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Posted at 09:29 AM ET, 10/30/2011

BOOK WORLD Bestsellers — Oct. 30, 2011

Snow or not to snow? That was the question gripping the metro region for the last several days. And though snow (and rain and all manner of precipitation in between) did strike the are, at times most spectacularly, much of the area escaped any real accumulation in this extraordinarily early winter blast.

With decidedly cold temps in the area, any warmth on this week’s bestseller roundup? That’s a matter of opinion, of course, but there are several new titles joining the ranks this weekend.

Nonfiction sees the oddest grouping — veteran conservative pundit Patrick Buchanan’s latest, an assault on America’s unique, multi-ethnic composition (at least blaming it for much of the country’s ills) is joined by two cookbooks ... a decadent dessert concoction from the storied New York restaurant chain Junior’s and award-winning chef Jacques Pepin’s collection of some of his very favorite recipes.

The fiction list sees a more sweeping change — a full half of last week’s lineup is pushed out to make room from the latest from James Patterson (a holiday tear-jerker already being advertised on television); Julian Barnes’s “The Sense of an Ending,” the slim novel that nabbed this year’s 2011 Man Booker Prize); Iris Johansen is back with a new Eve Duncan thriller that promises details on the kidnapping of Duncan’s daughter; an atmospheric, historical tale from Philippa Gregory that tackles the story of the mother of the White Queen; and Michael Ondaatje, who has already won the Booker Prize, returns with a novel chronicling a young boy’s maritime journey from Sri Lanka to England.

BOOK WORLD

Bestsellers — October 30, 2011

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NONFICTION HARDCOVER

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

(Henry Holt, $28). By Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard (4)

2. JUNIOR’S DESSERT COOKBOOK (Taunton, $24.95)

By Alan Rosen and Beth Allen. Delectable treats from the landmark restaurant chain famous for its chessecake creations. (1)

3. BOOMERANG: TRAVELS IN THE NEW THIRD WORLD

(Norton, $25.95)

By Michael Lewis. The 2008 financial collapse and its aftermath. (3)

4. IN MY TIME: A PERSONAL AND POLITICAL MEMOIR

(Threshold, $35). By Dick Cheney.

A no holds barred take by the former vice president. (7)

5. GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2012

(Guinness World Records, $28.95). The series unveils a “wide-screen” design, new topics and previously unseen photos. (3)

6. EVERY DAY A FRIDAY: HOW TO BE HAPPIER 7 DAYS A WEEK

(FaithWords, $24.99). By Joel Osteen. Positivity from the Lakewood Church pastor. (3)

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

(Random House, $27). By Laura Hillenbrand (49)

8. SUICIDE OF A SUPERPOWER: WILL AMERICA SURVIVE TO 2025?

(Thomas Dunne, $27.99). By Patrick J. Buchanan. An assault on America’s heterogeneous nature. (1)

9. GREAT BY CHOICE: UNCERTAINTY, CHAOS, AND
"Great By Choice" is the newest book by acclaimed leadership author Jim Collins.

LUCK — WHY SOME THRIVE DESPITE THEM ALL

(HarperBusiness, $29.99)

By Jim Collins and

Morton T. Hansen (2)

10. ESSENTIAL PEPIN: MORE THAN 700 ALL-TIME FAVORITES FROM MY LIFE IN FOOD

(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $40). By Jacques Pépin. A gift from a master. (1)



FICTION HARDCOVER

1. 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. (2)

2. 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. (2)

3. 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. (2)


British author Julian Barnes poses after winning the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction with his book' The Sense of an Ending' at the Guildhall in London October 18, 2011. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor (BRITAIN - Tags: SOCIETY) (LUKE MACGREGOR - REUTERS)

4. THE SENSE OF AN ENDING (Knopf, $23.95)

By Julian Barnes. A retired gentleman’s life is upended by a legacy from a friend long dead; winner of this year;s Man Booker Prize. (1)

5. BONNIE (St. Martin’s, $27.99)

By Iris Johansen. Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan is tantalizingly close to knowing the truth behind her daughter’s disappearance. (1)

