Washington Post bestsellers

December 14, 2012

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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. [37]

2. THE PERFECT HOPE

(Berkley, $16). By Nora Roberts. The Montgomery brothers operate a bed and breakfast in a small town, and find love. [5]

3. 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.[2]

4. KILL ALEX CROSS

(Vision, $9.99). By James Patterson. The president’s children are abducted, but someone powerful doesn’t want Cross on the case. [3]

5. THE PARIS WIFE

(Ballantine, $15). By Paula McLain. A novel about Ernest Hemingway’s first marriage. [2]

6. 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. [28]

7. 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. [31]

8. FIFTY SHADES DARKER

(Vintage Books, $15.95). By E.L. James. Book two in the trilogy finds Ana still enraptured by Christian. [32]

9. THE HOBBIT

(Mariner , $13.95). By J.R.R. Tolkien The fantasy prequel to the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. [1]

10. THE GREAT GATSBY

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

Nonfiction

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

(Simon & Schuster, $21). By Doris Kearns Goodwin. The inspiration for the new film “Lincoln.” [25]

2. PROOF OF HEAVEN: A NEUROSURGEON’S JOURNEY INTO THE AFTERLIFE

Simon & Schuster, $15.99). By Eben Alexander. A scientist’s near-death experience. [7]

3. THE WORLD ALMANAC AND BOOK OF FACTS 2013

(World Almanac Books, $12.99). By Almanac World. [2]

4. 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. [5]

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

(Broadway, $16). By Erik Larson. [18]

6. TO HEAVEN AND BACK: THE TRUE STORY OF A DOCTOR’S EXTRAORDINARY WALK WITH GOD

(WaterBrook, $14.99). By Mary C. Neal. [15]

7. MINDSET: THE NEW PSYCHOLOGY OF SUCCESS

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

8. JACK KENNEDY: ELUSIVE HERO

(Simon & Schuster, $16.99). By Christopher Matthews. The political pundit’s biography of President Kennedy. [9]

9. 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.[77]

10. HUNGRY GIRL TO THE MAX!: THE ULTIMATE GUILT-FREE COOKBOOK

(St. Martin's Griffin, $27.99). By Lisa Lillien. [4]

HARDCOVER

Fiction

1. THREAT VECTOR

(Putnam, $28.95). by Tom Clancy and Mark Greaney. A dispute over Taiwan threatens ware between the United States and China. [1]

2. 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. [2]

3. GONE GIRL

(A model couple’s marriage crumbles when the wife vanishes and the husband becomes a prime suspect. [26]

4. THE RACKETEER

(Doubleday, $28.95). By John Grisham. An imprisoned lawyer helps a murder investigation. [7]

5. MERRY CHRISTMAS, ALEX CROSS

(Little, Brown, $28.99). By James Patterson. Alex Cross must end a hostage crisis on Christmas. [4]

6. 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. [3]

7. WINTER OF THE WORLD

(Dutton, $36). By Ken Follett. Book two of the Century Trilogy continues through World War II. [7]

8. THE LAST MAN

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

9. THE BLACK BOX

(Little, Brown, $27.99). By Michael Connelly. Harry Bosch links a bullet to a 20-year-old murder. [2]

10. FLIGHT BEHAVIOR

(Harper, $28.99). By Barbara Kingsolver. Global warming causes concerns in Appalachia. [4]

10. THE CASUAL VACANCY

(Little, Brown, $35). By J.K. Rowling. A local election tears apart an idyllic English town. [10]

Nonfiction

1. BAREFOOT CONTESSA FOOLPROOF: RECIPES YOU CAN TRUST

(Clarkson Potter, $35). By Ina Garten. [6]

2. THOMAS JEFFERSON: THE ART OF POWER

(Random House, $35). By Jon Meacham.[4]

3. GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2013

(Guinness World Records, $28.95). By Guinness World Records. [12]

4. KILLING KENNEDY: THE END OF CAMELOT

(Henry Holt, $28). By Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. [10]

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

(Henry Holt, $28). By Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. [23]

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

(Dutton, $26.95). By Mark Owen. [14]

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

(Grand Central, $28.99). By Stephen Colbert. [7]

8. THE LAW OF DIVINE COMPENSATION: ON WORK, MONEY, AND MIRACLES

(Harperone, $23.99). By Marianne Williamson. [1]

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

(Gallup Press, $24.95). By Tom Rath. [100]

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

(Penguin, $27.95). By Nate Silver. [5]

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