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BOOK WORLD: May 30, 2010

Best Sellers

NONFICTION HARDCOVER


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

2. 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. (3)

3. WAR (Twelve, $26.99)
By Sebastian Junger. Fourteen months embedded with the 173rd Airborne brigade in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley. (2)

4. TO SAVE AMERICA: STOPPING OBAMA’S SECULAR-SOCIALIST MACHINE
(Regnery, $29.95). By Newt Gingrich. More pummeling of the president. (1)

5. THE PROMISE: PRESIDENT OBAMA, YEAR ONE
(Simon & Schuster, $28). By Jonathan AlterHas the “Change We Can Believe In” materialized? (1)

6. THE BIG SHORT: INSIDE THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE
(Norton, $27.95). By Michael LewisThe murky world of financial derivatives. (10)

7. THE BLUEPRINT: A PLAN FOR LIVING ABOVE LIFE’S STORMS
(Gotham, $25). By Kirk Franklin. Wisdom from the Grammy-winning Gospel artist. (1)

8. THE BLUEPRINT: OBAMA’S PLAN TO SUBVERT THE CONSTITUTION AND BUILD AN IMPERIAL PRESIDENCY
(Lyons, $22.95). By Ken Blackwell & Ken Klukowski (3)

9. THE LAST STAND: CUSTER, SITTING BULL, AND THE BATTLE OF THE LITTLE BIG HORN
(Viking, $30). By Nathaniel Philbrick. Clarifying a bit of history. (3)

10. THE WAY WE’RE WORKING ISN’T WORKING: THE FOUR FORGOTTEN NEEDS THAT ENERGIZE GREAT PERFORMANCE
(Free Press, $28). By Tony Schwartz (1)


FICTION HARDCOVER


1. 61 HOURS (Delacorte, $28)
By Lee Child. Ex-military cop Jack Reacher finds himself stranded in a small town with big (drug) problems. (1)

2. STORM PREY (Putnam, $27.95)
By John Sandford. When a robbery results in a death, Lucas Davenport’s wife is a star witness. (1)

3. HEART OF THE MATTER (St. Martin’s, $26.99)
By Emily Giffin. Alternating voices narrate this tale of a doctor’s life: his wife and the woman he’s drawn to. (2)

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

5. DEAD IN THE FAMILY (Ace, $25.95)
By Charlaine Harris. This 10th Sookie Stackhouse tale delves into family dynamics and romantic liaisons. (3)

6. 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. (45)

7. THE 9TH JUDGMENT (Little, Brown, $27.99)
By James Patterson. The Women’s Murder Club works to find the link between seemingly isolated crimes. (4)

8. 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. (5)

9. FEVER DREAM (Grand Central, $26.99)
By Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child. FBI agent Aloysius Pendergast suspects foul play in the death of his wife. (2)

10. THE DOUBLE COMFORT SAFARI CLUB
(Pantheon, $24.95). By Alexander McCall Smith. The new No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency tale. (5)


NONFICTION PAPERBACK

1. EAT PRAY LOVE: ONE WOMAN’S SEARCH FOR EVERYTHING ACROSS ITALY, INDIA AND INDONESIA
(Penguin, $15). By Elizabeth Gilbert. Forthcoming film. (129)

2. WITH THE OLD BREED: AT PELELIU AND OKINAWA
(Presidio, $16). By E. B. Sledge. A harrowing eyewitness view of WWII’s Pacific Theater. (2)

3. 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. (5)

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

5. THREE CUPS OF TEA: ONE MAN’S MISSION TO PROMOTE PEACE
(Griffin, $19.95). By Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin (158)

6. BLINK: THE POWER OF THINKING WITHOUT THINKING
(Back Bay, $15.99). By Malcolm Gladwell. Behind our snap decisions. (71)

7. THE TIPPING POINT: HOW LITTLE THINGS CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE
(Back Bay, $14.95 ). By Malcolm Gladwell. Fads and their origins. (121)

8. MY HORIZONTAL LIFE: A COLLECTION OF ONE-NIGHT STANDS
(Bloomsbury, $14.95). By Chelsea Handler. A litany of assignations. (4)

9. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE (SECOND EDITION)
(College Board, $21.99). This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. (28)

10. HELMET FOR MY PILLOW: FROM PARRIS ISLAND TO THE PACIFIC
(Bantam, $16). By Robert Leckie. Elements adapted for HBO’s WWII miniseries, “The Pacific.” (1)


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. (48)

2. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE
(Vintage, $15.95). By Stieg Larsson. Sex trafficking between Sweden and Eastern Europe is exposed. (9)

3. SAVOR THE MOMENT (Berkley, $16)
By Nora Roberts. A longtime crush reaches fruition in this third chapter of the “Bride Quartet.” (4)

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

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. (3)

6. BEST FRIENDS FOREVER (Washington Square, $15)
By Jennifer Weiner. Two girlfriends, one popular, the other not so much, and the course their lives take. (3)

7. THE APOSTLE (Pocket, $9.99)
By Brad Thor. A kidnapped American leads Scot Harvath on a mission to spring an al-Qaeda leader from prison. (1)

8. WICKED PREY (Berkley, $9.99)
By John Sandford. A Republican convention in St. Paul is full of surprises (and terror) for Davenport. (3)

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

10. GUARDIAN OF LIES (Harper, $9.99)
By Steve Martini. A Costa Rican beauty is accused of murder in this Paul Madriani thriller. (4)


Rankings reflect sales for the week ended May 23, 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 29, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
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