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                                       The New York Times Book review                                                                                             December 7, 2008



                                                             Best Sellers Fiction
         FICTION                                                                                          HARDCOVER FICTION EXTENDED
This                                                                          Last     Weeks     This
Week                                                                          Week     On List   Week



   1     CROSS COUNTRY, by James Patterson. (Little, Brown, $27.99.)
         Alex Cross chases the leader of a lethal teenage gang.
                                                                                             1
                                                                                                    17    THE HOST, by Stephenie Meyer. (Little, Brown)



   2     THE CHRISTMAS SWEATER, by Glenn Beck with Kevin Balfe
         and Jason Wright.. (Threshold Editions, $19.99.) A boy learns from
                                                                                   1        2
                                                                                                    18    ENDER IN EXILE, by Orson Scott Card. (Tor/Tom Doherty)

         his disappointment with his mother’s gift.
                                                                                                    19    SWALLOWING DARKNESS, by Laurell K. Hamilton. (Ballant-

   3     THE PRIVATE PATIENT, by P. D. James. (Knopf, $25.95.) Cmdr.
         Adam Dalgliesh investigates the murder of a journalist who had
                                                                                             1            ine)

         been a patient at a private clinic.
                                                                                                    20    THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson.
                                                                                                          (Knopf)

   4     THE HOUR I FIRST BELIEVED, by Wally Lamb. (Harper,
         $29.95.) A man reconstructs five generations of family history.
                                                                                   4        2


                                                                                                    21    TESTIMONY, by Anita Shreve. (Little, Brown)

   5     DIVINE JUSTICE, by David Baldacci. (Grand Central, $27.)
         Members of Washington’s Camel Club rally to save their leader,
                                                                                   3        3

         who is hiding out in the town of Divine, Va.
                                                                                                    22    MIDNIGHT, by Sister Souljah. (Atria)


   6*    JUST AFTER SUNSET, by Stephen King. (Scribner, $28.) Short                2        2
         stories blending fantasy and psychological realism.
                                                                                                    23    DYING FOR REVENGE, by Eric Jerome Dickey. (Dutton)


   7     A MERCY, by Toni Morrison. (Knopf, $23.95.) In 17th-century               5        2
         America, a slave mother urges a Northern farmer to buy her
         daughter so that she can have a better life.                                               24    A LION AMONG MEN, by Gregory Maguire. (Morrow)



   8     THE GATE HOUSE, by Nelson DeMille. (Grand Central, $27.99.)
         In a sequel to “The Gold Coast” (1990) a tax attorney and his ex-
                                                                                   6        4
                                                                                                    25    A GOOD WOMAN, by Danielle Steel. (Delacorte)

         wife explore a reconciliation.
                                                                                                    26    ROUGH WEATHER, by Robert B. Parker. (Putnam)

   9     DASHING THROUGH THE SNOW, by Mary Higgins Clark and
         Carol Higgins Clark. (Simon & Schuster, $23.) Life in a picturesque
                                                                                             1

         New Hampshire town is not what it seems.
                                                                                                    27    A CEDAR COVE CHRISTMAS, by Debbie Macomber. (Mira)


   10    THE STORY OF EDGAR SAWTELLE, by David Wroblewski.                        11       24
         (Ecco, $25.95.) A mute takes refuge with three dogs in the Wiscon-
         sin woods after his father’s death.                                                        28    SEA OF POPPIES, by Amitav Ghosh. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)



   11    THE LUCKY ONE, by Nicholas Sparks. (Grand Central, $24.99.)
         A marine returning home sets out to track down the woman
                                                                                   9        8
                                                                                                    29    GRACE, by Richard Paul Evans. (Simon & Schuster)

         whose photo he found in Iraq.
                                                                                                    30    BONES, by Jonathan Kellerman. (Ballantine)

   12    EXTREME MEASURES, by Vince Flynn. (Atria, $27.95.) Mitch
         Rapp teams up with a C.I.A. colleague to fight a terrorist cell —
                                                                                   7        5

         and the politicians who would rein them in.
                                                                                                    31    FROM DEAD TO WORSE, by Charlaine Harris. (Ace)


   13    THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SO-                                      14
         CIETY, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. (Dial, $22.) A
         journalist meets the island’s old Nazi resisters.                                          32    2666, by Roberto Bolaño. Translated by Natasha Wimmer. (Far-
                                                                                                          rar, Straus & Giroux)


   14    THE BRASS VERDICT, by Michael Connelly. (Little, Brown,
         $26.) Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller (the Lincoln lawyer) team
                                                                                  12        6
                                                                                                    33    JESUS, by Deepak Chopra. (HarperOne)

         up to find a killer.
                                                                                                    34    ONE FIFTH AVENUE, by Candace Bushnell. (Hyperion)

   15    SALVATION IN DEATH, by J. D. Robb. (Putnam, $25.95.) Lt.
         Eve Dallas investigates the murder of a mysterious priest; by
                                                                                   8        3

         Nora Roberts, writing pseudonymously.
                                                                                                    35    DRAGONHEART, by Todd McCaffrey. (Del Rey)


   16*   THE BODIES LEFT BEHIND, by Jeffery Deaver. (Simon &
         Schuster, $26.95.) A sheriff’s deputy is hunted in the Wisconsin
                                                                                  13        2

         woods by hit men after she finds the scene of their crime.




Rankings reflect sales, for the week ending Nov. 22, at many thousands of venues where a wide range of general interest books are sold nationwide. These include hundreds of indepen-
dent book retailers (statistically weighted to represent all such outlets); national, regional and local chains; online and multimedia entertainment retailers; university, gift, supermarket,
discount department stores and newsstands. An asterisk (*) indicates that a book’s sales are barely distinguishable from those of the book above. A dagger (†) indicates that some book-
stores report receiving bulk orders. Among those categories not actively tracked are: perennial sellers; required classroom reading; text, reference and test preparation guides; journals
and workbooks; calorie counters; shopping guides; comics and crossword puzzles. Expanded rankings are available on the Web: nytimes.com/books.
Copyright © 2008                                  The New York Times Book review                                                                                   December 7, 2008
by The New York Times




                                                            Best Sellers NonFiction
         NONFICTION                                                                                       HARDCOVER NONFICTION EXTENDED
This                                                                          Last     Weeks     This
Week                                                                          Week     On List   Week



   1     OUTLIERS, by Malcolm Gladwell. (Little, Brown, $27.99.) Why
         some people succeed — it has to do with luck and opportunities
                                                                                             1
                                                                                                    16    MULTIPLE BLESSINGS, by Jon Gosselin, Kate Gosselin and
                                                                                                          Beth Carson. (Zondervan)
         as well as talent — from the author of “Blink” and “The Tipping
         Point.”
                                                                                                    17    FLEECED, by Dick Morris and Eileen McGann. (Harper)


   2     TOO FAT TO FISH, by Artie Lange with Anthony Bozza. (Spie-                1        2
         gel & Grau, $24.95.) Humorous memories from the comedian, a
         member of the cast of “The Howard Stern Show.”                                             18    THE 10 BIG LIES ABOUT AMERICA, by Michael Medved.
                                                                                                          (Crown Forum)


