1. The Last Man, Vince Flynn. The counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp searches for a missing CIA asset amid treachery in Afghanistan.
2. Merry Christmas, Alex Cross, James Patterson. Detective Alex Cross confronts both a hostage situation and a terrorist act at Christmas.
3. The Racketeer, John Grisham. Malcolm Bannister, an imprisoned ex-lawyer, knows who murdered a federal judge. He concocts a scheme to exchange this information for his freedom.
4. Sweet Tooth, Ian McEwan. A British woman working for MI5 in 1972 falls in love with a writer the service is clandestinely supporting.
5. Flight Behavior, Barbara Kingsolver. An Appalachian woman becomes involved in an effort to save monarch butterflies.
1. Killing Kennedy, Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. The host of The O’Reilly Factor recounts the events surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
2. Thomas Jefferson, Jon Meacham. The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist celebrates Jefferson’s skills as a practical politician.
3. Killing Lincoln, Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. The host of The O’Reilly Factor recounts the events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
4. No Easy Day, Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer. An account by a former member of the Navy SEALs of the mission that killed Osama bin Laden.
5. How to Create a Mind, Ray Kurzweil. A new theory of how the thinking part of the brain works can help us create more intelligent machines.
TRADE PAPER FICTION
1. The Perfect Hope, Nora Roberts. Sparks fly after a New Year’s Eve kiss between the tough-as-nails Ryder Montgomery and Hope Beaumont, the innkeeper of his bed-and-breakfast; the final volume of the Inn BoonsBoro trilogy.
2. Fifty Shades of Grey, E.L. James. An inexperienced college student falls in love with a tortured man who has particular sexual tastes; the first book in an erotic trilogy.
3. Life of Pi, Yann Martel. An allegory on the high seas, in which a teenage boy and a 450-pound tiger are thrown together in a lifeboat after a shipwreck.
4. Fifty Shades Darker, E.L. James. Daunted by Christian’s dark secrets, Anastasia ends their relationship — but desire still dominates her every thought; the second book in an erotic trilogy.
5. Fifty Shades Freed, E.L. James. Reunited, Anastasia and Christian face a world of possibilities, and unexpected challenges; the final volume in an erotic trilogy.
— New York Times
REDBOX TOP DVD RENTALS
1. The Expendables 2
2. The Campaign
3. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
5. The Amazing Spider-Man
ITUNES TOP SONGS
1. Gangnam Style, PSY
2. Over You, Cassadee Pope
3. Die Young, Ke$ha
4. Locked Out of Heaven, Bruno Mars
5. Diamonds, Rihanna
ITUNES TOP ALBUMS
1. Unapologetic, Rihanna
2. The World from the Side of the Moon (Deluxe), Phillip Phillips
3. The Truth About Love, P!nk
4. Rebel Soul, Kid Rock
5. Red, Taylor Swift
— Associated Press