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BOOK WORLD - August 15, 2010

Best Sellers

It's mid-August, schools across the region are gearing up for the start of a new year ... and so, too, are the publishing houses getting ready for another fall season laden with new titles.
But what's selling well now?

New hardcover titles ...

Richard Clarke's surprising entry on to the list in the #10 spot ... the book published back in April, and unlike his earlier titles on national security issues, never made The Post's top 10 lists until this week. Mmmmm ...

Not too many surprises in fiction. Philippa Gregory's new historical yarn debuts at #2 (part of her "Cousins' War," ie. Tudor intrigue, series) while Faye Kellerman's new Decker and Lazarus hits at #9.
A few weeks back we were pondering the amazing staying power of "The Help" and wondering what the fuss was all about --- well, we'll get some answers with a story on Kathryn Stockett by Style's Lonnae O'Neal Parker on Sunday. Be sure to read it!

Paperback sales herald the return of two longtime reader favorites --
Jeannette Walls's offbeat memoir, "The Glass Castle," returns to continue it's rather long sales streak and "The Art of Racing in the Rain," the charming novel by Garth Stein told from the point of view of the remarkably human-like dog, Enzo, rejoins the fiction list.
Both have great book club appeal, which drove much of their early sales. Stein's book was even one of Starbucks' monthly book selections when the barista chain decided to complement their (much more) popular music choices with reading material.

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. (10)

2. STRENGTHSFINDER 2.0: ..... ONLINE TEST FROM GALLUP’S “NOW, DISCOVER YOUR STRENGTHS”
(Gallup, $21.95). By Tom Rath (24)

3. WOMEN FOOD AND GOD: AN UNEXPECTED PATH TO ALMOST EVERYTHING (Scribner, $24). By Geneen Roth. Tackling compulsive eating. (17)

4. THE OBAMA DIARIES (Threshold, $25)
By Laura Ingraham. The conservative pundit tackles the Obama mystique via a set of faux diary entries. (4)

5. ANGELINA: AN UNAUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY
(St. Martin’s, $26.99). By Andrew Morton. Examining the many sides of the oft-photographed actress Angelina Jolie. (1)

6. OUTLIERS: THE STORY OF SUCCESS
(Little, Brown, $27.99). By Malcolm GladwellAssumptions about success challenged. (52)

7. THE BIG SHORT: INSIDE THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE
(Norton, $27.95). By Michael Lewis. The murky world of financial derivatives. (21)

8. WASHINGTON RULES: AMERICA’S PERMANENT PATH TO WAR
(Metropolitan, $25). By Andrew Bacevich. Are global leadership and American principles worth the sacrifice? (1)

9. WAR (Twelve, $26.99)
By Sebastian Junger. Fourteen months embedded with the 173rd Airborne brigade in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley. (11)

10. CYBER WAR: THE NEXT THREAT TO NATIONAL SECURITY AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT
(Ecco, $25.99). Richard A. Clarke with Robert K. Knake (1)

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. (11)

2. THE RED QUEEN (Touchstone, $25.99)
By Philippa Gregory. The life of Margaret Beaufort, the mother of Henry VII, who plots and schemes amid the War of the Roses. (1)

3. 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. (56)

4. STAR ISLAND (Knopf, $26.95)
By Carl Hiaasen. Mayhem ensues when a washed-up pop star’s stunt double is kidnapped by mistake in South Beach. (2)

5. THE REMBRANDT AFFAIR (Putnam, $26.95)
By Daniel Silva. Gabriel Allon’s secluded retreat is derailed by news of murder and a stolen masterpiece. (3)

6. 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. (6)

7. FLY AWAY HOME (Atria, $26.99)
By Jennifer Weiner. A senator’s wife, and her two wildly different daughters, reassess their lives after scandal. (4)

8. 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. (5)

9. HANGMAN (Morrow, $25.99)
By Faye Kellerman. LAPD lieutenant Decker and wife Rita Lazarus are back with a duo of cases to tackle—a disappearance and a murder. (1)

10. 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. (7)


NONFICTION PAPERBACK

1. EAT PRAY LOVE: ONE WOMAN’S SEARCH FOR EVERYTHING ACROSS ITALY, INDIA AND INDONESIA
(Penguin, $15). By Elizabeth Gilbert. New feature film. (140)

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. (16)

3. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE (SECOND EDITION)
(College Board, $21.99). This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. (36)

4. THREE CUPS OF TEA: ONE MAN’S MISSION TO PROMOTE PEACE
(Griffin, $19.95). By Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin (169)

5. THE GLASS CASTLE (Scribner, $14)
By Jeannette Walls. A daughter’s memoir of her eccentric parents and unorthodox upbringing. (117)

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

7. ARE YOU THERE, VODKA? IT’S ME, CHELSEA
(Simon Spotlight, $16). By Chelsea Handler. Irreverent essays. (26)

8. HOW TO READ LITERATURE LIKE A PROFESSOR: A LIVELY AND ENTERTAINING GUIDE TO READING ...
(Harper, $13.99). By Thomas C. Foster (5)

9. SCHOLASTIC SUCCESS WITH 1ST GRADE WORKBOOK
(Teaching Resources, $16.99). By Jon Buller. Tackling the three R’s in grade school. (7)

10. MY HORIZONTAL LIFE: A COLLECTION OF ONE-NIGHT STANDS
(Bloomsbury, $14.95). By Chelsea Handler. A litany of assignations. (13)


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. (59)

2. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE
(Vintage, $15.95). By Stieg Larsson. Sex trafficking between Sweden and Eastern Europe is exposed. (20)

3. CHARLIE ST. CLOUD (Bantam, $15; $7.99)
By Ben Sherwood. A heartwarming tale of the singular bond between a young man and his dead brother. (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. (25)

5. SMASH CUT (Pocket, $9.99)
By Sandra Brown. A publicity-crazed attorney takes on a case of murder within a wealthy family. (3)

6. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (Warner, $7.99)
(HarperPerennial, $15.99). By Harper Lee. The Pulitzer Prize-winning tale set in the Depression-era South. (5)

7. THE 8TH CONFESSION (Grand Central, $9.99)
By James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. The Women’s Murder Club and two baffling murders. (2)

8. 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. (4)

9. THE LACUNA (HarperPerennial, $16.99)
By Barbara Kingsolver. Journal entries and letters chart the life of a popular Mexican American novelist. (2)

10. THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN
(Harper, $14.99). By Garth Stein. Enzo, a canine with human qualities, narrates this unique tale. (12)


Rankings reflect sales for the week ended August 8, 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  |  August 14, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
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