New York Times Best Sellers

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For the week of May 12, 2013. View the complete list from The New York Times.

Hardcover Fiction:

1. THE HIT, by David Baldacci. (Grand Central.) The government hitman Will Robie uncovers a serious threat as he attempts to take out a fellow assassin who has gone rogue.

2. WHISKEY BEACH, by Nora Roberts. (Putnam, $27.95.) A former criminal attorney who has been acquitted of his wife’s murder retreats to his family estate on a rocky New England cliff, where he is comforted by the house’s caretaker amid continuing danger.

3. FLY AWAY, by Kristin Hannah. (St. Martin’s.) A woman must deal with her personal issues before she can keep her promise to help the family of her deceased friend.

4. PARIS, by Edward Rutherfurd. (Doubleday.) Characters real and imaginary in the City of Light.

5. LIFE AFTER LIFE, by Kate Atkinson. (Little, Brown, $27.99.) A woman appears in different versions of the same events, centered on World War II.

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Hardcover Nonfiction:

1. LET’S EXPLORE DIABETES WITH OWLS, by David Sedaris. (Little, Brown.) Essays from the humorist on subjects like French dentistry and a North Carolina Costco.

2. LEAN IN, by Sheryl Sandberg with Nell Scovell. (Knopf, $24.95.) The chief operating officer of Facebook urges women to pursue their careers without ambivalence.

3. COOKED, by Michael Pollan. (Penguin Press.) The writer masters recipes and argues that regaining control of cooking will make Americans healthier.

4. TRIDENT K9 WARRIORS, by Mike Ritland with Gary Brozek. (St. Martin’s.) The dogs that serve elite combat units.

5. DIRTY WARS, by Jeremy Scahill. (Nation Books.) America’s new covert wars, fought by secret commandos.

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Young Adult:

1. THE ELITE, by Kiera Cass. (HarperCollins Publishers.) The group of potential princesses narrows; a sequel to “The Selection.”  (Ages 13 to 17)

2. 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)

3. DIVERGENT, by Veronica Roth. (HarperCollins Publishers.) A girl must prove her mettle in a faction-ridden dystopia. (Ages 14 and up)

4. THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER, by Stephen Chbosky. (Simon & Schuster.) What it’s like to grow up, from the perspective of a high school boy. (Ages 14 and up)

5. INSURGENT, by Veronica Roth. (HarperCollins Publishers.) In this Divergent follow-up, a faction war looms. (Ages 14 and up)

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Children’s Middle Grade:

1. WONDER, by R. J. Palacio. (Knopf Doubleday Publishing.) A boy with a facial deformity enters a mainstream school. (Ages 8 to 12)

2. THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN, by Katherine Applegate. (Harper/HarperCollins.) A gorilla who lives in a mall meets an elephant. (Ages 8 to 12)

3. HOUSE OF SECRETS, by Chris Columbus and Ned Vizzini. Illustrated by Greg Call. (HarperCollins Publishers.) Three siblings battle warriors and pirates to find their way home. (Ages 10 to 14)

4. THE CARE AND KEEPING OF YOU 1, by Valorie Schaefer. Illustrated by Josee Masse. (American Girl Publishing.) Advice on the changing body for younger girls.  (Ages 8 to 12)

5. THE CARE AND KEEPING OF YOU 2, by Cara Natterson. Illustrated by Josee Masse. (American Girl Publishing.) Advice to guide girls through the next steps of growing up.  (Ages 9 to 12)

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