New York Times Best Sellers

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For the week of November 18, 2012. View the complete list from The New York Times.

Hardcover Fiction:

1. THE RACKETEER, by John Grisham. (Doubleday, $28.95.) Malcolm Bannister, an imprisoned ex-lawyer, knows who murdered a federal judge. And he concocts a scheme to exchange this information for his freedom.

2. THE SINS OF THE MOTHER, by Danielle Steel. (Delacorte, $28.) An enormously successful businesswoman tries to make up for past failings with her children, now grown.

3. THE CASUAL VACANCY, by J. K. Rowling. (Little, Brown, $35.) The sudden death of a parish councilman reveals bitter social divisions in an idyllic English town; a novel for adults by the creator of Harry Potter.

4. THE PANTHER, by Nelson DeMille. (Grand Central, $27.99.) Posted to Yemen, the anti-terrorist task force agent John Corey and his wife, an F.B.I. agent, pursue a high-ranking Qaeda operative — who is out to avenge the death of the Libyan terrorist Corey killed in New York.

5. GONE GIRL, by Gillian Flynn. (Crown, $25.) A woman disappears on her fifth anniversary; is her husband a killer?

   

Hardcover Nonfiction:

1. KILLING KENNEDY, by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. (Holt, $28.) The host of The O’Reilly Factor recounts the events surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

2. NO EASY DAY, by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer. (Dutton, $26.95.) An account by a former member of the Navy SEALs, written pseudonymously, of the mission that killed bin Laden.

3. KILLING LINCOLN, by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. (Holt, $28.) The host of The O’Reilly Factor recounts the events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

4. BRUCE, by Peter A. Carlin. (Touchstone, $28.) A biography of Bruce Springsteen looks at his family, his music and his drive for fame and influence.

5. ROD, by Rod Stewart. (Crown Archetype, $27.) The pop singer reminisces on his long career.

   

Children’s Chapter Books:

1. LEGO NINJAGO CHARACTER ENCYCLOPEDIA, by Claire Sipi. (DK, $18.99.) Information about minifigures, vehicles and weapons. (Ages 6 and up)

2. “WHO COULD THAT BE AT THIS HOUR?”, by Lemony Snicket. Illustrated by Seth. (Little, Brown, $15.99.) Tween Lemony’s secret-society apprenticeship. (Ages 8 to 12)

3. LINCOLN’S LAST DAYS, by Bill O’Reilly and Dwight Jon Zimmerman. (Holt, $19.99.) An account of the 16th president’s assassination. (Ages 10 to 15)

4. LEGO STAR WARS CHARACTER ENCYCLOPEDIA, by Hannah Dolan and others. (DK, $18.99.) More than 300 minifigures. (Ages 7 and up)

5. THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, by John Green. (Dutton, $17.99.) A 16-year-old heroine faces the medical realities of cancer. (Ages 14 and up)

 

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