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BOOK WORLD {September 12, 2010}

Best Sellers

New titles hitting the lists this Sunday ...

Tony Blair's much aniticpated, and oft-criticized memoir, debuts at #1 on the nonfiction lists, along with Tom Blair's somewhat hyped riff on "Poor Richard's Almanac," an effort to guess what the venerable Ben Franklin would think of the state of the country today.

Most interesting is "Take Ivy," a reprint of a photography book first published in Japan in 1965 that swooned over the preppy look on U.S. college campuses, specifically the Ivy League schools. It ingited a fashion trend throughout Japan. And this reprint comes at an opportune time, as this past week "True Prep: It's a Whole New Old World" by Lisa Birnbach & Chip Kidd hit bookstore shelves. It's a modern twist on the 1980s "The Official Preppy Handbook."

In new fiction, Jonathan Franzen's novel, "Freedom," hits the list, not surprisingly, at #1. How long it stays there will be the more interesting story ...

And the paperback lists are a clear indication that it's back-to-school time, with dictionaries and classic works showing a spike in sales.

NONFICTION HARDCOVER


1. A JOURNEY: MY POLITICAL LIFE (Knopf, $35)
By Tony Blair. A frank take on a decade in power by the former prime minister of the United Kingdom. (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. (3)

3. CRIMES AGAINST LIBERTY: AN INDICTMENT OF PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA (Regnery, $29.95). By David Limbaugh. A conservative spin of the record. (2)

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. (14)

5. 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. (11)

6. POORER RICHARD’S AMERICA: WHAT WOULD BEN SAY?
(Skyhorse, $17.76). By Tom Blair. Imagining a Founding Father’s reaction to modern America. (1)

7. STRENGTHSFINDER 2.0: ..... ONLINE TEST FROM GALLUP’S “NOW, DISCOVER YOUR STRENGTHS”
(Gallup, $21.95). By Tom Rath (28)

8. TAKE IVY (powerHouse, $24.95)
By Shosuke Ishizu. A long out-of-print photo primer on preppy style on Ivy League campuses; first published in Japan in 1965. (1)

9. OUTLIERS: THE STORY OF SUCCESS
(Little, Brown, $27.99). By Malcolm Gladwell. Assumptions about success challenged. (56)

10. THE TIGER: A TRUE STORY OF VENGEANCE AND SURVIVAL
(Knopf, $26.95). By John Vaillant. The plight of the Amur, better known as the Siberian Tiger. (1)


FICTION HARDCOVER


1. FREEDOM (FSG, $28)
By Jonathan Franzen. The relentless fracturing of the suburban Berglund family in St. Paul, Minn.; by the author of “The Corrections.” (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. (15)

3. 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. (3)

4. LOST EMPIRE (Putnam, $27.95)
By Clive Cussler and Grant Blackwood. Treasure seekers Sam and Remi Fargo are back, and have stumbled upon a sunken Confederate ship. (1)

5. 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. (60)

6. DARK PERIL (Berkley, $25.95)
By Christine Feehan. A Dragonseeker aids the jaguar people in a new tale of the Carpathians. (1)

7. THE WAY OF KINGS (Tor, $27.99)
By Brandon Sanderson. The first of a planned 10-part fantasy saga, “The Stormlight Archive.” (1)

8. SPIDER BONES (Scribner, $26.99)
By Kathy Reichs. Dr. Temperance Brennan investigates the death of a soldier 40 years ago in Vietnam. (2)

9. 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. (5)

10. THE COBRA (Putnam, $26.95)
By Frederick Forsyth. Circumstances spin out of control when the president designates drug traffickers and cartels as terrorists. (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. (144)

2. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE (SECOND EDITION)
(College Board, $21.99). This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. (40)

3. THREE CUPS OF TEA: ONE MAN’S MISSION TO PROMOTE PEACE
(Griffin, $19.95). By Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin (173)

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. (20)

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

6. THE U.S. CONSTITUTION AND FASCINATING FACTS ABOUT IT
(Oak Hill, $2.95). By Terry L. Jordan. Also includes copies of the other Charters of Freedom. (1)

7. MERRIAM-WEBSTER’S SPANISH-ENGLISH DICTIONARY
(Merriam-Webster, $6.50). Another staple of back-to-school lists. (1)

8. OPEN: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY (Vintage, $15.95)
By Andre Agassi. Revelations abound in this memoir by the eight-time Grand Slam tennis champ. (1)

9. NIGHT (FSG, $9)
By Elie Wiesel. The terrifying account of his experiences in Nazi concentration camps during World War II. (67)

10. THE GIFT OF FEAR: AND OTHER SURVIVAL SIGNALS THAT PROTECT US FROM VIOLENCE
(Dell, $15). By Gavin de Becker (3)


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. (63)

2. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE
(Vintage, $15.95). By Stieg Larsson. Sex trafficking between Sweden and Eastern Europe is exposed. (24)

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. (2)

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. (1)

5. 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. (1)

6. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (Warner, $7.99)
(HarperPerennial, $15.99). By Harper Lee. The Pulitzer Prize-winning tale set in the Depression-era South. (6)

7. THE SCARPETTA FACTOR (Berkley, $9.99)
By Patricia Cornwell. Scarpetta, wary of accepting a program offer from CNN, tackles yet another crime. (1)

8. MIDNIGHT CRYSTAL (Jove, $7.99)
By Jayne Castle. The Winters clan may have found the key to salvation in this final chapter of the Dreamlight Trilogy. (1)

9. LORD OF THE FLIES (Berkley, $9.99)
By William Golding. The classic, unsettling tale of English schoolboys stranded on a deserted isle. (1)

10. 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. (1)


Rankings reflect sales for the week ended September 5, 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 11, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
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