New York Times bestsellers

  • December 10, 2013 - 3:39 PM


1. TAKEDOWN TWENTY, by Janet Evanovich. (Bantam) New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum pursues a mobster on the lam.

2. KING AND MAXWELL, by David Baldacci. (Grand Central) Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, former Secret Service agents turned private investigators, scrutinize a soldier’s mysterious death in Afghanistan.

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

4. 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.

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

7. 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.

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

9. S., by Doug Dorst. (Mulholland/Little, Brown) In a project conceived by writer and director J.J. Abrams, the facsimile of a novel published in 1949 encodes a mystery.

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


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. MIRACLES AND MASSACRES, by Glenn Beck with Kevin Balfe and Hannah Beck. (Threshold Editions/Mercury Radio Arts) Little-known stories from the American past.

4. 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.

5. THE BULLY PULPIT, by Doris Kearns Goodwin. (Simon & Schuster) The relationships between Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and the muckraking press.

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

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

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

9. GOOD TIDINGS AND GREAT JOY, by Sarah Palin. (Broadside/HarperCollins) The former vice presidential candidate urges Americans to keep Christ in Christmas.

10. FIVE DAYS IN NOVEMBER, by Clint Hill and Lisa McCubbin. (Gallery Books) Recollections from the Secret Service agent who tried to protect President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963, with 150 photographs.


1. STAYING STRONG, by Demi Lovato. (Feiwel & Friends) Three hundred and sixty-five insights from the actress and recording artist.

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

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

Rankings reflect sales from venues nationwide for the week ending Nov. 23. 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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