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BOOK WORLD - September 19, 2010

Best Sellers

Titles new to the list this week --

Physicist Stephen Hawking's first book in many years, trying to answer the question of why we exist ... an update of "The Official Preppy Handbook" (mentioned here last week) ... Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Isabel Wilkerson's portraits of the African American exodus north from the Jim Crow south ... and Karl Rove's memoir, last seen back in April, returns to the bestseller lists. Though why is anyone's guess.

Fiction sees the debut of new novels from some old classics, including Terry McMillan's sequel to "Waiting to Exhale" and William Gibson's latest unsettling, tech-filled "what if?" tale.

Paperback sales seem to be holding steady this week, with one of the few notable additions being Jeannette Walls's last novel, which is loosely based on the hardscrabble life of her grandmother in Texas.

NONFICTION HARDCOVER


1. THE GRAND DESIGN (Bantam, $28)
By Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow. Theories that aim to unravel the nature of existence. (1)

2. A JOURNEY: MY POLITICAL LIFE (Knopf, $35)
By Tony Blair. A frank take on 10 years in power by the former prime minister of the United Kingdom. (2)

3. TRUE PREP: IT’S A WHOLE NEW OLD WORLD
(Knopf, $19.95). By Lisa Birnbach with Chip Kidd. “The Official Preppy Handbook” gets a modern twist. (1)

4. THE POWER (Atria, $23.95)
By Rhonda Byrne. The author of “The Secret” (both book and film) follows up by unveiling how to get everything you want. (4)

5. CRIMES AGAINST LIBERTY: AN INDICTMENT OF PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA (Regnery, $29.95). By David Limbaugh. A conservative spin of the record. (3)

6. 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. (15)

7. THE WARMTH OF OTHER SUNS: THE EPIC STORY OF AMERICA’S GREAT MIGRATION
(Random House, $30). By Isabel Wilkerson. Black Southerners heading north. (1)

8. COURAGE & CONSEQUENCE: MY LIFE AS A CONSERVATIVE IN THE FIGHT(Threshold Editions, $30). By Karl Rove (4)

9. SIX PIXELS OF SEPARATION: EVERYONE IS CONNECTED. CONNECT YOUR BUSINESS TO EVERYONE.
(Business Plus, $26.99). By Mitch Joel (1)

10. DELIVERING HAPPINESS: A PATH TO PROFITS, PASSION, AND PURPOSE (Business Plus, $23.99). By Tony Hsieh. The founder and CEO of Zappos.com. (7)


FICTION HARDCOVER


1. GETTING TO HAPPY (Viking, $27.95)
By Terry McMillan. The lively cast of “Waiting to Exhale” returns 15 years later, and things are rocky. (1)

2. FREEDOM (FSG, $28). By Jonathan Franzen
The relentless fracturing of the suburban Berglund family in St. Paul, Minn.; author of “The Corrections.” (2)

3. 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. (16)

4. 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. (61)

5. THE POSTCARD KILLERS (Little, Brown, $27.99)
By James Patterson & Liza Marklund. A postcard sent to local newspapers is a European killer’s calling card. (4)

6. NO MERCY (St. Martin’s, $24.99)
By Sherrilyn Kenyon. In this new Dark-Hunter novel, an Amazon warrior visits modern day New Orleans. (1)

7. LOST EMPIRE (Putnam, $27.95)
By Clive Cussler and Grant Blackwood. Treasure seekers Sam and Remi Fargo stumble upon a sunken Confederate ship. (2)

8. ZERO HISTORY (Putnam, $26.95)
By William Gibson. This high-tech speculative tale, chock full of secrets, revolves around combat wear for the Defense Dept. (1)

9. THE WAY OF KINGS (Tor, $27.99)
By Brandon Sanderson. The first of a planned 10-part fantasy saga, “The Stormlight Archive.” (2)

10. SPIDER BONES (Scribner, $26.99)
By Kathy Reichs. Dr. Temperance Brennan investigates the death of a soldier 40 years ago in Vietnam. (3)


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. (145)

2. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE (SECOND EDITION)
(College Board, $21.99). This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. (41)

3. DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS: HOW TO DISCUSS WHAT MATTERS MOST
(Penguin, $16). By Douglas Stone,Bruce Patton and Sheila Heen. Getting it out correctly. (1)

4. THREE CUPS OF TEA: ONE MAN’S MISSION TO PROMOTE PEACE
(Griffin, $19.95). By Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin (174)

5. 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. (21)

6. WHERE MEN WIN GLORY: THE ODYSSEY OF PAT TILLMAN
(Anchor, $15.95). By Jon Krakauer. The NFL star turned soldier. (5)

7. OPEN: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY (Vintage, $15.95)
By Andre Agassi. Revelations abound in this memoir by the eight-time Grand Slam tennis champ. (2)

8. A GUIDE TO THE PROJECT MANAGEMENT BODY OF KNOWLEDGE (PMBOK GUIDE) (Project Management Institute, $65.95) (1)

9. MERRIAM-WEBSTER’S SPANISH-ENGLISH DICTIONARY
(Merriam-Webster, $6.50). Another staple of back-to-school lists. (2)

10. HOW TO READ LITERATURE LIKE A PROFESSOR: A LIVELY AND ENTERTAINING GUIDE TO READING ...
(Harper, $13.99). By Thomas C. Foster (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. (64)

2. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE
(Vintage, $15.95). By Stieg Larsson. Sex trafficking between Sweden and Eastern Europe is exposed. (25)

3. TRUE BLUE (Vision, $9.99)
By David Baldacci. A cop (her sister is the D.C. chief of police) aims to resurrect her career and solve a murder. (3)

4. 1022 EVERGREEN PLACE (Mira, $7.99)
By Debbie Macomber. This new Cedar Cove tale finds a single mom smitten with the man next door. (2)

5. THE SCARPETTA FACTOR (Berkley, $9.99)
By Patricia Cornwell. Scarpetta, wary of accepting a program offer from CNN, tackles yet another crime. (2)

6. PURSUIT OF HONOR (Pocket, $9.99)
By Vince Flynn. A shocking al-Qaeda attack in D.C. summons Mitch Rapp and his team to action. (2)

7. 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.” (3)

8. SPARTAN GOLD (Berkley, $9.99)
By Clive Cussler with Grant Blackwood. Twelve bottles of rare wine hold the key to an ancient, long-lost treasure. (2)

9. LITTLE BEE (Simon & Schuster, $14)
By Chris Cleave. This wry second novel from a British journalist explores the state of war and refugees. (29)

10. HALF BROKE HORSES (Scribner, $15)
By Jeanette Walls. A novel drawn from the real-life exploits of the author’s Texan grandmother. (1)


Rankings reflect sales for the week ended September 12, 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  | September 18, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
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