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BOOK WORLD - October 10, 2010

Best Sellers

Lots of changes in the general bestseller lists this week, with a slew of new titles joining the ranks ...

Nonfiction saw the arrival of Bob Woodward's investigation of President Obama's warfooting ... an ominous, Christian interpretation of the new global economy by the aptly named David Jeremiah ... a Pentagon-approved version of an Afghanistan war memoir ... more saucy essays from the outrageous Tucker Max ... and a much discussed, and criticized, perspective on the Obama administration from Dineh D'Souza ...

There was a surge of new fiction hitting the lists this week, as well, from Ken Follet's sweeping new historical novel (the launch of a new trilogy) to fresh offerings from bestseller stalwarts James Patterson and Danielle Steel.
Also, David Sedaris fans can rejoice with the release of "Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk," a collection of offbeat, slightly dark animal tales ...
And there is "Naked Heat," the new mystery "written" by the fictitious Rick Castle, protagonist of the hit ABC drama, "Castle." This fiction-within-fiction angle is well done on the show itself, with several bonafide thriller masters making cameo appearances in the show to commiserate (over a game of poker) with the mystery novelist and sometime police detective Rick Castle, including Michael Connelly, James Patterson and the late Stephen J. Cannell.

NONFICTION HARDCOVER

1. OBAMA’S WARS (Simon & Schuster, $30)
By Bob Woodward. An exhaustively researched look at the president as commander-in-chief. (1)

2. EARTH (THE BOOK) (Grand Central, $27.99)
By the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. A cheeky guide to the human race and its myriad accomplishments. (2)

3. THE COMING ECONOMIC ARMAGEDDON: WHAT BIBLE PROPHECY WARNS ABOUT THE NEW GLOBAL ECONOMY
(FaithWords, $23.99). By David Jeremiah (1)

4. GIVE US LIBERTY: A TEA PARTY MANIFESTO
(Morrow, $19.99). By Dick Armey & Matt KibbeThe FreedomWorks activists delineate a movement. (3)

5. ASSHOLES FINISH FIRST (Gallery, $25.99)
By Tucker Max. More irreverent essays of debauchery and impolite behavior. (1)

6. THE GRAND DESIGN (Bantam, $28)
By Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow. Theories that aim to unravel the nature of existence. (4)

7. OPERATION DARK HEART: SPYCRAFT AND SPECIAL OPS ON THE FRONTLINES OF AFGHANISTAN .....
(Thomas Dunne, $25.99). By Anthony Shaffer (1)

8. THE ROOTS OF OBAMA’S RAGE (Regnery, $27.95)
By Dinesh D’Souza. A controversial take on the how the president’s upbringing colors his perspective. (1)

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

10. GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2011
(Guinness World Records, $28.95). A new design and an emphasis on American-specific stats. (3)


FICTION HARDCOVER


1. FALL OF GIANTS (Dutton, $36)
By Ken Follett. The launch of an expansive historical trilogy following five families from WWI through the 1920s. (1)

2. DON’T BLINK (Little, Brown, $27.99)
By James Patterson & Howard Roughan. All out war breaks loose between the Italian and Russian mafias in NYC. (1)

3. FREEDOM (FSG, $28)
By Jonathan Franzen. The relentless fracturing of the suburban Berglund family in St. Paul, Minn.; author of “The Corrections.” (5)

4. SQUIRREL SEEKS CHIPMUNK (Little, Brown, $21.99)
By David Sedaris. Wry, dark animal tales comprise this modern bestiary with illustrations by Ian Falconer. (1)

5. 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. (19)

6. SAFE HAVEN (Grand Central, $25.99)
By Nicholas Sparks. An enigmatic young woman arrives in the small North Carolina town of Southport. (3)

7. GETTING TO HAPPY (Viking, $27.95)
By Terry McMillan. The lively cast of “Waiting to Exhale” returns 15 years later, and things are rocky. (4)

8. LEGACY (Delacorte, $28)
By Danielle Steel. A genealogical quest unearths a unique family history—a Sioux princess who married a French marquis. (1)

9. NAKED HEAT (Hyperion, $24.99)
By Richard Castle. The second Nikki Heat mystery from the protagonist of the hit ABC drama, “Castle.” (1)

10. 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. (64)


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. (148)

2. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE (SECOND EDITION)
(College Board, $21.99). This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. (44)

3. THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE & THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES (Bantam, $3.99)
With a preface by Pauline Maier. (1)

4. THREE CUPS OF TEA: ONE MAN’S MISSION TO PROMOTE PEACE
(Griffin, $19.95). By Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin (177)

5. WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING
(Workman, $14.95). By Heidi Murkoff andSharon Mazell. Fourth edition of the popular guide. (7)

6. SECRETARIAT (Hyperion, $16.99)
By William Nack. The reissue of Nack’s classic look at the Triple Crown thoroughbred; basis of the film. (1)

7. THE GLASS CASTLE (Scribner, $14)
By Jeannette Walls. A daughter’s memoir of her eccentric parents and unorthodox upbringing. (119)

8. TOO BIG TO FAIL: . . . HOW WALL STREET AND WASHINGTON FOUGHT TO SAVE THE FINANCIALSYSTEM
(Penguin, $18). By Andrew Ross Sorkin (2)

9. FREAKONOMICS (HarperPerennial, $15.99)
By Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner. Exploring behavioral economics—revised and expanded. (18)

10. NIGHT (FSG, $9)
By Elie Wiesel. The terrifying account of his experiences in Nazi concentration camps during World War II. (70)


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. (67)

2. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE
(Vintage, $15.95). By Stieg Larsson. Sex trafficking between Sweden and Eastern Europe is exposed. (28)

3. I, ALEX CROSS (Vision, $9.99)
By James Patterson. A relative’s murder leads Cross and his girlfriend on the hunt for a vicious killer. (1)

4. 61 HOURS (Dell, $9.99)
By Lee Child. Ex-military cop Jack Reacher finds himself stranded in a small town with big (drug) problems. (1)

5. PIRATE LATITUDES (Harper, $9.99)
By Michael Crichton. A daring pirate captain plots to commandeer a Spanish galleon laden with treasure. (1)

6. PLAY DEAD (Signet, $9.99)
By Harlan Coben. A NBA star fakes his own death in this reissue of the bestselling suspense writer’s first novel. (1)

7. WORST CASE (Grand Central, $14.99)
By James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge. A serial killer targets the children of N.Y.C.’s most affluent families. (2)

8. LITTLE BEE (Simon & Schuster, $14)
By Chris Cleave. This wry second novel from a British journalist explores the state of war and refugees. (32)

9. 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. (6)

10. ROUGH COUNTRY (Berkley, $9.99)
By John Sandford. This third Virgil Flowers caper involves the murder of an ad exec at a wooded resort. (1)

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended October 3, 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  | October 9, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
Categories:  Best Sellers  
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