   3     DEWEY, by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter. (Grand Central,
         $19.99.) The kitten left freezing in the returned-book slot of an
                                                                                   3       10
                                                                                                    19    THE ASCENT OF MONEY, by Niall Ferguson. (Penguin Press)

         Iowa public library and his rise to fame.
                                                                                                    20    ALEX AND ME, by Irene Pepperberg. (Collins)

   4     AMERICAN LION, by Jon Meacham. (Random House, $30.) An-
         drew Jackson, the seventh president, in the White House, by the
                                                                                   2        2

         editor of Newsweek.
                                                                                                    21    JOHN LENNON, by Philip Norman. (Ecco)


   5     DO THE RIGHT THING, by Mike Huckabee. (Sentinel, $25.95.)                           1
         A campaign memoir and statement of principles from the former
         Republican presidential aspirant.                                                          22    MY STROKE OF INSIGHT, by Jill Bolte Taylor. (Viking)



   6     HOT, FLAT, AND CROWDED, by Thomas L. Friedman. (Far-
         rar, Straus & Giroux, $27.95.) How a green revolution can renew
                                                                                   4        11
                                                                                                    23    AGAINST MEDICAL ADVICE, by James Patterson and Hal
                                                                                                          Friedman. (Little, Brown)
         America, by the New York Times columnist.
                                                                                                    24    WHEN YOU ARE ENGULFED IN FLAMES, by David Sedaris.

   7     THE SNOWBALL, by Alice Schroeder. (Bantam, $35.) The life of
         Warren Buffett.
                                                                                   5        8             (Little, Brown)


                                                                                                    25    TALES FROM THE DAD SIDE, by Steve Doocy. (Morrow)

   8     A BOLD FRESH PIECE OF HUMANITY, by Bill O’Reilly.
         (Broadway, $26.) The Fox News commentator on his upbringing
                                                                                   6        9

         and career.
                                                                                                    26    THE GLORY GAME, by Frank Gifford with Peter Richmond.
                                                                                                          (Harper)

   9     WHY WE SUCK, by Denis Leary. (Viking, $26.95.) Sardonic es-                         1
         says from the actor and comedian, currently the co-creator and
         star of the TV series “Rescue Me.”                                                         27    THE RISE OF BARACK OBAMA, by Pete Souza. (Triumph)



   10    ANNIE LEIBOVITZ AT WORK, by Annie Leibovitz. (Random
         House, $40.) Memorable photographs, and a text — part memoir,
                                                                                             1
                                                                                                    28    THE LONGEST TRIP HOME, by John Grogan. (Morrow)

         part commentary — based on conversations with the book’s edi-
         tor.
                                                                                                    29    TRIED BY WAR, by James M. McPherson. (Penguin Press)


   11    LETTER TO MY DAUGHTER, by Maya Angelou. (Random                           9        8
         House, $25.) Reminiscences, appreciations and poems from the
         author of “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.”                                               30    PIECES OF MY HEART, by Robert J. Wagner with Scott Ey-
                                                                                                          man. (Morrow)


   12*   CALL ME TED, by Ted Turner with Bill Burke. (Grand Central,
         $30.) The entrepreneur’s personal story.
                                                                                   8        2
                                                                                                    31    HOLIDAYS ON ICE, by David Sedaris. (Little, Brown)



   13    THE AMERICAN JOURNEY OF BARACK OBAMA, by the
         editors of Life magazine. (Little, Brown, $24.99.) Photographs and
                                                                                   7        3
                                                                                                    32    TEAM OF RIVALS, by Doris Kearns Goodwin. (Simon & Schus-
                                                                                                          ter)
         essays, starting with Obama’s birth in Hawaii.
                                                                                                    33    I HATE YOUR GUTS, by Jim Norton. (Simon Spotlight Enter-

   14    DREAMS FROM MY FATHER, by Barack Obama. (Crown,
         $25.95.) The president-elect on life as the son of a black African
                                                                                  10        3             tainment)

         father and a white American mother.
                                                                                                    34    PANIC!, by Michael Lewis. (Norton)


   15    THE AUDACITY OF HOPE, by Barack Obama. (Crown, $25.)                     11       33
         The president-elect asks Americans to move beyond political divi-
         sions.                                                                                     35    BEYOND BELIEF, by Josh Hamilton with Tim Keown. (Faith-
                                                                                                          Words)




Rankings reflect sales, for the week ending Nov. 22, at many thousands of venues where a wide range of general interest books are sold nationwide. These include hundreds of indepen-
dent book retailers (statistically weighted to represent all such outlets); national, regional and local chains; online and multimedia entertainment retailers; university, gift, supermarket,
discount department stores and newsstands. An asterisk (*) indicates that a book’s sales are barely distinguishable from those of the book above. A dagger (†) indicates that some book-
stores report receiving bulk orders. Among those categories not actively tracked are: perennial sellers; required classroom reading; text, reference and test preparation guides; journals
and workbooks; calorie counters; shopping guides; comics and crossword puzzles. Expanded rankings are available on the Web: nytimes.com/books.
Copyright © 2008
by The New York Times
                                      The New York Times Book review                                                                                       December 7, 2008



                            Paperback Best Sellers Trade Fiction
        TRADE FICTION                                                                              TRADE FICTION EXTENDED
This                                                                             Weeks     This
Week                                                                             On List   Week



  1     THE SHACK, by William P. Young. (Windblown Media, $14.99.)
        A man whose daughter was abducted receives an invitation to an
                                                                                     27
                                                                                              21    THE WEDNESDAY LETTERS, by Jason F. Wright. (Berkley)

        isolated shack, apparently from God.(†)
                                                                                              22    THE CHILDREN OF HÚRIN, by J. R. R. Tolkien. Edited by

  2     THE APPEAL, by John Grisham. (Delta, $14.) Political and legal
        intrigue ensue when a Mississippi court decides against a chemi-
                                                                                       1            Christopher Tolkien. Illustrated by Alan Lee. (Houghton Mifflin)

        cal company accused of dumping toxic waste.
                                                                                              23    MY SISTER’S KEEPER, by Jodi Picoult. (Washington Square)


  3     THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES, by Sue Monk Kidd. (Penguin,                         23
        $15 and $14.) In South Carolina in 1964, a teenage girl tries to dis-
        cover the secret to her mother’s past.                                                24    THE LADY ELIZABETH, by Alison Weir. (Ballantine)



  4     THE ALCHEMIST, by Paulo Coelho. (HarperOne, $13.95.) A
        Spanish shepherd boy travels to Egypt in search of treasure.
                                                                                     63
                                                                                              25    RUN, by Ann Patchett. (Harper Perennial)



  5     WORLD WITHOUT END, by Ken Follett. (New American
        Library, $22.) Love and intrigue in Kingsbridge, the medieval Eng-
                                                                                       7
                                                                                              26    THE FRIDAY NIGHT KNITTING CLUB, by Kate Jacobs.
                                                                                                    (Berkley)
        lish cathedral town at the center of Follett’s “Pillars of the Earth.”
                                                                                              27    THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2008, Edited by

  6     THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO, by Junot
        Díaz. (Riverhead, $14.) A nerdy Dominican-American struggles to
                                                                                     12             Salman Rushdie. (Houghton Mifflin)

        escape a family curse.
                                                                                              28    THE MONSTERS OF TEMPLETON, by Lauren Groff. (Voice)


