Even though folks in Washington may still be mired in political brinksmanship this late in the holiday season (though that now, too, seems to have passed, if briefly, thanks to the payroll tax extension), buyers seem to be focusing much of their written word energy on titles sans the political overtones. Thus, another very short list this week.

Wishing everyone a very Merry, Happy & Joyous Holiday!!


(Unofficial) Political Bestsellers — December 25, 2011

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1. Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World

(Norton, $25.95). By Michael Lewis

2. Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy (Knopf, $23.95). By Bill Clinton

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

(Crown, $35)

By Condoleeza Rice

Drawn from Book World’s bestseller data supplied by Nielsen BookScan for the week ending December 18, 2011 (culled from the top 50 titles sold). The chart may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright © 2011