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Washington Post bestsellers for Oct. 7, 2012

By Timothy R. Smith,

Paperback Fiction

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. [27]

2. FIFTY SHADES FREED

(Vintage Books, $15.95). By E.L. James. By E.L. James. How traditional a couple are Ana and Christian? The trilogy’s conclusion answers all. [23]

3. FIFTY SHADES DARKER

(Vintage Books, $15.95). By E.L. James. Book two in the trilogy finds Ana still enraptured by Christian. [24].

4. MICRO

(Harper, $9.99). By Michael Crichton and Richard Preston. Graduate students from diverse scientific disciplines are recruited by a mysterious microbiology firm. [1]

5. THE LADY RISKS ALL

(Avon Books, $7.99). By Stephanie Laurens. The one woman he cannot have challenges the moral code of Neville Roscoe. [1]

6. VICTIMS

(Ballantine, $9.99). By Jonathan Kellerman. [1]

7. GUILTY WIVES

(Grand Central Publishing, $14.99). By James Patterson and David Ellis. The vacation of a lifetime turns horrific. [2].

8. FALL OF GIANTS

(Signet, $9.99). By Ken Follett. The debut of a historical trilogy following five families through the upheavals of the 20th century. [6]

9. D.C. DEAD

(Signet, $9.99). By Stuart Woods. The President calls on Stone Barrington. [1].

10. THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER

(MTV Books, $14). By Stephen Chbosky. Life in high school. [1]

Nonfiction/General

1. THE QUEST: ENERGY, SECURITY, AND THE REMAKING OF THE MODERN WORLD

(Penguin, $20). By Daniel Yergin. [1]

2. EAT TO LIVE: THE AMAZING NUTRIENT-RICH PROGRAM FOR FAST AND SUSTAINED WEIGHT LOSS, REVISED EDITION

(Little, Brown, $9.99). By Joel Fuhrman. [2].

3. THE CHEW: FOOD. LIFE. FUN

(Hyperion, $19.99). By Mario Batali, Gordon Elliott and Carla Hall. [1]

4. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE

(College Board, $21.99). By Board College. This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips [121].

5. NIGHT

(Hill & Wang, $9.95). By Elie Wiesel. The terrifying account of his experiences in Nazi concentration camps during World War II. [76]

6. CATHERINE THE GREAT: PORTRAIT OF A WOMAN

(Random House, $20). By Robert K. Massie. The remarkable life of the German princess who became empress of Russia. [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 [75].

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

(Northfield, $14.99). By Gary D. Chapman. Knowing that special someone. [43]

9. THE WARMTH OF OTHER SUNS: THE EPIC STORY OF AMERICA’S GREAT MIGRATION

(Vintage, $16.95). By Isabel Wilkerson. [1]

10. 2013 ZAGAT WASHINGTON DC/BALTIMORE RESTAURANT

(Zagat Survey, $15.95). By Zagat Survey [1].

Hardcover Fiction

1. THE CASUAL VACANCY

(Little, Brown, $35). By J.K. Rowling. A local election tears apart an idyllic English town. [1]

2. WINTER OF THE WORLD

(Duttons, $36). B y Ken Follett. Book two of the Century Trilogy continues through World War II. [2]

3. GONE GIRL

(Crown, $25). By Gillian Flynn. A model couple’s marriage crumble when the wife vanishes and the husband is a prime suspect. [17]

4. THE TIME KEEPER

(Hyperion, $24.99). By Mitch Albom. The inventor of the first clock is punished for measuring a force greater than him. [4].

5. THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE HER

(Riverhead Books, $26.95). By Junot Diaz. A short-story collection that features characters from “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.” [3].

6. A WANTED MAN

(Delacorte, $28). By Lee Child. Reacher hithces a ride to Virginia that leads him right into a conspiracy. [3].

7. LOW PRESSURE

(Grand Central, $26.99). By Sandra Brown. A successful author must confront her demons while being stalked. [2].

8. ZOO

(Little, Brown, $27.99). By James Patterson. A lion attack leads a young biologist on a quest to save the world. [4].

9. DELUSION IN DEATH

(Putnam, $27.95). By J.D. Robb. Lt. Eve Dallas investigates the death of 80 people. [2]

10. SEVERE CLEAR

(Putnam, $26.95). By Stuart Woods. Stone Barrington oversees a Hollywood event, but soon things go seriously awry. [2]

Hardcover Nonfiction/General

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

(Dutton, $26.95). By Mark Owen. A Navy SEAL gives his account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. [4].

2. THE FINANCIAL CRISIS AND THE FREE MARKET CURE: WHY PURE CAPITALISM IS THE WORLD ECONOMY’S ONLY HOPE

(McGraw-Hill, $28. By John A. Allison [1].

3. THE PRICE OF POLITICS

(Simon & Schuster, $30). By Bob Woodward. The Washington Post reporter turns his eye on the economic debates of the Obama years. [3].

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

(Zondervan, $19.99). By Mark Batterson. [14]

5. 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. [7].

6. I DECLARE: 31 PROMISES TO SPEAK OVER YOUR LIFE

(Faithwords, $21.99). By Joel Osteen. [2]

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

(Gallup Press, $24.95). By Tom Rath. [95]

8. MUGGED: RACIAL DEMAGOGUERY FROM THE SEVENTIES TO OBAMA

(Sentinel, $26.95). By Ann Coulter. [1].

9. THE SIGNAL AND THE NOISE: WHY SO MANY PREDICTIONS FAIL-BUT SOME DON’T

(Penguin, $27.95). By Nate Silver. [1]

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

(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $27). By Paul Tough. [2].

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended Sept. 30.

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