  7*    LOVING FRANK, by Nancy Horan. (Ballantine, $14.) A story of                  32
        the romance between Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Borthwick
        Cheney.                                                                               29    NINETEEN MINUTES, by Jodi Picoult. (Washington Square)



  8     REMEMBER ME?, by Sophie Kinsella. (Dial, $14.) After an auto
        accident, a London woman loses her memory.
                                                                                      4
                                                                                              30    SARAH’S KEY, by Tatiana de Rosnay. (St. Martins)



  9*    WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, by Sara Gruen. (Algonquin, $13.95.)
        A young man — and an elephant — save a Depression-era circus.
                                                                                     64
                                                                                              31    EVERY NOW AND THEN, by Karen Kingsbury. (Zondervan)



  10    THE ROAD, by Cormac McCarthy. (Vintage, $14.95.) A father
        and son travel in post-apocalypse America.
                                                                                     64
                                                                                              32    THE MEMORY KEEPER’S DAUGHTER, by Kim Edwards.
                                                                                                    (Penguin)


  11    THE WHITE TIGER, by Aravind Adiga. (Free Press, $14.) A
        chauffeur in India relates the story of his transformation from
                                                                                      6
                                                                                              33    BRIDGE OF SIGHS, by Richard Russo. (Vintage)

        manservant to entrepreneur to murderer; the winner of the 2008
        Man Booker Prize.
                                                                                              34    WITCH OF PORTOBELLO, by Paulo Coelho. (Harper Peren-
                                                                                                    nial)

  12*   THE KITE RUNNER, by Khaled Hosseini. (Riverhead, $15.95                      63
        and $14.) An Afghan-American returns to Kabul to learn how a
        childhood friend has fared.                                                           35    THE SHEPHERD, THE ANGEL, AND WALTER THE
                                                                                                    CHRISTMAS MIRACLE DOG, by Dave Barry. (Berkley)


  13    BAREFOOT, by Elin Hilderbrand. (Back Bay/Little, Brown,
        $13.99.) Three women with various problems spend a transforma-
                                                                                     24

        tive summer together on Nantucket.


  14*   THE CHOICE, by Nicholas Sparks. (Grand Central, $13.99.) How
        a North Carolina man’s decisions about love and death play out in
                                                                                      14

        his life.


  15    THE ALMOST MOON, by Alice Sebold. (Little, Brown, $14.99.)
        A woman accustomed to satisfying the needs of her clinging fam-
                                                                                      11

        ily finally reaches the point of no return.


  16    IN THE WOODS, by Tana French. (Penguin, $14.) An Irish de-
        tective investigating the murder of a 12-year-old girl returns to the
                                                                                     16

        woods where he experienced a terrible ordeal as a child.


  17    NIGHTS IN RODANTHE, by Nicholas Sparks. (Grand Central,
        $13.99.) Romance ignites between a middle-aged man and woman
                                                                                     16

        at a North Carolina inn.


  18    HOME TO HOLLY SPRINGS, by Jan Karon. (Penguin, $14.95.)
        The Mitford character Father Tim returns to his native town to
                                                                                      4

        reconnect with family and friends.                                                 Rankings reflect sales, for the week ending Nov. 22, at many thousands of venues where
                                                                                           a wide range of general interest books are sold nationwide. These include hundreds of
                                                                                           independent book retailers (statistically weighted to represent all such outlets); national,
  19*   OUT STEALING HORSES, by Per Petterson. (Picador, $14.) In
        a remote cabin, a Norwegian man circles around his memories.
                                                                                     19
                                                                                           regional and local chains; online and multimedia entertainment retailers; university, gift,
                                                                                           supermarket, discount department stores and newsstands. An asterisk (*) indicates that
                                                                                           a book’s sales are barely distinguishable from those of the book above. A dagger (†) indi-
  20    THE ELEGANCE OF THE HEDGEHOG, by Muriel Barbery.
        (Europa, $15.) A young girl and a widowed concierge, both closet
                                                                                       1
                                                                                           cates that some bookstores report receiving bulk orders. Among those categories not ac-
        intellectuals, become friends.                                                     tively tracked are: perennial sellers; required classroom reading; text, reference and test
                                                                                           preparation guides; journals and workbooks; calorie counters; shopping guides; comics
                                                                                           and crossword puzzles. Expanded rankings are available on the Web: nytimes.com/books.
Copyright © 2008                                The New York Times Book review                                                                            December 7, 2008
by The New York Times




                         Paperback Best Sellers Mass-Market Fiction
        MASS-MARKET FICTION                                                                       MASS-MARKET FICTION EXTENDED
This                                                                            Weeks     This
Week                                                                            On List   Week



  1     THE APPEAL, by John Grisham. (Dell, $7.99.) Political and legal
        intrigue ensue when a Mississippi court decides against a chemi-
                                                                                      1
                                                                                             21    THE LOST TOMB, by David Gibbins. (Dell)

        cal company accused of dumping toxic waste.
                                                                                             22    MURDER ON K STREET, by Margaret Truman. (Ballantine)

  2     DEAD UNTIL DARK, by Charlaine Harris. (Ace, $7.99.) Sookie
        Stackhouse, a telepathic cocktail waitress in rural Louisiana, falls
                                                                                     11

        in love with a bad-boy vampire.
                                                                                             23    DEAD AS A DOORNAIL, by Charlaine Harris. (Ace)


  3     THE DARKEST EVENING OF THE YEAR, by Dean Koontz.                             5
        (Bantam, $7.99.) A woman who rescues golden retrievers is shad-
        owed by an evil stranger.                                                            24    STONE COLD, by David Baldacci. (Vision)



  4*    DOUBLE CROSS, by James Patterson. (Vision, $9.99.) Alex
        Cross and his new girlfriend, a police detective, confront a boastful
                                                                                     8
                                                                                             25    PROTECT AND DEFEND, by Vince Flynn. (Pocket)

        Washington killer.
                                                                                             26    THE KILLING GROUND, by Jack Higgins. (Berkley)

  5     THE CHASE, by Clive Cussler. (Berkley, $9.99.) A detective tails
        a killer all over the early-20th-century West.
                                                                                     4


                                                                                             27    BOOK OF THE DEAD, by Patricia Cornwell. (Berkley)

  6     DUMA KEY, by Stephen King. (Pocket, $9.99.) A Minnesota
        contractor moves to Florida to recover from an injury and starts
                                                                                     5

        creating paintings with eerie powers.
                                                                                             28    NIGHTS IN RODANTHE, by Nicholas Sparks. (Grand Central)


  7     FOUL PLAY, by Janet Evanovich. (Harper, $7.99.) A veterinarian               4
        hires a woman who has lost her TV job to a dancing chicken, then
        helps her prove her innocence when the chicken disappears; a                         29    PLAYING FOR PIZZA, by John Grisham. (Dell)

        reissue of a 1989 book.
                                                                                             30    FIRST IMPRESSIONS, by Nora Roberts. (Silhouette)

  8     TOM CLANCY’S GHOST RECON, by David Michaels. (Berk-
        ley, $9.99.) An elite military team must thwart a plot by Chinese
                                                                                     3

        renegades to seize Taiwan.
                                                                                             31    DARK OF THE MOON, by John Sandford. (Berkley)


