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BOOK WORLD: May 2, 2010

Best Sellers

NONFICTION HARDCOVER


1. THE BIG SHORT: INSIDE THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE
(Norton, $27.95). By Michael LewisThe murky world of financial derivatives. (6)

2. 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. (2)

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. (3)

4. CHELSEA CHELSEA BANG BANG
(Grand Central, $25.99). By Chelsea Handler. A new batch of essays from the comedienne. (7)

5. 13 BANKERS: THE WALL STREET TAKEOVER AND THE NEXT FINANCIAL MELTDOWN
(Pantheon, $26.95). By Simon Johnson & James Kwak (3)

6. THE BEDWETTER: STORIES OF COURAGE, REDEMPTION, AND PEE
(Harper, $25.99). By Sarah Silverman. A hilarious childhood. (1)

7. THE PACIFIC: HELL WAS AN OCEAN AWAY
(NAL Caliber, $26.95). By Hugh Ambrose. The companion to HBO’s sweeping miniseries. (8)

8. STRENGTHSFINDER 2.0: ..... ONLINE TEST FROM GALLUP’S “NOW, DISCOVER YOUR STRENGTHS”(Gallup, $21.95). By Tom Rath (15)

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

10. DRIVE: THE SURPRISING TRUTH ABOUT WHAT MOTIVATES US
(Riverhead, $26.95). By Daniel H. Pink. A look by the New Economy expert. (7)


FICTION HARDCOVER


1. 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. (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. (40)

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

4. THIS BODY OF DEATH (Harper, $28.99)
By Elizabeth George. A new suspense tale featuring the astute, aristocratic Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley. (1)

5. THE SHADOW OF YOUR SMILE
(Simon & Schuster, $25.99). By Mary Higgins Clark. A tale of money, murder and a quest for beatification. (2)

6. LUCID INTERVALS (Putnam, $25.95)
By Stuart Woods. Stone Barrington must cope with his ex-wife’s threats while aiding British intelligence. (1)

7. BURNING LAMP (Putnam, $25.95)
By Amanda Quick. Paranormal romance and intrigue abound in this new “Arcane Society” yarn. (1)

8. EVERY LAST ONE (Random House, $26)
By Anna Quindlen. A mother’s devotion gains new urgency after an act of violence upends her family. (2)

9. EIGHT DAYS TO LIVE (St. Martin’s, $27.99)
By Iris Johansen. A successful art exhibit in Paris by Eve Duncan’s daughter, Jane, portends danger. (1)

10. 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. (8)


NONFICTION PAPERBACK


1. CONSERVATIVE VICTORY: DEFEATING OBAMA’S RADICAL AGENDA
(Harper, $14.99). By Sean Hannity. The pundit takes on the White House. (4)

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. (1)

3. FIERCE CONVERSATIONS: ACHIEVING SUCCESS AT WORK & IN LIFE, ONE CONVERSATION AT A TIME
(Berkley, $16). By Susan Scott (1)

4. EAT PRAY LOVE: ONE WOMAN’S SEARCH FOR EVERYTHING ACROSS ITALY, INDIA AND INDONESIA
(Penguin, $15). By Elizabeth Gilbert (125)

5. THREE CUPS OF TEA: ONE MAN’S MISSION TO PROMOTE PEACE
(Griffin, $19.95). By Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin (154)

6. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE (SECOND EDITION)
(College Board, $21.99). This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. (26)

7. ARE YOU THERE, VODKA? IT’S ME, CHELSEA
(Simon Spotlight, $16). By Chelsea Handler. Irreverent essays. (12)

8. A CHILD CALLED “IT”: ONE CHILD’S COURAGE TO SURVIVE
(Health Communications, $11.95). By Dave Pelzer. Memoir of a horrifying childhood. (1)

9. YOUR MONEY MILESTONES: A GUIDE TO MAKING THE 9 MOST IMPORTANT FINANCIAL DECISIONS OF YOUR LIFE
(FT Press, $19.99). By Moshe A. Milevsky (1)

10. 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. (16)


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. (44)

2. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE
(Vintage, $15.95). By Stieg Larsson. Sex trafficking between Sweden and Eastern Europe is exposed. (5)

3. THE LAST SONG (Grand Central, $14.99; $7.99)
By Nicholas Sparks. A teen matures while spending the summer with her divorced father. (12)

4. LITTLE BEE (Simon & Schuster, $14)
By Chris Cleave. This wry second novel from a British journalist explores the state of war and refugees. (10)

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. (3)

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? (5)

7. A RELIABLE WIFE (Algonquin, $14.95)
By Robert Goolrick. This erotic tale of suspense, featuring a mail-order bride, is set in 1907 Wisconsin. (15)

8. GONE TOMORROW (Dell, $9.99)
By Lee Child. Jack Reacher confronts a suspected suicide bomber on the NYC subway, with dangerous consequences. (5)

9. 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. (4)

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. (2)


Rankings reflect sales for the week ended April 25, 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 1, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
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