6. THE LADY OF THE RIVERS (Touchstone, $27.99)

By Philippa Gregory. Amid the War of the Roses, the tale of Jacquetta of Luxembourg, mother of the queen consort of Edward IV. (1)

7. THE AFFAIR (Delacorte, $28)

By Lee Child. A flashback to Jack Reacher’s past and a case of murder, coverup and conspiracy involving a well-connected soldier. (4)

8. SHOCK WAVE (Putnam, $27.95)

By John Sandford. Bombings beset a big-box chain’s efforts to build in a rural Minnesota town in this Virgil Flowers caper. (3)

9. THE CAT’S TABLE (Knopf, $26)

By Michael Ondaatje. The education and diversions experienced by a young boy on a ship from Sri Lanka to England. (1)

10. THE DOVEKEEPERS (Scribner, $27.99)

By Alice Hoffman. An intimate tale of four women whose lives intersect amid the Roman siege of Masada in 70 C.E. (3)




NONFICTION PAPERBACK

1. RESCUE AMERICA: OUR BEST AMERICA IS ONLY ONE GENERATION AWAY

(Greenleaf, $15.95). By Chris Salamone and Professor Gilbert Norris. Advocating a values shift. (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 (41)

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. (33)

4. THE U.S. CONSTITUTION AND FASCINATING FACTS ABOUT IT

(Oak Hill, $2.95). By Terry L. Jordan

Also includes copies of the other Charters of Freedom. (2)

5. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE (College Board, $21.99). This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. (89)

6. SQUIRREL SEEKS CHIPMUNK (Back Bay, $13.99)

By David Sedaris. Wry, dark animal tales comprise this modern bestiary with illustrations by Ian Falconer. (2)

7. AT HOME: A SHORT HISTORY OF PRIVATE LIFE

(Anchor, $15.95). By Bill Bryson. An illuminating tour of Bryson’s own home, an English parsonage. (2)

8. THE PRIMAL BLUEPRINT: 21-DAY TOTAL BODY TRANSFORMATION

(Primal Nutrition, $22.95). By Mark Sisson. The best of the hunter-gatherer lifestyle. (1)

9. OUTLIERS: THE STORY OF SUCCESS

(Back Bay, $16.99). By Malcolm Gladwell. Assumptions about success challenged. (14)

10. MONEYBALL: THE ART OF WINNING AN UNFAIR GAME (Norton, $15.95)

By Michael Lewis. How the Oakland A’s budget-savvy style produced a winning season; now a feature film. (4)
Author Michael Lewis arrives at the Paramount Theatre of the Arts for the premiere screening of the movie "Moneyball" Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) (Ben Margot - AP)



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. (28)

2. CROSS FIRE (Vision, $9.99)

By James Patterson. Alex Cross tracks a killer in Washington taking aim at corrupt politicos. (4)

3. SING YOU HOME (Atria, $16)

By Jodi Picoult. Three characters take turns narrating this emotional tale of parenting, relationships and love. (1)

4. THE ATHENA PROJECT (Pocket Star, $9.99)

By Brad Thor. An elite, all-female counterterrorism unit’s mission is marred by secrets kept by the U.S. government. (1)

5. THE SIXTH MAN (Grand Central, $14.99)

By David Baldacci. An alleged serial killer’s attorney is murdered before King & Maxwell can confer on the case. (7)

6. BAD BLOOD (Berkley, $9.99)

By John Sandford. Minnesota agent Virgil Flowers’ murder investigation exposes an appalling, multifaceted conspiracy. (4)

7. CUTTING FOR STONE (Vintage, $15.95)

By Abraham Verghese. Medicine, political upheaval and the African continent woven into a sweeping saga. (48)

8. 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. (1)

9. MIRACLE CURE (Signet, $9.99)

By Harlan Coben. A nefarious thriller in which unknowns attempt to derail vital AIDS research. (4)

10. DEAD OR ALIVE (Berkley, $18)

By Tom Clancy with Grant Blackwood. Jack Ryan and his compatriots are back, taking on a cruel and powerful terrorist. (3)


Rankings reflect sales for the week ended October 23, 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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