Just one new title published in time to hit stores two weeks prior to Christmas, and hit our lists here on this holiday weekend — Tom Clancy’s new Jack Ryan (Sr. & Jr.) outing, penned with the help of Mark Greaney. It lands solidly at #1 (and “solid” is no misnomer, as the book itself measures two inches thick and is at least several pounds).

Another interesting note is the return of Garth Stein’s “The Art of Racing in the Rain” to the paperback fiction roster. For the past several months, it’s been just shy of the top 10 (falling anywhere between #11 and #15), and now has finally muscled its way into the rankings. It last appeared on the list in early January 2011, after having held strong on the list through most of December 2010. And now it’s back for the holidays once more ... which is great, as it’s a brilliant novel.

Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season!!


BOOK WORLD

Bestsellers — December 25, 2011

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NONFICTION HARDCOVER

1. STEVE JOBS (Simon & Schuster, $35)

By Walter Isaacson. The life of the offbeat, visionary founder of the Apple corporation, based on numerous interviews with Jobs himself. (8)


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

(Henry Holt, $28). By Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard (12)


3. GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2012

(Guinness World Records, $28.95). The series unveils a “wide-screen” design, new topics and previously unseen photos. (11)


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

(Zondervan, $19.99). By Mark Batterson (1)


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

(Random House, $27). By Laura Hillenbrand (55)


6. JACK KENNEDY: ELUSIVE HERO

(Simon & Schuster, $27.50). By Chris Matthews. The political pundit’s biography of President Kennedy, drawn from multiple sources. (7)


7. CATHERINE THE GREAT: PORTRAIT OF A WOMAN

(Random House, $35). By Robert K. Massie. The remarkable life of German princess turned Russian empress. (6)


8. THINKING, FAST AND SLOW (FSG, $30)

By Daniel Kahneman. The Nobel Prize winner (economic sciences) examines the modes of thought that fuel our decision making. (4)


9. IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS: LOVE, TERROR, AND AN AMERICAN FAMILY IN HITLER’S BERLIN
(Crown, $26). By Erik Larson (19)



10. INFERNO: THE WORLD AT WAR, 1939-1945

(Knopf, $35). By Max Hastings. A weighty, one-volume account of a momentous defining point in history. (2)



FICTION HARDCOVER

1. LOCKED ON (Putnam, $28.95)

By Tom Clancy with Mark Greaney. While Jack Ryan Sr. runs for president once again, his son and the Campus special-ops team have their own worries. (1)


2. 11/22/63 (Scribner, $35)

By Stephen King. A modest English professor is offered the chance to change history — by preventing the JFK assassination. (6)


3. DEATH COMES TO PEMBERLEY

(Knopf, $25.95). By P.D. James. A bit of murder is injected into the milieu of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.” (2)

4. THE LITIGATORS (Doubleday, $28.95)

By John Grisham. The fortunes of a sketchy law practice may change thanks to a new recruit and one major lawsuit. (8)


5. KILL ALEX CROSS (Little, Brown, $28.99)

By James Patterson. The president and his daughter are kidnapped as a biological attack on Washington, D.C.’s water supply is unleashed. (5)


6. RED MIST (Putnam, $27.95)

By Patricia Cornwell. Scarpetta’s probe of her deputy chief’s murder reveals a conspiracy laced with terrorism. (2)


7. EXPLOSIVE EIGHTEEN (Bantam, $28)

By Janet Evanovich. A Hawaiian sojourn goes terribly wrong for Stephanie Plum, as her seatmate on the flight is murdered — and she could be next. (4)


8. THE BEST OF ME (Grand Central, $25.99)

By Nicholas Sparks. A funeral calls former high school sweethearts back to their rural North Carolina town. (10)


9. MICRO (Harper, $28.99)

By Michael Crichton and Richard Preston. Graduate students from diverse scientific disciplines are recruited by a mysterious microbiology firm. (4)


