New York Times bestsellers

  • Updated: May 7, 2013 - 1:21 PM

FICTION

1. WHISKEY BEACH, by Nora Roberts. (Putnam, $27.95.) A former criminal attorney who has been acquitted of his wife’s murder retreats to his family estate on a rocky New England cliff, where he is comforted by the house’s caretaker amid continuing danger.

2. DADDY’S GONE A HUNTING, by Mary Higgins Clark. (Simon & Schuster, $26.99.) Two sisters are threatened by a dark secret from their family’s past.

3. LIFE AFTER LIFE, by Kate Atkinson. (Little, Brown, $27.99.) A woman appears in different versions of the same events, centered on World War II.

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

5(x). TAKING EVE, by Iris Johansen. (St. Martin’s, $27.99.) Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan undertakes a job for a man with dark secrets; the first book in a trilogy.

6. THE BURGESS BOYS, by Elizabeth Strout. (Random House, $26.) Two brothers, both lawyers, come together in a small Maine town to defend their good-for-nothing nephew; by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Olive Kitteridge.”

7(x). DON’T GO, by Lisa Scottoline. (St. Martin’s, $27.99.) An Army doctor returns from Afghanistan when his wife dies in what at first appears to be an accident, and finds that his life is falling apart.

8. UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES, by Stuart Woods. (Putnam, $26.95.) New York lawyer Stone Barrington discovers a shadowy network beneath the world of European wealth.

9. SIX YEARS, by Harlan Coben. (Dutton, $27.95.) Six years after the woman he loved married another man, Jake Fisher discovers that neither she nor their life together were what they seemed, and he sets out to uncover the truth.

10. STARTING NOW, by Debbie Macomber. (Ballantine, $26.) Seattle lawyer loses her job and remakes her life; she finds support at the local knitting store. A Blossom Street novel.

NONFICTION

1. LEAN IN, by Sheryl Sandberg with Nell Scovell. (Knopf, $24.95.) The chief operating officer of Facebook urges women to pursue their careers without ambivalence.

2. THE ATHENA DOCTRINE, by John Gerzema and Michael D’Antonio. (Jossey-Bass, $27.95.) How feminine values of nurturing, listening and collaborating are redefining success for both genders. (b)

3. GULP, by Mary Roach. (Norton, $26.95.) A science writer’s pilgrimage down the digestive tract.

4. UNSINKABLE, by Debbie Reynolds and Dorian Hannaway. (Morrow/HarperCollins, $28.99.) A second memoir by the actress, singer and dancer presents stories about her show-business friends, her man and money troubles, and her children.

5. THE WAY OF THE KNIFE, by Mark Mazzetti. (Penguin Press, $29.95.) The Times’ national security correspondent describes how the lines between the CIA and the U.S. military have blurred.

6(x). GIVE AND TAKE, by Adam Grant. (Viking, $27.95.) A Wharton professor’s research discloses that success depends on how we interact with others, and he argues that “givers” do better than “takers.”

7. UNBROKEN, by Laura Hillenbrand. (Random House, $27.) An Olympic runner’s story of survival as a prisoner of the Japanese in World War II after his plane went down over the Pacific.

8. THE GREAT DEFORMATION, by David Stockman. (PublicAffairs, $35.) A revisionist account of economic history since the New Deal, by President Ronald Reagan’s former budget director.

9(x). MY WAY, by Paul Anka with David Dalton. (St. Martin’s, $29.99.) A show-business memoir from the singer and songwriter.

10. KILLING KENNEDY, by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. ( Holt, $28.) Host of “The O’Reilly Factor” recounts the events surrounding JFK’s assassination.

ADVICE, HOW-TO and MISCELLANEOUS

1. THE FAST METABOLISM DIET, by Haylie Pomroy with Eve Adamson. (Crown Publishing.) A program to lose weight by rotating food groups.

2. IT’S ALL GOOD, by Gwyneth Paltrow and Julia Turshen. (Grand Central Publishing.) Easy, healthy, sugar-free recipes.

3. THE ONE THING, by Gary Keller with Jay Papasan. (Tradeselect.) Narrowing your concentration and becoming more productive. (b)

– ENGINEERING THE ALPHA, by John Romaniello and Adam Bornstein. (HarperCollins Publishers.) Dietary strategies and training exercises to build muscle and burn fat. (b)

5. LIFE CODE, by Phil McGraw. (Bird Street Books.) How to “win in the real world,” despite those who try to exploit you.

Rankings reflect sales from venues nationwide for the week ending April 20. An (x) indicates that a book’s sales are indistinguishable from those of the book above. A (b) indicates that some sellers report receiving bulk orders.

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