Books hitting the bestseller lists this week include Maraniss's “Barack Obama,” a zany new novel from Janet Evanovich and a memoir that is also the first book in the Oprah Book Club 2.0

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With the oppressive heat and humidity making daily life a bit more difficult, perhaps hunkering down inside with one of this week's bestsellers might be the answer (and getting power restored to the thousands without it!).



CHICAGO, IL - FILE: People walk by the entrance to a Barnes & Noble store on April 30, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. It was reported on June 19, 2012 that Barnes & Noble posted a net loss of $ 57.7 million, or $ 1.08 per share, for the fourth quarter as the company continues to invest in its Nook e-reader business and adjust to the evolving book business. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) (Scott Olson - GETTY IMAGES)



BOOK WORLD Bestsellers — July 1, 2012


(Numbers in brackets represent weeks on the list)


(Click on the author's name to be linked to Book World's review)


NONFICTION HARDCOVER


1. BARACK OBAMA: THE STORY


(Simon & Schuster, $ 32.50). By David Maraniss. The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist chronicles a life lived large. [1]


2. UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES: WHY EVERYTHING YOU'VE BEEN TOLD ABOUT THE ECONOMY IS WRONG


(Portfolio, $ 27.95). By Edward Conard [2]


3.IT WORKED FOR ME: IN LIFE AND LEADERSHIP


(Harper, $ 27.99). By Colin Powell with Tony Koltz. A memoir from a man of considerable accomplishments. [5]


4. STRENGTHS FINDER 2.0: ... ONLINE TEST FROM GALLUP'S "NOW, DISCOVER YOUR STRENGTHS"


(Gallup, $ 24.95). By Tom Rath [82]


5. CREATING INNOVATORS: THE MAKING OF YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WILL CHANGE THE WORLD


(Scribner, $ 27). By Tony Wagner. Educating to encourage thinking outside the box. [2]


6.THE AMATEUR: BARACK OBAMA IN THE WHITE HOUSE


(Regnery, $ 27.95). By Edward Klein. The journalist takes the president to task for his record to date. [6]


7. UNBROKEN: A WORLD WAR II STORY OF SURVIVAL, RESILIENCE, AND REDEMPTION


(Random House, $ 27). By Laura Hillenbrand [60]


8. COWARDS: WHAT POLITICIANS, RADICALS, AND THE MEDIA REFUSE TO SAY


By Glenn Beck. The pundit's rundown of the "truths" most Americans are missing. [2]


9. THE SKINNY RULES: THE SIMPLE, NONNEGOTIABLE PRINCIPLES FOR GETTING TO THIN


(Ballantine, $ 26). By Bob Harper [5]


10. WILD: FROM LOST TO FOUND ON THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL


(Knopf, $ 25.95). By Cheryl Strayed. A memoir that is also the first pick of Oprah's Book Club 2.0. [1]






FICTION HARDCOVER


1. WICKED BUSINESS


(Bantam, $ 28). By Janet Evanovich. A ancient relic that wields the power of lust is an object of desire in this second Lizzy and Diesel novel. [1]


2. GONE GIRL


(Crown, $ 25). By Gillian Flynn. A model couple has their marriage crumble when the wife vanishes and the husband is a prime suspect. [3]


3. CALICO JOE


(Doubleday, $ 24.95). By John Grisham. A tale of father and son, redemption and the great American pastime — baseball. [11]


4. THE INNOCENT


(Grand Central, $ 27.99). By David Baldacci. A hit gone wrong sets off a dangerous chain of events in this new Will Robie thriller. [10]


5. MISSION TO PARIS


(Random House, $ 27). By Alan Furst. A Hollywood star is more than just a pretty face while on set in a city overshadowed by war. [2]


6.THE LONG EARTH


(Harper, $ 25.99). By Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter. Book one in a new, imaginative series from the veteran SF / fantasy writers. [1]


7. CANADA


(Ecco, $ 27.99). By Richard Ford. A young man's coming of age above the 49th parallel, after his family falls apart. [3]


