Washington Post bestsellers March 24, 2013

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Fiction

1. THE INNOCENT

(Vision, $9.99). By David Baldacci. A hitman refuses to kill and becomes a target himself. [3]

2. WOOL

(Simon & Schuster, $15). By Hugh Howey. A revolution looms in a dystopian world. [1]

3. THE THIEF

(Berkley, $9.99). By Clive Cussler and Justin Scott. Detective Isaac Bell aims to thwart an agent bent on stealing a dangerous invention. [2]

4. THE GREAT GATSBY

(Scribner, $15). By F. Scott Fitzgerald. The classic American novel of love lost and fortunes gained in the Jazz Age. [20]

5. DEFENDING JACOB

(Dell, $7.99). By William Landay. The son of a noted assistant D.A. is accused of murder, putting his family in a tailspin. [3]

- 11TH HOUR

(Grand Central, $14.99). By James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. Time runs out for the Women’s Murder Club to solve two crimes. [3]

7. 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. [51]

8. RETURN TO WILLOW LAKE

(Mira, $7.99). By Susan Wiggs. A woman must put on hold her budding career to attend to grave matters at home. [3]

9. 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. [33]

10. YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW

(Zebra, $7.99). By Lisa Jackson. A grieving mother can’t shake the loss of her toddler son. Might she be going insane? [3]

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. [21]

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

(Harper, $9.99). By Chris Kyle. [6]

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

(Broadway, $16). By Susan Cain. [7]

4. THE FOUR AGREEMENTS: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO PERSONAL FREEDOM

(Amber-Allen Publishing, $12.95). By Don Miguel Ruiz. [2]

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

(Northfield, $14.99). By Gary D. Chapman. Knowing that special someone. [52]

6. AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL: REDISCOVERING WHAT MADE THIS NATION GREAT

(Zondervan, $14.99). By Ben Carson and Candy Carson. [3]

7. THE PRIMES: HOW ANY GROUP CAN SOLVE ANY PROBLEM

(Wiley, $29.95). By Chris McGoff. [1]

8. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE

(College Board, $21.99). By the College Board. [139]

9. WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING

(Workman, $14.95). By Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazell. Fourth edition of the popular pregnancy guide. [9]

10. THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE (FOURTH EDITION)

(Longman, $9.95). By William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White. The classic guide to writing well. [9]

HARDCOVER

Fiction

1. ALEX CROSS, RUN

(Little, Brown, $28.99). By James Patterson. Alex Cross is investigating serial murders. Meanwhile, someone is seeking vengeance against him. [4]

2. GONE GIRL

(Crown, $25). By Gillian Flynn. A model couple’s marriage crumbles when the wife vanishes and the husband becomes a prime suspect. [39]

3. THE STORYTELLER

(Atria, $28.99). By Jodi Picoult. A baker and an elderly man strike up an unusual friendship.[3]

4. THE STRIKER

(Putnam, $27.95). By Clive Cussler and Justin Scott. Isaac Bell investigates mine srikers, and unravels a conspiracy. [2]

5. A WEEK IN WINTER

(Knopf, $26.95). By Maeve Binchy. A woman turns an Irish seaside mansion into a vacation home in Binchy’s final novel. [4]

6. CALCULATED IN DEATH

(Putnam, $27.95). By J.D. Robb. Eve Dallas investigates the death of an accountant, and immerses herself in her billionaire husband’s world. [3]

7. GHANA MUST GO

(Penguin, $25.95). By Taiye Selas. A father’s secrets threaten to tear apart an African family. [1]

8. BLOODFIRE QUEST

(Del Rey, $28). By Terry Brooks. The quest for special talisman leads a band of druids into awful places. [1]

9. FROST BURNED

(Ace, $26.95). By Patricia Briggs. Book seven of the Mercy Thompson werewolf series. [2]

10. THE DINNER

(Hogarth, $24). By Herman Koch. Two families must make the hardest decisions of their lives over one meal. [1]

Nonfiction

1. LEAN IN: WOMEN, WORK, AND THE WILL TO LEAD

(Knopf, $24.95). By Sheryl Sandberg. [1]

2. MY BELOVED WORLD

(Knopf, $27.95). By Sonia Sotomayor. Sotomayor recounts her path from a a Bronx housing project to the Supreme Court. [9]

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

(Riverhead, $26.95). By Daniel H. Pink. [7]

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

(Gallup Press, $24.95). By Tom Rath. [110]

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

(St. Martin's, $24.99). By Ian K. Smith. [11]

6. JESUS CALLING: ENJOYING PEACE IN HIS PRESENCE

(Integrity, $15.99). By Sarah Young. A devotional of daily readings. [14]

7. THE END OF POWER: FROM BOARDROOMS TO BATTLEFIELDS AND CHURCHES TO STATES, WHY BEING IN CHARGE ISN’T WHAT IT USED TO BE

(Basic, $27.99). By Moises Naim. [1]

8. THE FASTDIET: LOSE WEIGHT, STAY HEALTHY, AND LIVE LONGER WITH THE SIMPLE SECRET OF INTERMITTENT FASTING

(Atria, $24). By Michael Mosley. [1]

9. THE HORMONE CURE: RECLAIM BALANCE, SLEEP, SEX DRIVE AND VITALITY NATURALLY WITH THE GOTTFRIED PROTOCOL

(Scribner, $28). By Sara Gottfried. [1]

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. [2]

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