Washington Post bestsellers Jan. 6, 2013

January 5, 2013

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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. [40]

2. THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER

(MTV Books, $14). By Stephen Chbosky. Life in high school. [7]

3. FIFTY SHADES DARKER

(Vintage Books, $15.95). By E.L. James. Book two in the trilogy finds Ana still enraptured by Christian. [35]

4. 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. [31]

5. 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. [34]

6. THE HOBBIT

(Mariner , $13.95). By J.R.R. Tolkien The fantasy prequel to the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. [4]

7. 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. [1]

8. 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. [5]

9. THE PARIS WIFE

(Ballantine, $15). By Paula McLain. A novel about Ernest Hemingway’s first marriage. [5]

10. THE PERFECT HOPE

(Berkley, $16). By Nora Roberts. The Montgomery brothers operate a bed and breakfast in a small town, and find love. [8]

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. [10]

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

(Simon & Schuster, $21). By Doris Kearns Goodwin. The inspiration for the new film “Lincoln.” [28]

3. THE WORLD ALMANAC AND BOOK OF FACTS 2013

(World Almanac Books, $12.99). By Almanac World. [5]

4. MINDSET: THE NEW PSYCHOLOGY OF SUCCESS

(Ballantine Books, $16). By Carol Dweck. Why attitude is as important as talent. [17]

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

(Broadway, $16). By Erik Larson. [21]

6. TO HEAVEN AND BACK: THE TRUE STORY OF A DOCTOR’S EXTRAORDINARY WALK WITH GOD (WaterBrook, $14.99). By Mary C. Neal. [16]

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

(Northfield, $14.99). By Gary D. Chapman. Knowing that special someone. [47]

8. 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. [26]

9. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE

(College Board, $21.99). By the College Board. [129]

10. 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. [8]

HARDCOVER

Fiction

1. GONE GIRL

(Crown, $25). By Gillian Flynn. A model couple’s marriage crumbles when the wife vanishes and the husband becomes a prime suspect. [28]

2. THE RACKETEER

(Doubleday, $28.95). By John Grisham. An imprisoned lawyer helps a murder investigation. [10]

3. THREAT VECTOR

(Putnam, $28.95). by Tom Clancy and Mark Greaney. A dispute over Taiwan threatens ware between the United States and China. [4]

4. THE CASUAL VACANCY

(Little, Brown, $35). By J.K. Rowling. A local election tears apart an idyllic English town. [13]

5. 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. [3]

6. 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. [5]

7. MERRY CHRISTMAS, ALEX CROSS

(Little, Brown, $28.99). By James Patterson. Alex Cross must end a hostage crisis on Christmas. [7]

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. [6]

9. THE LAST MAN (Atria, $27.99). By Vince Flynn. A top CIA official is kidnapped in Afghanistan. What can Mitch Rapp find out. [4]

10. THE BLACK BOX

(Little, Brown, $27.99). By Michael Connelly. Harry Bosch links a bullet to a 20-year-old murder. [3]

Nonfiction

1. THOMAS JEFFERSON: THE ART OF POWER

(Random House, $35). By Jon Meacham.[7]

2. KILLING KENNEDY: THE END OF CAMELOT

(Henry Holt, $28). By Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. [13]

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

(Dutton, $26.95). By Mark Owen. [17]

4. BAREFOOT CONTESSA FOOLPROOF: RECIPES YOU CAN TRUST

(Clarkson Potter, $35). By Ina Garten. [9]

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

(Henry Holt, $28). By Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. [26]

6. GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2013

(Guinness World Records, $28.95). By Guinness World Records. [15]

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

(Grand Central, $28.99). By Stephen Colbert. [10]

8. WHEAT BELLY: LOSE THE WHEAT, LOSE THE WEIGHT, AND FIND YOUR PATH BACK TO HEALTH

(Rodale, $27.99). By William Davis.[1]

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

(Penguin, $27.95). By Nate Silver. [8]

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

(Faithwords, $21.99). By Joel Osteen. [4]

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