’Tis the season — for holiday shopping. Despite the glut of political chatter and a seemingly endless round of debates for the Republican presidential hopefuls, most folks in the area are buying books (cookbooks, novels, design titles) that seem to better suit the gift-giving impulse, without the political overtone. A short list awaits below ...


(Unofficial) Political Bestsellers — December 11, 2011

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President Barack Obama listens as former President Bill Clinton speaks at a building under construction in Washington, Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, part of President Obama's Better Building Initiative to promote energy efficient buildings. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

2. Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World

(Norton, $25.95)

By Michael Lewis

3. No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington

(Crown, $35). By Condoleeza Rice

4. Throw Them All Out: How Politicians and Their Friends Get Rich Off Insider Stock Tips, Land Deals, and Cronyism That Would Send the Rest of Us to Prison

(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26). By Peter Schweizer

5. George F. Kennan: An American Life

(Penguin Press, $39.95). By John Lewis Gaddis

Drawn from Book World’s bestseller data supplied by Nielsen BookScan for the week ending December 4, 2011 (culled from the top 50 titles sold). The chart may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright © 2011