  9*    HAND OF EVIL, by J. A. Jance. (Pocket Star, $7.99.) A wealthy                 1
        recluse asks Ali Reynolds for help in writing a scandalous family
        memoir; meanwhile, Ali offers to help a friend whose teenage                         32    NOW AND THEN, by Robert B. Parker. (Berkley)

        daughter has disappeared.
                                                                                             33    SILVER BELLS, by Fern Michaels, JoAnn Ross, Mary Burton

  10    ONE SILENT NIGHT, by Sherrilyn Kenyon. (St. Martin’s, $6.99.)
        Stryker’s plot to kill his enemies is complicated by the return of
                                                                                     3             and Judy Duarte. (Zebra/Kensington)

        his ex-wife; a Dark-Hunter novel.
                                                                                             34    QUICKSAND, by Iris Johansen. (St. Martin’s)


  11*   THE VENETIAN BETRAYAL, by Steve Berry. (Ballantine,                           1
        $9.99.) A former Justice Department operative turned bookseller
        must find the tomb of Alexander the Great before a Central Asian                     35    AMAZING GRACE, by Danielle Steel. (Dell)

        despot and her allies do.


  12    SUITE 606, by J. D. Robb, Mary Blayney, Ruth Ryan Langan
        and Mary Kay McComas. (Berkley, $7.99.) Four new stories of
                                                                                     3

        paranormal romance and suspense.


  13    CLUB DEAD, by Charlaine Harris. (Ace, $7.99.) When Sookie
        Stackhouse’s boyfriend is kidnapped, she goes to Mississippi to
                                                                                    10

        find him with the help of an undead Elvis.


  14    DEAD TO THE WORLD, by Charlaine Harris. (Ace, $7.99.)
        Sookie Stackhouse’s vampire boyfriend has traveled to Peru, leav-
                                                                                      7

        ing her to deal with his amnesiac boss.


  15    SMALL TOWN CHRISTMAS, by Debbie Macomber. (Mira,
        $7.99.) A reissue of two books: “Return to Promise” and “Mail-
                                                                                     4

        Order Bride.”


  16    LIVING DEAD IN DALLAS, by Charlaine Harris. (Ace, $7.99.)
        A vampire asks Sookie Stackhouse to find one of his missing com-
                                                                                     11

        panions.


  17    DEFINITELY DEAD, by Charlaine Harris. (Ace, $7.99.) A New
        Orleans vampire queen tries to stop Sookie Stackhouse from look-
                                                                                     5
                                                                                          Rankings reflect sales, for the week ending Nov. 22, at many thousands of venues where
        ing into the past of her consort, who is Sookie’s cousin.                         a wide range of general interest books are sold nationwide. These include hundreds of
                                                                                          independent book retailers (statistically weighted to represent all such outlets); national,
                                                                                          regional and local chains; online and multimedia entertainment retailers; university, gift,
  18*   ALL TOGETHER DEAD, by Charlaine Harris. (Ace, $7.99.) Sook-
        ie Stackhouse is swept up in the intrigue of a vampire summit.
                                                                                     4
                                                                                          supermarket, discount department stores and newsstands. An asterisk (*) indicates that
                                                                                          a book’s sales are barely distinguishable from those of the book above. A dagger (†) indi-
                                                                                          cates that some bookstores report receiving bulk orders. Among those categories not ac-
  19    THE ARCTIC EVENT, by James H. Cobb. (Vision, $7.99.) Robert
        Ludlum’s character Lt. Col. Jon Smith is dispatched to Canada to
                                                                                     3
                                                                                          tively tracked are: perennial sellers; required classroom reading; text, reference and test
        defuse a situation involving weaponized anthrax; a Covert-One                     preparation guides; journals and workbooks; calorie counters; shopping guides; comics
        book.                                                                             and crossword puzzles. Expanded rankings are available on the Web: nytimes.com/books.


  20    THE ROAD, by Cormac McCarthy. (Vintage, $7.99.) A father and
        son travel in post-apocalypse America.
                                                                                      1
Copyright © 2008                                The New York Times Book review                                                                           December 7, 2008
by The New York Times




                                 Paperback NonFiction Best Sellers List
        NONFICTION                                                                               NONFICTION EXTENDED
This                                                                           Weeks     This
Week                                                                           On List   Week



  1     THE AUDACITY OF HOPE, by Barack Obama. (Three Rivers;
        $14.95, Vintage; $7.99.) The president-elect asks Americans to
                                                                                   48
                                                                                            21    LONE SURVIVOR, by Marcus Luttrell with Patrick Robinson.
                                                                                                  (Back Bay/Little, Brown)
        move beyond political divisions.
                                                                                            22    THE SHOCK DOCTRINE, by Naomi Klein. (Picador)

  2     DREAMS FROM MY FATHER, by Barack Obama. (Three Riv-
        ers, $14.95.) Obama on life as the son of a black African father and
                                                                                  123

        a white American mother.
                                                                                            23    A WHOLE NEW MIND, by Daniel H. Pink. (Riverhead)


  3     MARLEY & ME, by John Grogan. (Harper, $13.95 and $7.99.)                   37
        Lessons learned from a neurotic dog.
                                                                                            24    THE BIBLE, by Karen Armstrong. (Grove)


  4     THREE CUPS OF TEA, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver                      95
        Relin. (Penguin, $15.) A former climber builds schools in villages
        in Pakistan and Afghanistan.                                                        25    THE GOD DELUSION, by Richard Dawkins. (Mariner)



  5     TEAM OF RIVALS, by Doris Kearns Goodwin. (Simon & Schus-
        ter, $21.) The political genius of Abraham Lincoln.
                                                                                    17
                                                                                            26    MY HORIZONTAL LIFE, by Chelsea Handler. (Bloomsbury)



  6*    CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN, by the editors of Time Maga-
        zine with a foreword by Barack Obama. (Three Rivers, $13.95.)
                                                                                    6
                                                                                            27    HARRY, A HISTORY, by Melissa Anelli. (Pocket)

        Speeches and policy proposals from Obama’s presidential cam-
        paign.
                                                                                            28    RIGGED, by Ben Mezrich. (Harper Perennial)


  7     THE TIPPING POINT, by Malcolm Gladwell. (Back Bay/Little,                 216
        Brown, $14.95.) A study of social epidemics, otherwise known as
        fads.                                                                               29    THE WORLD IS FLAT, by Thomas L. Friedman. (Picador)



  8     EAT, PRAY, LOVE, by Elizabeth Gilbert. (Penguin, $15.) A
        writer’s yearlong journey in search of self.
                                                                                   96
                                                                                            30    THE HEROIN DIARIES, by Nikki Sixx. (MTV/VH-1)



  9*    I HOPE THEY SERVE BEER IN HELL, by Tucker Max. (Cita-
        del/Kensington, $12.95.) Life as a self-absorbed, drunken woman-
                                                                                   60
                                                                                            31    INFIDEL, by Ayaan Hirsi Ali. (Free Press)

        izer.
                                                                                            32    THE DEFINING MOMENT, by Jonathan Alter. (Simon & Schus-

  10    BLINK, by Malcolm Gladwell. (Back Bay/Little, Brown, $15.99.)
        The importance of instinct to the workings of the mind.
                                                                                   58             ter)


                                                                                            33    THE YEAR OF LIVING BIBLICALLY, by A. J. Jacobs. (Simon

  11    THE FORGOTTEN MAN, by Amity Shlaes. (Harper Perennial,
        $15.95.) A reinterpretation of the New Deal and the Great Depres-
                                                                                     7            & Schuster)

        sion.
                                                                                            34    BOOM!, by Tom Brokaw. (Random House)


  12    90 MINUTES IN HEAVEN, by Don Piper with Cecil Murphey.                    109
        (Revell, $12.99.) A minister on the otherworldly experience he had
        after an accident.                                                                  35    BOONE, by Robert Morgan. (Algonquin)



  13*   A LONG WAY GONE, by Ishmael Beah. (Sarah Crichton/
        Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $12.) A former child soldier from Sierra
                                                                                   15

        Leone describes his ordeal.


