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Paperback Nonfiction

Published: November 18, 2007

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1 EAT, PRAY, LOVE, by Elizabeth Gilbert. (Penguin, $15.) A writer’s yearlong journey in search of self takes her to Italy, India and Indonesia. 41
2 INTO THE WILD, by Jon Krakauer. (Anchor, $12.95.) A man’s obsession with the wilderness ends in tragedy. 128
3 THREE CUPS OF TEA, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin. (Penguin, $15.) A former climber builds schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan. 40
4 90 MINUTES IN HEAVEN, by Don Piper with Cecil Murphey. (Revell, $12.99.) A minister on the other-worldly experience he had after an accident. 54
5 THE GLASS CASTLE, by Jeannette Walls. (Scribner, $15.) The author recalls a bizarre childhood during which she and her siblings were moved constantly. 95
6 TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE, by Mitch Albom. (Broadway, $13.95; Anchor, $6.99.) The author tells of his visits to his old college mentor. (†) 169
7 THE OMNIVORE’S DILEMMA, by Michael Pollan. (Penguin, $16.) Tracking dinner from the soil to the plate, a journalist juggles appetite and conscience. 10
8 THE WORLD IS FLAT, by Thomas L. Friedman. (Picador, $16.) An updated edition of the Times columnist’s analysis of 21st-century economics and foreign policy. 15
9 * THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE THUNDERBOLT KID, by Bill Bryson. (Broadway, $14.95.) A memoir of growing up in 1950s Des Moines. 6
10 BLINK, by Malcolm Gladwell. (Back Bay/Little, Brown, $15.99.) The importance of instinct to the workings of the mind. 31
11 THE TIPPING POINT, by Malcolm Gladwell. (Back Bay/Little, Brown, $14.95.) A study of social epidemics, otherwise known as fads. 168
12 THUNDERSTRUCK, by Erik Larson. (Three Rivers, $14.95.) Intertwined stories of early-20th-century murder and scientific intrigue. 6
13 * CULTURE WARRIOR, by Bill O’Reilly. (Broadway, $14.95.) The host of “The O’Reilly Factor” describes a culture war between traditionalists and secular progressives; a reprint edition with a new afterword. 4
14 THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON MUSIC, by Daniel J. Levitin. (Plume, $15.) A rocker-turned-neuroscientist on the connection between music and human nature. 9
15 THE END OF AMERICA, by Naomi Wolf. (Chelsea Green, $13.95.) A call for the public to act as “rebels and patriots” to preserve democracy and civil liberties. 7
16 I HOPE THEY SERVE BEER IN HELL, by Tucker Max. (Citadel, $12.95.) Reflections of a self-absorbed, drunken womanizer. 5
17 BLOOD AND THUNDER, by Hampton Sides. (Anchor, $15.95.) A history of the American conquest of the West, focused on Kit Carson’s defeat of the Navajo. 2
18 THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY, by Erik Larson. (Vintage, $14.95.) The tale of an architect and a serial killer, linked by the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893. 165
19 CHOSEN BY A HORSE, by Susan Richards. (Harcourt, $13.) The author recounts rescuing a broken-down horse, which in turn helped rescue her. 19
20 A WHOLE NEW MIND, by Daniel H. Pink. (Riverhead, $15.) Why right-brainers will rule the future. 5
Also Selling
21 DARK MISSION, by Richard C. Hoagland and Mike Bara (Feral House)
22 PORTABLE ATHEIST, by Christopher Hitchens (Da Capo)
23 THE LANGUAGE OF GOD, by Francis S. Collins (Free Press)
24 UNDER THE BANNER OF HEAVEN, by Jon Krakauer (Anchor)
25 THE UNIVERSE IN A SINGLE ATOM, by Dalai Lama (Broadway)
26 MY LIFE IN FRANCE, by Julia Child with Alex Prud'Homme (Anchor)
27 THE FAITH CLUB, by Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver and Priscilla Warner (Free Press)
28 LEFT TO TELL, by Immaculee Ilibagiza with Steve Erwin (Hay House)
29 THE WORST HARD TIME, by Timothy Egan (Mariner/Houghton Mifflin)
30 STUMBLING ON HAPPINESS, by Daniel Gilbert (Vintage)
31 THIS I BELIEVE, edited by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman (Holt)
32 MAYFLOWER, by Nathaniel Philbrick (Penguin)
33 BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 2007, edited by David Foster Wallace and Robert Atwan (Houghton Mifflin)
34 THE BLIND SIDE, by Michael Lewis (Norton)
35 THE LOOMING TOWER, by Lawrence Wright (Vintage)
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Rankings reflect sales, for the week ended Nov. 3, at many thousands of venues where a wide range of general interest books are sold nationwide. These include hundreds of independent book retailers (statistically weighted to represent all such outlets); national, regional and local chains; online and multimedia entertainment retailers; university, gift, supermarket, discount, department stores and newsstands. An asterisk (*) indicates that a book’s sales are barely distinguishable from those of the book above. A dagger (†) indicates that some bookstores report receiving bulk orders. Perennial sellers are not actively tracked. All four children’s lists appear each week on the Book Review’s Web site. Publishers have provided the age designations for their best-selling children’s titles.

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