Washington Post Bestsellers Sept. 16-22

PAPERBACK FICTION

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1. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY

(Vintage, $15.95). By E.L. James. The first of a British e-book erotic trilogy that has become a publishing phenomenon. [24]

2. FIFTY SHADES DARKER

(Vintage, $15.95). By E.L. James. Book two in the trilogy finds Ana still enraptured by Christian. [21]

3. FIFTY SHADES FREED

(Vintage, $15.95). By E.L. James. How traditional a couple are Ana and Christian? The trilogy’s conclusion answers all. [20]

4. RED MIST

(Berkley, $9.99). By Patricia Cornwell. Scarpetta investigates the death of her former deputy chief. [1]

5. THE GREAT GATSBY

(Scribner, $15). By F. Scott Fitzgerald. The classic American novel of love lost and fortunes gained amid the Jazz Age.[12]

6. KILL SHOT

(Atria, $9.99). By Vince Flynn. A CIA assassin picks off the perpetrators of the Pan Am Lockerbie bombing. [3]

7. ZERO DAY

(Vision, $9.99). By David Baldacci. An Army investigator sleuths in West Virginia coal country, far from any military installation. [4]

8. BARED TO YOU

(Berkley, $15). By Sylvia Day. A tale billed as “erotic,” part of the author’s “Crossfire” series and sporting a cover style in the vein of E.L. James’s trilogy. [10]

9. THE LOST NIGHT

(Jove, $7.99). By Jayne Castle. Rogues have violated the peace of a distant island. Meanwhile, s Rachel Bonner falling for the bad guy? [1]

10. 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. [3]

PAPERBACK NONFICTION/GENERAL

1. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE

(College Board, $21.99). This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. [118]

2. 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. [73]

3. OUTRAGED: HOW DETROIT AND THE WALL STREET CAR CZARS KILLED THE AMERICAN DREAM

(iUniverse, $24.95). By Tamara Darvish and Lillie Guyer. [1]

4. HOW TO READ LITERATURE LIKE A PROFESSOR

(Harper Perennial, $14.99). By Thomas C. Foster. [12]

5. GETTING TO YES: NEGOTIATING AGREEMENT WITHOUT GIVING IN

(Penguin, $16). By Roger Fisher and William Ury. Second edition. [9]

6. 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. What happened when a lawyer, writer and mom set out to improve her life in a year? [24]

7. PERSEPOLIS

(Pantheon, $13.95). Comic-strip images convey Satrapi’s memoir of a childhood suddenly convulsed by the Iranian Revolution. [1]

8. ENCASE COMPUTER FORENSICS -- THE OFFICIAL ENCE: ENCASE CERTIFIED EXAMINER STUDY GUIDE

(Sybex, $69.99). By Steve Bunting. [1]

9. MERRIAM-WEBSTER’S SPANISH-ENGLISH DICTIONARY

(Merriam-Webster, $6.50) Another staple of back-to-school lists. [7]

10. THE COMPLETE COOK’S COUNTRY TV SHOW COOKBOOK

(America's Test Kitchen, $26.95). By editors at Cook’s Country. [1]

HARDCOVER FICTION

1. ZOO

(Little, Brown, $27.99). By James Patterson. A lion attack leads a young biologist on a quest to save the world. [1]

2. THE TIME KEEPER

(Hyperion, $24.99). By Mitch Albom. The inventor of the first clock is punished for measuring a force greater than him. [1]

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. [14]

4. TOMBS

(Putnam, $27.95). By Clive Cussler and Thomas Perry. A husband-and-wife team search for the long-lost tomb of Attila the Hun. [1]

5. NW

(Penguin, $26.95). By Zadie Smith. Smith follows four Londoners in this complicated novel. [1]

6. GARMENT OF SHADOWS

(Bantam, $26). By Laurie R. King. Mary Russell and spouse Sherlock Holmes investigate in Morocco. [1]

7. COME HOME

(St. Martin’s, $27.99). By Lisa Scottoline. A mother’s life is derailed when her ex-stepdaughter shows up, claiming her father was murdered. [2]

8. IN THE SHADOW OF THE BANYAN

(Simon & Schuster, $25). By Vaddey Ratner. A Cambodian family is uprooted when the Khmer Rouge seizes power. [1]

9. LAST TO DIE

(Ballantine, $27). By Tess Gerritsen. An orphan survives a massacre at his foster home. [2]

10. A DANCE WITH DRAGONS

(Bantam, $35). By George R. R. Martin. After almost six years, a new installment in the series “A Song of Ice and Fire.” [14]

HARDCOVER NONFICTION/GENERAL

1. NO EASY DAY

(Dutton, $26.95). By Mark Owen. A Navy SEAL gives his account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. [1]

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

(Gallup, $24.95). By Tom Rath. [92]

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

(Zondervan, $19.99). By Mark Batterson. [12]

4. HAPPIER AT HOME: KISS MORE, JUMP MORE, ABANDON A PROJECT, READ SAMUEL JOHNSON, AND MY OTHER EXPERIMENTS IN THE PRACTICE OF EVERYDAY LIFE

(Crown , $26). By Gretchen Rubin. [1]

5. OBAMA’S AMERICA: UNMAKING THE AMERICAN DREAM

(Regnery, $27.95). By Dinesh D’Souza. [4]

6. THE AMATEUR: BARACK OBAMA IN THE WHITE HOUSE

(Regnery, $27.95). By Edward Klein. The journalist takes the president to task for his record to date. [12]

7. THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE (FOURTH EDITION)

(Longman, $9.95). By William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White The classic guide to writing well. [8]

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

(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $27). By Paul Tough. [1]

9. UNBROKEN: A WORLD WAR II STORY OF SURVIVAL, RESILIENCE, AND REDEMPTION

(Random House, $27). By Laura Hillenbrand. [65]

10. JESUS CALLING: ENJOYING PEACE IN HIS PRESENCE

(Integrity, $15.99). By Sarah Young. A devotional of daily readings. [7]

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended Sept. 2, 2012.

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