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BOOK WORLD - September 26, 2010

Best Sellers

Happy Fall !!

Much of the new movement on the lists this week comes from the hardcover sales ...

In nonfiction, we have the return of Dick Armey & Matt Kibbe's "tea party" manifesto, spurred, no doubt, by all the coverage the movement has received of late. And a new salvo against the Obama administration by talk show pundit Bill O'Reilly.

On a more positive note, we have the debut of "Promise Me" by the founder of the organization Susan G. Komen for the Cure (as well as a former ambassador to Hungary and United States Chief of Protocol, and currently the Goodwill Ambassador for Cancer Control for the United Nations World Health Organization).

Fiction: The release of Nicholas Sparks's new novel knocks Terry McMillan out of the top spot (and it fell down the list farther than one would expect), while there is a new novel (in a new series) from Janet Evanovich and the first entry of the highly-praised "Room" by Emma Donoghue, shorlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

NONFICTION HARDCOVER


1. GIVE US LIBERTY: A TEA PARTY MANIFESTO
(Morrow, $19.99). By Dick Armey & Matt KibbeThe FreedomWorks activists delineate a movement. (2)

2. THE GRAND DESIGN (Bantam, $28)
By Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow. Theories that aim to unravel the nature of existence. (2)

3. PINHEADS AND PATRIOTS: WHERE YOU STANDIN THE AGE OF OBAMA
(Morrow, $27.99). By Bill O’Reilly. Rehashing familiar themes. (1)

4. STRENGTHSFINDER 2.0: ..... ONLINE TEST FROM GALLUP’S “NOW, DISCOVER YOUR STRENGTHS”
(Gallup, $21.95). By Tom Rath (29)

5. GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2011
(Guinness World Records, $28.95). A new design and an emphasis on American-specific stats. (1)

6. 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. (3)

7. PROMISE ME: HOW A SISTER’S LOVE LAUNCHED THE GLOBAL MOVEMENT TO END BREAST CANCER
(Crown Archetype, $25.99). By Nancy G. Brinker with Joni Rodgers (1)

8. 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 new CBS sitcom. (16)

9. DELIVERING HAPPINESS: A PATH TO PROFITS, PASSION, AND PURPOSE (Business Plus, $23.99). By Tony Hsieh
The founder and CEO of Zappos.com. (8)

10. 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. (5)

FICTION HARDCOVER


1. SAFE HAVEN (Grand Central, $25.99)
By Nicholas Sparks. An enigmatic young woman arrives in the small North Carolina town of Southport. (1)

2. FREEDOM (FSG, $28). By Jonathan Franzen
The relentless fracturing of the suburban Berglund family in St. Paul, Minn.; author of “The Corrections.” (3)

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. (17)

4. WICKED APPETITE (St. Martin’s, $27.99)
By Janet Evanovich. A frantic hunt for priceless relics and a bit of playful romance in Marblehead, Mass. (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. (62)

6. GETTING TO HAPPY(Viking, $27.95)
By Terry McMillan. The lively cast of “Waiting to Exhale” returns 15 years later, and things are rocky. (2)

7. 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. (5)

8. ROOM (Little, Brown, $24.99)
By Emma Donoghue. A five year-old boy narrates this haunting tale of being trapped with his mother in one room for seven years. And their escape. (1)

9. LOST EMPIRE (Putnam, $27.95)
By Clive Cussler and Grant Blackwood. Treasure seekers Sam and Remi Fargo stumble upon a sunken Confederate ship. (3)

10. APE HOUSE (Spiegel & Grau, $26)
By Sara Gruen. An explosion at a primate research lab launches this story of animal and human connections. (1)


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. (146)

2. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE (SECOND EDITION)
(College Board, $21.99). This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. (42)

3. THE 5 LOVE LANGUAGES: THE SECRET TO LOVE THAT LASTS
(Northfield, $14.99). By Gary D. Chapman. Understanding the needs of that someone special. (2)

4. THREE CUPS OF TEA: ONE MAN’S MISSION TO PROMOTE PEACE
(Griffin, $19.95). By Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin (175)

5. NIGHT (FSG, $9)
By Elie Wiesel. The terrifying account of his experiences in Nazi concentration camps during World War II. (68)

6. CRUCIAL CONVERSATIONS: TOOLS FOR TALKING WHEN STAKES ARE HIGH (McGraw-Hill, $16.95)
By Kerry Patterson et al. For all aspects of your life. (3)

7. 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. (22)

8. THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO SPANISH-ENGLISH ENGLISH-SPANISH DICTIONARY(Simon & Schuster, $5.99). Fifth edition. (1)

9. THE GLASS CASTLE (Scribner, $14)
By Jeannette Walls. A daughter’s memoir of her eccentric parents and unorthodox upbringing. (118)

10. BLINK: THE POWER OF THINKING WITHOUT THINKING
(Back Bay, $15.99). By Malcolm Gladwell. Behind our snap decisions. (77)

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. (65)

2. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE
(Vintage, $15.95). By Stieg Larsson. Sex trafficking between Sweden and Eastern Europe is exposed. (26)

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. (4)

4. THE SCARPETTA FACTOR (Berkley, $9.99)
By Patricia Cornwell. Scarpetta, wary of accepting a program offer from CNN, tackles yet another crime. (3)

5. 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.” (4)

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. (3)

7. 1022 EVERGREEN PLACE (Mira, $7.99)
By Debbie Macomber. This new Cedar Cove tale finds a single mom smitten with the man next door. (3)

8. LITTLE BEE (Simon & Schuster, $14)
By Chris Cleave. This wry second novel from a British journalist explores the state of war and refugees. (30)

9. 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. (3)

10. HALF BROKE HORSES (Scribner, $15)
By Jeanette Walls. A novel drawn from the real-life exploits of the author’s Texan grandmother. (2)

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended September 19, 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 25, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
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