  14    THE OMNIVORE’S DILEMMA, by Michael Pollan. (Penguin,
        $16.) Tracking food from soil to plate.
                                                                                   62



  15    OBAMA’S CHALLENGE, by Robert Kuttner. (Chelsea Green,
        $14.95.) How the next president should handle the current eco-
                                                                                    2

        nomic crisis.


  16*   SAME KIND OF DIFFERENT AS ME, by Ron Hall and
        Denver Moore with Lynn Vincent. (Nelson, $14.99.) The unlikely
                                                                                    6

        friendship between a homeless drifter and a successful art dealer
        who meet at a shelter in Texas.


  17    THE ZOOKEEPER’S WIFE, by Diane Ackerman. (Norton,
        $14.95.) How a Warsaw couple sheltered Jews and members of the
                                                                                    11

        Resistance during World War II.


  18    THE NINE, by Jeffrey Toobin. (Anchor, $15.95.) Inside the secret
        world of the Supreme Court.
                                                                                   10

                                                                                         Rankings reflect sales, for the week ending Nov. 22, at many thousands of venues where
                                                                                         a wide range of general interest books are sold nationwide. These include hundreds of
  19    ANIMAL, VEGETABLE, MIRACLE, by Barbara Kingsolver
        with Steven L. Hopp and Camille Kingsolver. (Harper Perennial,
                                                                                   29
                                                                                         independent book retailers (statistically weighted to represent all such outlets); national,
        $14.95.) The novelist and her family spend a year eating home-                   regional and local chains; online and multimedia entertainment retailers; university, gift,
        grown or local food.                                                             supermarket, discount department stores and newsstands. An asterisk (*) indicates that
                                                                                         a book’s sales are barely distinguishable from those of the book above. A dagger (†) indi-
                                                                                         cates that some bookstores report receiving bulk orders. Among those categories not ac-
  20    MUSICOPHILIA, by Oliver Sacks. (Vintage, $14.95.) Examining
        the interaction between music and the brain.
                                                                                    8
                                                                                         tively tracked are: perennial sellers; required classroom reading; text, reference and test
                                                                                         preparation guides; journals and workbooks; calorie counters; shopping guides; comics
                                                                                         and crossword puzzles. Expanded rankings are available on the Web: nytimes.com/books.
Copyright © 2008                                  The New York Times Book review                                                                                  December 7, 2008
by The New York Times




                                          Advice, How-To and Miscellaneous
         HARDCOVER
This
                                                                                                          PAPERbACK
                                                                                      Weeks      This                                                                                   Weeks
Week                                                                                  On List    Week                                                                                   On List



   1     THE LAST LECTURE, by Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow.
         (Hyperion, $21.95.) Thoughts on “seizing every moment” from
                                                                                           33
                                                                                                    1     TWILIGHT, by Mark Cotta Vaz. (Little, Brown, $16.99.) A behind-
                                                                                                          the-scenes look at the film based on the vampire romance for
                                                                                                                                                                                             6

         Pausch, a Carnegie Mellon professor who died of pancreatic can-                                  young adults by Stephenie Meyer.
         cer at age 47.
                                                                                                    2     THE LOVE DARE, by Stephen and Alex Kendrick with Law-                              9

   2     BAREFOOT CONTESSA BACK TO BASICS, by Ina Garten.
         (Clarkson Potter, $35.) Cooking techniques and nearly 100 new
                                                                                            4             rence Kimbrough. (B&H, $14.99.) A 40-day challenge for spouses
                                                                                                          to practice unconditional love.(†)
         recipes for elegant meals.
                                                                                                    3     RACHAEL RAY’S BIG ORANGE BOOK, by Rachael Ray.                                     3

   3     THE PURPOSE OF CHRISTMAS, by Rick Warren. (Howard
         Books, $17.99.) Reclaiming the holiday as a time for celebration,
                                                                                            3             (Clarkson Potter, $24.95.) New 30-minute meals, including veg-
                                                                                                          etarian dinners, kosher meals, holiday menus and recipes for one.
         salvation and reconciliation.
                                                                                                    4     WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING, by Heidi                                   388

   4     GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2009, edited by Craig Glen-
         day. (Guinness, $28.95.) Tallest, fastest, youngest, most.
                                                                                           10             Murkoff and Sharon Mazel. (Workman, $14.95.) Advice for par-
                                                                                                          ents-to-be.(†)


   5     YOU: BEING BEAUTIFUL, by Michael F. Roizen, Mehmet C. Oz
         et al. (Free Press, $26.99.) How foods and vitamins, creams and
                                                                                            2
                                                                                                    5     THE FIVE LOVE LANGUAGES, by Gary Chapman. (North-
                                                                                                          field, $13.99.) How to communicate love in a way a spouse will
                                                                                                                                                                                            74

         gels, mood swings and the management of pain affect inner and                                    understand.
         outer beauty.
                                                                                                    6     THE POWER OF NOW, by Eckhart Tolle. (New World Library,                           58

   6     THE SECRET, by Rhonda Byrne. (Atria/Beyond Words, $23.95.)
         The law of attraction as a key to getting what you want.
                                                                                          98              $14.) A guide to personal growth and spiritual enlightenment.


                                                                                                    7     A NEW EARTH, by Eckhart Tolle. (Plume, $14.) A spiritual                          43

   7     FLAT BELLY DIET!, by Liz Vaccariello and Cynthia Sass.
         (Rodale, $25.95.) Nutrition advice and workout tips from the edi-
                                                                                            4             teacher prescribes letting go of the ego to help end conflict and
                                                                                                          suffering.
         tors of Prevention magazine.
                                                                                                    8     THE BRO CODE, by Barney Stinson with Matt Kuhn. (Fireside,                         3

   8     GIADA’S KITCHEN, by Giada De Laurentiis. (Clarkson Potter,
         $32.50.) A collection of 100 Italian recipes with a California twist.
                                                                                            8             $13.) Rules of conduct for “Bros,” inspired by the television show
                                                                                                          “How I Met Your Mother.”


