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BOOK WORLD - August 29, 2010

Best Sellers

The new entries on the bestseller lists this last Sunday in August are just a taste of the flood of new titles that will begin hitting store shelves in the months ahead. The bestseller lists should become a bit more dynamic and fluid and a little less staid in comparison to the summer months as new titles are released week in and week out (and as in the music biz, primarily on a Tuesday) ...

Nonfiction brings the debut of Dick Armey and Matt Kibbe's Tea Party Manifesto (also a top the political bestseller list) for the initiated and the simply curious. And just in time for the large rally organized by Glenn Beck and friends on the National Mall (another example of Divine Providence, perhaps?).

For the less politically inclined, there's Rhonda Byrne (of "The Secret" fame) and her new book that promises to give its readers the power to get anything they want (thus entitled "The Power"). Should be a strong seller for many weeks, though that's no indication of whether the book's premise actually works ...

And a charming debut from Jennifer Arnold (the founder of the organization Canine Assistants) and her take on the secret life of dogs. The book is the inspiration for a forthcoming special on PBS. I'm firmly in the camp that you can never have too many books on dogs ...

The new fiction list sees a major turnover thanks to a barrage of new mystery / thriller titles (fully half of this week's list) from powerhouses James Patterson, Laura Lippman, Dick Francis, Frederick Forsyth and Martin Cruz Smith (click on the author's name to be linked to Book World's review .... Forsyth and Cruz Smith still to come). Just proof that the genre still has major muscle and a devoted following.

And in paperback, John Grisham's first collection of short stories in two editions (mass market and trade paperback), to satisfy the discerning book shopper ...


NONFICTION HARDCOVER

1. GIVE US LIBERTY: A TEA PARTY MANIFESTO
(Morrow, $19.99). By Dick Armey & Matt Kibbe. The FreedomWorks activists delineate a movement. (1)

2. THE POWER (Atria, $23.95)
By Rhonda Byrne. The author of “The Secret” (and film of the same name) follows up with the unveiling of how to get everything you want. (1)

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. (12)

4. WOMEN FOOD AND GOD: AN UNEXPECTED PATH TO ALMOST EVERYTHING (Scribner, $24)
By Geneen Roth. Tackling compulsive eating. (19)

5. IF WE CAN PUT A MAN ON THE MOON ... GETTING BIG THINGS DONE IN GOVERNMENT
(Harvard Business School, $24.95). By William D. Eggers & John O'Leary (1)

6. PACKING FOR MARS: THE CURIOUS SCIENCE OF LIFE IN THE VOID
(Norton, $25.95). By Mary Roach. An amusing look at Earth-bound space simulations. (1)

7. WHO MOVED MY CHEESE?: AN AMAZING WAY TO DEAL WITH CHANGE IN YOUR WORK AND IN YOUR LIFE
(Putnam, $19.95). By Spencer Johnson (1)

8. STRENGTHSFINDER 2.0: ... ONLINE TEST FROM GALLUP’S “NOW, DISCOVER YOUR STRENGTHS”
(Gallup, $21.95). By Tom Rath (26)

9. THROUGH A DOG’S EYES: UNDERSTANDING OUR DOGS BY UNDERSTANDING HOW THEY SEE THE WORLD
(Spiegel & Grau, $25). By Jennifer Arnold (1)

10. OUTLIERS: THE STORY OF SUCCESS
(Little, Brown, $27.99). By Malcolm Gladwell. Assumptions about success challenged. (54)


FICTION HARDCOVER

1. THE POSTCARD KILLERS (Little, Brown, $27.99)
By James Patterson & Liza Marklund. A postcard sent to the local newspaper is a European killer’s calling card. (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. (13)

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. (58)

4. 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. (2)

5. THE COBRA (Putnam, $26.95)
By Frederick Forsyth. Circumstances spin out of control when the president designates drug traffickers and cartels as terrorists. (1)

6. 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. (3)

7. THREE STATIONS (Simon & Schuster, $25.99)
By Martin Cruz Smith. A dead prostitute found in a blighted Moscow neighborhood intrigues police detective Arkady Renko. (1)

8. CROSSFIRE (Putnam, $26.95)
By Dick Francis and Felix Francis. A wounded British soldier tackles a case of extortion involving his mother and her racing stables. (1)

9. I’D KNOW YOU ANYWHERE (Morrow, $25.99)
By Laura Lippman. What unfolds when a murderer on death row reaches out to a young woman he kidnapped as a child. (1)

10. 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. (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. (142)

2. THREE CUPS OF TEA: ONE MAN’S MISSION TO PROMOTE PEACE
(Griffin, $19.95). By Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin (171)

3. 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. (18)

4. WHERE MEN WIN GLORY: THE ODYSSEY OF PAT TILLMAN
(Anchor, $15.95). By Jon Krakauer. The NFL star turned soldier. (2)

5. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE (SECOND EDITION)
(College Board, $21.99). This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. (38)

6. LORDS OF FINANCE: THE BANKERS WHO BROKE THE WORLD
(Penguin, $18). By Liaquat Ahamed. The financiers culpable for the Great Depression. (2)

7. ARE YOU THERE, VODKA? IT’S ME, CHELSEA
(Simon Spotlight, $16). By Chelsea Handler. Irreverent essays. (28)

8. MY HORIZONTAL LIFE: A COLLECTION OF ONE-NIGHT STANDS
(Bloomsbury, $14.95). By Chelsea Handler. A litany of assignations. (15)

9. LAROUSSE STUDENT DICTIONARY ENGLISH-FRENCH / FRENCH-ENGLISH
(Larousse Kingfisher Chambers, $10.95) (1)

10. TEACH LIKE A CHAMPION: 49 TECHNIQUES THAT PUT STUDENTS ON THE PATH TO COLLEGE
(Jossey-Bass, $27.95). By Doug Lemov (8)


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. (61)

2. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE
(Vintage, $15.95). By Stieg Larsson. Sex trafficking between Sweden and Eastern Europe is exposed. (22)

3. FORD COUNTY (Bantam, $15; Dell, $7.99)
By John Grisham. A debut batch of short fiction set in the same Mississippi community as “A Time to Kill.” (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. (27)

5. 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. (4)

6. THE LACUNA (HarperPerennial, $16.99)
By Barbara Kingsolver. Journal entries and letters chart the life of a popular Mexican American novelist. (4)

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

8. THE 8TH CONFESSION (Grand Central, $9.99)
By James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. The Women’s Murder Club and two baffling murders. (4)

9. CUTTING FOR STONE (Vintage, $15.95)
By Abraham Verghese. Medicine, political upheaval and the African continent woven into a sweeping saga. (2)

10. 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. (6)


Rankings reflect sales for the week ended August 22, 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 28, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
Categories:  Best Sellers  
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