Appearing on all three November lists highlighted this week is Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives by Pope Benedict XVI. The book is the third and final title in the pope’s Jesus of Nazareth trilogy and details how the stories of Jesus’s infancy and childhood are still relevant today. Jesus of Nazareth was #1 in nonfiction in Germany and Spain and #3 on Italy’s combined list. In the U.S., the book has sold over 21,000 copies in the two weeks since it was published by Doubleday’s Image imprint at outlets that report to Nielsen BookScan.

Landing at #2 on Spain’s nonfiction list is Rhonda Byrne’s sensation The Magic, which was published by Atria in March 2012. The Magic is a follow-up to The Secret, which has sold more than 4.5 million copies in print, and another 700,000 as an audiobook. To date, The Magic has sold 151,000 copies at BookScan outlets in the U.S.

The #1 fiction title in Spain, topping E.L. James, is The Tango of the Old Guard by Arturo Pérez-Reverte, the latest from the bestselling literary suspense author. Pérez-Reverte has had a number of successful books released stateside, including The Club Dumas (Harvest Books), which has sold more than 140,000 copies, as well as Queen of the South and The Flanders Panel.

Debuting at #6 on the bestseller list in Italy, Margaret Mazzantini’s Twice Born continues the author’s international success. Twice Born takes place in war-torn Sarajevo and was published in 2011 by Viking. Anchor published Mazzantini’s Don’t Move in 2005.

International Bestsellers: Germany

Fiction Nonfiction
1 Überman
Tommy Jaud
Jesus von Nazareth. Prolog—Die Kindheitsgeschichten
Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives
Pope Benedict XVI
2 Er ist wieder da
He’s Back
Timur Vermes
Die Kunst des klaren Denkens
The Art of Precise Reasoning
Rolf Dobelli
Carl Hanser
3 Winter der Welt
Winter of the World
Ken Follett
Bastei Lübbe
Bluff! Die Fälschung der Welt
Bluff! The Falsification of the World
Manfred Lütz

For week ending Decmeber 2, 2012, used by arrangement with Buchreport

International Bestsellers: Spain

Fiction Nonfiction
1 El tango de la Guardia Vieja
The Tango of the Old Guard
Arturo Pérez-Reverte
La infancia de Jesús
Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives
Pope Benedict XVI
2 Cincuenta sombras de Grey
Fifty Shades of Grey
E.L. James
La magia
The Magic
Rhonda Byrne
3 La marca del meridiano
The Meridian Mark
Lorenzo Silva
Urdangarin: un conseguidor en la corte del Rey Juan Carlos
Urdangarin: A Fixer in the Court of King Juan Carlos
Eduardo Inda & Esteban Urreiztieta
La esfera

For week ending December 5, 2012, used by arrangement with El Cultural

International Bestsellers: Italy

1 Tenere accesa la speranza.
Lettera di Natale alle famiglie 2012
Hold on Hope: Christmas Letter to the Family 2012
Angelo Scola
Centro Ambrosiano
4 Cinquanta sfumature di grigio
Fifty Shades of Grey
E.L. James
2 Una voce di notte
A Voice in the Night
Andrea Camilleri
Sellerio Editore Palermo
5 Milioni di milioni
Millions of Millions
Marco Malvaldi
Sellerio Editore Palermo
3 L’infanzia di Gesù
Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives
Pope Benedict XVI
6 Venuto al mondo
Twice Born
Margaret Mazzantini

For month of November 2012, used by arrangement with Editoriali