Mark Leibovich’s ‘This Town’ about the District and its personalities, debuts at No. 1

July 26, 2013

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Fiction

1. WORLD WAR Z: AN ORAL HISTORY OF THE ZOMBIE WAR (Three Rivers, $14.95). By Max Brooks. Survivors of a global zombie war give their accounts of what happened 10 years earlier. [11]

2. FRIENDS FOREVER

(Dell, $7.99). By Danielle Steel. Five children meet in kindergarten and learn the true meaning of friendship as they grow up together. [4]

3. JOYLAND

(Hard Case, $12.95). By Stephen King. A young carnival hand confronts a murder and the fate of a dead child. [7]

4. BACKFIRE

(Jove, $9.99). By Catherine Coulter. Tension mounts as FBI agents investigating the murder of a judge search for answers. [4]

5. THE SECRET KEEPER

(Washington Square, $16). By Kate Morton. A young girl sees her mother commit a crime and she must come to terms with it years later. [1]

6. 11TH HOUR

(Vision, $10). By James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. Time runs out for the Women’s Murder Club to solve two crimes. [3]

7. BEAUTIFUL RUINS

(Harper Perennial, $15.99). By Jess Walter. A love affair that begins on the Italian coast in 1962 is rekindled in Hollywood 50 years later. [11]

8. ENDER’S GAME

(Tor, $7.99). By Orson Scott Card. A boy genius may be the last hope for humans as they battle hostile aliens. [1]

9. THE ELEVENTH COMMANDMENT

(St. Martin’s, $9.99). By Jeffrey Archer. The CIA’s top assassin must protect himself from his greatest enemy: his boss. [2]

10. THE FALLEN ANGEL

(Harper, $9.99). By Daniel Silva. A body is found in the Vatican. [1]

Nonfiction

1. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE

(College Board, $21.99). By the College Board. [150]

2. HALLUCINATIONS

(Vintage, $15.95). By Oliver Sacks. The neurologist investigates sensory deceptions. [1]

3. PROOF OF HEAVEN: A NEUROSURGEON’S JOURNEY INTO THE AFTERLIFE

(Simon & Schuster, $15.99). By Eben Alexander. A scientist’s near-death experience. [39]

4. HOW CHILDREN SUCCEED: GRIT, CURIOSITY, AND THE HIDDEN POWER OF CHARACTER

(Mariner, $15.95). By Paul Tough. [3]

5. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS STYLEBOOK 2013

(Basic, $19.99). By The Associated Press. [1]

6. THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE (FOURTH EDITION)

(Longman, $9.95). By William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White. The classic guide to writing well. [10]

7. 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. [86]

8. THE 5 LOVE LANGUAGES: THE SECRET TO LOVE THAT LASTS

(Northfield, $14.99). By Gary D. Chapman. Knowing that special someone. [65]

9. QUIET: THE POWER OF INTROVERTS IN A WORLD THAT CAN’T STOP TALKING

(Broadway, $16). By Susan Cain. [22]

10. HOW TO READ LITERATURE LIKE A PROFESSOR: A LIVELY AND ENTERTAINING GUIDE TO READING BETWEEN THE LINES

(Harper Perennial, $15.99). By Thomas C. Foster. [11]

HARDCOVER

Fiction

1. THE ENGLISH GIRL

(Harper, $27.99). By Daniel Silva. A young woman vanishes. The prime minister's career is threatened. Gabriel Allon must save the day. [1]

2. INFERNO

(Doubleday, $29.95). By Dan Brown. Robert Landgon’s newest investigation revolves around Dante’s “Inferno.” [10]

3. AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED

(Riverhead, $28.95). By Khaled Hosseini. Love and devotion among family and friends in war-torn Afghanistan. [9]

4. FIRST SIGHT

(Delacorte, $28). By Danielle Steel. A successful fashion designer must reconcile her tormented past. [1]

5. HIDDEN ORDER

(Atria, $27.99). By Brad Thor. Scot Harvath must investigate the disappearance of five men, each a candidate to head the government’s most secretive organization. [2]

6. BOMBSHELL

(Putnam, $26.95). By Catherine Coulter. An FBI special agent investigates an attack on his sister. [2]

7. SECOND HONEYMOON

(Little, Brown, $28). By James Patterson and Howard Roughan. An FBI Agent is on the case of a murderer who’s targeting newlywed s. [4]

8. GONE GIRL

(Crown, $25). By Gillian Flynn. A model couple’s marriage crumbles when the wife vanishes and the husband becomes a prime suspect. [52]

9. THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE

(William Morrow, $25.99). By Neil Gaiman. A middle aged man with supernatural powers looks back on his life. [5]

10. HUNTING EVE

(St. Martin's, $27.99). By Iris Johansen. Eve Duncan fights the man who is holding her hostage. [1]

Nonfiction

1. THIS TOWN: TWO PARTIES AND A FUNERAL-PLUS, PLENTY OF VALET PARKING!-IN AMERICA’S GILDED CAPITAL

(Blue Rider, $27.95). By Mark Leibovich. [1]

2. LEAN IN: WOMEN, WORK, AND THE WILL TO LEAD

(Knopf, $24.95). By Sheryl Sandberg. [19]

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

(Gallup Press, $24.95). By Tom Rath. [125]

4. JESUS CALLING: ENJOYING PEACE IN HIS PRESENCE

(Thomas Nelson, $15.99). By Sarah Young. A devotional of daily readings. [20]

5. HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY: MY LIFE AND LEGACY AS THE DUCK COMMANDER

(Howard, $24.99). By Phil Robertson. [11]

6. FANTASY LIFE: THE OUTRAGEOUS, UPLIFTING, AND HEARTBREAKING WORLD OF FANTASY SPORTS FROM THE GUY WHO’S LIVED IT

(Riverhead, $27.95). By Matthew Berry. [1]

7. ZEALOT: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JESUS OF NAZARETH

(Random House, $27). By Reza Aslan. [1]

8. GETTYSBURG: THE LAST INVASION

(Knopf, $35). By Allen C. Guelzo. [4]

9. THE GUNS AT LAST LIGHT: THE WAR IN WESTERN EUROPE, 1944-1945 (LIBERATION TRILOGY)\

(Henry Holt, $40). By Rick Atkinson. [9]

10. AMERICAN GUN: A HISTORY OF THE U.S. IN TEN FIREARMS

(William Morrow, $29.99). By Chris Kyle and William Doyle. [5]

- LET’S EXPLORE DIABETES WITH OWLS

(Little, Brown, $27). By David Sedaris. Essays by the famed humorist. [5]

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