More book news, December 8, 2012

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Book Clubs

• Reed Memorial Library's Adult Book Discussion: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, 267 E. Main St., Ravenna -- "The Hound of the Baskervilles" by Arthur Conan Doyle. Refreshments provided. For more information: 330-296-2827, ext. 200.

• Men's Literary League: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Kent Free Library, 312 W. Main St. -- "The Godwulf Manuscript" by Robert Parker. No registration necessary. For more information: 330-673-4414 or kflinfo­@kentfreelibrary.org.

• Kids Lit Book Club: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Kent Free Library -- "Liar and Spy" by Rebecca Stead and Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book Award Winner by Veronica Roth. For adults who enjoy reading children's and young adult literature. No registration necessary.

• Cookbook Book Discussion Group: 6 p.m. Dec. 17, Kent Free Library -- holiday cookie exchange. Bring cookies to share and copies of the recipe, and go home with a variety. No registration necessary.

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Best-seller lists

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST-SELLERS

Associated Press

HARDCOVER FICTION

1. "The Black Box" by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown)

2. "Notorious Nineteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel" by Janet Evanovich (Bantam)

3. "Cold Days" by Jim Butcher (Roc)

4. "The Forgotten" by David Baldacci (Grand Central Publishing)

5. "The Racketeer" by John Grisham (Doubleday)

6. "Agenda 21" by Glenn Beck and Harriet Parke (Threshold Editions)

7. "Merry Christmas, Alex Cross" by James Patterson (Little, Brown)

8. "The Last Man: A Novel" by Vince Flynn (Atria/Emily Bestler Books)

9. "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn (Crown)

10. "The Casual Vacancy" by J.K. Rowling (Little, Brown)

11. "Cross Roads" by Wm. Paul Young (Faith/Words)

12. "Flight Behavior" by Barbara Kingsolver (Harper)

13. "Poseidon's Arrow" by Clive Cussler (Putnam)

14. "The Time Keeper" by Mitch Albom (Hyperion)

15. "Winter of the World" by Ken Follett (Dutton)

HARDCOVER NONFICTION

1. "Killing Kennedy" by Bill O'Reilly (Henry Holt and Co.)

2. "Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust" by Ina Garten (Clarkson Potter)

3. "Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power" by Jon Meachum (Random House)

4. "Guinness World Records 2013" by Guinness World Records (Guinness World Records)

5. "No Easy Day" by Mark Owen (Dutton)

6. "The Virgin Diet" by J.J. Virgin (Harlequin)

7. "The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life" by Timothy Ferriss (New Harvest)

8. "America Again" by Stephen Colbert (Grand Central Publishing)

9. "The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook" by Deb Perelman (Knopf)

10. "I Declare: 31 Promises to Speak" by Joel Osteen (Faith/Words)

11. "The Signal and the Noise" by Nate Silver (Penguin)

12. "The Last Lion" by William Manchester (Little, Brown)

13. "Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers (Faith/Words)

14. "Antifragile" by Nassim Nicholas (Taleb)

15. "Tap Dancing to Work" by Carol Loomis (Portfolio)

MASS MARKET PAPERBACKS

1. Kill Alex Cross" by James Patterson (Vision)

2. "Wicked Business: A Lizzy and Diesel Novel" by Janet Evanovich (Bantam)

3. "Locked On" by Janet Evanovich (Bantam)

4. "Jack Reacher: One Shot: A Novel" by Lee Child (Dell)

5. "The First Prophet" by Kay Hooper (Jove)

6. "Glad Tidings" by Debbie Macomber (Harlequin Mira)

7. "Unspoken" by Lisa Jackson (Zebra)

8. "Running Wild: The Men from Battle Ridge" by Linda Howard (Ballantine)

9. "V Is for Vengeance" by Sue Grafton (Berkley)

10. "Fatal Friends, Deadly Neighbor" by Ann Rule (Pocket Books)

11. "Unnatural Acts" by Stuart Woods (Signet)

12. "Hotel Vendome" by Danielle Steel (Dell)

13. "The Sins of the Father" by Jeffrey Archer (St. Martin's)

14. "Shadow's Claim" by Kresley Cole (Pocket Books)

15. "Devil's Gate" by Clive Cussler (Berkley)

TRADE PAPERBACKS

1. "Proof of Heaven" by Eben Alexander (Simon & Schuster)

2. "Fifty Shades of Grey" by E.L. James (Vintage)

3. "The Perfect Hope" by Nora Roberts (Berkley)

4. "Fifty Shades Freed" by E.L. James (Vintage)

5. "Fifty Shades Darker" by E.L. James (Vintage)

6. "Team of Rivals" by Doris Kearns Goodwin (Simon & Schuster)

7. "Life of Pi" by Yann Martel (Mariner Books)

8. "Reflected in You" by Sylvia Day (Berkley)

9. "The Paris Wife" by Paula McLain (Ballantine)

10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky (MTV Books)

11. "Bared to You" by Sylvia Day (Berkley)

12. "How to Tell If Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You" by The Oatmeal/Matthew Inman (Andrews McMeel)

