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April 18, 2010

Best Sellers


NONFICTION HARDCOVER

1. THE BIG SHORT: INSIDE THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE
(Norton, $27.95). By Michael Lewis. The murky world of financial derivatives. (4)

2. THE BRIDGE: THE LIFE AND RISE OF BARACK OBAMA
(Knopf, $29.95). By David Remnick. From Indonesia to Chicago and eventually the White House. (1)

3. WOMEN FOOD AND GOD: AN UNEXPECTED PATH TO ALMOST EVERYTHING
(Scribner, $24). By Geneen Roth. Tackling compulsive eating. (1)

4. CHELSEA CHELSEA BANG BANG
(Grand Central, $25.99). By Chelsea Handler. A new batch of essays from the comedienne. (5)

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. (5)

6. THE PACIFIC: HELL WAS AN OCEAN AWAY
(NAL Caliber, $26.95). By Hugh Ambrose. The companion to HBO’s sweeping miniseries. (6)

7. THIS TIME TOGETHER: LAUGHTER AND REFLECTION
(Harmony, $25). By Carol Burnett. The award-winning comedian and actress looks back. (1)

8. GAME CHANGE: OBAMA AND THE CLINTONS, MCCAIN AND PALIN, AND THE RACE OF A LIFETIME
(Harper, $27.99). By John Heilemann & Mark Halperin (13)

9. 13 BANKERS: THE WALL STREET TAKEOVER AND THE NEXT FINANCIAL MELTDOWN
(Pantheon, $26.95). By Simon Johnson & James Kwak (2)

10. GIADA AT HOME: FAMILY RECIPES FROM ITALY AND CALIFORNIA
(Clarkson Potter, $35). By Giada de Laurentiis. From the Food Network star. (2)


FICTION HARDCOVER

1. CHANGES (Roc, $25.95)
By Jim Butcher. Chaos ensues when wizard-PI Harry Dresden discovers he has a daughter—and that she’s been kidnapped. (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. (38)

3. A RIVER IN THE SKY (Morrow, $25.99)
By Elizabeth Peters. A Peabody archeological yarn involving a hunt for the Ark of the Covenant. (1)

4. STARCRAFT II: HEAVEN’S DEVILS
(Pocket, $25). By William C. Dietz. A prequel to the forthcoming video game “Starcraft II.” (1)

5. THE BLACK CAT (Viking, $25.95)
By Martha Grimes. Richard Jury finds that the only witness to a murder is an English pub’s feline resident. (1)

6. SOLAR (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, $26.95)
By Ian McEwan. A Nobel Prize-winning physicist’s career and fifth marriage collapse as global temps rise. (2)

7. CAUGHT (Dutton, $27.95)
By Harlan Coben. When a model high school student vanishes from her suburban neighborhood, a star reporter goes hunting. (3)

8. HOUSE RULES (Atria, $28)
By Jodi Picoult. A single mom’s ordeal when her oldest son, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, is accused of murder. (6)

9. DECEPTION (Ballantine, $28)
By Jonathan Kellerman. The murder of a prep school teacher comes complete with a DVD left by the victim. (2)

10. BITE ME: A LOVE STORY (Morrow, $23.99)
By Christopher Moore. A rollicking tale featuring an undead couple, a vampire cat and a mere mortal. (2)

NONFICTION PAPERBACK


1. CONSERVATIVE VICTORY: DEFEATING OBAMA’S RADICAL AGENDA
(Harper, $14.99). By Sean Hannity. The pundit takes on the White House. (2)

2. HUNGRY GIRL 1-2-3: THE EASIEST, MOST DELICIOUS,GUILT-FREE RECIPES ON THE PLANET
(Griffin, $19.99). By Lisa Lillien. Crock-pots and more. (2)

3. EAT PRAY LOVE: ONE WOMAN’S SEARCH FOR EVERYTHING ACROSS ITALY, INDIA AND INDONESIA
(Penguin, $15). By Elizabeth Gilbert (123)

4. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE (SECOND EDITION)
(College Board, $21.99). This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. (24)

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

6. 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. (14)

7. 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. (23)

8. A PATRIOT’S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES
(Sentinel, $25). By Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen“Dead white men” gain ground in this revised history. (6)

9. NOW EAT THIS! 150 OF AMERICA’S FAVORITE COMFORT FOODS, ALL UNDER 350 CALORIES (Ballantine, $22)
By Rocco DiSpirito. The celebrity chef’s healthy picks. (4)

10. CRUCIAL CONVERSATIONS: TOOLS FOR TALKING WHEN STAKES ARE HIGH (McGraw-Hill, $16.95)
By Kerry Patterson et al. For all aspects of your life. (2)


FICTION PAPERBACK


1. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
(Vintage, $14.95). By Stieg Larsson. First book in the late Swede’s “Millennium Trilogy”; basis of new film. (42)

2. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE
(Vintage, $15.95). By Stieg Larsson. Sex trafficking between Sweden and Eastern Europe is exposed. (3)

3. THE LAST SONG (Grand Central, $14.99; $7.99)
By Nicholas Sparks. A teen matures while spending the summer with her divorced father. (10)

4. LION’S HEAT (Berkley Sensations, $7.99)
By Lora Leigh. Passion ignites between Jonas and Rachel in this new novel in the “Breeds” series. (1)

5. HERO AT LARGE (Harper, $7.99)
By Janet Evanovich. A zany romance from Evanovich, the first of 12 such out-of-print books to be re-released. (2)

6. LITTLE BEE (Simon & Schuster, $14)
By Chris Cleave. This wry second novel from a British journalist explores the state of war and refugees. (8)

7. DEAD AND GONE (Ace, $7.99)
By Charlaine Harris. What goes down when the weres and shifters reveal themselves to the world. (1)

8. GONE TOMORROW (Dell, $9.99)
By Lee Child. Jack Reacher confronts a suspected suicide bomber on the NYC subway, with dangerous consequences. (3)

9. JUST TAKE MY HEART (Pocket, $7.99)
By Mary Higgins Clark. Do organ transplant patients get more than a new life from their donors? (3)

10. ALEX CROSS’S TRIAL (Grand Central, $14.99)
By James Patterson & Richard Dilallo. A novel within a novel—Cross’s great uncle Abraham’s life. (1)

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended April 11, 2010. The charts may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright © 2010 by Nielsen BookScan. The numbers following each entry represent the total weeks on The Post's bestseller lists.


By Christopher Schoppa  |  April 17, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
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