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BOOK WORLD - August 22, 2010

Best Sellers

Coasting to summer's unofficial end ...

Some newbies in the hardcover sales -- Roseanne Cash's soul-searching memoir. Read Jonathan Yardley's review here


And the suprise return of Rebecca Skloot's insightful look at a disturbing incident of medical ethics gone awry in "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks."

Fiction sales saw a troika of bestseller heavyweights join the list ... Sandra Brown, Philippa Gregory and W.E.B. Griffin (and partner). And a saucy entry from the popular master of erotic fiction, Zane.

Paperback ... an interesting (and perhaps auspicious?) debut of the USIP's handbook for performing well in relief operations. Godspeed to all who will make use of them ...

And strong sales for Michelle Malkin's anti-Obama screed from Regnery, which is a bit unusual, as most partisan titles (right or left) tend to sell much better in hardcover than in paperback, after all the devotees snap them up. Many of the issues tackled are current and timely, so paperbacks would seem to become a bit stale. Oh wait, this paperback edition is updated with three new chapters. That explains it ... that, and the Obama presidency's polarizing influence.

NONFICTION HARDCOVER


1. WOMEN FOOD AND GOD: AN UNEXPECTED PATH TO ALMOST EVERYTHING (Scribner, $24)
By Geneen Roth. Tackling compulsive eating. (18)

2. 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. (11)

3. IT’S NOT JUST WHO YOU KNOW: TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE (AND YOUR ORGANIZATION) ...
(Crown Business, $23). By Tommy Spaulding (1)

4.COMPOSED: A MEMOIR (Viking, $26.95)
By Rosanne Cash. The daughter of a country music legend describes the journey to find her voice. (1)

5.STRENGTHSFINDER 2.0: ... ONLINE TEST FROM GALLUP’S “NOW, DISCOVER YOUR STRENGTHS”
(Gallup, $21.95). By Tom Rath (25)

6. THE OBAMA DIARIES (Threshold, $25)
By Laura Ingraham. The conservative pundit tackles the Obama mystique via a set of faux diary entries. (5)

7. THE BIG SHORT: INSIDE THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE
(Norton, $27.95). By Michael Lewis. The murky world of financial derivatives. (22)

8. DRIVE: THE SURPRISING TRUTH ABOUT WHAT MOTIVATES US
(Riverhead, $26.95). By Daniel H. Pink. A look by the New Economy expert. (12)

9. OUTLIERS: THE STORY OF SUCCESS
(Little, Brown, $27.99). By Malcolm Gladwell. Assumptions about success challenged. (53)

10. THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS
(Crown, $26). By Rebecca Skloot. The shocking story of a stem cell theft in 1951 and the HeLa cell line. (10)


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. (12)

2. 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. (57)

3. TOUGH CUSTOMER (Simon & Schuster, $26.99)
By Sandra Brown. With mixed emotions, a brash PI goes to the aid of his daughter, whom he’s never met. (1)

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

5. 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. (3)

6. THE VIGILANTES (Putnam, $26.95)
By W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV. A disturbing series of murders marks this new “Badge of Honor” tale. (1)

7. VEIL OF NIGHT (Ballantine, $26)
By Linda Howard. A nasty, out-of-control bride is murdered, and everyone seems to be a suspect. (1)

8. 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. (7)

9. THE HOT BOX (Atria, $25.99)
By Zane. A baseball analogy sets the stage for two women, the men they’re playing and the steamy results. (1)

10. THE REMBRANDT AFFAIR (Putnam, $26.95)
By Daniel Silva. Gabriel Allon’s secluded retreat is derailed by news of murder and a stolen masterpiece. (4)


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. (141)

2. GUIDE FOR PARTICIPANTS IN PEACE, STABLILTY,AND RELIEF OPERATIONS
(United States Institute of Peace, $17.50). By Robert M. Perito (1)

3. THREE CUPS OF TEA: ONE MAN’S MISSION TO PROMOTE PEACE
(Griffin, $19.95). By Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin (170)

4. 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. (17)

5. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE (SECOND EDITION)
(College Board, $21.99). This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. (37)

6. WHERE MEN WIN GLORY: THE ODYSSEY OF PAT TILLMAN
(Anchor, $15.95). By Jon Krakauer. The NFL star turned soldier. (1)

7. ARE YOU THERE, VODKA? IT’S ME, CHELSEA
(Simon Spotlight, $16). By Chelsea Handler. Irreverent essays. (27)

8. MY HORIZONTAL LIFE: A COLLECTION OF ONE-NIGHT STANDS
(Bloomsbury, $14.95). By Chelsea Handler. A litany of assignations. (14)

9. CULTURE OF CORRUPTION: OBAMA AND HIS TEAM OFTAX CHEATS, CROOKS, AND CRONIES
(Regnery, $16.95). By Michelle Malkin (1)

10. THE TIPPING POINT: HOW LITTLE THINGS CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE
(Back Bay, $14.95 ). By Malcolm Gladwell. Fads and their origins. (123)


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. (60)

2. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE
(Vintage, $15.95). By Stieg Larsson. Sex trafficking between Sweden and Eastern Europe is exposed. (21)

3. LITTLE BEE (Simon & Schuster, $14)
By Chris Cleave. This wry second novel from a British journalist explores the state of war and refugees. (26)

4. 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. (3)

5. THE 8TH CONFESSION (Grand Central, $9.99)
By James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. The Women’s Murder Club and two baffling murders. (3)

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

7. THE LACUNA (HarperPerennial, $16.99)
By Barbara Kingsolver. Journal entries and letters chart the life of a popular Mexican American novelist. (3)

8. CUTTING FOR STONE (Vintage, $15.95)
By Abraham Verghese. Medicine, political upheaval and the African continent woven into a sweeping saga. (1)

9. 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. (5)

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. (10)

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended August 15, 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 21, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
Categories:  Best Sellers  
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