10. ZERO DAY (Grand Central, $27.99)

By David Baldacci. A top notch U.S. Army CID investigator finds something amiss in a rural West Virginia Town. (7)





NONFICTION PAPERBACK

1. HEAVEN IS FOR REAL: A LITTLE BOY’S ASTOUNDING STORY OF HIS TRIP TO HEAVEN AND BACK

(Thomas Nelson, $16.99). By Todd Burpo (49)


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. (41)


3. THE WORLD ALMANAC AND BOOK OF FACTS 2012

(World Almanac, $12.99). The one-volume classic, a reference staple since 1868. (5)


4. UNLIKELY FRIENDSHIPS: 47 REMARKABLE STORIES FROM THE ANIMAL KINGDOM (Workman, $13.95)

By Jennifer S. Holland. Heartwarming tales accompanied by full color photos. (9)


5. THE 5 LOVE LANGUAGES: THE SECRET TO LOVE THAT LASTS (Northfield, $14.99)

By Gary D. Chapman. Knowing that special someone. (20)

6. THE ZOMBIE SURVIVAL GUIDE: COMPLETE PROTECTION FROM THE LIVING DEAD

(Three Rivers, $13.95). By Max Brooks. A near-dead parody. (2)


7. THE HAPPINESS PROJECT (Harper, $14.99)

By Gretchen Rubin. What happened when a lawyer, writer and mom set out to improve her life in a year. (17)


8. EAT TO LIVE: THE AMAZING NUTRIENT-RICH PROGRAM FOR FAST AND SUSTAINED WEIGHT LOSS

(Little, Brown, $15.99). By Joel Fuhrman (3)


9. OUTLIERS: THE STORY OF SUCCESS

(Back Bay, $16.99). By Malcolm Gladwell. Assumptions about success challenged. (21)


9. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE (College Board, $21.99) This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. (92)


10. AWKWARD FAMILY PHOTOS

(Three Rivers, $15). By Mike Bender & Doug Chernack. The book inspired by the cringe-worthy namesake Website. (1)



FICTION PAPERBACK

1. THE HELP (Berkley, $16)

By Kathryn Stockett. A frank chronicle of the lives of several black maids working in a town in 1960s Miss. (36)


2. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

(Vintage, $14.95; $7.99). By Stieg Larsson. First book in the late Swede’s “Millennium Trilogy.” (115)


3. THE NEXT ALWAYS: BOOK ONE OF THE INN BOONSBORO TRILOGY

(Berkley, $16). By Nora Roberts. A love story set in the very real Maryland town. (7)


4. THE TIGER’S WIFE (Random House, $15)

By Téa Obreht. While on a humanitarian mission, a doctor in the Balkans is confronted by the riddles of her own family’s past. (6)


5. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE

(Vintage, $15.95; $7.99). By Stieg Larsson. Sex trafficking between Sweden and Eastern Europe is exposed. (60)


6. TOYS

(Vision, $9.99). By James Patterson & Neil McMahon. Hays Baker, part of a genetically engineered perfect family complete with super strength, has his do-gooder world turned upside down. (3)


7. CUTTING FOR STONE (Vintage, $15.95)

By Abraham Verghese. Medicine, political upheaval and the African continent woven into a sweeping saga. (52)


8. SMOKIN’ SEVENTEEN (Bantam, $8.99)

By Janet Evanovich. Bail bondsman Stephanie Plum is faced with a string of murders and pressure to settle down with ... who? (5)


9. THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN

(HarperPerennial, $14.99). By Garth Stein. By Garth Stein. Enzo, a canine with human qualities, narrates this unique tale. (18)


10. SING YOU HOME (Atria, $16)

By Jodi Picoult. Three characters take turns narrating this emotional tale of parenting, relationships and love. (9)



Rankings reflect sales for the week ended December 18, 2011. The charts may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright 2011 by Nielsen BookScan. (The right-hand column of numbers represents weeks on this list, which premiered in Book World on Jan. 11, 2004. The bestseller lists in print alternate between hardcover and paperback; the complete list can be found online.)