National bestsellers for week ended May 5
- New York Times
- May 22, 2012 - 2:28 PM
1. DEADLOCKED, by Charlaine Harris. (Ace, $27.95.) Telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse investigates a murder that has more to do with her than she imagines.
2. THE WIND THROUGH THE KEYHOLE, by Stephen King. (Scribner, $27.) A new entry in the Dark Tower epic western-fantasy series; this novel, King says, is "Dark Tower 4.5."
3. THE INNOCENT, by David Baldacci. (Grand Central, $27.99.) A hit man who has become a target of the government rescues a teenage girl whose parents have been murdered and who may be at the center of a dangerous conspiracy.
4. CALICO JOE, by John Grisham. ( Doubleday, $24.95.) A pitcher beans a promising rookie, ending both their careers; years later, the pitcher's son brings them together.
5. THE WITNESS, by Nora Roberts. (Putnam, $27.95.) A programmer hides from the Russian mob in the Ozarks.
6. ROBERT B. PARKER'S LULLABY, by Ace Atkins. (Putnam, $26.95.) Spenser helps a girl investigate her mother's murder; a continuation of the series by Parker, who died in 2010.
7. GUILTY WIVES, by James Patterson and David Ellis. (Little, Brown, $27.99.) Four friends in Monte Carlo for a luxurious girls' vacation find themselves in prison, accused of a crime.
8. THE LOST YEARS, by Mary Higgins Clark. (Simon & Schuster, $26.99.) A biblical scholar who made an amazing discovery is murdered.
9. UNNATURAL ACTS, by Stuart Woods. (Putnam, $26.95.) New York lawyer Stone Barrington becomes involved in the family problems of a billionaire hedge fund manager.
10(x). THE SHOEMAKER'S WIFE, by Adriana Trigiani. (Harper/HarperCollins, $26.99.) Childhood sweethearts in turn-of-the-20th-century Italy meet again in America.
1. THE PASSAGE OF POWER, by Robert A. Caro. (Knopf, $35.) The fourth volume of "The Years of Lyndon Johnson," Caro's monumental biography follows events from 1958 through the Kennedy assassination.
2. MY CROSS TO BEAR, by Gregg Allman with Alan Light. (Morrow/HarperCollins, $27.99.) The musician's memoir.
3. LOTS OF CANDLES, PLENTY OF CAKE, by Anna Quindlen. (Random House, $26.) The journalist and novelist, now nearly 60, looks back at her experiences and those of her generation.
4. PRAGUE WINTER, by Madeleine Albright with Bill Woodward. (Harper/HarperCollins, $29.99.) The former secretary of state describes her family's life in Czechoslovakia, where she was born; their exile in London during World War II; their return to their homeland after the war, and their final move to the United States in 1948.
5. 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.
6(x). DRIFT, by Rachel Maddow. (Crown, $25.) America's path to war has become too easy, with excessive power ceded to the executive branch, the MSNBC host argues.
7. IMAGINE, by Jonah Lehrer. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26.) An account of the science of creativity argues that it is not a gift but a thought process that can be learned.
8. THE PRESIDENTS CLUB, by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy. (Simon & Schuster, $32.50.) Two journalists examine the relationships between sitting presidents and their predecessors.
9(x). 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.
10. MANHUNT, by Peter L. Bergen. (Crown, $26.) The 10-year search for Osama bin Laden.
ADVICE, HOW-TO AND MISCELLANEOUS
1. THE PIONEER WOMAN COOKS: FOOD FROM MY FRONTIER, by Ree Drummond. (Morrow/HarperCollins, $29.99.) More recipes.
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(x). VEGAN COOKING FOR CARNIVORES, by Roberto Martin. (Grand Central Life & Style, $29.99.) Recipes that use flavors as a way to make up for meat.
4. THE 17 DAY DIET, by Mike Moreno. (Free Press, $25.) Four cycles to help you burn fat every day. (b)
5. WEEKNIGHTS WITH GIADA, by Giada De Laurentiis. (Clarkson Potter, $35.) The Food Network star offers quick-to-prepare recipes.
Rankings reflect sales for the week that ended May 5 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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