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BOOK WORLD - October 31, 2010

Best Sellers

New hardcover sales saw little changes this past week, save for ...

a timely look at how the economic malaise has affected how and what consumers buy

and in fiction sales,

the debut of Lee Child's latest Jack Reacher thriller and the far more comforting new Father Tim novel from Jan Karon.

NONFICTION HARDCOVER

1. OBAMA’S WARS (Simon & Schuster, $30)
By Bob Woodward. An exhaustively researched look at the president as commander-in-chief. (4)

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. (5)

3. EXTRAORDINARY, ORDINARY PEOPLE (Crown Archetype, $27)
By Condoleeza Rice. the former secretary of state’s intimate memoir of her parents. (2)

4. THE BIG SHORT: INSIDE THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE
(Norton, $27.95). By Michael Lewis. The murky world of financial derivatives. (23)

5. THE LAST BOY: MICKEY MANTLE AND THE END OF AMERICA’S CHILDHOOD
(Harper, $27.99). By Jane Leavy (2)

6. AT HOME: A SHORT HISTORY OF DOMESTICITY
(Doubleday, $28.95). By Bill Bryson. An illuminating tour of Bryson’s own home, an English parsonage. (3)

7. WASHINGTON: A LIFE (Penguin Press, $40)
By Ron Chernow. A comprehensive, humanizing portrayal of perhaps our most revered Founding Father. (3)

8. GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2011
(Guinness World Records, $28.95). A new design and an emphasis on American-specific stats. (6)

9. PINHEADS AND PATRIOTS: WHERE YOU STAND IN THE AGE OF OBAMA
(Morrow, $27.99). By Bill O'Reilly. Rehashing familiar themes. (6)

10. SPEND SHIFT: HOW THE POST-CRISIS VALUES REVOLUTION IS CHANGING THE WAY WE BUY … (Jossey-Bass, $25.95). By John Gerzema & Michael D’Antonio (1)

FICTION HARDCOVER


1. WORTH DYING FOR (Delacorte, $28)
By Lee Child. Jack Reacher finds himself in a small Nebraska town scarred by the case of a missing eight-year old girl. (1)

2. AMERICAN ASSASSIN (Atria, $27.99)
By Vince Flynn. How Mitch Rapp went from lacksadaisical college student to CIA agent extraordinaire. (2)

3. IN THE COMPANY OF OTHERS (Viking, $27.95)
By Jan Karon. Father Tim and his wife head to the Irish countryside for a much needed vacation. (1)

4. FALL OF GIANTS (Dutton, $36)
By Ken Follett. The debut of a historical trilogy following five families through the upheavals of the 20th century. (4)

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. (22)

6. 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. (2)

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

8. THE REVERSAL (Little, Brown, $27.99)
By Michael Connelly. Legal wrangling brings Mickey Haller, his ex-wife and Harry Bosch together on a case. (3)

9. 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. (4)

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


NONFICTION PAPERBACK


1. EAT PRAY LOVE (Penguin, $15)
By Elizabeth Gilbert. New feature film. (151)

2. EAT THIS, NOT THAT! NEW 2011 EDITION
(Rodale, $19.99). By David Zinczenko &Matt Goulding. Updated edition with new features. (2)

3. COOK THIS, NOT THAT ! EASY AND AWESOME 350 CALORIE MEALS
(Rodale, $19.99). By David Zinczenko & Matt Goulding. Fast food favorites made at home. (2)

4. FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF
(Scribner, $9.95). By Ntozake Shange (1)

5. THE OFFICIAL GUIDE FOR GMAT REVIEW (Wiley, $36.95)
By the Graduate Management Admission Council. 12th edition. (1)

6. THE NEW AMERICAN WEBSTER HANDY COLLEGE DICTIONARY
(Signet, $6.99). (1)

7. THE MURDER OF KING TUT: THE PLOT TO KILL THE CHILD KING
(Grand Central, $14.99). By James Patterson & Martin Duggan (2)

8. WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING
(Workman, $14.95). By Heidi Murkoff & Sharon Mazell. Fourth edition of the popular guide. (9)

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

10. INSIDE OF A DOG: WHAT DOGS SEE, SMELL, AND KNOW
(Scribner, $16). By Alexandra Horowitz (1)


FICTION PAPERBACK


1. THE LOST SYMBOL (Anchor, $9.99)
By Dan Brown. Masonic lore figures prominently in this sequel to “The Da Vinci Code”; set in D.C. (1)

2. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
(Vintage, $14.95). By Stieg Larrson.First book in the late Swede’s “Millennium Trilogy”; basis of the film. (70)

3. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE
(Vintage, $15.95). By Stieg Larsson. Sex trafficking between Sweden and Eastern Europe is exposed. (31)

4. 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. (4)

5. 61 HOURS (Dell, $9.99)
By Lee Child. Ex-military cop Jack Reacher finds himself stranded in a small town with big (drug) problems. (4)

6. PIRATE LATITUDES (Harper, $9.99)
By Michael Crichton. A daring pirate captain plots to commandeer a Spanish galleon laden with treasure. (4)

7. LITTLE BEE (Simon & Schuster, $14)
By Chris Cleave. This wry second novel from a British journalist explores the state of war and refugees. (35)

8. 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. (4)

9. ROUGH COUNTRY (Berkley, $9.99)
By John Sandford. This third Virgil Flowers caper involves the murder of an ad exec at a wooded resort. (4)

10. CUTTING FOR STONE (Vintage, $15.95)
By Abraham Verghese. Medicine, political upheaval and the African continent woven into a sweeping saga. (5)


Rankings reflect sales for the week ended October 24, 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 30, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
Categories:  Best Sellers  
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