13. "The Hobbit: Or There and Back Again" by J.R.R. Tolkien (Mariner Books)

14. "To Heaven and Back" by Mary C. Neal (WaterBrook Press)

15. "The Chew" by Peter Kaminsky (Hyperion)

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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WALL STREET JOURNAL BEST-SELLERS

Associated Press

FICTION

1. "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel" by Jeff Kinney (Amulet Books)

2. "The Black Box" by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown)

3. "Notorious Nineteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel" by Janet Evanovich (Bantam)

4. "Cold Days" by Jim Butcher (Roc)

5. "The Forgotten" by David Baldacci (Grand Central Publishing)

6. "The Racketeer" by John Grisham (Doubleday)

7. "Agenda 21" by Glenn Beck and Harriet Parke (Threshold Editions)

8. "Merry Christmas, Alex Cross" by James Patterson (Little, Brown)

9. "The Last Man: A Novel" by Vince Flynn (Atria/Emily Bestler Books)

10. "Heroes of Olympus: The Mark of Athena" by Rick Riordan (Disney-Hyperion)

NONFICTION

1. "The Elf on the Shelf" by Carol V. Aebersold, Chanda A. Bell (CCA&B)

2. "Killing Kennedy" by Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard (Henry Holt & Co.)

3. "Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust" by Ina Garten (Clarkson Potter)

4. "Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power" by Jon Meachum (Random House)

5. "Killing Lincoln" by Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard (Henry Holt & Co.)

6. "Guinness World Records 2013" by Guiness Book Records (Guiness Book Records)

7. "LEGO Ninjago: Character Encyclopedia" by DK Publishing (DK Publishing)

8. "Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence" by Sarah Young (Integrity Publishers)

9. "No Easy Day" by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer (Dutton Books)

10. "The Virgin Diet" by JJ Virgin (Harlequin)

FICTION E-BOOKS

1. "The Black Box" by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown)

2. "Cold Days" by Jim Butcher (Penguin Group)

3. "Notorious Nineteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel" by Janet Evanovich (Random House)

4. "The Forgotten" by David Baldacci (Grand Central Publishing)

5. "The Racketeer" by John Grisham (Doubleday)

6. "The Edge of Never" by J.A. Redmerski (J.A. Redmerski)

7. "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn (Crown Publishing Group)

8. "The Last Man: A Novel" by Vince Flynn (Atria/Emily Bestler Books)

9. "Merry Christmas, Alex Cross" by James Patterson (Little, Brown)

10. "The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

NONFICTION E-BOOKS

1. "Proof of Heaven" by Eben Alexander (Simon & Schuster)

2. "Team of Rivals" by Doris Kearns Goodwin (Simon & Schuster)

3. "Killing Kennedy" by Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard (Henry Holt & Co.)

4. "My Mother Was Nuts" by Penny Marshall (New Harvest)

5. "Lincoln's Little Girl" by Cecelia Holland (Cecelia Holland)

6. "Damaged" by Cathy Glass (HarperCollins)

7. "Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power" by Jon Meachum (Random House)

8. "Fatal Friends, Deadly Neighbors and Other True Cases" by Ann Rule (Pocket Books)

9. "Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever" by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard (Henry Holt and Co.)

10. "The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life" by Timothy Ferriss (New Harvest)

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USA TODAY BEST-SELLERS

Associated Press

1. "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel" by Jeff Kinney (Amulet Books)

2. "The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition" by Carol V. Aebersold, Chanda B. Bell (CCA and B)

3. "The Black Box" by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown)

4. "Cold Days: A Novel of the Dresden Files" by Jim Butcher (Roc)

5. "Notorious Nineteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel" by Janet Evanovich (Bantam)

6. "Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot" by Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard (Henry Holt and Co.)

7. "The Forgotten" by David Baldacci (Grand Central Publishing)

8. "The Racketeer" by John Grisham (Doubleday)

9. "Merry Christmas, Alex Cross" by James Patterson (Little, Brown)

10 "The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

11. "Proof of Heaven" by Eben Alexander (Simon & Schuster)

12. "The Last Man: A Novel" by Vince Flynn (Atria/Emily Bestler Books)

13. "Fifty Shades of Grey" by E.L. James (Vintage)

14. "Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power" by Jon Meacham (Random House)

15. "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn (Crown)

16. "Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever" by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard (Henry Holt and Co.)

17. "Agenda 21" by Glenn Beck and Harriet Parke (Threshold Editions)

18. "Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust" by Ina Garten (Clarkson Potter)

19. "Life of Pi" by Yann Martel (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

20. "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln" by Doris Kearns Goodwin (Simon & Schuster)

21. "Fifty Shades Freed" by E.L. James (Vintage)

22. "The Perfect Hope" by Nora Roberts (Berkley)

23. "Fifty Shades Darker" by E.L. James (Vintage)

24. "Heroes of Olympus: The Mark of Athena" by Rick Riordan (Disney-Hyperion)

25. "Guinness World Records 2013" by Guinness World Records (Guinness World Records)

For the extended, interactive and searchable version of this list, visit http://books.usatoday.com/list/index

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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Dick Cheney working on book about heart treatment

By HILLEL ITALIE, AP National Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- Former Vice President Dick Cheney, one of the world's most prominent heart patients, is working on a book about his many battles with coronary disease and the revolutionary changes in treatment that helped keep him alive.

