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BOOK WORLD - September 5, 2010

Best Sellers

On this first weekend in September, with Washington poised to spring back to life with Congress's return and the rest of the area's schools beginning a new academic year post-Labor Day, the bestseller lists reflect both the mass of new titles that just beginning to arrive in stores as well as a nod to the current state of politics and the economic malaise.

The conservative publisher Regnery has been churning out new titles on many folks' disaffection with the Obama administration, and another from its fall list lands a top the nonfiction list, with David Limbaugh excoriating President Obama for perceived lapses in adhering to the Constitution and infringing on Americans' individual rights. Mmmm ...

Daniel Pink's "Drive," on and off the list for the past several months, returns, and robustly so, right at #3. Worries about the economy and state of the employment market surely drove some of those sales, as with Tom Rath's "Strengthfinder 2.0" and, in paperback, a host of titles on management and performance in the workplace.

Not all that much new in fiction sales -- Kathy Reichs and James Patterson's new novels are out and joining the bestseller lists, but that's to be expected ...

NONFICTION HARDCOVER


1. CRIMES AGAINST LIBERTY: AN INDICTMENT OF PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA (Regnery, $29.95)
By David Limbaugh. A conservative spin of the record. (1)

2. 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. (2)

3. DRIVE: THE SURPRISING TRUTH ABOUT WHAT MOTIVATES US (Riverhead, $26.95)
By Daniel H. Pink. A look by the New Economy expert. (13)

4. 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. (13)

5. OUTLIERS: THE STORY OF SUCCESS
(Little, Brown, $27.99). By Malcolm Gladwell. Assumptions about success challenged. (55)

6. WOMEN FOOD AND GOD: AN UNEXPECTED PATH TO ALMOST EVERYTHING (Scribner, $24)
By Geneen Roth. Tackling compulsive eating. (20)

7. CALLED TO COACH: REFLECTIONS ON LIFE, FAITH, AND FOOTBALL
(Howard, $25). By Bobby Bowden with Mark Schlabach (1)

8. STRENGTHSFINDER 2.0: ... ONLINE TEST FROM GALLUP’S “NOW, DISCOVER YOUR STRENGTHS”
(Gallup, $21.95). By Tom Rath (27)

9. LET’S TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME: A MEMOIR OF FRIENDSHIP
(Random House, $23). By Gail CaldwellA tribute to the late writer, Caroline Knapp. (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. (6)


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. (14)

2. 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. (2)

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. (59)

4. SPIDER BONES (Scribner, $26.99)
By Kathy Reichs. Dr. Temperance Brennan investigates the death of a soldier 40 years ago in Vietnam. (1)

5. 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. (4)

6. THE COBRA (Putnam, $26.95)
By Frederick Forsyth. Circumstances spin out of control when the president designates drug traffickers and cartels as terrorists. (2)

7. I’D KNOW YOU ANYWHERE (Morrow, $25.99)
By Laura Lippman. A murderer on death row reaches out to a young woman he kidnapped as a child. (2)

8. BEARERS OF THE BLACK STAFF (Del Rey, $27)
By Terry Brooks. In this Shannara series tale, the future of the legendary Hawk’s valley sanctuary is in peril. (1)

9. 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. (3)

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. (5)


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. (143)

2. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE (SECOND EDITION)
(College Board, $21.99). This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. (39)

3. THREE CUPS OF TEA: ONE MAN’S MISSION TO PROMOTE PEACE
(Griffin, $19.95). By Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin (172)

4. THE NEXT 100 YEARS: A FORECAST FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
(Anchor, $15.95). By George Friedman. Insight from the founder of Strategic Forecasting Inc. (1)

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. (19)

6. WHERE MEN WIN GLORY: THE ODYSSEY OF PAT TILLMAN
(Anchor, $15.95). By Jon Krakauer. The NFL star turned soldier. (3)

7. GETTING TO YES: NEGOTIATING AGREEMENT WITHOUT GIVING IN
(Penguin, $16). By Roger Fisher and William Ury. Second edition. (2)

8. THE BASICS OF PERFORMANCE MEASUREMENT
(Productivity, $14.95). By Jerry L. Harbour. The various ways to grade performance. (1)

9. THEY SAY / I SAY: THE MOVES THAT MATTER IN ACADEMIC WRITING
(Norton, $23). By Gerald Graff & Cathy Birkenstein (1)

10. LEADERSHIP AND SELF DECEPTION: GETTING OUT OF THE BOX
(Berrett-Koehler, $16.95). By the Arbinger Institute. Ending self-justification and failure. (1)


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. (62)

2. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE
(Vintage, $15.95). By Stieg Larsson. Sex trafficking between Sweden and Eastern Europe is exposed. (23)

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. (1)

4. 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.” (2)

5. LITTLE BEE (Simon & Schuster, $14)
By Chris Cleave. This wry second novel from a British journalist explores the state of war and refugees. (28)

6. DEMON FROM THE DARK (Pocket, $7.99)
By Kresley Cole. The eighth installment of the “Immortals After Dark” paranormal romance series. (1)

7. THE LACUNA (HarperPerennial, $16.99)
By Barbara Kingsolver. Journal entries and letters chart the life of a popular Mexican American novelist. (5)

8. SCOTT PILGRIM’S FINEST HOUR (Oni, $11.99)
By Bryan Lee O’Malley. The sixth and final chapter of the indie comic series; now a feature film. (2)

9. 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. (5)

10. CUTTING FOR STONE (Vintage, $15.95)
By Abraham Verghese. Medicine, political upheaval and the African continent woven into a sweeping saga. (3)


Rankings reflect sales for the week ended August 29, 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 4, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
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