New York Times bestsellers
- August 6, 2013 - 2:00 PM
1. THE ENGLISH GIRL, by Daniel Silva. (Harper.) Gabriel Allon, an art restorer and occasional spy for the Israeli secret service, steps in to help the British prime minister, whose lover has been kidnapped.
2. INFERNO, by Dan Brown. (Doubleday.) Symbologist Robert Langdon, on the run in Florence, must decipher a series of codes created by a Dante-loving scientist.
3. THE CUCKOO’S CALLING, by Robert Galbraith. (Mullholland Books/Little, Brown.) Struggling detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel’s suicide; by J.K. Rowling, writing pseudonymously.
4. FIRST SIGHT, by Danielle Steel. (Delacorte.) A talented American designer whose troubled past has soured her on relationships falls in love with a French doctor.
5. AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED, by Khaled Hosseini. (Riverhead.) A multigenerational family saga centers on a brother and sister born in Afghanistan; from the author of “The Kite Runner.”
6. HIDDEN ORDER, by Brad Thor. (Emily Bestler/Atria.) As counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath searches for the murderer of candidates to head a powerful, mysterious agency, he uncovers a plot with roots in the 18th century.
7. THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE, by Neil Gaiman. (Morrow/HarperCollins.) A middle-aged man recalls his lonely boyhood and his friendship with a remarkable girl.
8. GONE GIRL, by Gillian Flynn. (Crown.) A woman disappears on her fifth wedding anniversary; is her husband a killer?
9. SECOND HONEYMOON, by James Patterson and Howard Roughan. (Little, Brown.) As he investigates the murder of a pair of newlyweds, FBI agent John O’Hara, last seen in “Honeymoon” (2005), is targeted by a serial killer.
10. BOMBSHELL, by Catherine Coulter. (Putnam.) After FBI Special Agent Griffin Hammersmith accepts Dillon Savich’s invitation to join him and Lacey Sherlock, Hammersmith’s sister is savagely beaten.
1. LEAN IN, by Sheryl Sandberg with Nell Scovell. (Knopf.) The chief operating officer of Facebook urges women to pursue their careers without ambivalence.
2. THIS TOWN, by Mark Leibovich. (Blue Rider.) An examination of Washington’s “media-industrial complex” by the chief national correspondent for the New York Times Magazine.
3. HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY, by Phil Robertson with Mark Schlabach. (Howard Books.) The Duck Commander pays tribute to “faith, family and ducks.”
4. ZEALOT, by Reza Aslan. (Random House.) Biography of Jesus of Nazareth presents him in the context of his times as the leader of a revolutionary movement.
5. FANTASY LIFE, by Matthew Berry. (Riverhead.) Sports analyst for ESPN celebrates the fantasy sports world.
6. UNBROKEN, by Laura Hillenbrand. (Random House.) An Olympic runner’s story of survival as a prisoner of the Japanese in World War II after his bomber went down over the Pacific.
7. LET’S EXPLORE DIABETES WITH OWLS, by David Sedaris. (Little, Brown.) Essays from the humorist on subjects like French dentistry and a North Carolina Costco.
8. DAD IS FAT, by Jim Gaffigan. (Crown Archetype.) A comedian’s account of life with five kids in a two-bedroom New York City apartment.
9. THE DUCK COMMANDER FAMILY, by Willie and Korie Robertson with Mark Schlabach. (Howard Books.) Behind the scenes at the A&E show “Duck Dynasty.”
10. THE GUNS AT LAST LIGHT, by Rick Atkinson. (Holt.) The final volume of the Liberation Trilogy describes the Allied victory in Europe, from D-Day to the German surrender.
ADVICE, HOW-TO AND MISCELLANEOUS
1. THE FIVE LOVE LANGUAGES, by Gary Chapman. (Northfield.) How to communicate love in a way a spouse will understand.
2. LIFE CODE, by Phil McGraw. (Bird Street.) How to “win in the real world,” regardless of people who try to exploit you.
3. WHEAT BELLY, by William Davis. (Rodale.) An examination of wheat in modern diets and an argument for its elimination.
4. DISCOVER YOUR OPTIMAL HEALTH, by Wayne Scott Andersen. (Da Capo/Lifelong.) A 30-day plan for developing daily habits to improve health and well-being.
5. WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING, by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel. (Workman.) Advice for parents-to-be. (b)
Rankings reflect sales at venues nationwide for the week ending July 20. An (x) indicates that a book’s sales are barely distinguishable from those of the book above. A (b) indicates that some sellers report receiving bulk orders.
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