December 20, 2013

PAPERBACK

Fiction

1. DARK WITCH

(Berkley, $17). By Nora Roberts. Iona Sheehan to Ireland, her ancestral home, and reckons with an evil that has long plagued her family. [7]

2. DEAR LIFE

(Vintage, $15.95). By Alice Munro. A collection of stories by the recipient of the 2013 Nobel Prize of literature. [10]

3. A DANCE WITH DRAGONS

(Bantam, $9.99, $18). By George R. R. Martin. The power Daenerys Targaryen won in battle is challenged by thousands of enemies. [7]

4. THE STORYTELLER

(Atria, $16). By Jodi Picoult. A baker and an elderly man strike up an unusual friendship. [5]

5. NOTORIOUS NINETEEN

(Bantam, $8.99). By Janet Evanovich. Stephanie Plum is desperate for money, and she’s got a lucrative case, until her key witness disappears. [4]

6. THREAT VECTOR

(Berkley, $8.99). By Tom Clancy and Mark Greaney. A dispute over Taiwan threatens ware between the United States and China. [2]

7. WHERE’D YOU GO BERNADETTE

(Back Bay, $14.99). By Maria Semple. A reclusive mother disappears after her daughter demands a trip to Antarctica. [1]

8. ORPHAN TRAIN

(William Morrow, $14.99). By Christina Baker Kline. An orphan helps an elderly woman clean out her home. The work will change both their lives. [1]

9. THE WALKING DEAD: COMPENDIUM ONE

(Image, $59.99). By Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard. The first eight books of the popular comic series. [1]

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. [59]

Nonfiction

1. HYPERBOLE AND A HALF: UNFORTUNATE SITUATIONS, FLAWED COPING MECHANISMS, MAYHEM, AND OTHER THINGS THAT HAPPENED

(Touchstone, $17.99). By Allie Brosh. [7]

2. WORLD ALMANAC AND BOOK OF FACTS 2014

(World Almanac, $13.99). By Sarah Janssen. [3]

3. MISS KAY’S DUCK COMMANDER KITCHEN: FAITH, FAMILY, AND FOOD — BRINGING OUR HOME TO YOUR TABLE

(Howard, $22.99). By Kay Robertson. [6]

4. SLOW COOKER REVOLUTION: VOLUME 2

(America's Test Kitchen, $26.95). By editors at America’s Test Kitchen. [2]

5. HOW TO TELL IF YOUR CAT IS PLOTTING TO KILL YOU

(Andrews McMeel, $14.99). By the Oatmeal. The pawing of a nice cat may mean he is feeling for your vital organs. [12]

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

(Broadway, $16). By Susan Cain. [37]

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

(Simon & Schuster, $15.99). By Eben Alexander. A scientist’s near-death experience. [58]

8. IS EVERYONE HANGING OUT WITHOUT ME? (AND OTHER CONCERNS

(Three Rivers, $14. By Mindy Kaling. [3]

9. SLOW COOKER REVOLUTION

(America's Test Kitchen, $26.95). By the Editors of America’s Test Kitchen. A catalogue of 300 recipes. [4]

10. OUTLIERS:THE STORY OF SUCCESS

(Back Bay, $16.99). By Malcolm Gladwell. Assumptions about success challenged. [34]

Fiction

1. COMMAND AUTHORITY

(Putnam, $29.95). By Tom Clancy. A new president in Russia threatens global conflict. [2]

2. SYCAMORE ROW

(Doubleday, $28.95). By John Grisham. Jake Brigance finds himself in the middle of a family dispute over the estate of a man who killed himself. [8]

3. THE GOLDFINCH

(Little, Brown, $30). By Donna Tartt. The coming of age story of a young man who lost his mother in a terrorist bombing. [8]

4. CROSS MY HEART

(Little, Brown, $29). By James Patterson. Alex Cross needs to protect his family. But if he does anything to protect them, they will die. [3]

5. KING AND MAXWELL

(Grand Central, $28). By David Baldacci. Private investigators Sean King and Michelle Maxwell search for a soldier missing in Afghanistan. [4]

6. DOCTOR SLEEP

(Scribner, $30). By Stephen King. The sequel to the bestselling novel “The Shining.” [12]

7. THE FIRST PHONE CALL FROM HEAVEN

(Harper, $24.99). By Mitch Albom. Residents of a Lake Michigan town start getting phone calls from Heaven. Is it miracle or hoax? [5]

8. TAKEDOWN TWENTY

(Bantam, $28). By Janet Evanovich. Stephanie Plum has to find a missing mob boss, but nobody is helping her. [4]

9. THE GODS OF GUILT

(Little, Brown, $28). By Michael Connelly. A former client of Mickey Haller’s is found dead. It may be his fault. [2]

10. INFERNO

(Doubleday, $29.95). By Dan Brown. Robert Langdon’s newest investigation revolves around Dante’s “Inferno.” [19]

Nonfiction

1. THINGS THAT MATTER: THREE DECADES OF PASSIONS, PASTIMES AND POLITICS

(Crown Forum, $28). By Charles Krauthammer. [8]

2. GEORGE WASHINGTON’S SECRET SIX: THE SPY RING THAT SAVED THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

(Sentinel, $27.95). By Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger. [4]

3. THE BULLY PULPIT: THEODORE ROOSEVELT, WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT, AND THE GOLDEN AGE OF JOURNALISM

(Simon & Schuster, $40). By Doris Kearns Goodwin. [6]

4. KILLING JESUS

(Henry Holt, $28). By by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. An account of the crucifixion of Jesus. [12]

5. GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2014

(Guinness World Records, $28.95). By Guinness World Records. [13]

6. DAVID AND GOLIATH: UNDERDOGS, MISFITS, AND THE ART OF BATTLING GIANTS

(Little, Brown, $29). By Malcolm Gladwell. How the underdog wins. [11]

7. I AM MALALA: THE GIRL WHO STOOD UP FOR EDUCATION AND WAS SHOT BY THE TALIBAN

(Little, Brown, $26). By Malala Yousafzai. [10]

8. HUMANS OF NEW YORK

(St. Martin's, $29.99). By Brandon Stanton. Photos of residents of the country’s second-most-important city. [3]

9. LET ME OFF AT THE TOP!: MY CLASSY LIFE AND OTHER MUSINGS

(Crown Archetype, $22). By Ron Burgundy. [2]

10. THE PIONEER WOMAN COOKS: A YEAR OF HOLIDAYS: 140 STEP-BY-STEP RECIPES FOR SIMPLE, SCRUMPTIOUS CELEBRATIONS

(William Morrow, $29.99). By Ree Drummond. [5]