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BOOK WORLD - October 24, 2010

Best Sellers

New title sales this past week saw ...

-- the debut of former secretary of state Condoleeza Rice's new memoir about her close relationship with her amazing parents

-- Nelson Mandela, Nobel Prize winner, dynamic leader, extraordinary surivor, finally releases previously unpublished diaries and letters reflecting on his life's struggles

-- Jane Leavy, a former Washington Post writer, takes on the myth of Mickey Mantle via her own remakable interview with the baseball legend

... all joining the nonfiction list

And in fiction, a duo of thriller heavyweights hit the lists with ...

-- Vince Flynn exploring the origins of his CIA super agent Mitch Rapp

-- master of the genre John le Carre's latest, focusing on the hidden and dangerous world of money laundering

NONFICTION HARDCOVER

1. OBAMA’S WARS (Simon & Schuster, $30)
By Bob Woodward. An exhaustively researched look at the president as commander-in-chief. (3)

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. (4)

3. EXTRAORDINARY, ORDINARY PEOPLE
(Crown, $27). By Condoleeza Rice. The former secretary of state reflects on her close ties with her amazing parents. (1)

4. SLEEPWALK WITH ME AND OTHER PAINFULLY TRUE STORIES
(Simon & Schuster, $24)
By Mike Birbiglia. The comedian’s first book. (1)

5. WASHINGTON: A LIFE (Penguin Press, $40)
By Ron Chernow. A comprehensive, humanizing portrayal of perhaps our most revered Founding Father. (2)

6. AT HOME: A SHORT HISTORY OF PRIVATE LIFE
(Doubleday, $28.95). By Bill Bryson. An illuminating tour of Bryson’s own home, an English parsonage. (2)

7. CONVERSATIONS WITH MYSELF (FSG, $28)
By Nelson Mandela. The iconic leader and humanitarian’s unpublished journals and diaries. (1)

8. THE LAST BOY: MICKEY MANTLE AND THE END OF AMERICA’S CHILDHOOD (Harper, $27.99)
By Jane Leavy. The fascination with the All-American hero. (1)

9. PINHEADS AND PATRIOTS: WHERE YOU STAND IN THE AGE OF OBAMA (Morrow, $27.99)
By Bill O’Reilly. Rehashing familiar themes. (5)

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

FICTION HARDCOVER


1. AMERICAN ASSASSIN (Atria, $27.99)
By Vince Flynn. How Mitch Rapp went from lacksadaisical college student to CIA agent extraordinaire. (1)

2. OUR KIND OF TRAITOR (Viking, $27.95)
By John le Carré. One of the world’s biggest money-launderers, a Russian oligarch, seeks escape to the West. (1)

3. FALL OF GIANTS (Dutton, $36)
By Ken Follett. The debut of a historical trilogy following five families through the upheavals of the 20th century. (3)

4. 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. (21)

5. FREEDOM (FSG, $28)
By Jonathan Franzen. The relentless fracturing of the suburban Berglund family in St. Paul, Minn.; author of “The Corrections.” (7)

6. SAFE HAVEN (Grand Central, $25.99)
By Nicholas Sparks. An enigmatic young woman arrives in the small North Carolina town of Southport. (5)

7. THE REVERSAL (Little, Brown, $27.99)
By Michael Connelly. Legal wrangling brings Mickey Haller, his ex-wife and Harry Bosch together on a case. (2)

8. DON’T BLINK (Little, Brown, $27.99)
By James Patterson & Howard Roughan. It’s all out war between the Italian and Russian mafias in NYC. (3)

9. SQUIRREL SEEKS CHIPMUNK (Little, Brown, $21.99)
By David Sedaris. Wry, dark animal tales comprise this modern bestiary with illustrations by Ian Falconer. (3)

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

NONFICTION PAPERBACK


1. EAT PRAY LOVE: ONE WOMAN’S SEARCH FOR EVERYTHING ACROSS ITALY, INDIA AND INDONESIA
(Penguin, $15). By Elizabeth Gilbert. Now a feature film. (150)

2. THREE CUPS OF TEA: ONE MAN’S MISSION TO PROMOTE PEACE
(Griffin, $19.95). By Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin (179)

3. COOK THIS, NOT THAT! EASY & AWESOME 350 CALORIE MEALS
(Rodale, $19.99). By David Zinczenkoand Matt Goulding. Fast food favorites made at home. (1)

4. SECRETARIAT (Hyperion, $16.99)
By William Nack. The reissue of Nack’s classic look at the Triple Crown thoroughbred; basis of the film. (3)

5. BEYOND BEDTIME STORIES: A PARENT’S GUIDE TO PROMOTING READING, WRITING ... (Scholastic, $19.99)
By V. Susan Bennett-Armistead et al. (1)

6. EAT THIS, NOT THAT! NEW 2011 EDITION
(Rodale, $19.99). By David Zinczenko and Matt Goulding. Updated edition with new features. (1)

7. ENCOURAGING THE HEART: A LEADER’S GUIDE TO REWARDING AND RECOGNIZING OTHERS
(Jossey-Bass, $18.95). By Kouzes & Posner (1)

8. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE (SECOND EDITION)
(College Board, $21.99). This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. (46)

9. THE MURDER OF KING TUT: THE PLOT TO KILL THE CHILD KING
(Grand Central, $14.99). By James Patterson and Martin Duggan (1)

10. THE ACCIDENTAL BILLIONAIRES: THE FOUNDING OF FACEBOOK
(Anchor, $15.95). By Ben Mezrich. Inspiration for the feature film “The Social Network.” (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. (69)

2. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE
(Vintage, $15.95). By Stieg Larsson. Sex trafficking between Sweden and Eastern Europe is exposed. (30)

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. (3)

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. (3)

5. PIRATE LATITUDES (Harper, $9.99)
By Michael Crichton. A daring pirate captain plots to commandeer a Spanish galleon laden with treasure. (3)

6. LITTLE BEE (Simon & Schuster, $14)
By Chris Cleave. This wry second novel from a British journalist explores the state of war and refugees. (34)

7. 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. (3)

8. ROUGH COUNTRY (Berkley, $9.99)
By John Sandford. This third Virgil Flowers caper involves the murder of an ad exec at a wooded resort. (3)

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

10. HALF BROKE HORSES (Scribner, $15)
By Jeanette Walls. A novel drawn from the real-life exploits of the author’s Texan grandmother. (4)


Rankings reflect sales for the week ended October 17, 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 23, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
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