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New York Times bestsellers

  • December 3, 2013 - 1:47 PM

FICTION

1. THE FIRST PHONE CALL FROM HEAVEN, by Mitch Albom. (Harper) A small Michigan town is transformed when its residents receive phone calls said to be from heaven.

2. SYCAMORE ROW, by John Grisham. (Doubleday) A sequel, about race and inheritance, to “A Time to Kill.”

3. DUST, by Patricia Cornwell. (Putnam) The murder of a computer engineer at MIT leads the Massachusetts Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta in unexpected directions.

4. WHITE FIRE, by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. (Grand Central) Special Agent Pendergast discovers that the killing of several miners 150 years ago may be related to deadly arson attacks at a Colorado ski resort.

5. THE GOLDFINCH, by Donna Tartt. (Little, Brown) A painting smuggled out of the Metropolitan Museum of Art after a bombing becomes a boy’s prize, guilt and burden.

6. DOCTOR SLEEP, by Stephen King. (Scribner) Now grown up, Dan, the boy with psycho-intuitive powers in “The Shining,” helps another threatened child with a gift.

7. THE VALLEY OF AMAZEMENT, by Amy Tan. (Ecco/HarperCollins) The author of “The Joy Luck Club” follows mother and daughter courtesans over four decades.

8. THE LONGEST RIDE, by Nicholas Sparks. (Grand Central) The lives of two couples converge unexpectedly.

9. MIRAGE, by Clive Cussler with Jack Du Brul. (Putnam) Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the Oregon probe the disappearance of an American destroyer in 1943.

10. THE ALL-GIRL FILLING STATION’S LAST REUNION, by Fannie Flagg. (Random House) A Southern woman’s search for the secrets of her mother’s past leads her to a gas station run by four girls in the Midwest during World War II.

NONFICTION

1. THINGS THAT MATTER, by Charles Krauthammer. (Crown Forum) Three decades’ worth of essays from the conservative columnist.

2. KILLING JESUS, by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. (Holt) The host of “The O’Reilly Factor” recounts the events leading up to Jesus’ execution.

3. THE BULLY PULPIT, by Doris ­Kearns Goodwin. (Simon & Schuster) The author of “Team of Rivals” explores the relationship between Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft and the activities of the muckraking press.

4. DAVID AND GOLIATH, by Malcolm Gladwell. (Little, Brown) How disadvantages can work in our favor; from the author of “The Tipping Point” and “Outliers.”

5. I AM MALALA, by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb. (Little, Brown) The experience of the Pakistani girl who advocated for women’s education and was shot by the Taliban.

6. DOUBLE DOWN, by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. (Penguin Press) Insider reporting on the election of 2012 from the authors of “Game Change.”

7. SI-COLOGY 1, by Si Robertson with Mark Schlabach. (Howard Books) Tales from Phil’s youngest brother, who works in the Duck Commander workshop.

8. GEORGE WASHINGTON’S SECRET SIX, by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger. (Sentinel) The story of the Culper spy ring, which aided the American cause during the Revolution.

9. GOOD TIDINGS AND GREAT JOY, by Sarah Palin. (Broadside/HarperCollins) The former vice presidential candidate urges Americans to keep Jesus Christ in Christmas — in public displays, school concerts and their hearts.

10. THE DEATH OF SANTINI, by Pat Conroy. (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday) In this memoir, Conroy mourns the abusive father on whom “The Great Santini” was based.

ADVICE, HOW-TO AND MISCELLANEOUS

1. GRAIN BRAIN, by David Perlmutter with Kristin Loberg. (Little, Brown) The deleterious effect of carbohydrates on the brain, and how to reverse it.

2. THE PIONEER WOMAN COOKS - A YEAR OF HOLIDAYS, by Ree Drummond. (William Morrow) Recipes for holidays and celebrations.

3. HYPERBOLE AND A HALF, by Allie Brosh. (Touchstone) Illustrated personal anecdotes from the author of the popular blog.

4. MISS KAY’S DUCK COMMANDER KITCHEN, by Kay Robertson with Chrys Howard. (Howard Books) A cookbook, with family snapshots and spiritual quotes, from the matriarch of the “Duck Dynasty” family.

5. GIADA’S FEEL GOOD FOOD, by Giada De Laurentiis. (Clarkson Potter) Recipes and tips for staying fit from the Food Network host.

Rankings reflect sales from venues nationwide for the week ending Nov. 16. 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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