Most Read: Politics

Political Bookworm
Posted at 09:14 AM ET, 09/24/2011

BOOK WORLD Bestsellers — Sept. 25, 2011

With the Fall publishing season in full swing, the lists — especially those for new fiction & nonfiction — are seeing a flurry of changes with new books being released on a weekly basis.

Topping nonfiction is the book-CD compendium of conversations First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy recorded with historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr. in those months after her husband’s assassination. Sealed (by her wishes) in the Kennedy Presidential Library since the 1960s, they are being released by the Kennedy family to mark the 40th anniversary of President Kennedy’s inauguration. The book has received beaucoup coverage, most especially thanks to ABC News and Diane Sawyer’s exclusive interview with Caroline Kennedy, not to mention the two-hour special the network ran when the book (highly embargoed) was finally released.

The fiction list finds several publishing heavyweights, from J.D. Robb (a new Eve Dallas thriller) to Robert B. Parker — well, not the beloved late author but a writer who’s been tasked with continuing the Parker legacy (and more importantly, the life of his characters), in this case, the contemplative Jesse Stone. It’s a trend in mystery fiction of late, as publishers aim to sustain the charm and fan base of writers such as Dick Francis, or the indelible characters, such as James Bond.

Also joining the rankings is the first novel by Erin Morgenstern, a fantastical tale of two young magicians, whose mentors have been grooming them for a showdown and a all-too-painful outcome. Except that they end up falling madly in love ...



BOOK WORLD

Bestsellers — September 25, 2011

[click on the author’s name to be linked to Book World’s review]

NONFICTION HARDCOVER

1. JACQUELINE KENNEDY: HISTORIC CONVERSATIONS ON LIFE WITH JOHN F. KENNEDY
FILE - In this Oct. 5, 1960 file photo, Jacqueline Kennedy poses at her typewriter where she writes her weekly "Candidate's Wife" column in her Georgetown home in Washington. President John F. Kennedy openly scorned the notion of Vice President Lyndon Baines Johnson succeeding him in office, according to a book of newly released interviews with his widow, former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy. (AP Photo/File) (AP)

(Hyperion, $60). Foreword by Caroline Kennedy. Tapes unsealed after almost 50 years. (1)

2. 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 (2)

3. A COURSE IN WEIGHT LOSS: 21 SPIRITUAL LESSONS FOR SURRENDERING YOUR WEIGHT FOREVER

(Hay, $24.95)

By Marianne Williamson (1)

4. IN MY TIME: A PERSONAL AND POLITICAL MEMOIR

(Threshold, $35). By Dick Cheney. A no holds barred take by the former vice president. (3)

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

(Gallup, $24.95). By Tom Rath (60)

6. KEEP THE CHANGE: A CLUELESS TIPPER’S QUEST TO BECOME THE GURU OF THE GRATUITY

(Ecco, $24.99). By Steve Dublanica (1)

7. EVERY DAY A FRIDAY: HOW TO BE HAPPIER 7 DAYS A WEEK (FaithWords, $24.99)

By Joel Osteen. Positivity from the Lakewood Church pastor. (1)

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

(Random House, $27). By Laura Hillenbrand (44)

9. SIMPLE TIMES: CRAFTS FOR POOR PEOPLE

(Grand Central, $27.99). By Amy Sedaris. The comedian’s offbeat take on leisure time. (3)

10. GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2012

(Guinness World Records, $28.95). The series unveils a “wide-screen” design, new topics and previously unseen photos. (1)

FICTION HARDCOVER

1. 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. (1)

2. 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. (3)

3. THE NIGHT CIRCUS (Doubleday, $26.95)

By Erin Morgenstern. The exotic Le Cirque des Rêves is the stage for a duel between rival magicians — how are also deep in love. (1)


author Erin Moregenstern (Kelly Davidson)

4. THE RACE

(Putnam, $27.95)

By Clive Cussler and Justin Scott. A new Isaac Bell caper, circa 1910, involving a daring aviator, her jealous husband and murder. (2)

5. HOW FIRM A FOUNDATION (Tor, $27.99)

By David Weber. On the planet Safehold, the Church of God Awaiting mounts a violent campaign to eliminate the Charisian Empire. (1)

6. ROBERT B. PARKER’S KILLING THE BLUES

(Putnam, $25.95). By Michael Brandman. A new case for the late Parker’s Jesse Stone, as a shadowy figure from Stone’s past arrives from LA. (1)

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.” (10)

8. A CHESAPEAKE SHORES CHRISTMAS

(Mira, $16.95). By Sherryl Woods. The holiday is the backdrop for the reunion of Megan O’Brien and husband, Mick. (1)

9. CALL ME MRS. MIRACLE (Mira, $16.95)

By Debbie Macomber. Emily Merkle’s generous heart touches those around her at Finley’s Department Store in this holiday yarn. (1)

10. THE ART OF FIELDING (Little, Brown, $25.99)

By Chad Harbach. Five lives become intertwined in this collegiate baseball novel from the cofounder and coeditor of the literary journal n+1. (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 (36)

2. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE

(College Board, $21.99). This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. (85)

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

By Stacy Schiff. Classic sources illuminate this biography of the Egyptian queen. (2)

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. (28)

5. NIGHT (Hill & Wang, $9.95)

By Elie Wiesel. The terrifying account of his experiences in Nazi concentration camps during World War II. (74)

6. MERRIAM-WEBSTER’S SPANISH-ENGLISH DICTIONARY

(Merriam-Webster, $6.50). Another staple of back-to-school lists. (4)

7. THE BALD TRUTH: SECRETS OF SUCCESS FROM THE LOCKER ROOM TO THE BOARD ROOM

(Gallery, $16). By David Falk (1)

8. HOW TO READ LITERATURE LIKE A PROFESSOR: A LIVELY AND ENTERTAINING GUIDE TO READING ...

(Harper, $14.99). By Thomas C. Foster (9)

9. PRAY FOR OUR NATION: SCRIPTURAL PRAYERS TO REVIVE OUR COUNTRY

(Harrison, $4.99) (1)

10. OUTLIERS: THE STORY OF SUCCESS

(Back Bay, $16.99). By Malcolm Gladwell. Assumptions about success challenged. (13)


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. (23)

2. 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. (2

3. 1105 YAKIMA STREET (Mira, $7.99)

By Debbie Macomber. A husband copes with an estranged wife and a surly daughter in this new Cedar Cove entry. (3)

4. AMERICAN ASSASSIN (Pocket, $9.99)

By Vince Flynn. How Mitch Rapp went from lacksadaisical college student to CIA agent extraordinaire. (3)

5. 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. (1)

6. THE REVERSAL (Vision, $9.99)

By Michael Connelly. Legal wrangling brings Mickey Haller, his ex-wife and Harry Bosch together on a case. (3)

7. PORT MORTUARY (Berkley, $9.99)

By Patricia Cornwell. Scarpetta is pulled back into the military’s sphere of influence for a new case. (3)

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. (3)

9. THE CONFESSION (Dell, $9.99)

By John Grisham. After nine years, a man confesses to a murder for which another was imprisoned. (19)

10. CUTTING FOR STONE (Vintage, $15.95)

By Abraham Verghese. Medicine, political upheaval and the African continent woven into a sweeping saga. (46)

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended September 18, 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.)

By  |  09:14 AM ET, 09/24/2011

 
Read what others are saying
     

    © 2011 The Washington Post Company