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BOOK WORLD - November 14, 2010

By Christopher Schoppa
Best Sellers

New nonfiction sales saw a surge of biographies join its ranks, from a historical reflection on the life of Egypt's Cleopatra (by a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer) to memoirs from the wacky producer of the "Howard Stern Show" and an unflinchingly honest account of a life lived with anorexia by the statuesque actress Portia De Rossi ...

As for fiction sales, the fantasy saga "The Wheel of Time" debuts at the top, with Brandon Sanderson's finale of the late Robert Jordan's uber-popular series (book two of a proposed trio to wrap everything up).

And new mysteries from J.D. Robb and Dennis Lehane (hitting the list at a suprising and dissapointing #10) round out the list.

Paperback sales saw an interesting development --- the two previous books in Stieg Larsson's "Millennium Trilogy," which have been on the list for an astounding number of weeks, have always been in lockstep in the rankings. But this week, Dan Brown's "The Lost Symbol" wedges its way between them ... a sign of (finally) weakening sales for the Swedish author?


NONFICTION HARDCOVER


1. LIFE (Little, Brown, $29.99)
By Keith Richards. A brutally honest memoir by the celebrated guitarist and songwriter from the Rolling Stones. (2)

2. BAREFOOT CONTESSA HOW EASY IS THAT? FABULOUS RECIPES & EASY TIPS
(Clarkson Potter, $35). By Ina Garten. Stress-free. (2)

3. BROKE: THE PLAN TO RESTORE OUR TRUST, TRUTH AND TREASURE
(Threshold Editions, $29.99) By Glenn Beck. A call to “revive” the Constitution. (2)

4. 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. (7)

5. CLEOPATRA: A LIFE (Little, Brown, $29.99)
By Stacy Schiff. Classic sources illuminate this biography of the Egyptian queen and icon. (1)

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

7. THEY CALL ME BABA BOOEY (Spiegel & Grau, $25)
By Gary Dell’ Abate with Chad Millman. A CD-enhanced memoir by the producer of “The Howard Stern Show.” (1)

8. OBAMA’S WARS (Simon & Schuster, $30)
By Bob Woodward. An exhaustively researched look at the president as commander-in-chief. (6)

9. UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS: A STORY OF LOSS AND GAIN
(Atria, $25.99). By Portia de Rossi. The actress (and wife of Ellen Degeneres) struggles with anorexia. (1)

10. STRENGTHS FINDER 2.0: ... ONLINE TEST FRON GALLUP’S “NOW, DISCOVER YOUR STRENGTHS”
(Gallup, $24.95). By Tom Rath (31)


FICTION HARDCOVER

1. TOWERS OF MIDNIGHT (Tor, $29.99)
By Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson. The late Jordan’s “Wheel of Time” saga continues. (1)

2. THE CONFESSION (Doubleday, $28.95)
By John Grisham. After nine years, a man confesses to a murder for which another was imprisoned. (2)

3. INDULGENCE IN DEATH (Putnam, $26.95)
By J.D. Robb. A string of grisly murders carried out with offbeat weapons confronts Lt. Eve Dallas. (1)

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. (24)

5. AMERICAN ASSASSIN (Atria, $27.99)
By Vince Flynn. How Mitch Rapp went from laid back college student to CIA agent extraordinaire. (4)

6. FALL OF GIANTS (Dutton, $36)
By Ken Follett. The debut of a historical trilogy following five families through the upheavals of the 20th century. (6)

7. 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. (3)

8. 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. (3)

9. 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. (66)

10. MOONLIGHT MILE (Morrow, $26.99)
By Dennis Lehane. Kenzie and Gennaro probe an old case of a missing child, now missing again years later. (1)

NONFICTION PAPERBACK


1. FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF
(Scribner, $9.95). By Ntozake Shange. A "choreopoem" first penned in 1974; winner of an Obie Award. (3)

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

3. RACHAEL RAY’S LOOK + COOK: 100 CAN’T MISS MAIN COURSES IN PICTURES
(Clarkson Potter, $24.99). By Rachel Ray (1)

4. NIGHT (Hill & Wang, $9.95)
By Elie Wiesel. The terrifying account of his experiences in Nazi concentration camps during World War II. (71)

5. COOK THIS, NOT THAT ! EASY AND AWESOME 350 CALORIE MEALS
(Rodale, $19.99). By David Zinczenko & Matt Goulding. Fast food faves. (4)

6. EAT PRAY LOVE: ONE WOMAN’S SEARCH FOR EVERYTHING ACROSS ITALY, INDIA AND INDONESIA
(Penguin, $15). By Elizabeth Gilbert. A memoir of self-discovery; recent feature film. (153)

7. INSIDE OF A DOG: WHAT DOGS SEE, SMELL, AND KNOW
(Scribner, $16). By Alexandra Horowitz. A psychology professor hits the dog park. (3)

8. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE
(College Board, $21.99). This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. (48)

9. SIMPLE PROSPERITY: FINDING REAL WEALTH IN A SUSTAINABLE LIFESTYLE (Griffin, $14.95)
By David Wann. Recession becomes an opportunity. (1)

10. STONES INTO SCHOOLS: PROMOTING PEACE THROUGH EDUCATION IN AFGHANISTAN AND PAKISTAN
(Penguin, $16). By Greg Mortenson (1)

FICTION PAPERBACK


1. HAPPY EVER AFTER (Berkley, $16)
By Nora Roberts. Wedding planner Parker Brown finds unexpected bliss in this finale of the “Bride Quartet.” (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. (72)

3. 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. (3)

4. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE
(Vintage, $15.95). By Stieg Larsson. Sex trafficking between Sweden and Eastern Europe is exposed. (33)

5. 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. (6)

6. LITTLE BEE (Simon & Schuster, $14)
By Chris Cleave. This wry second novel from a British journalist explores the state of war and refugees. (37)

7. CUTTING FOR STONE (Vintage, $15.95)
By Abraham Verghese. Medicine, political upheaval and the African continent woven into a sweeping saga. (6)

8. 61 HOURS (Dell, $9.99)
By Lee Child. Ex-military cop Jack Reacher finds himself stranded in a small town with big (drug) problems. (6)

9. THE RECKLESS BRIDE (Avon, $7.99)
By Stephanie Laurens. Ex-officers of the Crown aim to destroy the “Black Cobra” in this period romance. (2)

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

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended November 7, 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  | November 13, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
Categories:  Best Sellers  
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