For the week of November 25, 2012. View the complete list from The New York Times.
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. POSEIDON’S ARROW, by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler. (Putnam, $28.95.) Dirk Pitt and his team look for the truth about a sophisticated attack submarine.
3. FLIGHT BEHAVIOR, by Barbara Kingsolver. (Harper/HarperCollins, $28.99.) An Appalachian woman becomes involved in an effort to save monarch butterflies.
4. GONE GIRL, by Gillian Flynn. (Crown, $25.) A woman disappears on her fifth anniversary; is her husband a killer?
5. 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.
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. THE SIGNAL AND THE NOISE, by Nate Silver. (Penguin Press, $27.95.) An examination of predictions, the ones that come true and the ones that don’t.
5. THE LAST LION, by William Manchester and Paul Reid. (Little, Brown, $40.) This biography of Winston Churchill, reaching from World War II until his death in 1965, stresses his courage, intellect and will to action.
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. 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)
3. 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)
4. DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT, by Laini Taylor. (Little, Brown, $18.99.) In this sequel to “Daughter of Smoke and Bone,” Karou must decide how far she will go to avenge her people. (Ages 14 to 17)
5. LEGO STAR WARS CHARACTER ENCYCLOPEDIA, by Hannah Dolan and others. (DK, $18.99.) More than 300 minifigures. (Ages 7 and up)