended November 20, 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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