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BOOK WORLD: May 16, 2010

Best Sellers

NONFICTION HARDCOVER

1. SPOKEN FROM THE HEART
(Scribner, $30). By Laura Bush. The former first lady’s reflections on eight years in the White House and what came before. (1)

2. ABRAHAM LINCOLN’S GETTYSBURG ADDRESS
(Threshold Editions, $16.99). By Jack E. Levin & Mark R. Levin. An illustrated edition of a seminal document. (1)

3. THE BIG SHORT: INSIDE THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE
(Norton, $27.95). By Michael Lewis. The murky world of financial derivatives. (8)

4. 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. (4)

5. THE BLUEPRINT: OBAMA’S PLAN TO SUBVERT THE CONSTITUTION AND BUILD AN IMPERIAL PRESIDENCY (Lyons, $22.95). By Ken Blackwell & Ken Klukowski (2)

6. THE LAST STAND: CUSTER, SITTING BULL, AND THE BATTLE OF THE LITTLE BIG HORN (Viking, $30). By Nathaniel Philbrick
Clarifying a bit of history. (1)

7. THIS TIME TOGETHER: LAUGHTER AND REFLECTION
(Harmony, $25). By Carol Burnett. The award-winning comedian and actress looks back. (4)

8. CHELSEA CHELSEA BANG BANG
(Grand Central, $25.99). By Chelsea Handler
A new batch of essays from the comedienne. (9)

9. CITIZEN YOU: DOING YOUR PART TO CHANGE THE WORLD
(Crown, $24). By Jonathan Tisch with Karl Weber
Tips from the successful entrepreneur. (1)

10. THE PIONEER WOMAN COOKS: RECIPES FROM AN ACCIDENTAL COUNTRY GIRL
(Morrow, $27.50). By Ree Drummond
From the big city to cattle ranch. (1)


FICTION HARDCOVER


1. DEAD IN THE FAMILY (Ace, $25.95)
By Charlaine Harris. This 10th Sookie Stackhouse tale delves into family dynamics and romantic liasons. (1)

2. THE 9TH JUDGMENT (Little, Brown, $27.99)
By James Patterson. The Women’s Murder Club works to find the link between seemingly isolated crimes. (2)

3. INNOCENT (Grand Central, $27.99)
By Scott Turow. Rusty Savitch is a murder suspect once more in this “Presumed Innocent” sequel. (1)

4. DELIVER US FROM EVIL (Grand Central, $27.99)
By David Baldacci. Covert operative Shaw returns to thwart a Ukrainian trading in nuclear arms and slavery. (3)

5. 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. (43)

6. THE DOUBLE COMFORT SAFARI CLUB
(Pantheon, $24.95). By Alexander McCall Smith. The new “No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” tale. (3)

7. THE SHADOW OF YOUR SMILE
(Simon & Schuster, $25.99). By Mary Higgins Clark. A tale of money, murder and a quest for beatification. (4)

8. ISLAND BENEATH THE SEA (Harper, $26.99)
By Isabel Allende. A young slave, her master and their shared fates in the colony that would become Haiti. (1)

9. HANNAH’S LIST (Mira, $24.95)
By Debbie Macomber. A recent widower is left suggestions for a new mate in a note from his late wife. (2)

10. THIS BODY OF DEATH (Harper, $28.99)
By Elizabeth George. A new suspense tale featuring the astute, aristocratic Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley. (3)

NONFICTION PAPERBACK

1. CONSERVATIVE VICTORY: DEFEATING OBAMA’S RADICAL AGENDA (Harper, $14.99). By Sean Hannity
The pundit takes on the White House. (6)

2. MENNONITE IN A LITTLE BLACK DRESS: A MEMOIR OF GOING HOME (Holt, $14). By Rhoda Janzen
Coping, all at once, with a stray husband and car crash. (3)

3. EAT PRAY LOVE: ONE WOMAN’S SEARCH FOR EVERYTHING ACROSS ITALY, INDIA AND INDONESIA
(Penguin, $15). By Elizabeth Gilbert. Coming to theaters. (127)

4. LANDMARK: THE INSIDE STORY OF AMERICA’S NEW HEALTH CARE LAW AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR US ALL
(PubicAffairs, $12.95). By the staff of The Washington Post (1)

5. THREE CUPS OF TEA: ONE MAN’S MISSION TO PROMOTE PEACE
(Griffin, $19.95). By Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin (156)

6. ARE YOU THERE, VODKA? IT’S ME, CHELSEA
(Simon Spotlight, $16). By Chelsea Handler. Irreverent essays. (14)

7. MY HORIZONTAL LIFE: A COLLECTION OF ONE-NIGHT STANDS
(Bloomsbury, $14.95). By Chelsea Handler. A litany of assignations. (2)

8. WHATS NEW CUPCAKE? INGENIOUSLY SIMPLE DESIGNS FOR EVERY OCCASION (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.95)
By Karen Tack and Alan Richardson (1)

9. 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. (25)

10. THE TIPPING POINT: HOW LITTLE THINGS CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE
(Back Bay, $14.95 ). By Malcolm Gladwell. Fads and their origins. (120)


FICTION PAPERBACK

1. SAVOR THE MOMENT (Berkley, $16)
By Nora Roberts. A longtime crush reaches fruition in this third chapter of the “Bride Quartet.” (2)

2. 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. (46)

3. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE
(Vintage, $15.95). By Stieg Larsson. Sex trafficking between Sweden and Eastern Europe is exposed. (7)

4. RUN FOR YOUR LIFE (Vision, $9.99)
By James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge. A serial killer preys on NYC’s most affluent residents. (2)

5. SOUTH OF BROAD (Dial, $16)
By Pat Conroy. The writer’s first novel in 14 years centers on a disparate group in Charleston, S.C. (1)

6. LITTLE BEE (Simon & Schuster, $14)
By Chris Cleave. This wry second novel from a British journalist explores the state of war and refugees. (12)

7. BEST FRIENDS FOREVER (Washington Square, $15)
By Jennifer Weiner. Two girlfriends, one popular, the other not so much, and the course their lives take. (1)

8. WICKED PREY (Berkley, $9.99)
By John Sandford. A Republican convention in St. Paul is full of surprises (and terror) for Davenport. (1)

9. GUARDIAN OF LIES (Harper, $9.99)
By Steve Martini. A Costa Rican beauty is accused of murder in this Paul Madriani thriller. (2)

10. SUMMER ON BLOSSOM STREET (Mira, $7.99)
By Debbie Macomber. The Seattle A Good Yarn shop finds its new hybrid class, “Knit to Quit,” a hit. (2)


Rankings reflect sales for the week ended May 9, 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  |  May 15, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
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