BOOK WORLD Bestsellers — October 23, 2011

Michael Lewis’s pithy, and engagingly readable “Boomerang” jumps to number one this weekend, as the Occupy Wall Street movement only seems to be growing, and the public seems eager to find out just why.

New titles hitting the nonfiction list include Southern charmer Paula Deen’s new cookbook (sure to be a strong seller right through the holidays) and “Great by Choice,” the new book from management consultant/researcher/professor extraordinaire Jim Collins. His “Good to Great,” a bestseller for over a decade in which he examined how companies can push from adequate to exceptional, will only fuel interest in this latest outing. Collins, backed by his management research laboratory in Boulder, has teamed with professor Morten Hansen to explore not just why some companies thrive in tumultuous, uncertain environments (sound familiar?) but also turns the spotlight on those very unnerving climates and how they challenge managers today. Though it has been in the works for nine years, it clearly could not have come at a better time.

Over to fiction — and four novels freshening up the list, from perennial bestseller Nicholas Sparks’ new emotional tale; an ’80s-set tale of relationships, college and what comes after, lust and (love?), all bound together by a college thesis on the 19th-century English novel and that renowned plot device called “The Marriage Plot.” Oh, from Jeffrey Eugenides.

Also, a new Discworld outing from the venerable Terry Pratchett and a atmospheric novel of early 20th-century Britain from Alan Hollinghurst, in which Cambridge student George Sawle’s visit home late one summer will have repercussions for the Sawle clan for the next century, thanks to the friend that accompanies him — the aristocratic poet and fellow student Cecil Valance.



BOOK WORLD

Bestsellers — October 23, 2011

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NONFICTION HARDCOVER

1. BOOMERANG: TRAVELS IN THE NEW THIRD WORLD

(Norton, $25.95)

By Michael Lewis. The 2008 financial collapse and its aftermath. (2)

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

(Henry Holt, $28). By Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard (3)

3. PAULA DEEN’S SOUTHERN COOKING BIBLE


Paula Deen flashes her famous smile at her book signing for her new book, Southern Cooking Bible, at Wal-Mart Thursday evening, October 20, 2011, in Bossier City, Louisiana. (Henrietta Wildsmith/AP)

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

(Hyperion, $60). Foreword by Caroline Kennedy. Tapes unsealed after almost 50 years. (5)

5. SERIOUSLY ... I’M KIDDING (Grand Central, $26.99)

By Ellen DeGeneres. Self-reflection and observations from the comedian-turned-actress-turned-talk show host. (2)

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. (2)

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

(Random House, $27). By Laura Hillenbrand (48)

8. IN MY TIME: A PERSONAL AND POLITICAL MEMOIR

(Threshold, $35). By Dick Cheney. A no holds barred take by the former vice president. (6)

9. GREAT BY CHOICE: UNCERTAINTY, CHAOS, AND

LUCK — WHY SOME THRIVE DESPITE THEM ALL

(HarperBusiness, $29.99). By Jim Collins and Morton T. Hansen (1)

10. GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2012

(Guinness World Records, $28.95). The series unveils a “wide-screen” design, new topics and previously unseen photos. (2)



FICTION HARDCOVER

1. THE BEST OF ME (Grand Central, $25.99)


Best-selling author Nicholas Sparks, right, talks to Amanda Robles, left, as he kicks off his latest book tour at the New Bern, NC, Mall on Tuesday, October 11, 2011, where thousands of fans lined up for a chance to buy his latest book, 'The Best of Me'. Robles and her son Carver, 5, left, drove 40 miles to New Bern from Cape Carteret, then waited in line for three and a half hours to have her copy signed. (AP Photo/New Bern Sun Journal, Byron Holland) (Byron Holland/AP)

2. 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. (1)

3. SNUFF (Harper, $25.99)

By Terry Pratchett. A spell in the country for Sam Vines and his wife is marred by murder in the Discworld tale. (1)

4. 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. (3)

5. 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. (2)

6. THE STRANGER’S CHILD (Knopf, $27.95)

By Alan Hollinghurst. A Cambridge student’s chance visit home, with a charming friend in tow, forever alters his family’s future. (1)

7. 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. (2)

8. 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. (5)

9. NIGHTWOODS (Random House, $26)

By Charles Frazier. A woman’s tranquil Appalachian life is shattered when she takes in her murdered sister’s twins. (3)

10. 1225 CHRISTMAS TREE LANE

(Mira, $16.95). By Debbie Macomber. A new Cedar Cove holiday tale chock full of romance — and puppies. (3)





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 (40)

2. OUTWITTING COLLEGE PROFESSORS: AN INSIDER’S GUIDE TO SECRETS OF THE SYSTEM

(CreateSpace, $16.95). By John Janovy Jr. (1)

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. (32)

4. 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. (3)

5. LINCOLN ON LEADERSHIP: EXECUTIVE STRATEGIES FOR TOUGH TIMES

(Warner, $14.99). By Donald T. Phillips (3)

6. THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE & THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES

(Bantam, $3.99). Introduced by Pauline Maier (2)

7. HUNGRY GIRL SUPERMARKET SURVIVAL: AISLE BY AISLE, H-G STYLE! (St. Martin’s, $12.99)

By Lisa Lillien. Snacks and entrees, guilt-free. (1)

8. 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. (1)

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

By Stacy Schiff. Classic sources illuminate this biography of the Egyptian queen. (5)

10. BEEN THERE, SHOULD’VE DONE THAT: 995 TIPS FOR MAKING THE MOST OF COLLEGE

(Front Porch, $10.95). By Suzette Tyler (1)

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. (27)

2. CROSS FIRE (Vision, $9.99)

By James Patterson. Alex Cross tracks a killer in Washington taking aim at corrupt politicos. (3)

3. MIRACLE CURE (Signet, $9.99)

By Harlan Coben. A nefarious thriller in which unknowns attempt to derail vital AIDS research. (3)

4. BAD BLOOD (Berkley, $9.99)

By John Sandford. Minnesota agent Virgil Flowers’ murder investigation exposes an appalling, multifaceted conspiracy. (3)

5. THE FIFTH WITNESS (Grand Central, $14.99)

By Michael Connelly. Mickey Haller, the “Lincoln Lawyer,” gets involved in the emotional foreclosure crisis. (2)

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. (6)

7. 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. (2)

8. FALL OF GIANTS (NAL, $25)

By Ken Follett. The debut of a historical trilogy following five families through the upheavals of the 20th century. (4)

9. 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. (2)

10. 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. (3)


Rankings reflect sales for the week ended October 16, 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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