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BOOK WORLD - August 8, 2010

Best Sellers

Hardcover sales for the week ending August 1 ...

Laura Ingraham slips a bit, down to third spot, while the top spot is reclaimed by Justin Halpern's book of off-color humor courtesy of his father (William Shatner set to star as the crotchety dad in the CBS sitcom due in the fall).
And, love him or loathe him (or just plain tired of him ... ), Anthony Bourdain's follow-up to his bestselling memoir, "Kitchen Confidential" (all those goings-on you wish you didn't know about in the restaurant kitchen), still holding in the top 10 for an impressive two months.

Not too much new in fiction sales ... Carl Hiaasen's latest hysterical romp debuts at #3, and the very talented Gary Shteyngart's newest satire hits the list at #9 (why do those wonderful literary works always join the list so low in the rankings? Let's see if it's still there next week, as it just published ... )

Paperbacks ... Sherwood's "Charlie St. Cloud" surfaces in the third spot, thanks to being available in two formats (one the obligatory movie tie-in), and, clearly, the feature film. Fans of the novel (or Zac Efron?) should be encouraged to hear the author recently agreed on a deal to pen the novel's sequel ...

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. (9)

2. STRENGTHSFINDER 2.0: ..... ONLINE TEST FROM GALLUP’S “NOW, DISCOVER YOUR STRENGTHS”
(Gallup, $21.95). By Tom Rath (23)

3. THE OBAMA DIARIES (Threshold, $25)
By Laura Ingraham. The conservative pundit tackles the Obama mystique via a set of faux diary entries. (3)

4. WOMEN FOOD AND GOD: AN UNEXPECTED PATH TO ALMOST EVERYTHING
(Scribner, $24). By Geneen Roth. Tackling compulsive eating. (16)

5. THE BIG SHORT: INSIDE THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE
(Norton, $27.95). By Michael Lewis. The murky world of financial derivatives. (20)

6. GETTING CHANGE RIGHT: HOW LEADERS TRANSFORM ORGANIZATIONS FROM THE INSIDE OUT
(Jossey-Bass, $27.95). By Seth Kahan (2)

7. OUTLIERS: THE STORY OF SUCCESS
(Little, Brown, $27.99). By Malcolm GladwellAssumptions about success challenged. (51)

8. SUCCESSION: ARE YOU READY?
(Harvard Business School, $18). By Marshall Goldsmith. A primer for corporate executives in passing the baton. (1)

9. 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.” (8)

10. CHELSEA CHELSEA BANG BANG
(Grand Central, $25.99). By Chelsea Handler. A new batch of essays from the comedian. (13)


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. (10)

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. (55)

3. 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. (1)

4. THE REMBRANDT AFFAIR (Putnam, $26.95)
By Daniel Silva. Gabriel Allon’s secluded retreat is derailed by news of murder and a stolen masterpiece. (2)

5. FLY AWAY HOME (Atria, $26.99)
By Jennifer Weiner. A senator’s wife, and her two wildly different daughters, reassess their lives after scandal. (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. (5)

7. 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. (4)

8. 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. (6)

9. SUPER SAD TRUE LOVE STORY (Random House, $26)
By Gary Shteyngart. A bookish guy falls for a younger woman in this satire of a digitally enslaved America. (1)

10. 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. (7)


NONFICTION PAPERBACK


1. EAT PRAY LOVE: ONE WOMAN’S SEARCH FOR EVERYTHING ACROSS ITALY, INDIA AND INDONESIA
(Penguin, $15). By Elizabeth Gilbert. Forthcoming film. (139)

2. THREE CUPS OF TEA: ONE MAN’S MISSION TO PROMOTE PEACE
(Griffin, $19.95). By Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin (168)

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. (15)

4. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE (SECOND EDITION)
(College Board, $21.99). This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. (35)

5. FOOL’S GOLD: THE INSIDE STORY OF J.P. MORGAN AND HOW WALL STREET CORRUPTED ITS BOLD DREAM ...
(Free Press, $16). By Gillian Tett. Newly updated edition. (1)

6. MY HORIZONTAL LIFE: A COLLECTION OF ONE-NIGHT STANDS
(Bloomsbury, $14.95). By Chelsea Handler. A litany of assignations. (12)

7. ARE YOU THERE, VODKA? IT’S ME, CHELSEA
(Simon Spotlight, $16). By Chelsea Handler. Irreverent essays. (25)

8. OTHER PEOPLE’S CHILDREN: CULTURAL CONFLICT IN THE CLASSROOM
(New Press, $17.95). By Lisa Delpit. Why multiculturalism is an asset. (1)

9. BLINK: THE POWER OF THINKING WITHOUT THINKING
(Back Bay, $15.99). By Malcolm Gladwell. Behind our snap decisions. (76)

10. SCHOLASTIC SUCCESS WITH 1ST GRADE WORKBOOK
(Teaching Resources, $16.99). By Jon Buller. Tackling the three R’s in grade school. (6)


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. (58)

2. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE
(Vintage, $15.95). By Stieg Larsson. Sex trafficking between Sweden and Eastern Europe is exposed. (19)

3. CHARLIE ST. CLOUD (Bantam, $15; $7.99)
By Ben Sherwood. A heartwarming tale of the singular bond between a young man and his deceased little brother. (1)

4. WATER BOUND (Jove, $7.99)
By Christine Feehan. Sparks fly between a beautiful diver and the man she rescues from drowning. A man with no memory and many secrets. (1)

5. LITTLE BEE (Simon & Schuster, $14)
By Chris Cleave. This wry second novel from a British journalist explores the state of war and refugees. (24)

6. SMASH CUT (Pocket, $9.99)
By Sandra Brown. A publicity-crazed attorney takes on a case of murder within a wealthy family. (2)

7. 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. (3)

8. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (Warner, $7.99)
(HarperPerennial, $15.99). By Harper Lee. The Pulitzer Prize-winning tale set in the Depression-era South. (4)

9. THE 8TH CONFESSION (Grand Central, $9.99)
By James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. The Women’s Murder Club and two baffling murders. (1)

10. THE LACUNA (HarperPerennial, $16.99)
By Barbara Kingsolver. Journal entries and letters chart the life of a popular Mexican American novelist. (1)

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended August 1, 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 7, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
Categories:  Best Sellers  
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