A handful of titles — with much pre-publication fanfare and the potential for an extended stay in the top 10 — join the lists this chilly weekend.

A top the new nonfiction roster, it’s no surprise to find Walter Isaacson’s biography of the late, great Steve Jobs, the extraordinary founder of the Apple company. It had already garnered several #1 rankings on various Internet book sites well before its release (and certainly benefited from the publisher having moved up the pub date not once but twice).

Also joining that list are psychologist Daniel Kahneman’s lively look at the ways in which we make decisions (fast an slow, thus the title) and their impact on our everyday lives. He is the recipient of a Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, a field he and a colleague pioneered from the outset.

Choice also comes into play in another debut on the list, “Giving 2.0,” a look at philanthropy and the myriad ways such generosity can change the lives not just of those who need it, but also those who offer it.

Fiction’s promising debuts rank one and two, from legal thriller master John Grisham's latest (with some rather positive critical acclaim) to literary superstar Haruki Murakami’s “1Q84,” a tour de force of the surreal, imaginative novel of parallel universes and a character in each who seem destined to meet. Something of a sensation in Japan, where it was published in several installments, the English translation allows you to take a breath, and dive right in to the complete package.

Rounding out the new entries are an uplifting holiday story from Glenn Beck and the third and final volume of Guillermo del Toro’s & Chuck Hogan’s thriller-horror tale of a vampiric plague (and a vampire ringleader) that threaten to annihilate mankind ... unless that band of freedom fighters can find a solution in time.

BOOK WORLD

Bestsellers — November 6, 2011

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NONFICTION HARDCOVER


TOPSHOTS The face of Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs is created with adhesive notes on the window of an Apple Store in Munich on October 18, 2011. Millions of people paid emotional tribute to Jobs, since he died on October 5 at the age of 56 after a years-long battle with cancer. TOPSHOTS / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHE (Photo credit should read CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images) (CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

By Walter Isaacson. The life of the offbeat, visionary founder of the Apple corporation, based on numerous interviews with Jobs himself. (1)

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

(Henry Holt, $28). By Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard (5)

3. EVERY DAY A FRIDAY: HOW TO BE HAPPIER 7 DAYS A WEEK

(FaithWords, $24.99). By Joel Osteen. Positivity from the Lakewood Church pastor. (4)

4. 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. (1)

5. BOOMERANG: TRAVELS IN THE NEW THIRD WORLD

(Norton, $25.95)

By Michael Lewis. The 2008 financial collapse and its aftermath. (4)

6. GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2012

(Guinness World Records, $28.95). The series unveils a “wide-screen” design, new topics and previously unseen photos. (4)

7. GIVING 2.0: TRANSFORM YOUR GIVING AND OUR WORLD

(Jossey-Bass, $25.95). By Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen. Philanthropy as transformative experience. (1)

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

(Random House, $27). By Laura Hillenbrand (50)

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

(Gallup, $24.95). By Tom Rath (62)

10. GREAT BY CHOICE: UNCERTAINTY, CHAOS, AND

LUCK — WHY SOME THRIVE DESPITE THEM ALL

(HarperBusiness, $29.99). By Jim Collins & Morton T. Hansen (3)


FICTION HARDCOVER

1. THE LITIGATORS (Doubleday, $28.95)


HANDOUT WASHINGTON, DC. 9/22/11. John Grisham accepts the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction during a ceremony at the National Press Club on Wednesday. (SAM HURD)

2. 1Q84 (Knopf, $30.50)

By Haruki Murakami. A surreal, hefty novel chronicling parallel worlds — our own, and that of the title; a runaway hit in Japan. (1)

3. 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. (3)

4. THE CHRISTMAS WEDDING (Little, Brown, $25.99)

By James Patterson and Richard DiLallo. A mother’s holiday nuptials may be the healing salve for a family fractured by their father’s passing three years earlier. (2)

5. THE MARRIAGE PLOT (FSG, $28)

By Jeffrey Eugenides. Set in the early ’80s, it’s a tale of two men, one woman, their complicated relationship and a senior thesis on the 19th-century English novel. (3)

