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Combined Print & E-Book Nonfiction

HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent. (Thomas Nelson.) A father recounts his 3-year-old son’s encounter with Jesus and the angels during an appendectomy.  51 

2  2 AMERICAN SNIPER, by Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice. (HarperCollins Publishers.) A member of the Navy Seals with the most career sniper kills in United States military history discusses his childhood, his marriage and his battlefield experiences.  2    

3  3 STEVE JOBS, by Walter Isaacson. (Simon & Schuster.) A biography of the recently deceased entrepreneur, based on 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years.  12    

4  5 KILLING LINCOLN, by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. (Holt.) The anchor of “The O’Reilly Factor” recounts the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.  16    

5  4 BOSSYPANTS, by Tina Fey. (Little, Brown & Company.) A memoir from the former “Saturday Night Live” star and creator of “30 Rock.”  32  

6  6 UNBROKEN, by Laura Hillenbrand. (Random House Publishing.) An Olympic runner’s story of survival as a prisoner of the Japanese in World War II.  51    

7  11 THROUGH MY EYES, by Tim Tebow with Nathan Whitaker. (HarperCollins Publishers.) The Broncos quarterback chronicles his personal and professional course.  10    

8   THE OBAMAS, by Jodi Kantor. (Little, Brown & Company.) The ups and downs of building a life in the White House.  1    

9  7 THINKING, FAST AND SLOW, by Daniel Kahneman. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux.) The winner of the Nobel in economic science discusses how we make choices in business and personal life and when we can and cannot trust our intuitions.  10    

10  8 CATHERINE THE GREAT, by Robert K. Massie. (Random House Publishing.) The life of the minor 18th-century German princess who became Empress of All the Russias.  10    

11   ELIZABETH THE QUEEN, by Sally Bedell Smith. (Random House Publishing Group.) The public and private lives of Queen Elizabeth II as she approaches her Diamond Jubilee.  1    

12  9 THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS, by Rebecca Skloot. (Crown Publishing.) The story of a woman whose cancer cells were cultured without her permission in 1951.  47 

   13  10 IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS, by Erik Larson. (Crown Publishing.) William E. Dodd, the U.S. ambassador to Germany, and his daughter, Martha, in 1930s Berlin.  32 

14   GREEDY BASTARDS, by Dylan Ratigan. (Simon & Schuster.) The host of MSNBC’s “Dylan Ratigan Show” proposes solutions to political and economic problems.  1    

15   A UNIVERSE FROM NOTHING, by Lawrence Krauss. (Free Press.) A cosmologist’s account of how our universe evolved, based on experimental observations and new theories.  

Also Selling
17.SERIOUSLY … I’M KIDDING, by Ellen DeGeneres (Grand Central Publishing)
18.WHY ME?, by Sarah Burleton (Sarah Burleton)
19.IS EVERYONE HANGING OUT WITHOUT ME?, by Mindy Kaling (Crown Publishing)
20.A STOLEN LIFE, by Jaycee Dugard (Simon & Schuster)
21.JACK KENNEDY, by Chris Matthews (Simon & Schuster)
22.AUSCHWITZ, by Miklos Nyiszli (Skyhorse)
23.THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY, by Erik Larson (Knopf Doubleday Publishing)
24.OUTLIERS, by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown & Company)
25.THE GLASS CASTLE, by Jeannette Walls (Simon & Schuster)
26.Frank M. Ahearn The Digital Hit Man and His Weapons for Combating the Digital World, by Frank M. Ahearn  (Lying.FR)
27.PITY THE BILLIONAIRE, by Thomas Frank (Holt)
28.AN INVISIBLE THREAD, by Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski (Howard)
29.THE OPERATORS, by Michael Hastings (Penguin Group)
30.MONEYBALL, by Michael Lewis (W. W. Norton & Company)
31.WORTH FIGHTING FOR, by Lisa Niemi Swayze (Atria Books)
32.BEING GEORGE WASHINGTON, by Glenn Beck and Kevin Balfe (Threshold Editions)
33.BORN TO RUN, by Christopher McDougall (Knopf Doubleday Publishing)
34._____ FINISH FIRST, by Tucker Max (Simon & Schuster)
35.IMPERFECT JUSTICE, by Jeff Ashton with Lisa Pulitzer (HarperCollins Publishers)

About the Best Sellers

A version of this list appears in the January 29, 2012 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending January 14, 2012.

An asterisk (*) indicates that a book’s sales are barely distinguishable from those of the book above it. A dagger (†) indicates that some retailers report receiving bulk orders.


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HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent. (Thomas Nelson.) A father recounts his 3-year-old son’s encounter with Jesus and the angels during an appendectomy.

A young boy emerges from life-saving surgery with remarkable stories of his visit to heaven.

Heaven Is for Real is the true story of the four-year old son of a small town Nebraska pastor who during emergency surgery slips from consciousness and enters heaven. He survives and begins talking about being able to look down and see the doctor operating and his dad praying in the waiting room. The family didn’t know what to believe but soon the evidence was clear.

Colton said he met his miscarried sister, whom no one had told him about, and his great grandfather who died 30 years before Colton was born, then shared impossible-to-know details about each. He describes the horse that only Jesus could ride, about how “reaaally big” God and his chair are, and how the Holy Spirit “shoots down power” from heaven to help us.

Told by the father, but often in Colton’s own words, the disarmingly simple message is heaven is a real place, Jesus really loves children, and be ready, there is a coming last battle. 

About the Author

Todd Burpo is pastor of Crossroads Wesleyan, a wrestling coach, a volunteer fireman, and he operates a garage door company with his wife, Sonja, who is also a children’s minister, busy pastor’s wife, and mom. Colton, now an active 11-year-old, has an older sister Cassie and a younger brother Colby. The family lives in Imperial, Nebraska.

Lynn Vincent is the New York Times best-selling writer of Same Kind of Different as Me and Going Rogue: An American Life. The author or co-author of nine books, Vincent is a senior writer for WORLD magazine and a lecturer in writing at the King’s College in New York City. She lives in San Diego, California.

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