New York Times bestsellers

  • February 4, 2014 - 1:50 PM


1. THE INVENTION OF WINGS, by Sue Monk Kidd. (Viking) The relationship between a wealthy Charleston girl, Sarah Grimk, who will grow up to become a prominent abolitionist, and the slave she is given for her 11th birthday.

2. 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.

3. FIRST LOVE, by James Patterson and Emily Raymond. (Little, Brown) Sixteen-year-old Axi Moore invites her best friend, whom she secretly loves, on a cross-country road trip.

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

6. THE DEAD IN THEIR VAULTED ARCHES, by Alan Bradley. (Delacorte) Chemist Flavia de Luce, 11, receives a cryptic message from a stranger who is then pushed to his death.

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

8. STANDUP GUY, by Stuart Woods. (Putnam) In the 28th Stone Barrington novel, the New York lawyer takes on a complicated new client.

9. COMMAND AUTHORITY, by Tom Clancy with Mark Greaney. (Putnam) President Jack Ryan and his son, a covert intelligence expert, try to counter a Russian threat in Tom Clancy’s last novel before his death.

10. FEAR NOTHING, by Lisa Gardner. (Dutton) Boston detective D.D. Warren, seriously injured at a crime scene, is treated by a pain therapist whose father was a serial killer.


1. DUTY, by Robert M. Gates. (Knopf) The former defense secretary recounts his experience serving President Obama and former President George W. Bush during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

2. THINGS THAT MATTER, by Charles Krauthammer. (Crown Forum) Three decades’ worth of essays from the conservative columnist, including his views on limited government, bioethics, Jewish destiny and America’s role as the world’s superpower.

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

4. 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.

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

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

7. 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.

8. YOUR LIFE CALLING, by Jane Pauley. (Simon & Schuster) The challenges of midlife, presented with humor and insight by the broadcast journalist.

9. THE LOUDEST VOICE IN THE ROOM, by Gabriel Sherman. (Random House) A journey inside the world of Fox News and the life of its combative, visionary founder, Roger Ailes.

10. 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 plane went down over the Pacific.


1. THE POUND A DAY DIET, by Rocco DiSpirito. (Grand Central Life & Style) An accelerated weight-loss plan.

2. SUPER SHRED, by Ian K. Smith. (St. Martin’s) A short-term rapid weight-loss plan.

3. THE BODY BOOK, by Cameron Diaz with Sandra Bark. (HarperWave) A guide for becoming healthier and stronger, inspired by the actor’s personal experience.

4. A SHORT GUIDE TO A LONG LIFE, by David B. Agus with Kristin Loberg. (Simon & Schuster) A doctor recommends daily habits for healthy living.

5. THE DANIEL PLAN, by Rick Warren, Daniel Amen, Mark Hyman and others. (Zondervan) A spirituality-based approach to health and wellness.

Rankings reflect sales at venues nationwide for the week ending Jan. 18. 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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