Max Brooks’s ‘World War Z,’ Dan Brown’s ‘Inferno’ top this week’s bestsellers list

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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. [10]

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. [3]

3. JOYLAND

(Hard Case, $12.95). By Stephen King. A young carnival hand confronts a murder and the fate of a dead child. [6]

4. BACKFIRE

(Jove, $9.99). By Catherine Coulter. Tension mounts as FBI agents investigating the murder of a judge search for answers. [3]

5. 11TH HOUR

(Vision, $10). By James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. Time runs out for the Women’s Murder Club to solve two crimes. [2]

6. THE NEWCOMER

(Mira, $7.99). By Robyn Carr. A single dad’s new romance is in trouble with the arrival of his ex-wife. [3]

7. THE GREAT GATSBY

(Scribner, $15). By F. Scott Fitzgerald. The classic American novel of love lost and fortunes gained in the Jazz Age. [36]

8. 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. [1]

9. THE FALLEN ANGEL

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

10. 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. [10]

Nonfiction

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

(Simon & Schuster, $15.99). By Eben Alexander. A scientist’s near-death experience. [38]

2. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE

(College Board, $21.99). By the College Board. [149]

3. HOW TO HONEY BOO BOO: THE COMPLETE GUIDE ON HOW TO REDNECKOGNIZE THE HONEY BOO BOO IN YOU

(William Morrow, $19.99). By Shannon and Thompson Family and Jennifer Levesque. [1]

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. [85]

5. THINKING FAST AND SLOW

(FSG, $16) By Daniel Kahneman. The Nobel Prize winner (economic sciences) examines our modes of thought. [8]

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

(Broadway, $16). By Susan Cain. [21]

7. 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. [10]

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

(Northfield, $14.99). By Gary D. Chapman. Knowing that special someone. [64]

9. WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING

(Workman, $14.95). By Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazell. Fourth edition of the popular pregnancy guide. [11]

10. THE FUNDAMENTAL 5: THE FORMULA FOR QUALITY INSTRUCTION

(CreateSpace , $24.95). By Sean Cain and Mike Laird. [1]

HARDCOVER

Fiction

1. INFERNO

(Doubleday, $29.95). By Dan Brown. Robert Landgon’s newest investigation revolves around Dante’s “Inferno.” [9]

2. AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED

(Riverhead, $28.95). By Khaled Hosseini. Love and devotion among family and friends in war-torn Afghanistan. [8]

3. BOMBSHELL

(Putnam, $26.95). By Catherine Coulter. An FBI special agent investigates an attack on his sister. [1]

4. 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. [1]

5. 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. [3]

6. BAD MONKEY

(Knopf, $26.95). By Carl Hiaasen. Andrew Yancy has a human arm in his freezer. How’d it get there? [5]

7. 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. [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. [51]

9. THE SILVER STAR

(Scribner, $26). By Jeannette Walls. After their mother runs away, two children set out to learn their family history [1].

10. THE HEIST

(Bantam, $28). By Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg. An FBI agent and a con man team up to investigate a corrupt investment banker. [4]

Nonfiction

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

(Knopf, $24.95). By Sheryl Sandberg. [18]

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

(Gallup Press, $24.95). By Tom Rath. [124]

3. DECISIVE: HOW TO MAKE BETTER CHOICES IN LIFE AND WORK

(Crown Business, $26). By Chip Heath and Dan Heath. [3]

4. THE 100: COUNT ONLY SUGAR CALORIES AND LOSE UP TO 18 LBS. IN 2 WEEKS

(William Morrow, $25.99). By Jorge Cruise. [3]

5. PAULA DEEN’S SOUTHERN COOKING BIBLE: THE NEW CLASSIC GUIDE TO DELICIOUS DISHES WITH MORE THAN 300 RECIPES

(Simon & Schuster, $29.99). By Paula Deen and Melissa Clark. [1]

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

(Howard, $24.99). By Phil Robertson. [10]

7. JESUS CALLING: ENJOYING PEACE IN HIS PRESENCE

(Thomas Nelson, $15.99). By Sarah Young. A devotional of daily readings. [19]

8. GETTYSBURG: THE LAST INVASION

(Knopf, $35). By Allen C. Guelzo. [3]

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

(Henry Holt, $40). By Rick Atkinson. [8]

10. REVOLUTIONARY SUMMER: THE BIRTH OF AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE

(Knopf, $26.95). By Joseph J. Ellis.[5]

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