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Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 01/07/2012

BOOK WORLD bestsellers > January 8, 2012

The lists this week still reflect much of what was selling well the week before .. and weeks before that, come to think of it.

After the holiday break, most publishers are coming out of a busy fall season and gearing up for a robust spring season. So look for new titles to be hitting rankings in the next several weeks.


BOOK WORLD

Bestsellers — January 8, 2012

[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 Apple, based on numerous interviews with Jobs himself. (10)

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

(Henry Holt, $28). By Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard (14)

3. THINKING, FAST AND SLOW (FSG, $30)

By Daniel Kahneman. The Nobel Prize winner (economic sciences) examines the modes of thought that fuel our decision making. (6)

4. CATHERINE THE GREAT: PORTRAIT OF A WOMAN

(Random House, $35). By Robert K. Massie. The remarkable life of German princess turned Russian empress. (8)

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

(Random House, $27). By Laura Hillenbrand (57)

6. WEIGHT WATCHERS ONE POT COOKBOOK

(Wiley, $29.99). Over 300 diverse recipes for every meal, crafted for all manner of kitchen tools, from crock pot to skillet. (1)

7. THE CIRCLE MAKER PRAYING CIRCLES AROUND YOUR BIGGEST DREAMS AND GREATEST FEARS

(Zondervan, $19.99). By Mark Batterson (2)

8. GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2012

(Guinness World Records, $28.95). The series unveils a “wide-screen” design, new topics and previously unseen photos. (13)

9. JACK KENNEDY: ELUSIVE HERO

(Simon & Schuster, $27.50). By Chris Matthews. The political pundit’s biography of President Kennedy, drawn from multiple sources. (9)

10. THE COOKS ILLUSTRATED COOKBOOK: 2,000 RECIPES FROM 20 YEARS OF AMERICA’S MOST TRUSTED COOKING MAGAZINE (Cook's Illustrated, $40)

From the editors of America’s Test Kitchen. (1 )



FICTION HARDCOVER

1. LOCKED ON (Putnam, $28.95)

By Tom Clancy with Mark Greaney. While Jack Ryan Sr. runs for president once again, his son and the Campus special-ops team have their own worries. (3)

2. DEATH COMES TO PEMBERLEY

(Knopf, $25.95). By P.D. James. A bit of murder is injected into the milieu of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.” (4)

3. 77 SHADOW STREET (Bantam, $28)

By Dean Koontz. The residents of a Gilded Age manse turned apartment building are stalked by sinister forces. (1)

4. 11/22/63 (Scribner, $35)

By Stephen King. A modest English professor is offered the chance to change history — by preventing the JFK assassination. (8)

5. 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. (7)

6. 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. (10)

7. RED MIST (Putnam, $27.95)

By Patricia Cornwell. Scarpetta’s probe of her deputy chief’s murder reveals a conspiracy laced with terrorism. (4)

8. 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. (12)

9. DOWN THE DARKEST ROAD (Dutton, $26.95)

By Tami Hoag. Readers once again visit the town of Oak Knoll, and explore forensic science’s pioneering days. (1)

10. EXPLOSIVE EIGHTEEN (Bantam, $28)

By Janet Evanovich. A Hawaiian sojourn goes terribly wrong for Stephanie Plum, as her seatmate on the flight is murdered — and she could be next. (6)




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 (51)

2. 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. (43)

3. EVERYDAY FOOD: LIGHT: THE QUICKEST AND EASIEST RECIPES, ALL UNDER 500 CALORIES

(Clarkson Potter, $24.99). By Martha Stewart Living Magazine (1)

4. MY IPAD 2 (THIRD EDITION)

(Que, $24.99). By Gary Rosenzweig. A manual for optimal managing of your Apple tablet, including iOS5. (1)

5. THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM: OFFICIAL GAME GUIDE (Prima, $26.99). By David Hodgson. Navigating the popular role-playing video game. (4)

6. FIRST AID FOR THE USMLE STEP 1: 2012

(McGraw-Hill Medical, $45). By Tao Le, Vikas Bhushan & Jeffrey Hofmann. A test and practice book for the exam, in full color. (1)

7. THE WORLD ALMANAC AND BOOK OF FACTS 2012

(World Almanac, $12.99). The one-volume classic, a reference staple since 1868. (7)

8. GOD IS NOT GREAT: HOW RELIGION POISONS EVERYTHING (Twelve, $14.99)

By Christopher Hitchens. The late cultural critic and essayist’s atheist manifesto. (1)

9. THE 5 LOVE LANGUAGES: THE SECRET TO LOVE THAT LASTS (Northfield, $14.99)

By Gary D. Chapman. Knowing that special someone. (22)

10. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE (College Board, $21.99). This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. (93)



FICTION PAPERBACK

1. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

(Vintage, $14.95; $7.99). By Stieg Larsson. First book in the late Swede’s “Millennium Trilogy.” (117)

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. (38)

3. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE

(Vintage, $15.95; $7.99). By Stieg Larsson. Sex trafficking between Sweden and Eastern Europe is exposed. (62)

4. SPIRIT BOUND (Jove, $7.99)

By Christine Feehan. A tale of undercover intrigue and ribald passion; the latest the “Sea Haven” series. (1)

5. 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. (8)

6. HIDDEN SUMMIT (Mira, $7.99)

By Robyn Carr. A witness to a high-profile murder in Sacramento takes shelter in rural Virgin River. (1)

7. 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. (9)

8. MOONLIGHT IN THE MORNING

(Pocket Star, $7.99). By Jude Devereaux. A new chapter in Devereaux’s series set in the Virginia hamlet of Edilean. (1)

9. A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES

(Penguin, $16). By Deborah Harkness. Gothic meets modern in this paranormal thriller/romance set in Oxford’s Bodleian Library. (1)

10. THE DUKE IS MINE (Avon, $7.99)

By Eloisa James. A period romance rife with nobility, deserving damsels and a riff on the fairytale “The Princess and the Pea.” (1)




Rankings reflect sales for the week ended January 1, 2012. The charts may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright 2012 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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