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April 4, 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. (2)

2. CHELSEA CHELSEA BANG BANG
(Grand Central, $25.99). By Chelsea Handler. A new batch of essays from the comedienne. (3)

3. DRIVE: THE SURPRISING TRUTH ABOUT WHAT MOTIVATES US
(Riverhead, $26.95). By Daniel H. Pink
A look by the New Economy expert. (6)

4. THE PACIFIC: HELL WAS AN OCEAN AWAY
(NAL Caliber, $26.95). By Hugh Ambrose. The companion to HBO’s sweeping miniseries. (4)

5. SWITCH: HOW TO CHANGE THINGS WHEN CHANGE IS HARD
(Broadway Business, $26). By Chip Heath and Dan Heath
Anecdotal examples. (5)

6. COURAGE & CONSEQUENCE: MY LIFE AS A CONSERVATIVE IN THE FIGHT
(Threshold Editions, $30). By Karl Rove (3)

7. GAME CHANGE: OBAMA AND THE CLINTONS, MCCAIN AND PALIN, AND THE RACE OF A LIFETIME
(Harper, $27.99). By John Heilemann & Mark Halperin (11)

8. CHANGE YOUR BRAIN, CHANGE YOUR BODY: USE YOUR BRAIN TO GET AND KEEP THE BODY YOU ALWAYS WANTED
(Harmony, $25.99). By Daniel G. Amen (3)

9. THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS
(Crown, $26). By Rebecca Skloot. The shocking story of a stem cell theft in 1951 and the HeLa cell line. (8)

10. STRENGTHSFINDER 2.0: ... ONLINE TEST FROM GALLUP’S “NOW, DISCOVER YOUR STRENGTHS”
(Gallup, $21.95). By Tom Rath (14)

FICTION HARDCOVER

1. CAUGHT (Dutton, $27.95)
By Harlan Coben. When a model high school student vanishes from her suburban neighborhood, a star reporter goes hunting. (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. (36)

3. 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. (4)

4. THE SILENT SEA (Putnam, $27.95)
By Clive Cussler with Jack Du Brul. This “Oregon Files” thriller involves buried treasure and an ancient curse. (3)

5. 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. (1)

6. THINK TWICE (St. Martin’s, $26.99)
By Lisa Scottoline. Bennie Rosato’s identical twin assumes her identity after burying her alive. (2)

7. SHATTERED (Putnam, $25.95)
By Karen Robards. A top-flight attorney’s homecoming turns dangerous when she probes an eerie cold-case. (1)

8. ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER
(Grand Central, $21.99). By Seth Grahame-Smith
Our 16th president battles with the supernatural. (4)

9. WORST CASE (Little, Brown, $27.99)
By James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge. A serial killer targets the children of NYC’s most affluent families. (8)

10. 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. (28)


NONFICTION PAPERBACK

1. BANK ON YOURSELF: THE LIFE-CHANGING SECRET TO GROWING AND PROTECTING YOUR FINANCIAL FUTURE
(Vanguard, $15.95). By Pamela Yellen (1)

2. 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. (21)

3. 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. (4)

4. EAT PRAY LOVE: ONE WOMAN’S SEARCH FOR EVERYTHING ACROSS ITALY, INDIA AND INDONESIA
(Penguin, $15). By Elizabeth Gilbert (121)

5. 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. (12)

6. ARE YOU THERE, VODKA? IT’S ME, CHELSEA
(Simon Spotlight, $16). By Chelsea Handler. Irreverent essays. (8)

7. 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. (2)

8. TEACH LIKE A CHAMPION: 49 TECHNIQUES THAT PUT STUDENTS ON THE PATH TO COLLEGE
(Jossey-Bass, $27.95). By Doug Lemov (1)

9. THREE CUPS OF TEA: ONE MAN’S MISSIONTO PROMOTE PEACE
(Griffin, $19.95). By Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin (152)

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. (1)


FICTION PAPERBACK

1. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE
(Vintage, $15.95). By Stieg Larsson. Sex trafficking between Sweden and Eastern Europe is exposed. (1)

2. THE LAST SONG (Grand Central, $14.99)
By Nicholas Sparks. A teen matures while spending the summer with her divorced father. (8)

3. 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. (40)

4. GONE TOMORROW (Dell, $9.99)
By Lee Child. Jack Reacher confronts a suspected suicide bomber on the NYC subway, with dangerous consequences. (1)

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

6. JUST TAKE MY HEART (Pocket, $7.99)
By Mary Higgins Clark. Do organ transplant patients get more than a new life from their donors? (1)

7. FIRST FAMILY (Vision, $9.99)
By David Baldacci. A children’s b-day party at Camp David morphs from frolic to kidnapping. (6)

8. A RELIABLE WIFE (Algonquin, $14.95)
By Robert Goolrick. This erotic tale of suspense, featuring a mail-order bride, is set in 1907 Wisconsin. (12)

9. 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. (15)

10. THE LAST CHILD (Minotaur, $14.99)
By John Hart. A young boy puts himself at risk to locate his twin sister, who was abducted off the street. (2)


Rankings reflect sales for the week ended March 28, 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 2, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
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