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BOOK WORLD ~ June 27, 2010

Best Sellers

NONFICTION HARDCOVER


1. SH*T MY DAD SAYS (It, $15.99)
By Justin Halpern. A son gleans wisdom from his 73-year old dad; the inspiration for a forthcoming sitcom. (3)

2. MEDIUM RAW: A BLOODY VALENTINE TO THE WORLD OF FOOD AND THE PEOPLE WHO COOK
(Ecco, $26.99). By Anthony Bourdain. Sequel to “Kitchen Confidential.” (2)

3. THE BIG SHORT: INSIDE THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE
(Norton, $27.95). By Michael Lewis. The murky world of financial derivatives. (14)

4. THE LAST STAND: CUSTER, SITTING BULL, AND THE BATTLE OF THE LITTLE BIG HORN
(Viking, $30). By Nathaniel Philbrick. Clarifying a bit of history. (4)

5. WOMEN FOOD AND GOD: AN UNEXPECTED PATH TO ALMOST EVERYTHING
(Scribner, $24). By Geneen Roth. Tackling compulsive eating. (10)

6. OPERATION MINCEMEAT: HOW A DEAD MAN AND A BIZARRE PLAN FOOLED THE NAZIS AND ASSURED AN ALLIED VICTORY
(Harmony, $25.99). By Ben Macintyre (2)

7. THE PACIFIC: HELL WAS AN OCEAN AWAY
(NAL Caliber, $26.95). By Hugh Ambrose. The companion to HBO’s sweeping miniseries. (10)

8. WAR (Twelve, $26.99)
By Sebastian Junger. Fourteen months embedded with the 173rd Airborne brigade in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley. (5)

9. THE WHY OF WORK: HOW GREAT LEADERS BUILD ABUNDANT ORGANIZATIONS THAT WIN
(McGraw-Hill, $27.95). By Dave Ulrich and Wendy Ulrich (1)

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


FICTION HARDCOVER


1. THE OVERTON WINDOW (Threshold, $26)
By Glenn Beck. The political pundit’s novel-cum-fable about a dire threat to the American Way. (1)

2. THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST
(Knopf, $27.95). By Stieg Larsson. The Millennium Trilogy ends as Salander hunts for her failed assassin. (4)

3. THE LION (Grand Central, $27.99)
By Nelson DeMille. A Libyan terrorist, whose nom de guerre is the book’s title, hunts agent John Corey. (2)

4. WHIPLASH (Putnam, $26.95)
By Catherine Coulter. Savich & Sherlock confront a possible haunting of a U.S. senator and a nefarious drug company. (1)

5. THE PASSAGE (Ballantine, $27)
By Justin Cronin. A small cadre of humans hold out against a vampiric horde in a post-apocalyptic America. (2)

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. (49)

7. SPIES OF THE BALKANS (Random House, $26)
By Alan Furst. Set in Greece, this WWII thriller finds a policeman turned soldier aiding German refugees. (1)

8. THE SPY (Putnam, $27.95)
By Clive Cussler and Justin Scott. Isaac Bell returns, confronted with the murder of Navy researchers as WWI looms. (3)

9. THE BOURNE OBJECTIVE (Grand Central, $27.99)
By Eric Van Lustbader. Master operative Jason Bourne parries with a formidable foe—and a creepy cabal. (3)

10. FRANKENSTEIN: LOST SOULS (Bantam, $27)
By Dean Koontz. The author’s fourth monster tale, in which Dr. Frankenstein resurfaces with a devious plot. (1)


NONFICTION PAPERBACK


1. EAT PRAY LOVE: ONE WOMAN’S SEARCH FOR EVERYTHING ACROSS ITALY, INDIA AND INDONESIA
(Penguin, $15). By Elizabeth Gilbert. Forthcoming film. (133)

2. GEORGE WASHINGTON'S SACRED FIRE
(Providence Forum, $24.95). By Peter A. Lillback. The Founding Father as a pious man of faith. (1)

3. THE ROAD TO SERFDOM: TEXT AND DOCUMENTS: THE DEFINITIVE EDITION
(Univ. of Chicago, $17). By F. A. Hayek; edited by Bruce Caldwell (2)

4. TEACH LIKE A CHAMPION: 49 TECHNIQUES THAT PUT STUDENTS ON THE PATH TO COLLEGE
(Jossey-Bass, $27.95). By Doug Lemov (6)

5. THREE CUPS OF TEA: ONE MAN’S MISSION TO PROMOTE PEACE
(Griffin, $19.95). By Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin (162)

6. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE (SECOND EDITION)
(College Board, $21.99). This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. (29)

7. MENNONITE IN A LITTLE BLACK DRESS: A MEMOIR OF GOING HOME
(Holt, $14). By Rhoda JanzenCoping, all at once, with a stray husband and car crash. (9)

8. THE BLACK SWAN: THE IMPACT OF THE HIGHLY IMPROBABLE
(Random House, $17). By Nassim Nicolas Taleb. The book’s second edition. (4)

9. BLINK: THE POWER OF THINKING WITHOUT THINKING
(Back Bay, $15.99). By Malcolm Gladwell. Behind our snap decisions. (74)

10. ARE YOU THERE, VODKA? IT’S ME, CHELSEA
(Simon Spotlight, $16). By Chelsea Handler. Irreverent essays. (20)


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. (52)

2. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE
(Vintage, $15.95). By Stieg Larsson. Sex trafficking between Sweden and Eastern Europe is exposed. (13)

3. SWIMSUIT (Grand Central, $14.99)
By James Patterson & Maxine Paetro. A supermodel vanishes from a shoot in Hawaii. (1)

4. LITTLE BEE (Simon & Schuster, $14)
By Chris Cleave. This wry second novel from a British journalist explores the state of war and refugees. (18)

5. THE BOURNE DECEPTION (Vision, $9.99)
By Eric Van Lustbader. Ludlum’s Jason Bourne returns to track down his would-be assassins. (3)

6. BLACK HILLS (Jove, $7.99)
By Nora Roberts. Childhood sweethearts who recently reconnected are targeted by a serial killer. (4)

7. 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. (7)

8. THE MAGICIANS (Plume, $16)
By Lev Grossman. A Brooklyn teen discovers that he possesses a gift: magic. And that’s just for starters. (2)

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

10. THE CASTAWAYS (Back Bay, $14.99)
By Elin Hilderbrand. Questions abound when one of four close couples mysteriously drown while sailing. (2)

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended June 20, 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  |  June 26, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
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