New York Times Best Sellers

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For the week of December 2, 2012. View the complete list from The New York Times.

Hardcover Fiction:

1. THE LAST MAN, by Vince Flynn. (Emily Bestler/Atria, $27.99.) The counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp searches for a missing C.I.A. asset amid treachery in Afghanistan.

2. MERRY CHRISTMAS, ALEX CROSS, by James Patterson. (Little, Brown, $28.99.) Detective Alex Cross confronts both a hostage situation and a terrorist act at Christmas.

3. 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.

4. SWEET TOOTH, by Ian McEwan. (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, $26.95.) A British woman working for MI5 in 1972 falls in love with a writer the service is clandestinely supporting.

5. FLIGHT BEHAVIOR, by Barbara Kingsolver. (Harper/HarperCollins, $28.99.) An Appalachian woman becomes involved in an effort to save monarch butterflies.

   

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. THOMAS JEFFERSON, by Jon Meacham. (Random House, $35.) The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist celebrates Jefferson’s skills as a practical politician.

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. 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.

5. HOW TO CREATE A MIND, by Ray Kurzweil. (Viking, $27.95.) A new theory of how the thinking part of the brain works can help us create more intelligent machines.

   

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. “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)

5. WONDER, by R.J. Palacio. (Knopf, $15.99.) A boy with a facial deformity enters a mainstream school. (Ages 8 to 12)

   

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