The 71-year-old Cheney is collaborating with his cardiologist, Dr. Jonathan Reiner, and with his daughter, Liz Cheney. Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, announced Monday that the book is scheduled for next fall. It is currently untitled.

"It explains and talks about all the developments in cardiology by going through my own case," the former vice president said Monday during a brief telephone interview. "I'm alive today because of the tremendous advances that have been made."

Financial terms were not disclosed, although a "portion of the authors' net proceeds from the book will be donated to charity," according to Scribner. Cheney was represented by Washington attorney Robert Barnett, whose clients also include President Obama and former President George W. Bush.

Cheney and his daughter also worked together on his memoir "In My Time," published in 2011 by the conservative Simon & Schuster imprint Threshold Editions. Cheney said the new book will be completely "non-political." Authors at Scribner range from Stephen King, a longtime liberal, to former first lady Laura Bush.

Cheney, who received a heart transplant in March, said that the idea for the book came from Reiner after they appeared together at the Cleveland Clinic for a conference on heart treatment. As Cheney explained, the clinic wanted him to speak because in his case "They've done everything they can to a patient."

As he wrote in "In My Time," Cheney was just 37 and running for Congress when he had his first heart attack, in 1978. Over the next 30 years, he had four more heart attacks, including one soon after Election Day in 2000 that required a stent to be inserted. In 2010, a year after he and President Bush left office, he had a battery-powered device installed to help his heart pump blood.

Cheney noted Monday that the procedures he had undergone were crucial steps ahead from the days when he was simply advised to quit smoking.

The former Vice President said that his current condition was "nothing short of a miracle." Two years ago, he was in "end-state heart failure." Now, "I'm better than I've been in years," well enough to indulge his beloved pastime of fly fishing.

"I spent a lot of time on the river this summer," he said, "and enjoying the finer things in life."

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Bartender Shad Myers returns in new crime drama

By JENNIFER KAY, Associated Press

"The Man Who Turned Both Cheeks" (Atria Books), by Gillian Royes

Bartender Shad Myers doesn't just listen to the troubles that tourists and locals bring into his thatch-roofed bar -- he sets out to fix them himself, no matter the risk.

The troubles that find Shad in Gillian Royes' novel "The Man Who Turned Both Cheeks" seem better suited to pastors and law enforcement authorities. Plans to develop a new beachfront hotel in his tiny Largo Bay, a village on Jamaica's northern shore, get muddled in a love triangle that feeds long-simmering bigotry toward gay people.

But Largo Bay is too small to have its own police force, and the pastor's morals are questionable, so it's up to the bartender to hunt down the mysterious group whose increasingly violent tactics threaten to derail the hotel project, along with Shad's dreams for his hurricane-stricken hometown.

"The Man Who Turned Both Cheeks" is Royes' second crime drama starring Shad. Since Shad is only an "unofficial sheriff," as he thinks of himself, Royes is freed from the police procedural formulas that can weigh down some mystery novels. Instead, the Jamaica-born writer explores Shad's sense of hustle -- the drive required to do more than just get by in an impoverished community dependent on the Caribbean island's tourist economy.

Royes' Jamaica is lush, stormy and stronger than the rum punch cocktails that Shad pours over ice.

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Review: Cook's latest thriller is 1 of his best

By WAKA TSUNODA, Associated Press

"Nano" (Putnam), by Robin Cook

Ever since his debut as a medical thriller writer more than 30 years ago, Robin Cook, M.D., has used everything from organ transplants to alien viruses as the subject of his novels. In his latest, "Nano," he tackles nanotechnology.

It is an excellent choice, because public interest is high in this young science. Nanotechnology allows scientists to manipulate materials at the molecular level.

As the protagonist, the author brings back Pia Grazdani, who uncovered a murder disguised as a laboratory accident in Cook's last novel, "Death Benefit." She was a medical student then. Now, she is a researcher at Nano LLC, a nanotechnology research company in Boulder, Colo.

Despite unwelcome attention from the company's founder-CEO, who is obsessed with her Italian-Albanian beauty, Pia is happy enough in her new life. Then, a troubling incident occurs, and everything changes.

While out jogging, she finds a Chinese man lying on the road, seemingly in cardiac arrest. She rushes him to a local hospital, but before he can be treated, Pia's company supervisor arrives with armed guards and two official-looking Chinese men and forcibly takes custody of the patient. Pia is ordered to forget about the entire episode.

The order has just the opposite effect. She vows to find out what all these Chinese characters have to do with Nano, and what is going on in the company's high-security complex surrounded by barbed-wire fences.

In "Death Benefit," Pia came across as a rather unattractive character, insensitive to other people's feelings. In "Nano," she has blossomed into a perfect protagonist for a thriller -- gutsy, tenacious, expert in the martial arts and willing to take risks to get to the bottom of a mystery.

"Nano" is one of Cook's best.

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