Washington Post bestsellers May 5, 2013

May 3, 2013

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Fiction

1. THE GREAT GATSBY

(Scribner, $15). By F. Scott Fitzgerald. The classic American novel of love lost and fortunes gained in the Jazz Age. [26]

2. THE BEST OF ME

(Grand Central, $14.99). By Nicholas Sparks. A high school couple, separated 25 years later, rekindle their love after a friend’s funeral. [5]

3. THE FORGOTTEN

(Grand Central, $14.99). By David Baldacci. The death of a beloved aunt leads Army Special Agent John Puller into a dangerous conspiracy. [5]

4. THE WITNESS

(Berkley, $16). By Nora Roberts. Life and love catch up with a young woman seeking anonymity in the rural Ozarks. [4]

5. THE BLACK BOX

(Little, Brown, $27.99). By Michael Connelly. Harry Bosch links a bullet to a 20-year-old murder. [5]

6. BEAUTIFUL RUINS

(Harper Perennial, $15.99). By Jess Walter. A love affair that begins on the Italian coast in 1962 is rekindled in Hollywood 50 years later. [3]

7. DELUSION IN DEATH

(Berkley, $7.99). By J.D. Robb. Lt. Eve Dallas investigates the deaths of 80 people. [4]

8. THE INNOCENT

(Vision, $9.99). By David Baldacci. A hit man refuses to kill and becomes a target himself. [5]

9. THE LOST YEARS

(Pocket, $7.99). By Mary Higgins Clark. A scholar discovers a letter written by Jesus. Then the scholar is found dead. [5]

10. WHERE WE BELONG

(St. Martin's Griffin, $15.99). By Emily Giffin. A successful woman’s world crumbles after an 18 year old enters her life. [1]

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. [27]

2. HOW TO RETIRE HAPPY, FOURTH EDITION: THE 12 MOST IMPORTANT DECISIONS YOU MUST MAKE BEFORE YOU RETIRE

(McGraw-Hill, $20). By Stan Hinden. [1]

3. KING PEGGY: AN AMERICAN SECRETARY, HER ROYAL DESTINY, AND THE INSPIRING STORY OF HOW SHE CHANGED AN AFRICAN VILLAGE

(Anchor, $15. By Peggielene Bartels and Eleanor Herman. [1]

4. WILD: FROM LOST TO FOUND ON THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL

(Vintage, $15.95). By Cheryl Strayed . [5]

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

(Broadway, $16). By Susan Cain. [13]

6. WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING

(Workman, $14.95). By Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazell. Fourth edition of the popular pregnancy guide. [1]

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

(Northfield, $14.99). By Gary D. Chapman. Knowing that special someone. [58]

8. WAKING UP IN HEAVEN: A TRUE STORY OF BROKENNESS, HEAVEN, AND LIFE AGAIN

(Howard, $15.99). By Crystal McVea and Alex Tresniowski.

9. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE

{College Board, $21.99). By the College Board. [143]

10. THE CHINA STUDY COOKBOOK: OVER 120 WHOLE FOOD, PLANT-BASED RECIPES

(BenBella, $19.95). By LeAnne Campbell. [1]

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HARDCOVER

Fiction

1. THE HIT

(Grand Central, $27.99). By David Baldacci. A government hitman on the trail of a rogue assassin uncovers a global security threat. [1]

2. WHISKEY BEACH

(Putnam, $27.95). By Nora Roberts. A disgraced lawyer escapes to a beach house, where he finds love and solace. [2]

3. PARIS

(Doubleday, $32.50). By Edward Rutherfurd. A historical saga that spans centuries is set in the City of Light. [1]

4. FLY AWAY

(St. Martin's, $27.99). By Kristin Hannah. Tragedy, grief and love mark the road to redemption for three women whose lives have become entwined. [1]

5. WEDDING NIGHT

(Dial, $26). By Sophie Kinsella. A woman in her 30s fulfills a years-old promise to marry a mostly forgotten friend. [1]

6. DADDY’S GONE A HUNTING

(Simon & Schuster, $26.99). By Mary Higgins Clark. A family furniture store burns down and a mystery emerges from the ashes. [3]

7. THE MYSTERY WOMAN

(Putnam, $26.95). By Amanda Quick. The adventures of a paid companion on a secret mission.

8. THE INTERESTINGS

(Riverhead, $27.95). By Meg Wolitzer. The lives of six girls from teenage years to adulthood. [2]

9. GONE GIRL

(Crown, $25). By Gillian Flynn. A model couple’s marriage crumbles when the wife vanishes and the husband becomes a prime suspect. [45]

10. LIFE AFTER LIFE

(Reagan Arthur, $27.99). By Kate Atkinson. Ursula Todd is reincarnated dozens of times. [4]

Nonfiction

1. COOKED: A NATURAL HISTORY OF TRANSFORMATION

(Penguin, $27.95). By Michael Pollan. [1]

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

(Knopf, $24.95). By Sheryl Sandberg. [7]

3. LET’S EXPLORE DIABETES WITH OWLS

(Little, Brown, $27). By David Sedaris. Essays by the famed humorist. [1]

4. THE ONE THING: THE SURPRISINGLY SIMPLE TRUTH BEHIND EXTRAORDINARY RESULTS

(Bard, $24.95). By Gary Keller. [2]

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

(Gallup Press, $24.95). By Tom Rath. [113]

- BECOMING A SUPPLE LEOPARD: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO RESOLVING PAIN, PREVENTING INJURY, AND OPTIMIZING ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE

(Victory Belt, $59.95). By Kelly Starrett. [1]

7. JUMPSTART TO SKINNY: THE SIMPLE 3-WEEK PLAN FOR SUPERCHARGED WEIGHT LOSS

(Ballantine, $25). By Bob Barper with Greg Critser. [1]

8. THE WAY OF THE KNIFE: THE CIA, A SECRET ARMY, AND A WAR AT THE ENDS OF THE EARTH

(Penguin, $29.95). By Mark Mazzetti. [3]

9. IT’S ALL GOOD: DELICIOUS, EASY RECIPES THAT WILL MAKE YOU LOOK GOOD AND FEEL GREAT

(Grand Central, $32). By Gwyneth Paltrow. [4]

10. DIRTY WARS: THE WORLD IS A BATTLEFIELD

(Nation, $29.99). By Jeremy Scahill. [1]

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