Washington Post Bestsellers Sept. 9-15

September 7, 2012

PAPERBACK FICTION

1. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY

(Vintage, $15.95). By E.L. James. The first of a British e-book erotic trilogy that has become a publishing phenomenon. [23]

2. FIFTY SHADES DARKER

(Vintage, $15.95). By E.L. James. Book two in the trilogy finds Ana still enraptured by Christian. [20]

3. FIFTY SHADES FREED

(Vintage, $15.95). By E.L. James. How traditional a couple are Ana and Christian? The trilogy’s conclusion answers all. [19]

4. ZERO DAY

(Vision, $9.99). By David Baldacci. An Army investigator sleuths in West Virginia coal country, far from any military installation. [3]

5. KILL SHOT

(Atria, $9.99). By Vince Flynn. A CIA assassin picks off the perpetrators of the Pan Am Lockerbie bombing. [2]

6. THE PEARL

(Penguin, $10). By John Steinbeck. A destitute Mexican diver finds a pearl. Dreams of wealth blind him to his own growing greed and suspicion. [1]

7. THE GREAT GATSBY

(Scribner, $15). By F. Scott Fitzgerald. The classic American novel of love lost and fortunes gained amid the Jazz Age.[11]

8. I LEFT MY HEART

(Harlequin, $7.99). By Debbie Macomber. An heiress in search of a simpler life goes incognito. Is she falling for a man doing the same thing? [1]

9. THE BEST OF ME

(Grand Central, $14.99). By Nicholas Sparks. A high school couple, separated 25 years later, rekindle their love after a friend’s funeral. [3]

10. WHERE AZALEAS BLOOM

(Harlequin, $7.99). By Sherryl Woods. A struggling mother finds a wealthy knight in shining armor. [1]

PAPERBACK NONFICTION/GENERAL

1. 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. [72]

2. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE

(College Board, $21.99). This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. [117]

3. THE LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE, 4TH EDITION

(Jossey-Bass, $24.95). By James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner. [1]

4. MINDSET: THE NEW PSYCHOLOGY OF SUCCESS

(Ballantine, $16). By Carol S. Dweck. Why attitude is as important as talent. [12]

5. TEACH LIKE A CHAMPION: 49 TECHNIQUES THAT PUT STUDENTS ON THE PATH TO COLLEGE

(Jossey-Bass, $27.95). By Doug Lemov. [17]

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

(Northfield, $14.99). By Gary D. Chapman. Knowing that special someone. [41]

7. OUTLIERS: THE STORY OF SUCCESS

(Back Bay, $16.99). By Malcolm Gladwell. Assumptions about success challenged. [29]

8. MERRIAM-WEBSTER’S SPANISH-ENGLISH DICTIONARY

(Merriam-Webster, $6.50) Another staple of back-to-school lists. [6]

9. GETTING TO YES: NEGOTIATING AGREEMENT WITHOUT GIVING IN

(Penguin, $16). By Roger Fisher and William Ury. Second edition. [8]

10. THEY SAY, I SAY: THE MOVES THAT MATTER IN ACADEMIC WRITING (Norton, $26.50). By Gerald Graff. [1]

HARDCOVER FICTION

1. GONE GIRL

(Crown, $25). By Gillian Flynn. A model couple’s marriage crumble when the wife vanishes and the husband is a prime suspect. [13]

2. THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY: A CHIEF INSPECTOR GAMACHE NOVEL

(Minotaur, $25.99). By Louise Penny. A monastery’s choir director is murdered. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is on the case. [1]

3. LAST TO DIE

(Ballantine, $27). By Tess Gerritsen. An orphan survives a massacre at his foster home. [1]

4. BONES ARE FOREVER

(Scribner, $26.99). By Kathy Reichs. The decomposing bodies of three infants are found in a waste receptacle. Temperance Brennan investigates. [1]

5. THE INN AT ROSE HARBOR

(Ballantine, $26). By Debbie Macomber. A widow opens a bed and breakfast. Then the adventures begin. [3]

6. WHERE WE BELONG

(St. Martin’s, $27.99). By Emily Giffin. A novel of love, family and loyalty. [6]

7. A DANCE WITH DRAGONS

(Bantam, $35). By George R. R. Martin. After almost six years, a new installment in the series “A Song of Ice and Fire.” [13]

8. BLACK LIST

(Atria, $27.99). By Brad Thor. The president maintains a secret list. You’re not off it until you’re dead. [7]

9. FRIENDS FOREVER

(Delacorte, $28). By Danielle Steel. Two friends grow up together from kindergarten. [7]

10. THE KINGMAKER’S DAUGHTER

(Touchstone, $26.99). By Philippa Gregory. The powerful Earl of Warwick uses his daughters as pawns in the political rivalries of 15th century England. [3]

HARDCOVER NONFICTION/GENERAL

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

(Gallup, $24.95). By Tom Rath. [92]

2. OBAMA’S AMERICA: UNMAKING THE AMERICAN DREAM

(Regnery, $27.95). By Dinesh D’Souza. [3]

3. JESUS CALLING: ENJOYING PEACE IN HIS PRESENCE

(Integrity, $15.99). By Sarah Young. A devotional of daily readings. [6]

4. THE AMATEUR: BARACK OBAMA IN THE WHITE HOUSE

(Regnery, $27.95). By Edward Klein. The journalist takes the president to task for his record to date. [11]

5. THE POWER OF THE PROPHETIC BLESSING

(Worthy, $22.99). By John Hagee. [1]

6. IT WORKED FOR ME: IN LIFE AND LEADERSHIP

(Harper, $27.99). By Colin Powell with Tony Koltz. A memoir from a man of considerable accomplishments. [8]

7. PATERNO

(Simon & Schuster, $28). By Joe Posnanski. Biography of the legendary Penn State football coach whose career ended amid scandal. [2]

8. THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE (FOURTH EDITION)

(Longman, $9.95). By William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White The classic guide to writing well. [7]

9. YOU CAN’T LIE TO ME: THE REVOLUTIONARY PROGRAM TO SUPERCHARGE YOUR INNER LIE DETECTOR AND GET TO THE TRUTH

(Harperone, $26.99). By Janine Driver and Mariska van Aalst. [1]

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

(Zondervan, $19.99). By Mark Batterson. [12]

10. DOUBLE CROSS: THE TRUE STORY OF THE D-DAY SPIES

(Crown, $26). By Ben Macintyre [4]

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended Sept. 2, 2012.

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