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March 7, 2010

Best Sellers

FICTION HARDCOVER

1 FANTASY IN DEATH (Putnam, $26.95)
By J.D. Robb. A computer gaming tycoon, found dead in a locked room, is Lt. Eve Dallas’s latest case. (1)

2 THE HELP (Amy Einhorn, $24.95)
By Kathryn Stockett. A frank chronicle of the lives of several black maids working in a town in 1960s Miss. (32)

3 BIG GIRL (Delacorte, $28)
By Danielle SteelThe eldest daughter of a tony LA family has it all—save for a perfect body and her parents’ approval. (1)

4 WORST CASE (Little, Brown, $27.99)
By James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge. A serial killer targets the children of NYC’s most affluent families. (4)

5 SPLIT IMAGE (Putnam, $25.95)
By Robert B. Parker. Murder thrusts Jesse Stone and Sunny Randall together once more in Paradise, Mass. (1)

6 BLACK MAGIC SANCTION (Eos, $25.99)
By Kim Harrison. Rachel Morgan is accused of dabbling in dark magic and faces life in prison. Or worse. (1)

7 THE LOST SYMBOL (Doubleday, $29.95)
By Dan Brown. Masonic lore figures prominently in this sequel to “The Da Vinci Code”; set in D.C. (24)

8 WINTER GARDEN (St. Martin’s, $26.99)
By Kristin Hannah. A father’s death drives two sisters’ discovery of their Russian-born mother’s scarred past. (4)

9 THE MAN FROM BEIJING (Knopf, $25.95)
By Henning Mankell. A massacre in Sweden is linked to China, slavery and the opening of the American West. (2)

10 THE POSTMISTRESS (Amy Einhorn, $25.95)
By Sarah Blake. The specter of war in Europe draws together the lives of three different women in 1940. (3)


NONFICTION HARDCOVER

1 GAME CHANGE: OBAMA AND THE CLINTONS, MCCAIN AND PALIN, AND THE RACE OF A LIFETIME
(Harper, $27.99). By John Heilemann & Mark Halperin (7)

2 THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS (Crown, $26)
By Rebecca Skoot. The shocking story of a stem cell theft in 1951 and the HeLa cell line. (4)

3 SWITCH: HOW TO CHANGE THINGS WHEN CHANGE IS HARD
(Broadway Business, $26) By Chip Heath and Dan Heath. Anecdotal examples. (2)

4 THE BUSINESS OF HAPPINESS: 6 SECRETS TO EXTRAORDINARY SUCCESS IN WORK AND LIFE
(Regnery, $27.95). By Ted Leonsis with John Buckley (2)

5 ON THE BRINK: INSIDE THE RACE TO STOP THE COLLAPSE OF THE GLOBAL FINANCIAL SYSTEM
(Business Plus, $28.99). By Henry M. Paulson, Jr. (4)

6 THE POLITICIAN: AN INSIDER’S ACCOUNT OFJOHN EDWARDS’S PURSUIT OF THE PRESIDENCY .....
(Thomas Dunne, $24.99). By Andrew Young (5)

7 THE FIVE DYSFUNCTIONS OF A TEAM: A LEADERSHIP FABLE
(Jossey-Bass, $24.95) By Patrick M. Lencioni. Help for group dynamics. (1)

8 MAKING TOAST: A FAMILY STORY (Ecco, $21.99)
By Roger Rosenblatt. Domesticity as a salve in coping with the loss of a daughter and helping her family. (1)

9 COMMITTED: A SKEPTIC MAKES PEACE WITH MARRIAGE
(Viking, $26.95). By Elizabeth GilbertPicking up where “Eat, Pray, Love” left off. (1)

10 YOU SAY MORE THAN YOU THINK: USE THE NEW BODY LANGUAGE TO GET WHAT YOU WANT!
(Crown, $25). By Janine Driver with Mariska van Aalst (2)


FICTION PAPERBACK

1 THE LAST SONG (Grand Central, $14.99)
By Nicholas Sparks. A teen matures while spending the summer with her divorced father. (4)

2 FIRST FAMILY (Vision, $9.99)
By David Baldacci. A children’s b-day party at Camp David morphs from frolic to kidnapping. (2)

3 LITTLE BEE (Simon & Schuster, $14)
By Chris Cleave. This wry second novel from the British journalist explores the state of war and refugees. (2)

4 DEAR JOHN (Grand Central, $13.99; $7.99)
By Nicholas Sparks. 9/11 upends a budding romance between a soldier and a college student; movie tie-in. (11)

5 THE 8TH CONFESSION (Grand Central, $14.99)
By James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. The Women’s Murder Club and two baffling murders. (1)

6 A RELIABLE WIFE (Algonquin, $14.95)
By Robert Goolrick. This erotic tale of suspense, featuring a mail-order bride, is set in 1907 Wisconsin. (8)

7 THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
(Vintage, $14.95). By Stieg Larsson. A missing heiress. An unlikely pair of sleuths. Set in Sweden. (36)

8 THE SUMMER HIDEAWAY (Mira, $7.99)
By Susan Wiggs. A man in failing health returns to Willow Lake to reconnect with an estranged brother. (1)

9 SHUTTER ISLAND (Harper, $14.99; $7.99)
By Dennis Lehane. A patient vanishes from an island hospital for the criminally insane; motion picture tie-in. (2)

10 CORSAIR (Berkley, $9.99)
By Clive Cusslerand Jack Du Brul. Capt. Cabrillo and his covert military ship parry with Islamic terrorists. (1)


NONFICTION PAPERBACK

1 THE LOST CITY OF Z: A TALE OF DEADLY OBSESSION IN THE AMAZON
(Vintage, $15.99)By David Grann. Fawcett’s fatal rainforest quest. (5)

2 FOOD RULES: AN EATER’S MANUAL (Penguin, $11)
By Michael Pollan. A portable guide for making tough choices in the store or on the go. (8)

3 EVERYDAY FOOD: FRESH FLAVOR FAST: 250 EASY,DELICIOUS RECIPES FOR ANY TIME OF DAY
(Clarkson Potter, $24.99). By Martha Stewart Living (1)

4 THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE (SECOND EDITION)
(College Board, $21.99). This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. (20)

5 COOK THIS, NOT THAT! KITCHEN SURVIVAL GUIDE
(Rodale, $19.99). By David Zinczenko & Matt Goulding. Saving money and calories by eating at home. (9)

6 THE BLIND SIDE: EVOLUTION OF A GAME (Norton, $13.95)
By Michael Lewis. The story of star left tackle Michael Oher; basis of the feature film. (17)

7 THREE CUPS OF TEA: ONE MAN’S MISSION TO PROMOTE PEACE
(Griffin, $19.95) By Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin (148)

8 EAT THIS NOT THAT! THE NO-DIET WEIGHT LOSS SOLUTION
(Rodale, $19.99). By David Zinczenkowith Matt Goulding. The updated 2010 edition. (20)

9 EAT PRAY LOVE: ONE WOMAN’S SEARCH FOR EVERYTHING ACROSS ITALY, INDIA AND INDONESIA
(Penguin, $15). By Elizabeth Gilbert (119)

10 ARE YOU THERE, VODKA? IT’S ME, CHELSEA
(Simon Spotlight, $16)By Chelsea Handler. Irreverent essays. (4)


Rankings reflect sales for the week ended Feb. 28, 2010. The charts may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright © 2010 by Nielsen BookScan. (The number in parentheses at the end of each entry represents the number of weeks on Book World's bestseller lists.)


By Christopher Schoppa  |  March 6, 2010; 1:00 PM ET
Categories:  Best Sellers  
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