New York Times Bestsellers

  • Updated: August 21, 2012 - 3:08 PM

Fiction, nonfiction, advice and how-to

FICTION

1. GONE GIRL, by Gillian Flynn. (Crown, $25.) A woman disappears on her fifth wedding anniversary; is her husband a killer?

2. ODD APOCALYPSE, by Dean Koontz. (Bantam, $28.) Odd Thomas, who can communicate with the dead, explores the mysteries of an old estate now owned by a billionaire.

3. WHERE WE BELONG, by Emily Giffin. (St. Martin's, $27.99.) A woman's successful life is disrupted by the appearance of an 018-year-old woman with a link to her past.

4. FRIENDS FOREVER, by Danielle Steel. (Delacorte, $28.) Three boys and two girls who meet in kindergarten maintain their bonds as they grow to adulthood.

5. BLACK LIST, by Brad Thor. (Emily Bestler/Atria, $27.99.) If counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath can discover who targeted him for death, he can prevent a terrorist attack.

6. THE FALLEN ANGEL, by Daniel Silva. (Harper/HarperCollins, $27.99.) Gabriel Allon, an art restorer and occasional spy for the Israeli secret service, discovers a global criminal enterprise behind a murder at the Vatican.

7. THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS, by M.L. Stedman. (Scribner, $25.) An Australian lighthouse keeper and his wife decide to keep a baby who has washed ashore.

8. I, MICHAEL BENNETT, by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge. (Little, Brown, $27.99.) A New York detective takes refuge with his 10 children in an upstate cabin.

9. SHADOW OF NIGHT, by Deborah Harkness. (Viking, $28.95.) An Oxford scholar/witch and a vampire geneticist pursue history, secrets and each other in Elizabethan London.

10. A DANCE WITH DRAGONS, by George R.R. Martin. (Bantam, $35.) Book 5 of "A Song of Ice and Fire."

NONFICTION

1. WILD, by Cheryl Strayed. (Knopf, $25.95.) A woman's account of a life-changing 1,100-mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail.

2. UNBROKEN, by Laura Hillenbrand. (Random House, $27.) An Olympic runner's story of survival as a prisoner of the Japanese in World War II.

3. KILLING LINCOLN, by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard. (Holt, $28.) The host of "The O'Reilly Factor" recounts the events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

4. DOUBLE CROSS, by Ben Macintyre. (Crown, $26.) How the Allies tricked the Nazis into believing that on D-Day they would attack somewhere other than Normandy.

5. THE AMATEUR, by Edward Klein. (Regnery, $27.95.) A journalist argues that President Obama is unable to lead.

6. STEVE JOBS, by Walter Isaacson. (Simon & Schuster, $35.) A biography of the visionary entrepreneur, who died in October 2011.

7. DREAM TEAM, by Jack McCallum. (Ballantine, $28.) The 1992 U.S. men's Olympic basketball team.

8(x). THE POWER OF HABIT, by Charles Duhigg. (Random House, $28.) A Times reporter's account of the science behind how we form, and break, habits.

9. RED INK, by David Wessel. (Crown Business, $22.) A journalist reviews the politics behind the federal budget, explores where the money goes and argues that current trends are unsustainable.

10. I HATE EVERYONE ... STARTING WITH ME, by Joan Rivers. (Berkley, $25.95.) The comedian's humorous reflections.

ADVICE, HOW-TO AND MISCELLANEOUS

1. WHEAT BELLY, by William Davis. (Rodale, $25.99.) An examination of wheat in modern diets and an argument for its elimination.

2. THE BLOOD SUGAR SOLUTION, by Mark Hyman. (Little, Brown, $27.99.) Naming insulin resistance as a cause of diabetes and obesity, the author offers a plan for losing weight and preventing disease.

3. THE 17 DAY DIET, by Mike Moreno. (Free Press, $25.) Four cycles to help you burn fat every day. (b)

4. THE SKINNY RULES, by Bob Harper with Greg Critser. (Ballantine, $26.) The star of "The Biggest Loser" lays out "principles for getting to thin."

5. TEACH YOUR CHILDREN WELL, by Madeline Levine. (Harper/HarperCollins, $26.99.) Informing parents about the cost of high achievement.

Rankings reflect sales for the week that ended Aug. 4 at thousands of venues nationwide. An (x) indicates that a book's sales are barely distinguishable from those of the book above. A (b) indicates that some bookstores report receiving bulk orders.

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