   9     ENOUGH, by John C. Bogle. (Wiley, $24.95.) The founder of the
         Vanguard mutual fund group offers thoughts on financial obses-
                                                                                            1
                                                                                                    9     SKINNY BITCH, by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin. (Run-
                                                                                                          ning Press, $13.95.) Vegan diet advice from the world of modeling.
                                                                                                                                                                                            72

         sion, corporate excess and sound professional values.
                                                                                                    10*   I CAN HAS CHEEZBURGER?, by Professor Happycat and                                  7

   10    THE TOTAL MONEY MAKEOVER, by Dave Ramsey. (Nelson,
         $24.99.) Attaining financial fitness, not through quick fixes but
                                                                                            7             icanhascheezburger.com. (Gotham, $10.) More than 200 “LOL-
                                                                                                          cats” — pictures of cats with funny captions (sample: “im in ur
         with an honest approach to the way you handle money.                                             tube, blockin ur internets”) — from the popular Web site.




        HARDCOVER EXTENDED                                                                                PAPERbACK EXTENDED
   11    THE TEN ROADS TO RICHES, by Ken Fisher and Lara Hoff-
         mans. (Fisher Investments)                                                                 11    DINERS, DRIVE-INS AND DIVES, by Guy Fieri with Ann
                                                                                                          Volkwein. (Morrow)


   12    ALPHABET JUICE, by Roy Blount. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
                                                                                                    12    THE SPEED OF TRUST, by Stephen M. R. Covey with Rebecca
                                                                                                          R. Merrill. (Free Press)


   13    REAL SEX FOR REAL WOMEN, by Laura Berman. (DK
         Adult)                                                                                     13    HELLO, CUPCAKE!, by Alan Richardson and Karen Tack.
                                                                                                          (Houghton Mifflin)


   14    TALENT IS OVERRATED, by Geoffrey Colvin. (Portfolio)
                                                                                                    14    THE PURPOSE-DRIVEN LIFE, by Rick Warren. (Zondervan)



   15    THE LITTLE BOOK OF BULL MOVES IN BEAR MAR-
         KETS, by Peter D. Schiff. (Wiley)                                                          15    HUNGRY GIRL, by Lisa Lillien. (St. Martin’s Griffin)




Rankings reflect sales, for the week ending Nov. 22, at many thousands of venues where a wide range of general interest books are sold nationwide. These include hundreds of indepen-
dent book retailers (statistically weighted to represent all such outlets); national, regional and local chains; online and multimedia entertainment retailers; university, gift, supermarket,
discount department stores and newsstands. An asterisk (*) indicates that a book’s sales are barely distinguishable from those of the book above. A dagger (†) indicates that some book-
stores report receiving bulk orders. Among those categories not actively tracked are: perennial sellers; required classroom reading; text, reference and test preparation guides; journals
and workbooks; calorie counters; shopping guides; comics and crossword puzzles. Expanded rankings are available on the Web: nytimes.com/books.
Copyright © 2008                                  The New York Times Book review                                                                                  December 7, 2008
by The New York Times




                                                              Children’s Best Sellers
        PICTURE bOOKS
This
                                                                                                         CHAPTER bOOKS
                                                                                     Weeks      This                                                                                  Weeks
Week                                                                                 On List    Week                                                                                  On List



  1     BARACK OBAMA: SON OF PROMISE, CHILD OF HOPE,
        by Nikki Grimes. Illustrated by Bryan Collier. (Simon & Schuster,
                                                                                           9
                                                                                                   1     BURNING UP, by Joe, Kevin and Nick Jonas. (Hyperion, $21.99.)
                                                                                                         The Jonas Brothers band on tour, in words and pictures. (Ages 9
                                                                                                                                                                                            1

        $16.99.) Yes, he can; a children’s biography of the president-elect.                             to 12)
        (Ages 5 to 10)
                                                                                                   2     DIARY OF A WIMPY KID, written and illustrated by Jeff Kin-                        84

  2     GALLOP!, written and illustrated by Rufus Butler Seder. (Work-
        man, $12.95.) Animals seem to move when you flip the page. (Ages
                                                                                          54             ney. (Amulet/Abrams, $12.95.) The travails of adolescence, in
                                                                                                         cartoons. (Ages 9 to 12)
        4 to 8)
                                                                                                   3     DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: RODRICK RULES, by Jeff Kin-                                 45

  3     SWING!, written and illustrated by Rufus Butler Seder. (Work-
        man, $12.95.) Athletic children seem to move when you flip the
                                                                                           6             ney. (Amulet/Abrams, $12.95.) How Greg embarrassed himself on
                                                                                                         his vacation; a sequel to “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.” (Ages 9 to 12)
        page. (Ages 4 to 8)
                                                                                                   4     THE MAZE OF BONES, by Rick Riordan. (Scholastic, $12.99.)                         11

  4     BIG WORDS FOR LITTLE PEOPLE, by Jamie Lee Curtis. Il-
        lustrated by Laura Cornell. (Joanna Cotler/HarperCollins, $16.99.)
                                                                                          11             A brother and sister hunt for the source of their family’s power;
                                                                                                         Book 1 of a new series, “The 39 Clues.” (Ages 8 to 12)
        A boisterous family improves its vocabulary, and thus its relation-
        ships. (Ages 4 to 8)
                                                                                                   5     THE GRAVEYARD BOOK, by Neil Gaiman. Illustrated by Dave
                                                                                                         McKean. (HarperCollins, $17.99.) To avoid a killer, a boy lives in a
                                                                                                                                                                                            8


  5     GINGERBREAD FRIENDS, written and illustrated by Jan
        Brett. (Putnam, $17.99.) The Gingerbread Baby just wants some-
                                                                                           6             cemetery. (Ages 10 and up)

        body to play with; an adaptation of the classic tale. (Ages 4 to 8)
                                                                                                   6     THE HUNGER GAMES, by Suzanne Collins. (Scholastic, $17.99.)
                                                                                                         In a dystopian future, a girl fights for survival on live TV. (Ages 12
                                                                                                                                                                                           11


  6     ABC3D, by Marion Bataille. (Neal Porter/Roaring Brook, $19.95.)
        The alphabet, in pop-ups. (Ages 9 to 12)
                                                                                           6             and up)


                                                                                                   7     THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET, written and illustrated                             84

  7     BRAVA, STREGA NONA!, written and illustrated by Tomie
        dePaola. (Putnam, $29.99.) An Italian grandmother shares six
                                                                                           3             by Brian Selznick. (Scholastic, $22.99.) An orphan deciphers his
                                                                                                         father’s last message. (Ages 9 to 12)
        secrets of life in a pop-up book. (Ages 3 and up)
                                                                                                   8     THE WAY WE WORK, by David Macaulay with Richard Walk-                              7

  8     TEN LITTLE FINGERS AND TEN LITTLE TOES, by Mem
        Fox. Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury. (Harcourt, $16.) A celebration
                                                                                           6             er. (Lorraine/Houghton Mifflin, $35.) Getting to know the human
                                                                                                         body. (Ages 9 to 12)
        of fingers, toes and love. (Ages 4 to 8)
                                                                                                   9     PAULA DEEN’S MY FIRST COOKBOOK, by Paula Deen with                                 7

