New York Times bestsellers

  • September 17, 2013 - 1:39 PM


1. HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN, by Louise Penny. (Minotaur) Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sret du Qubec seeks a refuge in the tiny mountain village of Three Pines.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. MISTRESS, by James Patterson and David Ellis. (Little, Brown) When he begins to investigate a friend’s mysterious death, a man discovers that she was leading a double life.

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. THE WHOLE ENCHILADA, by Diane Mott Davidson. (Morrow/HarperCollins) Someone is stalking caterer and sleuth Goldy Schulz.

7. BONES OF THE LOST, by Kathy Reichs. (Scribner) The investigation of a hit-and-run leads forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan into the world of human trafficking; the 16th novel in the series behind the TV show “Bones.”

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

9. NIGHT FILM, by Marisha Pessl. (Random House) Investigators pursue a master horror film auteur after his daughter is found dead.

10. THE BONE SEASON, by Samantha Shannon. (Bloomsbury) A young clairvoyant discovers her powers in a dystopian England in 2059; first pick of the “Today” show book club.


1. THE LIBERTY AMENDMENTS, by Mark R. Levin. (Threshold Editions) Talk-radio host and president of the Landmark Legal Foundation offers 11 proposals for returning to America’s founding principles.

2. ZEALOT, by Reza Aslan. (Random House) A biography of Jesus of Nazareth presents him in the context of his times as the leader of a revolutionary movement.

3. THIS TOWN, by Mark Leibovich. (Blue Rider) An examination of Washington’s “media-industrial complex” by the chief national correspondent for the Times Magazine.

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

5. HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY, by Phil Robertson with Mark Schlabach. (Howard Books) The Duck Commander pays tribute to “faith, family and ducks.”

6. LAWRENCE IN ARABIA, by Scott Anderson. ( Doubleday) A history of the Arab revolt against the Turks in World War I focuses on T.E. Lawrence and other adventurers.

7. EXPOSED, by Jane Velez-Mitchell. (Morrow/HarperCollins) The story of Jodi Arias, who was convicted of murdering her boyfriend, Travis Alexander.

8. THE BUTLER, by Wil Haygood. (37 Ink/Atria) The story of Eugene Allen, a butler who served presidents from Harry Truman to Ronald Reagan. Haygood’s article about Allen inspired the movie “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.”

9. 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.

10. THE DUCK COMMANDER FAMILY, by Willie and Korie Robertson with Mark Schlabach. (Howard Books) Behind the scenes at the A&E show “Duck Dynasty.”


1. E-SQUARED, by Pam Grout. (Hay House) Nine spiritual experiments to help change the focus of your thoughts.

2. THE FIVE LOVE LANGUAGES, by Gary Chapman. (Northfield) How to communicate love in a way your spouse will understand.

3. WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING, by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel. (Workman) Advice for parents-to-be. (b)

4. LIFE CODE, by Phil McGraw. (Bird Street) How to abandon traditional thinking and “win in the real world.”

5. ENGAGED!, by Gregg Lederman. (Evolve) Empowering employees, increasing motivation and improving the customer experience. (b)

Rankings reflect sales from venues nationwide for the week ending Aug. 31. 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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