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BOOK WORLD - July 25, 2010

Best Sellers


In bestsellers for the week ending July 18, mainly the usual suspects, alas. Jennifer Weiner's new chic-lit novel was denied the #1 ranking in its debut, thanks to the Stieg Larsson juggernaut .... and James Lee Burke's latest pops on the list in a surprisingly low spot.
In nonfiction, a notable addition is political pundit Laura Ingraham's contribution to the Obama-bashing club with a book that imagines some damaging diary entries of the president coming to light ...

Paperback sales also feature much of the same, including "Eat Pray Love" (a mega-bestseller long before the feature film even started filming), available in two trade editions, one being the requisite movie tie-in (for those that want to pay $1 more to have Julia Roberts' picture grace the cover).
And a continued surge in popularity for Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird," thanks to the 50th anniversary hoopla and, of course, the book's many, many merits ...

Use the link below to get the lists in all their glory ...

NONFICTION HARDCOVER


1. WOMEN FOOD AND GOD: AN UNEXPECTED PATH TO ALMOST EVERYTHING
(Scribner, $24). By Geneen Roth. Tackling compulsive eating. (14)

2. THE OBAMA DIARIES (Threshold, $25)
By Laura Ingraham. The conservative pundit tackles the Obama mystique via a set of faux diary entries. (1)

3. WAR (Twelve, $26.99)
By Sebastian Junger. Fourteen months embedded with the 173rd Airborne brigade in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley. (9)

4. 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. (7)

5. OUTLIERS: THE STORY OF SUCCESS
(Little, Brown, $27.99). By Malcolm GladwellAssumptions about success challenged. (49)

6. THE BIG SHORT: INSIDE THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE
(Norton, $27.95). By Michael Lewis. The murky world of financial derivatives. (18)

7. 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.” (6)

8. THANK GOD IT’S MONDAY! HOW TO CREATE A WORKPLACE YOU AND YOUR CUSTOMERS LOVE
(FT Press, $19.99). By Roxanne Emmerich (1)

9. DELIVERING HAPPINESS: A PATH TO PROFITS, PASSION, AND PURPOSE
(Business Plus, $23.99). By Tony Hsieh. The founder and CEO of Zappos.com. (5)

10. STRENGTHSFINDER 2.0: ..... ONLINE TEST FROM GALLUP’S “NOW, DISCOVER YOUR STRENGTHS”
(Gallup, $21.95). By Tom Rath (21)

FICTION HARDCOVER


1. 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. (8)

2,. FLY AWAY HOME (Atria, $26.99)
By Jennifer Weiner. A senator’s wife, and her two wildly different daughters, reassess their lives after scandal. (1)

3. THE SEARCH (Putnam, $26.95)
By Nora Roberts. A dog trainer and canine search-and-rescue volunteer finds romance, but is also stalked by a serial killer. (2)

4. PRIVATE (Little, Brown, $27.99)
By James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. An elite PI firm, run by a former CIA agent, tackles a murder that hits close to home. (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. (53)

6. SIZZLING SIXTEEN (St. Martin’s, $27.99)
By Janet Evanovich. Gambling has become a matter of life and death for Stephanie Plum’s cousin, Vinnie. (4)

7. FAITHFUL PLACE (Viking, $25.95)
By Tana French. This third “Dublin Murder Squad” tale finds a detective drawn back to his childhood home. (1)

8. FOREIGN INFLUENCE (Atria, $26.99)
By Brad Thor. Scot Harvath joins a new covert ops team and is dispatched to Europe to track a terrorist. (3)

9. THE GLASS RAINBOW (Simon & Schuster, $25.99)
By James Lee Burke. Dave Robicheaux, back in New Iberia, La., struggles to solve a series of brutal slayings. (1)

10. THE OVERTON WINDOW (Threshold, $26)
By Glenn Beck. The political pundit’s novel-cum-fable about a dire threat to the American Way. (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. (137)

2. THREE CUPS OF TEA: ONE MAN’S MISSION TO PROMOTE PEACE
(Griffin, $19.95). By Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin (166)

3. NITTY-GRITTY GRAMMAR BOOK: A NOT-SO-SERIOUS GUIDE TO CLEAR COMMUNICATION
(Ten Speed, $9.99). By Edith M. Fine & Judith P. Josephson (1)

4. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE (SECOND EDITION)
(College Board, $21.99). This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. (33)

5. SCHOLASTIC SUCCESS WITH 1ST GRADE WORKBOOK
(Teaching Resources, $16.99). By Jon Buller. Tackling the three R’s in grade school. (4)

6. MY HORIZONTAL LIFE: A COLLECTION OF ONE-NIGHT STANDS
(Bloomsbury, $14.95). By Chelsea Handler. A litany of assignations. (10)

7. 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. (13)

8. ARE YOU THERE, VODKA? IT’S ME, CHELSEA
(Simon Spotlight, $16). By Chelsea Handler. Irreverent essays. (24)

9. HOW TO READ LITERATURE LIKE A PROFESSOR: A LIVELY AND ENTERTAINING GUIDE TO READING .....
(Harper, $13.99). By Thomas C. Foster (3)

10. 10 TRAITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE SCHOOLS: RAISING THE ACHIEVEMENT BAR FOR ALL STUDENTS
(Corwin, $38.95). By Elaine K. McEwan (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. (56)

2. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE
(Vintage, $15.95). By Stieg Larsson. Sex trafficking between Sweden and Eastern Europe is exposed. (17)

3. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (Warner, $7.99)
(HarperPerennial, $15.99). By Harper Lee. The Pulitzer Prize-winning tale set in the Depression-era South. (2)

4. LITTLE BEE (Simon & Schuster, $14)
By Chris Cleave. This wry second novel from a British journalist explores the state of war and refugees. (22)

5. 9 DRAGONS (Vision, $9.99)
By Michael Connelly. The murder of a beloved shop owner has Bosch traveling to Hong Kong to nab a killer. (1)

6. UNDER THE DOME (Pocket, $19.99)
By Stephen King. An invisible force field surrounds the Maine hamlet of Chester’s Mill, wreaking havoc. (2)

7. KNOCK OUT (Jove, $9.99)
By Catherine Coulter. A young girl with psychic gifts telepathically contacts FBI agent Dillon Savich. (3)

8. THE DEFECTOR (Signet, $9.99)
By Daniel Silva. The Russian agent who aided Gabriel Allon in his last outing has gone missing. (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. (8)

10. ONE NIGHT (Avon, $7.99)
By Debbie Macomber. A radio station’s offbeat morning deejay annoys one of its newscasters to no end—or could it be love? (3)


Rankings reflect sales for the week ended July 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  |  July 24, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
Categories:  Best Sellers  
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