  9     A VERY MARLEY CHRISTMAS, by John Grogan. Illustrated
        by Richard Cowdrey. (HarperCollins, $17.99.) Marley the pup
                                                                                           1             Martha Nesbit. Illustrated by Susan Mitchell. (Simon & Schuster,
                                                                                                         $21.99.) Recipes for the very young. (Ages 4 to 8)
        “helps” at holidaytime. (Ages 3 to 8)
                                                                                                   10    THIRTEEN REASONS WHY, by Jay Asher. (Razorbill, $16.99.)                           8

  10    WABI SABI, by Mark Reibstein. Illustrated by Ed Young. (Little,
        Brown Young Readers, $16.99.) Wabi Sabi the cat seeks the mean-
                                                                                           2             Before committing suicide a girl sends explanatory audiotapes to
                                                                                                         13 people. (Ages 14 and up)
        ing of her name. (Ages 4 to 8)




Rankings reflect sales, for the week ended Nov. 22, at many thousands of venues where a wide range of general interest books are sold nationwide. These include hundreds of indepen-
dent book retailers (statistically weighted to represent all such outlets); national, regional and local chains; online and multimedia entertainment retailers; university, gift, supermarket,
discount, department stores and newsstands. An asterisk (*) indicates that a book’s sales are barely distinguishable from those of the book above. A dagger (†) indicates that some book-
stores report receiving bulk orders. Perennial sellers are not actively tracked. Expanded rankings are available on the Web: nytimes.com/books. All four children’s lists appear each week
on the Book Review’s Web site. Publishers have provided the age designations for their best-selling children’s titles.
Copyright © 2008                                  The New York Times Book review                                                                                  December 7, 2008
by The New York Times




                                                              Children’s Best Sellers
        PAPERbACK bOOKS
This
                                                                                                          SERIES
                                                                                     Weeks       This                                                                                  Weeks
Week                                                                                 On List     Week                                                                                  On List



  1     THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX, by Kate DiCamillo. Illustrated
        by Timothy Basil Ering. (Candlewick, $7.99.) A mouse, a rat and a
                                                                                          43
                                                                                                    1     THE TWILIGHT SAGA, by Stephenie Meyer. (Megan Tingley/
                                                                                                          Little Brown, hardcover and paper) Vampires and werewolves in
                                                                                                                                                                                           68

        girl on a magic trip. (Ages 10 and up)                                                            high school. (Ages 12 and up)


  2     THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS, by John Boyne.
        (Random House, $8.99.) A boy’s innocence is eroded in evil times.
                                                                                           3
                                                                                                    2     INHERITANCE, by Christopher Paolini. (Knopf, hardcover and
                                                                                                          paper) A teenager and his dragon learn the secrets of a fantasy
                                                                                                                                                                                           10

        (Ages 12 and up)                                                                                  world. (Ages 12 and up)


  3     THE BOOK THIEF, by Markus Zusak. (Knopf, $11.99.) A girl
        saves books from Nazi burning and shares them with a Jewish
                                                                                          63
                                                                                                    3     HOUSE OF NIGHT, by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast. (St. Martin’s,
                                                                                                          paper only) Vampires in school. (Ages 14 and up)
                                                                                                                                                                                           13

        man in hiding. (Ages 14 and up)
                                                                                                    4     IF YOU GIVE . . ., by Laura Numeroff. Illustrated by Felicia                     26

  4     THE MYSTERIOUS BENEDICT SOCIETY, by Trenton Lee
        Stewart. Illustrated by Carson Ellis. (Megan Tingley/Little,
                                                                                          16              Bond. (Geringer/HarperCollins, hardcover and paper) Fun with
                                                                                                          cause and effect. (Ages 4 to 8)
        Brown, $6.99.) Gifted kids on a mission. (Ages 9 to 12)
                                                                                                    5     INKHEART, by Cornelia Funke. (Scholastic, hardcover and pa-                       9

  5     SLAM, by Nick Hornby. (Riverhead, $14.) A skateboarder gets
        his high school girlfriend pregnant and wonders, What would
                                                                                           7              per) The characters of a book come to life and ensnare its readers.
                                                                                                          (Ages 10 and up)
        Tony Hawk do? (Ages 12 and up)
                                                                                                    6     VAMPIRE ACADEMY, by Richelle Mead. (Razorbill, paper                              2

  6     THE LITTLEST PILGRIM, by Brandi Dougherty. Illustrated by
        Kirsten Richards. (Scholastic, $3.99.) A girl in colonial America.
                                                                                           3              only) The undead at boarding school. (Ages 12 and up)

        (Ages 4 to 8)
                                                                                                    7     RANGER’S APPRENTICE, by John Flanagan. (Philomel, hard-
                                                                                                          cover and paper) A boy warrior battles evil. (Ages 9 to 12)
                                                                                                                                                                                           27


  7     THANKS FOR THANKSGIVING, by Julie Markes. (HarperCol-                              3
        lins, $6.99.) What matters most on Thanksgiving? (Ages 4 to 8)
                                                                                                    8     NIGHT WORLD, by L. J. Smith. (Simon Pulse, paper only) Su-
                                                                                                          pernatural races form secret societies. (Ages 14 and up)
                                                                                                                                                                                            3


  8     THE ALCHEMYST, by Michael Scott. (Delacorte, $8.99.) Twins                        12
        must help an immortal alchemist protect his book of spells from
        an evil sorcerer. (Ages 12 and up)                                                          9     FANCY NANCY, by Jane O’Connor. Illustrated by Robin Preiss
                                                                                                          Glasser. (HarperCollins, hardcover and paper) A glamour girl’s
                                                                                                                                                                                           31

                                                                                                          divine life. (Ages 4 to 8)

  9     BARACK OBAMA, by Roberta Edwards. Illustrated by Ken                              16
        Call. (Grosset & Dunlap, $3.99.) A biography of the “skinny kid”
        president-elect. (Ages 7 to 9)                                                              10    WARRIORS, by Erin Hunter. (HarperCollins, hardcover and
                                                                                                          paper) Four clans of cat warriors aspire to meet up with the Star-
                                                                                                                                                                                           62

                                                                                                          Clan. (Ages 10 to 14)

  10    YES WE CAN, by Garen Thomas. (Feiwel & Friends, $6.99.) An
        Obama biography. (Ages 8 to 12)
                                                                                           3




Rankings reflect sales, for the week ended Nov. 22, at many thousands of venues where a wide range of general interest books are sold nationwide. These include hundreds of indepen-
dent book retailers (statistically weighted to represent all such outlets); national, regional and local chains; online and multimedia entertainment retailers; university, gift, supermarket,
discount, department stores and newsstands. An asterisk (*) indicates that a book’s sales are barely distinguishable from those of the book above. A dagger (†) indicates that some book-
stores report receiving bulk orders. Perennial sellers are not actively tracked. Expanded rankings are available on the Web: nytimes.com/books. All four children’s lists appear each week
on the Book Review’s Web site. Publishers have provided the age designations for their best-selling children’s titles.
Copyright © 2008 by
The New York Times
                                     The New York Times Book review                                                                                   December 7, 2008