8. 11TH HOUR


(Little, Brown, $ 27.99). By James Patterson & Maxine Paetro. Time is running out in the Women's Murder Club's efforts to solve two gruesome crimes. [7]


9. THE STORM


(Putnam, $ 27.95). By Clive Cussler and Graham Brown. A sinister scheme to permanently alter weather patterns comes to the attention of NUMA. [4]


10. BRING UP THE BODIES


(Henry Holt, $ 28). By Hilary Mantel. The continued machinations of Tudor England in this sequel to "Wolf Hall." [6]





NONFICTION PAPERBACK


1. THE NEW JIM CROW: MASS INCARCERATION IN THE AGE OF COLORBLINDNESS


(New Press, $ 19.95). By Michelle Alexander [3]


2. MYTHOLOGY


(Back Bay, $ 14.99). By Edith Hamilton. The perennial bestseller (a high school staple) first published in 1942. [1]


3. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE


(College Board, $ 21.99). This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. [112]


4. IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS: LOVE, TERROR, AND AN AMERICAN FAMILY IN HITLER'S BERLIN


(Broadway, $ 16). By Erik Larson [8]


5. THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS


(Broadway, $ 16). By Rebecca Skloot. How one woman's death from cervical cancer in 1951 led to the creation of the prodigious HeLa cell line. [64]


6. A GUIDE TO THE PROJECT MANAGEMENT BODY OF KNOWLEDGE (PMBOK GUIDE)


(Project Management, $ 65.95). Fourth edition of the project management test guide. [5]


7. OUTLIERS: THE STORY OF SUCCESS


(Back Bay, $ 16.99). By Malcolm Gladwell. Assumptions about success challenged. [24]


8. TO HEAVEN AND BACK: THE TRUE STORY OF A DOCTOR'S EXTRAORDINARY WALK WITH GOD


(WaterBrook, $ 14.99). By Mary C. Neal [3]


9.HOLY BIBLE: GIFT & AWARD EDITION


(Common English Bible, $ 9.95). The recently published softcover blue binding. [1]


10. CONSTRUCTIVE CONFLICTS: FROM ESCALATION TO RESOLUTION


(Rowman & Littlefield, $ 49.95). By Louis Kriesberg & Bruce W. Dayton. The fourth edition of the primer on social conflict. [1]




FICTION PAPERBACK


1. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY


(Vintage, $ 15.95). By E.L. James. The first of a British e-book erotic trilogy that has become a publishing phenomenon. [13]


2.FIFTY SHADES DARKER


(Vintage, $ 15.95). By E.L. James. Book two in the trilogy finds Ana still enraptured by Christian — and a reconciliation. [10]


3. FIFTY SHADES FREED


(Vintage, $ 15.95). By E.L. James. How traditional a couple are Ana and Christian? The trilogy's conclusion answers all. [9]


4. FIFTY SHADES TRILOGY


(Vintage, $ 47.85). By E.L. James. The erotically-charged series in a handsome slip-cased format. [2]


5. A GAME OF THRONES


(Bantam, $ 17; Spectra, $ 8.99) By George R.R. Martin. The first book of the fantasy epic "A Song of Ice and Fire."; the HBO miniseries' second seasons began April 1. [23]


6. BARED TO YOU


(Berkley, $ 15). By Sylvia Day. A tale billed as "erotic," part of the author's "Crossfire" series and sporting a cover style in the vein of E.L. James's trilogy. [2]


7. THE LAST BOYFRIEND


(Berkley, $ 16). By Nora Roberts. The Inn BoonsBoro opens to great acclaim after a painstaking renovation — and a romance is rekindled. [8]


8. KILL ALEX CROSS


(Grand Central, $ 14.99). By James Patterson. The president and his daughter are kidnapped as a biological attack on Washington, D.C.'s water supply is unleashed. [5]


9. THE GREAT GATSBY


(Scribner, $ 15). By F. Scott Fitzgerald. The classic American novel of love lost and fortunes gained amid the Jazz Age. [6]


10. STATE OF WONDER


(HarperPerennial, $ 15.99). By
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