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BOOK WORLD - October 3, 2010

Best Sellers

Bestseller sales for the past week saw the (unsurprising) debut of Jon Stewart's new "mockumentary" - style look at the planet and the human species. With lots of help from the Daily Show writers, naturally. Look for it to stick around a LONG time ...

Sophie Kinsella's latest in the "Shopaholic" franchise finds everyone's favorite prowler for luxury goods dealing with a daughter whose shopping style may be more demanding than her own ... and Terry McMillan's latest novel gains some upward traction on the list, after it's #1 three weeks back.

And the beloved fantasy/romance/adventure writer Diana Gabaldon's latest, a graphic novel rendering of her first Outlander novel, told from Scottish warrior Jaime Fraser's point of view, joins the fiction lists, along with a paranormal thriller, "The Fall," which is a sequel to the writers' last vampire-fest (and the second of a planned trilogy).

NONFICTION HARDCOVER


1. 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. (1)

2. THE GRAND DESIGN (Bantam, $28)
By Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow. Theories that aim to unravel the nature of existence. (3)

3. PINHEADS AND PATRIOTS: WHERE YOU STAND IN THE AGE OF OBAMA
(Morrow, $27.99). By Bill O’Reilly. Rehashing familiar themes. (2)

4. GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2011
(Guinness World Records, $28.95). A new design and an emphasis on American-specific stats. (2)

5. WHITE HOUSE DIARY (FSG, $30)
By Jimmy Carter. The newly annotated diaries of our 39th president’s experiences while in office. (1)

6. THE ORANGE REVOLUTION: HOW ONE GREAT TEAM CAN TRANSFORM AN ENTIRE ORGANIZATION
(Free Press, $25). By Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton (1)

7. STRENGTHSFINDER 2.0: ..... ONLINE TEST FROM GALLUP’S “NOW, DISCOVER YOUR STRENGTHS”
(Gallup, $21.95). By Tom Rath (30)

8. 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. (4)

9. 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. (17)

10. NOW, DISCOVER YOUR STRENGTHS
(Free Press, $30). By Marcus Buckinghamand Donald O. Clifton. Emphasizing the positive. (1)


FICTION HARDCOVER


1. FREEDOM (FSG, $28)
By Jonathan Franzen. The relentless fracturing of the suburban Berglund family in St. Paul, Minn.; author of “The Corrections.” (4)

2. SAFE HAVEN (Grand Central, $25.99)
By Nicholas Sparks. An enigmatic young woman arrives in the small North Carolina town of Southport. (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. (18)

4. GETTING TO HAPPY (Viking, $27.95)
By Terry McMillan. The lively cast of “Waiting to Exhale” returns 15 years later, and things are rocky. (3)

5. BAD BLOOD (Putnam, $27.95)
By John Sandford. Minnesota agent Virgil Flowers’ murder investigation exposes an appalling, multifaceted conspiracy. (1)

6. MINI SHOPAHOLIC (Dial, $25)
By Sophie Kinsella. Becky Brandon copes with her precocious two-year-old and the impact of Britain’s economic malaise. (1)

7. 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. (2)

8. 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. (63)

9. THE EXILE: AN OUTLANDER GRAPHIC NOVEL
(Del Rey, $25). By Diana Gabaldon. Scotsman Jaime Fraser’s early days are illustrated by Hoang Nguyen. (1)

10. THE FALL (Morrow, $26.99)
By Guillermo del Torro and Chuck Hogan. The second installment chronicling a vampiric plague now spreading worldwide. (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. (147)

2. THREE CUPS OF TEA: ONE MAN’S MISSION TO PROMOTE PEACE
(Griffin, $19.95). By Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin (176)

3. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE (SECOND EDITION)
(College Board, $21.99). This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. (43)

4. PERFECT PHRASES FOR PERFORMANCE REVIEWS
(McGraw-Hill, $9.95). By Douglas Max andRobert Bacal. A glossary of hundreds of options. (2)

5. UNSTUCK: YOUR GUIDE TO THE SEVEN-STAGE JOURNEY OUT OF DEPRESSION (Penguin, $16). By James S. Gordon. Alternatives to pharmacology. (1)

6. 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. (23)

7. NIGHT (FSG, $9)
By Elie Wiesel. The terrifying account of his experiences in Nazi concentration camps during World War II. (69)

8. 25 THINGS TO DO WHEN GRANDPA PASSES AWAY, MOM AND DAD GET DIVORCED, OR THE DOG DIES
(Parenting Press, $13.95). By Laurie A. Kanyer (1)

9. TOO BIG TO FAIL: . . . HOW WALL STREET AND WASHINGTON FOUGHT TO SAVE THE FINANCIAL SYSTEM
(Penguin, $18). By Andrew Ross Sorkin (1)

10. WHERE MEN WIN GLORY: THE ODYSSEY OF PAT TILLMAN
(Anchor, $15.95). By Jon Krakauer. The NFL star turned soldier. (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. (66)

2. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE
(Vintage, $15.95). By Stieg Larsson. Sex trafficking between Sweden and Eastern Europe is exposed. (27)

3. 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. (1)

4. 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. (5)

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.” (5)

6. LITTLE BEE (Simon & Schuster, $14)
By Chris Cleave. This wry second novel from a British journalist explores the state of war and refugees. (31)

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

8. HALF BROKE HORSES (Scribner, $15)
By Jeanette Walls. A novel drawn from the real-life exploits of the author’s Texan grandmother. (3)

9. 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. (4)

10. CUTTING FOR STONE (Vintage, $15.95)
By Abraham Verghese. Medicine, political upheaval and the African continent woven into a sweeping saga. (4)


Rankings reflect sales for the week ended September 26, 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 2, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
Categories:  Best Sellers  
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