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BOOK WORLD - August 1, 2010

Best Sellers

Stieg Larsson's finale of the "Millennium Trilogy" is finally wedged out of the #1 spot with the debut of Daniel Silva's latest novel, featuring art restorer / (former?) Israeli agent Gabriel Allon (pre-publication reviews tout it as his best yet ... ).

And "The Help" continues its astonishing ride on the bestseller list (now 54 weeks) and climbing up to the #3 spot. Who is buying this admittedly wonderful novel ... in hardcover no less!?! The strong sales have, much to the publisher's delight, pushed off a paperback edition for many months. It's now slated to arrive in stores in January 2011.

And comics hit the paperback fiction list with Bryan Lee O'Malley's final chapter in the Scott Pilgrim saga, a version of which is coming to theaters in August starring Michael Cera.

In nonfiction, political pundit Laura Ingraham's new anti-Obama title hits the #1 ranking after debuting at #2 last week ...

And perhaps it's the gloomy economy that has folks buying "Doing Both" (hitting the list at #5), a look at the Cisco company's rosy revenue and profit growth over the past seven years, by a Cisco SVP ...

See the complete lists by using the link below.

NONFICTION HARDCOVER


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

2. WOMEN FOOD AND GOD: AN UNEXPECTED PATH TO ALMOST EVERYTHING (Scribner, $24). By Geneen Roth. Tackling compulsive eating. (15)

3. 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. (8)

4. STRENGTHSFINDER 2.0: ..... ONLINE TEST FROM GALLUP’S “NOW, DISCOVER YOUR STRENGTHS”
(Gallup, $21.95). By Tom Rath (22)

5. DOING BOTH: HOW CISCO CAPTURES TODAY’S PROFIT AND DRIVES TOMORROW’S GROWTH
(FT Press, $24.99). By Inder Sidhu. Defining success. (1)

6. OUTLIERS: THE STORY OF SUCCESS
(Little, Brown, $27.99). By Malcolm Gladwell. Assumptions about success challenged. (50)

7. THE BIG SHORT: INSIDE THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE
(Norton, $27.95). By Michael Lewis. The murky world of financial derivatives. (19)

8. 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.” (7)

9. WAR (Twelve, $26.99)
By Sebastian Junger. Fourteen months embedded with the 173rd Airborne brigade in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley. (10)

10. CHELSEA CHELSEA BANG BANG
(Grand Central, $25.99). By Chelsea Handler. A new batch of essays from the comedian. (12)

FICTION HARDCOVER


1. THE REMBRANDT AFFAIR (Putnam, $26.95)
By Daniel Silva. Gabriel Allon and his wife’s secluded retreat is interrupted by news of murder and a stolen masterpiece. (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. (9)

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. (54)

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

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

6. 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. (3)

7. 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. (5)

8. 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. (6)

9. THE OVERTON WINDOW (Threshold, $26)
By Glenn Beck. The political pundit’s novel-cum-fable about a dire threat to the American Way. (6)

10. 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. (4)

NONFICTION PAPERBACK


1. EAT PRAY LOVE: ONE WOMAN’S SEARCH FOR EVERYTHING ACROSS ITALY, INDIA AND INDONESIA
(Penguin, $15). By Elizabeth Gilbert. Forthcoming film. (138)

2. THREE CUPS OF TEA: ONE MAN’S MISSION TO PROMOTE PEACE
(Griffin, $19.95). By Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin (167)

3. MYTHS, ILLUSIONS & PEACE: FINDING A NEW DIRECTION IN THE MIDDLE EAST
(Penguin, $17). By Dennis Ross and David Makovsky (1)

4. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE (SECOND EDITION)
(College Board, $21.99). This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. (34)

5. MY HORIZONTAL LIFE: A COLLECTION OF ONE-NIGHT STANDS
(Bloomsbury, $14.95). By Chelsea Handler. A litany of assignations. (11)

6. HOW TO READ LITERATURE LIKE A PROFESSOR:A LIVELY AND ENTERTAINING GUIDE TOREADING .....
(Harper, $13.99). By Thomas C. Foster (4)

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. (14)

8. TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE (Broadway, $13.95)
By Mitch Albom. The sportswriter chronicles an emotional reunion with his mentor. (27)

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

10. BLINK: THE POWER OF THINKING WITHOUT THINKING
(Back Bay, $15.99). By Malcolm Gladwell. Behind our snap decisions. (75)


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. (57)

2. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE
(Vintage, $15.95). By Stieg Larsson. Sex trafficking between Sweden and Eastern Europe is exposed. (18)

3. LITTLE BEE (Simon & Schuster, $14)
By Chris Cleave. This wry second novel from a British journalist explores the state of war and refugees. (23)

4. SMASH CUT (Pocket, $9.99)
By Sandra Brown. A publicity-crazed attorney takes on a case of murder within a wealthy family. (1)

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. (2)

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. (3)

7. SCOTT PILGRIM’S FINEST HOUR (Oni, $11.99)
By Bryan Lee O’Malley. The sixth and final chapter of the indie comic series; soon to be a feature film. (1)

8. UNDER THE DOME (Pocket, $19.99)
By Stephen King. An invisible force field surrounds the Maine hamlet of Chester’s Mill, wreaking havoc. (3)

9. ONE DAY (Vintage, $14.95)
By David Nicholls. Boy and girl meet, connect, but don’t quite get together—told in 24-hour vignettes over 20 years. (1)

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


Rankings reflect sales for the week ended July 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  |  August 1, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
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