                                                              Editor’s Choice
A MERCY, by Toni Morrison. (Knopf, $23.95.) In this       The Past and Future of American Affluence, by Robert        Vann leads the reader to vital places while exorcizing
novel of the 17th century, Morrison performs her deep-    J. Samuelson. (Random House, $26.) The villains of this     demons born from the suicide of his father.
est excavation yet into America’s history and exhumes     morality tale are the advocates of the “new economics”
our twin original sins: the enslavement of Africans and   that took hold under Kennedy.                               SEA OF POPPIES, by Amitav Ghosh. (Farrar, Straus
the near extermination of Native Americans.                                                                           & Giroux, $26.) Ghosh’s novel reimagines the lives of
                                                          THE WORDY SHIPMATES, by Sarah Vowell. (River­               Indian peasants on the eve of the Opium Wars.
OUTLIERS: The Story of Success, by Malcolm Glad­          head, $25.95.) Vowell’s pop history of the New England
well. (Little, Brown, $27.99.) Writing with a political   Puritans’ attempt to build an exemplary “city upon a        LUCKY BILLY, by John Vernon. (Houghton Mifflin,
bent, Gladwell argues that success is more a function     hill” hums along with genial talk-show banter.              $24.) A fictionalized account of the short life and squalid
of opportunity than we generally care to believe.                                                                     death of Henry McCarty, a k a Billy the Kid.
                                                          HORSES AT WORK: Harnessing Power in Industrial
LESSONS IN DISASTER: McGeorge Bundy and                   America, by Ann Norton Greene. (Harvard University,         The full reviews of these and other recent
the Path to War in Vietnam, by Gordon M. Goldstein.       $29.95.) A colorfully detailed analysis of why horses,      books are on the Web: nytimes.com/books.
(Times Books/Holt, $25.) How a key architect of the war   paradoxically, thrived in the age of industrialization.
began an agonized search to understand himself.           LEGEND OF A SUICIDE, by David Vann. (University
THE GREAT INFLATION AND ITS AFTERMATH:                    of Massachusetts, $24.95.) In his first story collection,




                                                           Paperback Row
THE ORDEAL OF ELIZABETH MARSH: A Wom-                     anthology offers a chance to stand back and look at         shows that “Merman, offstage, was often crass,
an in World History, by Linda Colley. (Anchor,            what Ashbery has been up to for the past 20 years           callous and petty.” I WALKED THE LINE: My Life
$16.95.) ‘‘This biography of an obscure 18th-century      — difficult and unpredictable poems, often about            With Johnny, by Vivian Cash with Ann Sharpsteen.
travel writer is a “dazzling performance of histori-      writing itself. Most of them are composed in free           (Scribner, $15.) Johnny Cash’s first wife told her side
cal scholarship,” our reviewer, Megan Marshall,           verse, often in very long lines that fit his meander-       of the story of their marriage, drawing on Cash’s
wrote; it was one of the Book Review’s 10 Best            ing, speculative mood.                                      letters to her, in this book published after her death.
Books of 2007. Marsh spent time in cities and towns
from London to Madras, sometimes with her par-            SCHULZ AND PEANUTS: A Biography, by David                   GREED, by Elfriede Jelinek. (Seven Stories, $17.95.)
ents or husband, sometimes (memorably) on her             Michaelis. (Perennial/HarperCollins, $19.95.) At the        This grim novel, Jelinek’s 10th, is a tale of a murder-
own. Her 1769 travel memoir, “The Female Cap-             height of its popularity, “Peanuts” reached 300 mil-        ous Austrian country policeman. Displaying her
tive,” describes her three months as a hostage in         lion readers in 75 countries and 21 languages every         usual mordant irony, she rages against the evils
Morocco, where the sultan encouraged her to join          day. Beginning in the 1950s, Charles Schulz helped          of capitalism, the tyranny of sex and the myth of
his harem. Colley’s wide-ranging research brings          transform the newspaper comic strip, introducing            romantic love. (“Silly cows, women. All of them.
us “a world in a book,” Marshall said.                    adult feelings like anxiety, depression and disil-          Above all, the educated ones.”) Jelinek won the No-
                                                          lusionment — many of which, Michaelis shows in              bel Prize in Literature in 2004.
OTHER COLORS: Essays and a Story, by Orhan                this engaging biography, came from Schulz himself.
Pamuk. Translated by Maureen Freely. (Vintage             His is a “classic American story,” Charles McGrath          ESALEN: America and the Religion of No Reli-
International, $15.95.) Pamuk, who won the Nobel          wrote in the Book Review, a “lonely, misunderstood          gion, by Jeffrey J. Kripal. (University of Chicago, $20.)
Prize in Literature in 2006, writes at a desk in Is-      genius who clings to his dream, finds riches and            “Esalen is on the edge,” Kripal writes, which is both
tanbul that overlooks the bridge between Europe           fame, and discovers that they don’t make him                literally (on a cliff about 100 feet above the Pacific
and Asia; most of the essays here are also set on         happy after all.”                                           Ocean) and metaphorically (hallucinogenics, para-
the European periphery. He writes of his love for                                                                     psychology, Rolfing) true. Kripal presents both gos-
Istanbul (“the center of the world”), his interest        CAN’T BUY ME LOVE: The Beatles, Britain,                    sip about the famous people who passed through
in writers like Dostoyevsky (the true subject of          and America, by Jonathan Gould. (Three Rivers,              the Esalen Institute and the serious ideas behind its
“Notes From Underground” is “the jealousy, anger          $15.95.) Why read another Beatles book? There’s             work, making points about America’s present spiri-
and pride of a man who cannot make himself into           not much new in this “scrupulous, witty, and at             tual state and its religious evolution.
a European”) and his faith in writing (“our only          times appropriately skeptical study,” as our re-
defense against life’s cruelties”).                       viewer, Bruce Handy, described it, but Gould defi-          GONZO: The Life of Hunter S. Thompson, by
                                                          nitely “knows how to get inside a song and shine            Jann. S. Wenner and Corey Seymour. (Back Bay/
MERE ANARCHY, by Woody Allen. (Random House,              a light on its inner workings.” COLTRANE: The               Little, Brown, $15.99.) Wenner and Seymour’s oral
$14.) About 10 years ago, Allen resumed submitting        Story of a Sound, by Ben Ratliff. (Picador, $16.)           history is “a rigorous and honest piece of work,” Joe
funny short pieces to The New Yorker after a long         Ratliff, a jazz critic at The Times, is interested not in   Klein wrote in the Book Review. He called it both
absence; they are collected here with some addi-          Coltrane’s life but in “the story of his work,” includ-     a “wonderfully entertaining chronicle of Hunter’s
tional material. Even if there’s nothing that stands      ing his influence. Explaining his subtitle, Ratliff         wild ride” and a mirror on “the anguish of a life that
up to “The Whore of Mensa,” Allen, “when he’s on          says that a musician’s sound is “a full and sensible        veered from inspired performance art to ruinous
form, is as capable as ever of delivering pleasure,”      embodiment of his artistic personality”; Coltrane’s         solipsism.”
our reviewer, David Kamp said.                            was “large . . . and urgent.” Brian Kellow’s ETHEL                                                  Elsa DixlEr
                                                          MERMAN: A Life (Penguin, $16) is a “dishy and
NOTES FROM THE AIR: Selected Later Poems,                 seamless” account of the Broadway star’s career,
by John Ashbery. (Ecco/HarperCollins, $16.95.) This       Neil Genzlinger said in the Book Review; Kellow

				
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