Washington Post bestsellers Feb. 24, 2013

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Fiction

1. SAFE HAVEN

(Grand Central, $14.99). By Nicholas Sparks. A woman trying to avoid making ties in a new town, begins to grow attached. Then her past threatens to haunt her. [4]

2. 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. [47]

3. LOVE IN PLAIN SIGHT

(Mira, $7.99). By Debbie Macomber. A woman has a crush on her boss. Then he asks her to help him raise his daughter. [3]

4. KILL ME IF YOU CAN

(Vision, $9.99). By James Patterson and and Marshall Karp. A young art student finds bag full of diamonds. Now someone is hunting him to get the bag back. [3]

5. BETRAYAL

(Dell, $7.99). By Danielle Steel. A successful Hollywood director finds out someone has been stealing her money. [3]

- THE PARIS WIFE

(Ballantine, $15). By Paula McLain. A novel about Ernest Hemingway’s first marriage. [12]

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. [41]

8. FIFTY SHADES DARKER

(Vintage Books, $15.95). By E.L. James. Book two in the trilogy finds Ana still enraptured by Christian. [42]

9. STAY CLOSE

(Signet, $9.99). By Harlan Coben. Three suburban people live lives they hate and hold secrets they never want out. [1]

10. DEATH COMES TO PEMBERLEY

(Vintage, $15). By P.D. James. A bit of murder is injected into the milieu of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.” [7]

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. [17]

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

(Northfield, $14.99). By Gary D. Chapman. Knowing that special someone. [48]

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

(Broadway, $16). By Susan Cain. [3]

4. AMERICAN SNIPER: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF THE MOST LETHAL SNIPER IN U.S. MILITARY HISTORY

(Harper, $9.99). By Chris Kyle. [2]

5. REDEMPTION: THE BALTIMORE RAVENS’ 2012 CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON

(Triumph, $14.95). A collectable books recounting the Super Bowl-winning season. [2]

6. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE

(College Board, $21.99). By the College Board. [136]

7. FROM MAMA’S TABLE TO MINE: EVERYBODY’S FAVORITE COMFORT FOODS AT 350 CALORIES OR LESS

(Ballantine, $22). By Bobby Deen and Melissa Clark. [2]

8. OBAMACARE SURVIVAL GUIDE

(Humanix, $19.95). By Nick Tate. An easy-to-read guide to the Affordable Care Act. [2]

9. WHO CARES WINS: WHY GOOD BUSINESS IS BETTER BUSINESS

(FT Press, $26.99). By David Jones. [1]

10. WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING

HARDCOVER

Fiction

1. A WEEK IN WINTER

(Knopf, $26.95). By Maeve Binchy. A woman turns an Irish sea-side mansion into a vacation home in Binchy’s final novel. [1]

2. TENTH OF DECEMBER

(Random House, $26). By George Saunders. A short-story collection by a master of the form. [6]

3. GONE GIRL

(Crown, $25). By Gillian Flynn. A model couple’s marriage crumbles when the wife vanishes and the husband becomes a prime suspect. [35]

4. GUILT

(Ballantine, $28). By Jonathan Kellerman. A backyard renovation uncovers the body of an infant. Alex Delaware then investigates a 60-year-old cold case. [1]

5. PRIVATE BERLIN

(Little, Brown, $27.99). James Patterson and Mark Sullivan. A superstar private investigator disappears. [4]

6. UNTIL THE END OF TIME

(Delacorte, $28). By Danielle Steel. Two relationships cross time and cultural differences. [3]

7. THE FIFTH ASSASSIN

(Grand Central, $27.99). By Brad Meltzer. An assassin is meticulously re-creating the crimes of the four men who murdered presidents. [5]

8. A DEEPER LOVE INSIDE

(Atria, $26.99). By Sister Souljah. A young woman tries to set her life right after her family falls apart. [3]

9. THE POWER TRIP

(St. Martin's, $27.99). By Jackie Collins. Billionaires take a yacht trip. One passenger has orders to hold them hostage. [1]

10. A MEMORY OF LIGHT

(Tor, $34.99). By Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson. Book 14 of the popular Wheel of Time fantasy series. [6]

Nonfiction

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

(Gallup Press, $24.95). By Tom Rath. [106]

2. MY BELOVED WORLD

(Knopf, $27.95). By Sonia Sotomayor. Sotoymayor recounts her path from a a Bronx housing project to the Supreme Court. [5]

3. COOLIDGE

(Harper, $35). By Amity Shlaes. 100,000 words about a president who never said anything. [1]

4. TO SELL IS HUMAN: THE SURPRISING TRUTH ABOUT MOVING OTHERS

(Riverhead, $26.95). By Daniel H. Pink. [6]

5. MY SHARE OF THE TASK

(Portfolio, $29.95). By Stanley McChrystal. A memoir by the former NATO commander in Afghanistan.[4]

6. SHRED: THE REVOLUTIONARY DIET: 6 WEEKS 4 INCHES 2 SIZES

(St. Martin's, $24.99). By Ian K. Smith. [7]

7. AMERICAN SNIPER: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF THE MOST LETHAL SNIPER IN U.S. MILITARY HISTORY

(Harper, $9.99). By Chris Kyle. [1]

- LIFE CODE: THE NEW RULES FOR WINNING IN THE REAL WORLD

(Bird Street, $26). By Phil McGraw. [1]

9. THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: HYRULE HISTORIA

(Dark Horse, $34.99). By Shigeru Miyamoto. A compendium of the popular Nintendo series. [2]

10. THE LAST LINE OF DEFENSE: THE NEW FIGHT FOR AMERICAN LIBERTY

(Crown Forum, $25). By Ken Cuccinelli. An election-year treatise by the attorney general of Virginia. [1]

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