6. THE SNOW ANGEL (Threshold, $21)

By Glenn Beck. A young woman decides to make a change in a life scarred by a painful family history — and appropriately, on Christmas Eve. (1)

7. THE SENSE OF AN ENDING (Knopf, $23.95)

By Julian Barnes. A retired gentleman’s life is upended by a legacy from a friend long dead; winner of this year;s Man Booker Prize. (2)

8. THE NIGHT ETERNAL (Morrow, $26.99)

By Guillermo del Toro & Chuck Hogan. The final volume ina thriller series that finds mankind beset by a vampiric plague. (1)

9. THE AFFAIR (Delacorte, $28)

By Lee Child. A flashback to Jack Reacher’s past and a case of murder, coverup and conspiracy involving a well-connected soldier. (5)

10. SHOCK WAVE (Putnam, $27.95)

By John Sandford. Bombings beset a big-box chain’s efforts to build in a rural Minnesota town in this Virgil Flowers caper. (4)




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 (42)

2. COMEBACK AMERICA: TURNING THE COUNTRY AROUND AND RESTORING FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY

(Random House, $15). By David M. Walker (1)

3. KIDS’ MAGIC SECRETS: SIMPLE MAGIC TRICKS & WHY THEY WORK

(Marlor, $9.95). By Loris Bree (1)

4. 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. (34)

5. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE (College Board, $21.99). This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. (90)

6. OUTLIERS: THE STORY OF SUCCESS

(Back Bay, $16.99). By Malcolm Gladwell. Assumptions about success challenged. (15)

7. THE WARMTH OF OTHER SUNS: THE EPIC STORY OF AMERICA’S GREAT MIGRATION

(Vintage, $16.95). By Isabel Wilkerson (1)

8. WHAT TECHNOLOGY WANTS (Penguin, $17)

By Kevin Kelly. The cofounder of Wired magazine examines our ultra-wired, worldwide community. (1)

9. MONEYBALL: THE ART OF WINNING AN UNFAIR GAME (Norton, $15.95)

By Michael Lewis. How the Oakland A’s budget-savvy style produced a winning season; now a feature film. (5)

10. ALL THE DEVILS ARE HERE: THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF THE FINANCIAL CRISIS

(Portfolio, $17). By Bethany McLean & Joe Nocera (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. (29)

2. SING YOU HOME (Atria, $16)

By Jodi Picoult. Three characters take turns narrating this emotional tale of parenting, relationships and love. (2)

3. CRESCENT DAWN (Berkley, $9.99)

By Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler. Dirk Pitt races to stop extremists targeting Muslim holy sites. (1)

4. CROSS FIRE (Vision, $9.99)

By James Patterson. Alex Cross tracks a killer in Washington taking aim at corrupt politicos. (5)

5. BRING ME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS

(Mira, $7.99). By Robyn Carr. A mirthful seasonal tale — part of the author’s “Virgin River” series. (1)

6. TOUCHED BY ANGELS (Avon, $7.99)

By Debbie Macomber. Three New York women from different walks of life are each assisted by three very unique angels. (1)

7. THE ATHENA PROJECT (Pocket Star, $9.99)

By Brad Thor. An elite, all-female counterterrorism unit’s mission is marred by secrets kept by the U.S. government. (2)

8. WHAT THE NIGHT KNOWS (Bantam, $9.99)

By Dean Koontz. The murders of four families are being re-created years later, perhaps by a ghost. (2)

9. THE SIXTH MAN (Grand Central, $14.99)

By David Baldacci. An alleged serial killer’s attorney is murdered before King & Maxwell can confer on the case. (8)

10. THE FIFTH WITNESS (Grand Central, $14.99)

By Michael Connelly. Mickey Haller, the “Lincoln Lawyer,” gets involved in the emotional foreclosure crisis. (3)


Rankings reflect sales for the week ended October 30, 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.)