Alice McDermott’s “Someone” debuts at No. 3, Sue Grafton’s “W is for Wasted” at No. 1 on hardcover fiction lists

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Fiction

1. THE RACKETEER

(Dell, $9.99, Bantam $16). By John Grisham. An imprisoned lawyer helps a murder investigation. [3]

2. THE FORGOTTEN

(Grand Central, $10). By David Baldacci. The death of a beloved aunt leads Army Special Agent John Puller into a dangerous conspiracy. [9]

3. THE BONE BED

(Berkley, $9.99). By Patricia Cornwell. A paleontologist is murdered and Scarpetta investigates. [2]

4. ENDER’S GAME

(Tor, $7.99). By Orson Scott Card. A boy genius may be the last hope for humans as they battle hostile aliens. [5]

5. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

(Grand Central, $7.99). By Harper Lee. The Pulitzer Prize-winning tale set in the Depression-era South. [14]

6. THE CASUAL VACANCY

(Little, Brown, $18). By J.K. Rowling. A local election tears apart an idyllic English town. [8]

7. LORD OF THE FLIES

(Perigree, $9.99) By William Golding. The classic, unsettling tale of English schoolboys stranded on a deserted isle. [2]

- THE HERO

(Mira, $7.99). By Robyn Carr. Devon McAllister, fleeing from her past, falls for Thunder Point’s high school football coach. [3]

9. THE LAST MAN

(Pocket, $9.99). By Vince Flynn. A top CIA official is kidnapped in Afghanistan. What can Mitch Rapp find out. [5]

10. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY

(Vintage, $15.95). By E.L. James. The first of a British e-book erotic trilogy that became a publishing phenomenon. [54]

Nonfiction

1. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE

(College Board, $21.99). By the College Board. [158]

2. MERRIAM-WEBSTER’S SPANISH-ENGLISH DICTIONARY

(Merriam-Webster, $6.50) Another staple of back-to-school lists. [8]

3. THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE (FOURTH EDITION)

(Longman, $9.95). By William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White. The classic guide to writing well. [12]

4. NIGHT

(Hill & Wang, $9.95). By Elie Wiesel. The terrifying account of his experiences in Nazi concentration camps during World War II. [79]

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

(Simon & Schuster, $15.99). By Eben Alexander. A scientist’s near-death experience. [47]

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

(Broadway, $16). By Susan Cain. [26]

7. THE FIFTH DISCIPLINE FIELDBOOK: STRATEGIES AND TOOLS FOR BUILDING A LEARNING ORGANIZATION

(Broadway Business, $35). By Peter M. Senge et al. [2]

8. SLOW COOKER REVOLUTION VOLUME 2

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

9. Kaplan GRE Premier 2014

(Kaplan, $34.99). By Kaplan.

- 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. [89]

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Fiction

1. W IS FOR WASTED

(Putnam, $28.95). By Sue Grafton. Kinsey Millhone investigates two seemingly unrelated deaths. [1]

2. NEVER GO BACK

(Delacorte, $28). By Lee Child. Jack Reacher makes it to northeastern Virginia, but the military officer he is suppose to meet goes missing. [2]

3. SOMEONE

(FSG, $25). By Alice McDermott. A portrait of a woman during the heart of the 20th century. [1]

4. INFERNO

(Doubleday, $29.95). By Dan Brown. Robert Langdon’s newest investigation revolves around Dante’s “Inferno.” [18]

5. THE MAYAN SECRETS

(Putnam, $28.95). By Clive Cussler and Thomas Perry. Sam and Remi Fargo uncover a sacred Mayan book. Sinister people will kill for the find. [2]

6. THE CUCKOO’S CALLING

(Mulholland, $26). By Robert Galbraith. J.K. Rowling ghost writes a mystery about a detective investigating the suicide of a super model. [8]

7. AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED

(Riverhead, $28.95). By Khaled Hosseini. Love and devotion among family and friends in war-torn Afghanistan. [17]

8. MISTRESS

(Little, Brown, $28). By James Patterson and David Ellis. A man obsessed about a woman searches for the person who killed her. [6]

9. ROBERT B. PARKER’S DAMNED IF YOU DO

(Putnam, $26.95). By Michael Brandman. A detective finds himself caught in a turf war between two pimps. [1]

10. MADDADDAM

(Nan A. Talese, $27.95). By Margaret Atwood. The concluding volume of Atwood’s well-regarded dystopian trilogy. [2]

Nonfiction

1. SI-COLOGY 1: TALES AND WISDOM FROM DUCK DYNASTY’S FAVORITE UNCLE

(Howard, $22.99). By Si Robertson. [2]

2. THE LIBERTY AMENDMENTS: RESTORING THE AMERICAN REPUBLIC

(Threshold, $26.99). By Mark R. Levin. [5]

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

(Gallup Press, $24.95). By Tom Rath. [133]

4. WILSON

(Putnam, $40). By A.Scott Berg. The biography of the 28th president. [1]

5. MASTERMINDS AND WINGMEN: HELPING OUR BOYS COPE WITH SCHOOLYARD POWER, LOCKER-ROOM TESTS, GIRLFRIENDS, AND THE NEW RULES OF BOY WORLD

(Harmony, $25). By Rosalind Wiseman. [1]

6. CYBER WAR WILL NOT TAKE PLACE

(Oxford Univ., $27.95). By Thomas Rid. [1]

7. STILL FOOLIN’ ‘EM: WHERE I’VE BEEN, WHERE I’M GOING, AND WHERE THE HELL ARE MY KEYS?

(Henry Holt, $28). By Billy Crystal. [1]

8. THIS TOWN: TWO PARTIES AND A FUNERAL-PLUS, PLENTY OF VALET PARKING!-IN AMERICA’S GILDED CAPITAL

(Blue Rider, $27.95). By Mark Leibovich. [7]

9. ZEALOT: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JESUS OF NAZARETH

(Random House, $27). By Reza Aslan. [9]

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

(Knopf, $24.95). By Sheryl Sandberg. [25]

 
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