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Posted at 09:13 AM ET, 10/09/2011

BOOK WORLD Bestsellers — Oct. 9, 2011

Fall days have arrived in Washington — in the chilly evening breezes if not quite yet the striking color change in the surrounding foliage ...

This early October weekend finds just a handful of new titles hitting the new top 10 lists. Perched a top the nonfiction rankings is the new book from pundit Bill O’Reilly (with co-author Martin Dugard), which recounts the mayhem and momentous changes surrounding the assassination of President Lincoln. It’s a story that’s been told countless times before, by many a bestselling and expert historian, so it’s puzzling why O’Reilly felt the need to delve into that crowded pool. Joining that list is celebrity chef & restaurateur Bobby Flay’s new cookbook and a memoir from filmmaker and activist Michael Moore.

In fiction, the new Lee Child thriller (featuring the indomitable Jack Reacher) debuts at #1, followed by new entries from National Book Award-winning writer Charles Frazier, a new (and holiday-themed) Cedar Cove tale from Debbie Macomber and a taut mystery from James Lee Burke, in which a gruesome serial killer makes a surprise return.



BOOK WORLD

Bestsellers — October 9, 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 (1)

2. JACQUELINE KENNEDY: HISTORIC CONVERSATIONS ON LIFE WITH JOHN F. KENNEDY

(Hyperion, $60). Foreword by Caroline Kennedy. Tapes unsealed after almost 50 years. (3)

3. CONFIDENCE MEN: WALL STREET, WASHINGTON, AND THE EDUCATION OF A PRESIDENT

(Harper, $29.99). By Ron Suskind (2)

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

(Penguin Press, $37.95). By Daniel Yergin (2)

5. THAT USED TO BE US: HOW AMERICA FELL BEHIND IN THE WORLD IT INVENTED AND HOW WE CAN COME BACK

(FSG, $28). By Thomas L. Friedman & Michael Mandelbaum (4)

6. BOBBY FLAY’S BAR AMERICAIN COOKBOOK:
Handout pix of chef-restaurateur Bobby Flay, who has a new radio show on Sirius XM. Imported to Merlin Jan 9, 2008. (Michael Piazza - MICHAEL PIAZZA)
CELEBRATE AMERICA’S GREAT FLAVORS

(Clarkson Potter, $35). By Bobby Flay with Stephanie Banyas

& Sally Jackson (1)

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

(Random House, $27). By Laura Hillenbrand (46)

8. DESTINY OF THE REPUBLIC: A TALE OF MADNESS, MEDICINE AND THE MURDER OF A PRESIDENT

(Doubleday, $28.95). By Candice Millard (2)

9. IN MY TIME: A PERSONAL AND POLITICAL MEMOIR

(Threshold, $35). By Dick Cheney. A no holds barred take by the former vice president. (5)

10. HERE COMES TROUBLE: STORIES FROM MY LIFE

(Grand Central, $26.99). By Michael Moore. Intimate insights from the influential filmmaker. (1)



FICTION HARDCOVER

1. 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. (1)

2. NIGHTWOODS (Random House, $26)

By Charles Frazier. A woman’s tranquil Appalachian life is shattered when she takes in her murdered sister’s twins. (1)

3. LETHAL (Grand Central, $26.99)

By Sandra Brown. A woman and her daughter find themselves on the lam with an accused killer whose startling claims reveal a deep conspiracy. (2)

4. 1225 CHRISTMAS TREE LANE

(Mira, $16.95). By Debbie Macomber. A new Cedar Cove holiday tale chock full of romance — and puppies. (1)

5. THE NIGHT CIRCUS (Doubleday, $26.95)

By Erin Morgenstern. The exotic Le Cirque des Rêves is the stage for a duel between rival magicians — who are also deeply in love. (3)

6. REAMDE (Morrow, $35)

By Neal Stephenson. A high-tech thriller in which hackers’ attacks on a popular Web-based role-playing game have cataclysmic consequences. (2)

7. A DANCE WITH DRAGONS (Bantam, $35)

By George R.R. Martin. After almost six years, Martin returns to the Seven Kingdoms in this fifth book of “A Song of Ice and Fire.” (12)

8. FEAST DAY OF FOOLS (Simon & Schuster, $26.99)

By James Lee Burke. The sheriff of a rural Texas border town is probing a murder in the desert when serial killer Preacher Jack resurfaces. (1)

9. NEW YORK TO DALLAS (Putnam, $27.95)

By J.D. Robb. A monstrous child abuser, who Eve Dallas nabbed years ago, has escaped and is out for vengeance. (3)

10. KILL ME IF YOU CAN (Little, Brown, $27.99)

By James Patterson & Marshall Karp. A diamond heist goes awry when the sack of gems is discovered by an unsuspecting student. (5)



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 (38)

2. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE

(College Board, $21.99). This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. (87)

3. CLEOPATRA: A LIFE (Back Bay, $16.99)

By Stacy Schiff. Classic sources illuminate this biography of the Egyptian queen. (4)

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. (30)

5. 6 STEPS TO 7 FIGURES: A REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL’S GUIDE TO BUILDING WEALTH AND CREATING YOUR OWN DESTINY

(Greenleaf, $16.95). By Pat Hiban (1)

6. 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. (2)

7. NIGHT (Hill & Wang, $9.95)

By Elie Wiesel. The terrifying account of his experiences in Nazi concentration camps during World War II. (75)

8. THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE

(Free Press, $15.95). By Stephen R. Covey. The mega-bestseller for personal and professional leadership. (2)

9. MERRIAM-WEBSTER’S SPANISH-ENGLISH DICTIONARY

(Merriam-Webster, $6.50). Another staple of back-to-school lists. (5)

10. THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE (FOURTH EDITION) (Longman, $9.95). By William Strunk Jr. & E.B. White The classic guide to writing well. (6)



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. (25)

2. CROSS FIRE (Vision, $9.99)

By James Patterson. Alex Cross tracks a killer in Washington taking aim at corrupt politicos. (1)

3. MIRACLE CURE (Signet, $9.99)

By Harlan Coben. A nefarious thriller in which unknowns attempt to derail vital AIDS research. (1)

4. IN PURSUIT OF ELIZA CYNSTER (Avon, $7.99)

By Stephanie Laurens. The kidnapped heroine of the title is rescued by a bookish gentleman — and then the ad­ven­ture truly begins. (1)

5. BAD BLOOD (Berkley, $9.99)

By John Sandford. Minnesota agent Virgil Flowers’ murder investigation exposes an appalling, multifaceted conspiracy. (1)

6. 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. (4)

7. ONLY HIS (Harlequin, $7.99)

By Susan Mallery. Complications (and more?) arise when a young woman goes to work for her first love from a decade before. (1)

8. THE CONFESSION (Dell, $9.99)

By John Grisham. After nine years, a man confesses to a murder for which another was imprisoned. (21)

9. THE INNER CIRCLE (Grand Central, $9.99)

By Brad Meltzer. A rare book found by chance at the National Archives is the key to a deadly conspiracy. (3)

10. DON’T BLINK (Grand Central, $14.99)

By James Patterson & Howard Roughan. It’s all out war between the Italian and Russian mafias in NYC. (1)



Rankings reflect sales for the week ended October 2, 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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