Washington Post bestsellers Dec. 30, 2012

1. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY

(Vintage Books, $15.95). By E.L. James. The first of a British e-book erotic trilogy that has become a publishing phenomenon. [39]

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2. LIFE OF PI

(Mariner, $15.95). By Yann Martel. A boy survives 227 days at sea with a tiger. The movie version arrived in theaters last month. [30]

3. FIFTY SHADES DARKER

(Vintage Books, $15.95). By E.L. James. Book two in the trilogy finds Ana still enraptured by Christian. [34]

4. THE PARIS WIFE

(Ballantine, $15). By Paula McLain. A novel about Ernest Hemingway’s first marriage. [4]

5. THE HOBBIT

(Mariner , $13.95). By J.R.R. Tolkien The fantasy prequel to the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. [3]

6. WOLF HALL

(Picador, $16)By Hilary Mantel Thomas Cromwell and Tudor intrigue in the court of Henry VIII; winner of this year’s Man Booker Prize. [2]

7. FIFTY SHADES FREED

(Vintage Books, $15.95). By E.L. James. How traditional a couple are Ana and Christian? The trilogy’s conclusion answers all. [33]

8. THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER

(MTV Books, $14). By Stephen Chbosky. Life in high school. [6]

9. THE PERFECT HOPE

(Berkley, $16). By Nora Roberts. The Montgomery brothers operate a bed and breakfast in a small town, and find love. [7]

10. PRIVATE LONDON

(Grand Central, $14.99). By James Patterson. London women are being murdered and the world’s best detective agency is on the case, but they are running out of time.[4]

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. [9]

2. TEAM OF RIVALS: THE POLITICAL GENIUS OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN

(Simon & Schuster, $21). By Doris Kearns Goodwin. The inspiration for the new film “Lincoln.” [27]

3. HOW TO TELL IF YOUR CAT IS PLOTTING TO KILL YOU

(Andrews McMeel, $14.99). By the Oatmeal and Matthew Inman. The pawing of a nice cat may mean he is feeling for your vital organs. [7]

4. THE WORLD ALMANAC AND BOOK OF FACTS 2013

(World Almanac Books, $12.99). By Almanac World. [4]

5. IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS: LOVE, TERROR, AND AN AMERICAN FAMILY IN HITLER’S BERLIN

(Broadway, $16). By Erik Larson. [20]

6. THE HAPPINESS PROJECT: OR, WHY I SPENT A YEAR TRYING TO SING IN THE MORNING, CLEAN MY CLOSETS, FIGHT RIGHT, READ ARISTOTLE, AND GENERALLY HAVE MORE FUN

(Harper, $14.99). By Gretchen Rubin. [25]

7. THE ZOMBIE SURVIVAL GUIDE: COMPLETE PROTECTION FROM THE LIVING DEAD

(Three Rivers, $14.99). By Max Brooks. [4]

8. 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.[79]

9. THE CHEW: FOOD. LIFE. FUN

(Hyperion, $19.99). By Mario Batali, Gordon Elliott and Carla Hall. [5]

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

(Northfield, $14.99). By Gary D. Chapman. Knowing that special someone. [46]

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Fiction

1. THE RACKETEER

(Doubleday, $28.95). By John Grisham. An imprisoned lawyer helps a murder investigation. [9]

2. GONE GIRL

(A model couple’s marriage crumbles when the wife vanishes and the husband becomes a prime suspect. [28]

3. THREAT VECTOR

(Putnam, $28.95). by Tom Clancy and Mark Greaney. A dispute over Taiwan threatens ware between the United States and China. [3]

4. THE CASUAL VACANCY

(Little, Brown, $35). By J.K. Rowling. A local election tears apart an idyllic English town. [12]

5. THE FORGOTTEN

(Grand Central, $27.99). By David Baldacci. The death of a beloved aunt leads Army Special Agent John Puller into a dangerous conspiracy. [4]

6. MERRY CHRISTMAS, ALEX CROSS

(Little, Brown, $28.99). By James Patterson. Alex Cross must end a hostage crisis on Christmas. [6]

7. THE TWELVE TRIBES OF HATTIE

(Knopf, $24.95). By Ayana Mathis. Twelve Philadelphia youngsters crave the affection of their cold, distant mother in this Oprah Book Club selection. [2]

8. NOTORIOUS NINETEEN

(Bantam, $28). By Janet Evanovich. Stephanie Plum is desperate for money, and she’s got a lucrative case, until her key witness dissapears. [5]

9. SWEET TOOTH

(Nan A. Talese, $26.95). By Ian McEwan. A female spy falls for the man she’s following. [3]

10. FLIGHT BEHAVIOR

(Harper, $28.99). By Barbara Kingsolver. Global warming causes concerns in Appalachia. [5]

Nonfiction

1. THOMAS JEFFERSON: THE ART OF POWER

(Random House, $35). By Jon Meacham.[6]

2. BAREFOOT CONTESSA FOOLPROOF: RECIPES YOU CAN TRUST

(Clarkson Potter, $35). By Ina Garten. [8]

3. KILLING KENNEDY: THE END OF CAMELOT

(Henry Holt, $28). By Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. [12]

4. GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2013

(Guinness World Records, $28.95). By Guinness World Records. [14]

5. NO EASY DAY: THE FIRSTHAND ACCOUNT OF THE MISSION THAT KILLED OSAMA BIN LADEN

(Dutton, $26.95). By Mark Owen. [16]

6. AMERICA AGAIN: RE-BECOMING THE GREATNESS WE NEVER WEREN’T

(Grand Central, $28.99). By Stephen Colbert. [9]

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

(Henry Holt, $28). By Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. [25]

8. THE SIGNAL AND THE NOISE: WHY SO MANY PREDICTIONS FAIL — BUT SOME DON'T

(Penguin, $27.95). By Nate Silver. [7]

9. THE SMITTEN KITCHEN COOKBOOK

(Knopf, $35). By Deb Perelman. Home cooking by a home cook. [6]

10. BEHIND THE BEAUTIFUL FOREVERS: LIFE, DEATH, AND HOPE IN A MUMBAI UNDERCITY

(Random House, $27). By Katherine Boo. [4]

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