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This week's best-sellers from Publishers Weekly

Here are the best-sellers for the week that ended Sunday, Dec. 10, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by NPD BookScan (c) 2017 NPD Group.

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‘Leonardo’: Portrait of a true Renaissance man

Because Walter Isaacson has made a cottage industry of writing about Renaissance men, it’s no surprise, really, that he’s finally landed on a subject from the actual Renaissance. Like the other idols in Isaacson’s gallery of polymaths and visionaries – Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Steve Jobs – Leonardo da Vinci was born with extra bundles of receptors, attuned to frequencies his peers could not hear and capable of making connections no one else could see, especially between the sciences and the humanities.

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Editorial: A tyke's newest toy: Facebook

Milestones when your child reaches age 6: Her first baby tooth comes out. He wobbles through his first bike ride. She can count to 100, and his vocabulary tops 5,000 words. Now there's a new rite of passage – that first Facebook chat.

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These books command, not capture, your attention

The new Chris Ware book has sat beside my desk for weeks. It's been tough to miss. It's about a foot-and-a-half tall with a canary-yellow spine, and the cover image is signature Ware: Comic book hieroglyphics of domestic ennui, linked by thin schematic lines, flow charts of word balloons and worried portraits of the Oak Park, Ill., genius himself. It's like the blueprints for a bomb that leaves you melancholy. Even if I wanted to avoid it, I couldn't: My desk is only slightly larger than the book, yet "Monograph" ($60, Rizzoli), a survey of an artist who turns only 50 this month, is perfectly outsized, correctly singular.

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Henry Louis Gates Jr. on his never-ending quest to excavate African-American history

Pioneering feminist Anna J. Cooper once wrote, "black people have to stop imitating white people and white culture." She went on to say that black Americans in 1893 had to find their own voice, the roots of which are buried in the literature, mythology and folktales and music created by their enslaved ancestors. A century later, when Henry Louis Gates Jr. read her essay, published in "The Southern Workman," he found her words exceptional.

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This week's best-sellers from Publishers Weekly

Here are the best-sellers for the week that ended Sunday, Dec. 3, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by NPD BookScan (c) 2017 NPD Group.

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Agatha Christie introduced me to murder

I've been asked in multiple interviews what my relationship to Agatha Christie was before writing the adaptation of "Murder on the Orient Express," and I've evaded the question or outright lied every time. The reason is: Because I hated her.