Nora Roberts, John Grisham, Allie Brosh and Charles Krauthammer top our first bestsellers list of 2014

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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. [9]

2. DEAR LIFE

(Vintage, $15.95). By Alice Munro. A collection of stories by the recipient of the 2013 Nobel Prize of literature. [12]

3. ZOO

(Vision, $10). By James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge. A lion attack leads a biologist on a quest to save the world. [1]

4. 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. [9]

5. 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. [61]

6. THE STORYTELLER

(Atria, $16). By Jodi Picoult. A baker and an elderly man strike up an unusual friendship. [7]

7. 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. [6]

8. 12TH OF NEVER

(Grand Central, $15). By James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. A star NFL player is accused of murder. [1]

9. THREAT VECTOR

(Berkley, $8.99). By Tom Clancy and Mark Greaney. A dispute over Taiwan threatens ware between the United States and China. [3]

10. WHERE’D YOU GO BERNADETTE

(Back Bay, $14.99). By Maria Semple. A reclusive mother disappears after her daughter demands a trip to Antarctica. [3]

Nonfiction

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

(Touchstone, $17.99). By Allie Brosh. [9]

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

(Howard, $22.99). By Kay Robertson. [8]

3. WORLD ALMANAC AND BOOK OF FACTS 2014

(World Almanac, $13.99). By Sarah Janssen. [5]

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

(Three Rivers, $14. By Mindy Kaling. [5]

5. Lone Survivor: The Eyewtiness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

(Back Bay, $17). By Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson. [9]

6. LONG WALK TO FREEDOM: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF NELSON MANDELA

(Back Bay, $18). By Nelson Mandela. [2]

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

(Simon & Schuster, $15.99). By Eben Alexander. A scientist’s near-death experience. [60]

8. TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE

(Penguin, $16). By Solomon Northup. The true story of a black man from New York, abducted and enslaved in antebellum Louisiana. [4]

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

(Broadway, $16). By Susan Cain. [39]

10. ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK: MY YEAR IN A WOMEN’S PRISON

(Spiegel & Grau, $16). By Piper Kerman. [7]

Fiction

1. 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. [10]

2. COMMAND AUTHORITY

(Putnam, $29.95). By Tom Clancy. A new president in Russia threatens global conflict. [4]

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. [10]

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. [5]

5. DOCTOR SLEEP

(Scribner, $30). By Stephen King. The sequel to the bestselling novel “The Shining.” [14]

6. 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? [7]

7. KING AND MAXWELL

(Grand Central, $28). By David Baldacci. Private investigators Sean King and Michelle Maxwell search for a soldier missing in Afghanistan. [6]

8. INFERNO

(Doubleday, $29.95). By Dan Brown. Robert Langdon’s newest investigation revolves around Dante’s “Inferno.” [20]

9. TAKEDOWN TWENTY

(Bantam, $28). By Janet Evanovich. Stephanie Plum has to find a missing mob boss, but nobody is helping her. [6]

10. THE LONGEST RIDE

(Grand Central, $27). By Nicholas Sparks. Lying injured by a car, a 91 year old man is helped by memories of his deceased wife. [11]

Nonfiction

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

(Crown Forum, $28). By Charles Krauthammer. [10]

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

(Sentinel, $27.95). By Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger. [6]

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

(Little, Brown, $29). By Malcolm Gladwell. How the underdog wins. [13]

4. KILLING JESUS

(Henry Holt, $28). By by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. An account of the crucifixion of Jesus. [14]

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

(Simon & Schuster, $40). By Doris Kearns Goodwin. [8]

6. GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2014

(Guinness World Records, $28.95). By Guinness World Records. [15]

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

(Little, Brown, $26). By Malala Yousafzai. [12]

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

(William Morrow, $29.99). By Ree Drummond. [7]

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

(Crown Archetype, $22). By Ron Burgundy. [3]

10. BREAK OUT!: 5 KEYS TO GO BEYOND YOUR BARRIERS AND LIVE AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE

(FaithWords, $26). By Joel Osteen. [5]

 
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