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Book World: April 25, 2010

Best Sellers

NONFICTION HARDCOVER


1. OPRAH: A BIOGRAPHY (Crown, $30)
By Kitty Kelley. The celebrity biographer’s unauthorized look at the life of the media mogul and talk show host. (1)

2. THE BIG SHORT: INSIDE THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE
(Norton, $27.95). By Michael LewisThe murky world of financial derivatives. (5)

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

4. 2010 TAKE BACK AMERICA: A BATTLE PLAN
(Harper, $26.99). By Dick Morris. A clarion call for conservatives to get out and vote this election year. (1)

5. CHELSEA CHELSEA BANG BANG
(Grand Central, $25.99). By Chelsea HandlerA new batch of essays from the comedienne. (6)

6. WOMEN FOOD AND GOD: AN UNEXPECTED PATH TO ALMOST EVERYTHING
(Scribner, $24). By Geneen Roth. Tackling compulsive eating. (2)

7. THE PACIFIC: HELL WAS AN OCEAN AWAY
(NAL Caliber, $26.95). By Hugh AmbroseThe companion to HBO’s sweeping miniseries. (7)

8. THIS TIME TOGETHER: LAUGHTER AND REFLECTION
(Harmony, $25). By Carol Burnett. The award-winning comedian and actress looks back. (2)

9. STONES INTO SCHOOLS: PROMOTING PEACE WITH BOOKS, NOT BOMBS, IN AFGHANISTAN AND PAKISTAN
(Viking, $26.95). By Greg Mortenson (11)

10. GAME CHANGE: OBAMA AND THE CLINTONS, MCCAIN AND PALIN, AND THE RACE OF A LIFETIME
(Harper, $27.99). By John Heilemann & Mark Halperin (14)


FICTION PAPERBACK


1. THE SHADOW OF YOUR SMILE
(Simon & Schuster, $25.99). By Mary Higgins Clark. A tale of money, murder and a quest for beatification. (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. (39)

3. EVERY LAST ONE (Random House, $26)
By Anna Quindlen. A mother’s devotion takes on new meaning after her family is upended by a shocking act of violence. (1)

4. 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. (2)

5. HOUSE RULES (Atria, $28)
By Jodi PicoultA single mom’s ordeal when her oldest son, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, is accused of murder. (7)

6. CAUGHT (Dutton, $27.95)
By Harlan Coben. When a model high school student vanishes from her suburban neighborhood, a star reporter goes hunting. (4)

7. A MIGHTY FORTRESS (Tor, $27.99)
By David Weber. The fourth installment of the fantasy series chronicling the struggles of the planet Safehold. (1)

8. WRECKED (Scribner, $25)
By Carol Higgins Clark. PI Regan Reilly’s first wedding anniversary hoopla is cut short when murder intrudes. (1)

9. BEATRICE AND VIRGIL (Spiegel & Grau, $24)
By Yann Martel. A play that is in fact a fable about the Holocaust is the crux of the prize-winning author’s new novel. (1)

10. DECEPTION (Ballantine, $28)
By Jonathan Kellerman. The murder of a prep school teacher comes complete with a DVD left by the victim. (3)

NONFICTION PAPERBACK


1. CONSERVATIVE VICTORY: DEFEATING OBAMA’S RADICAL AGENDA
(Harper, $14.99). By Sean Hannity. The pundit takes on the White House. (3)

2. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE (SECOND EDITION)(College Board, $21.99). This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. (25)

3. EAT PRAY LOVE: ONE WOMAN’S SEARCH FOR EVERYTHING ACROSS ITALY, INDIA AND INDONESIA (Penguin, $15)
By Elizabeth Gilbert (124)

4. COOK THIS, NOT THAT! KITCHEN SURVIVAL GUIDE
(Rodale, $19.99). By David Zinczenko & Matt Goulding. Saving money and calories by eating at home. (14)

5. 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. (3)

6. YOU THERE, VODKA? IT’S ME, CHELSEA
(Simon Spotlight, $16). By Chelsea Handler. Irreverent essays. (11)

7. THREE CUPS OF TEA: ONE MAN’S MISSION TO PROMOTE PEACE
(Griffin, $19.95). By Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin (153)

8. 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. (15)

9. POSITIVITY: TOP-NOTCH RESEARCH REVEALS THE 3-TO-1 RATIO THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE
(Three Rivers, $14). By Barbara Frederickson (1)

10. 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. (5)

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. (43)

2. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE
(Vintage, $15.95). By Stieg Larsson. Sex trafficking between Sweden and Eastern Europe is exposed. (4)

3. THE LAST SONG (Grand Central, $14.99; $7.99)
By Nicholas Sparks. A teen matures while spending the summer with her divorced father. (11)

4. LITTLE BEE (Simon & Schuster, $14)
By Chris Cleave. This wry second novel from a British journalist explores the state of war and refugees. (9)

5. 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. (2)

6. 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. (3)

7. JUST TAKE MY HEART (Pocket, $7.99)
By Mary Higgins Clark. Do organ transplant patients get more than a new life from their donors? (4)

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

9. A RELIABLE WIFE (Algonquin, $14.95)
By Robert Goolrick. This erotic tale of suspense, featuring a mail-order bride, is set in 1907 Wisconsin. (14)

10. THE HOST (Back Bay, $16.99)
By Stephenie Meyer. A species that takes over the minds of its human hosts has overrun the Earth. (1)

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended April 18, 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 24, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
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