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BOOK WORLD - November 21, 2010

By Christopher Schoppa
Best Sellers

As we inch closer to Thanksgiving and the unofficial beginning of the frenzied holiday shopping season, books that sold well this past week include ...

Former President George W. Bush's new memoir, which hits the list at an expected #1, and is likely to remain on the list for several weeks thanks to holiday shoppers.

Wonderful screenwriter Nora Ephron's slim volume of personal essays joins the list, as does comedian Amy Sedaris's illustrated look at crafting for everyone (lots of wit and whimsy here!).

In fiction, new entries include David Baldacci's new Camel Club caper, a collection of creepy novellas from Stephen King and a new novel from the beloved Fannie Flagg about an aging beauty queen.

NONFICTION HARDCOVER

1. DECISION POINTS (Crown, $35)
By George W. Bush. Bush 43 reflects on crucial turning points in both his life and two-term presidency. (1)

2. BAREFOOT CONTESSA HOW EASY IS THAT? FABULOUS RECIPES & EASY TIPS
(Clarkson Potter, $35). By Ina Garten. Stress-free. (3)

3. SWITCH: HOW TO CHANGE THINGS WHEN CHANGE IS HARD
(Broadway Business, $26). By Chip Heath and Dan Heath. Anecdotal examples. (6)

4. LIFE (Little, Brown, $29.99)
By Keith Richards. A brutally honest memoir by the celebrated guitarist and songwriter from the Rolling Stones. (3)

5. CLEOPATRA: A LIFE (Little, Brown, $29.99)
By Stacy Schiff. Classic sources illuminate this biography of the Egyptian queen and icon. (2)

6. I REMEMBER NOTHING: AND OTHER REFLECTIONS
(Knopf, $22.95). By Nora Ephron. Personal essays from the award-winning screenwriter. (1)

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

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

9. 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. (8)

10. SIMPLE TIMES: CRAFTS FOR POOR PEOPLE
(Grand Central, $27.99). By Amy Sedaris. The comedian’s offbeat take on leisure time. (1)


FICTION HARDCOVER

1. HELL’S CORNER (Grand Central, $27.99)
By David Baldacci.This fifth Camel Club entry juggles an assassin’s plot and Osama bin Laden. (1)

2. THE CONFESSION (Doubleday, $28.95)
By John Grisham. After nine years, a man confesses to a murder for which another was imprisoned. (3)

3. FULL DARK, NO STARS (Scribner, $27.99)
By Stephen King. Murder, revenge and secrets drive these four unsettling tales. (1)

4. TOWERS OF MIDNIGHT (Tor, $29.99)
By Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson. The late Jordan’s “Wheel of Time” saga continues. (2)

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. (25)

6. I STILL DREAM ABOUT YOU (Random House, $26)
By Fannie Flagg. A former beauty queen, now 60, considers suicide—but life keeps getting in the way. (1)

7. FALL OF GIANTS (Dutton, $36)
By Ken Follett. The debut of a historical trilogy following five families through the upheavals of the 20th century. (7)

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

9. SQUIRREL SEEKS CHIPMUNK (Little, Brown, $21.99)
By David Sedaris. Wry, dark animal tales comprise this modern bestiary with illustrations by Ian Falconer. (5)

10. INDULGENCE IN DEATH (Putnam, $26.95)
By J.D. Robb. A string of grisly murders carried out with offbeat weapons confronts Lt. Eve Dallas. (2)

NONFICTION PAPERBACK


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

2. STONES INTO SCHOOLS: PROMOTING PEACE THROUGH EDUCATION IN AFGHANISTAN AND PAKISTAN
(Penguin, $16). By Greg Mortenson (2)

3. INSIDE OF A DOG: WHAT DOGS SEE, SMELL, AND KNOW
(Scribner, $16). By Alexandra Horowitz. A psychology professor hits the dog park. (4)

4. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE
(College Board, $21.99). This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. (49)

5. THREE CUPS OF TEA: ONE MAN’S MISSION TO PROMOTE PEACE
(Penguin, $16). By Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin (180)

6. RACHAEL RAY’S LOOK + COOK: 100 CAN’T MISS MAIN COURSES IN PICTURES
(Clarkson Potter, $24.99). By Rachel Ray (2)

7. 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. (154)

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

9. EAT THIS, NOT THAT! NEW 2011 EDITION
(Rodale, $19.99). By David Zinczenko & Matt Goulding. Updated edition with new features. (3)

10. HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION
(Zondervan, $6.99). Handy mass market edition. (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.” (2)

2. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
(Vintage, $14.95). By Stieg Larsson. First book in the late Swede’s “Millennium Trilogy”; basis of the film. (73)

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. (4)

4. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE
(Vintage, $15.95). By Stieg Larsson. Sex trafficking between Sweden and Eastern Europe is exposed. (34)

5. HOUSE RULES (Washington Square, $16)
By Jodi Picoult. A mom’s ordeal when her oldest son, who has Asperger’s syndrome, is accused of murder. (1)

6. LITTLE BEE (Simon & Schuster, $14)
By Chris Cleave. This wry second novel from a British journalist explores the state of war and refugees. (38)

7. 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. (7)

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

9. THE FINKLER QUESTION (Bloomsbury, $15)
By Howard Jacobson. A wry take on what it means to be Jewish; winner of this year’s Man Booker Prize. (2)

10. 61 HOURS (Dell, $9.99)
By Lee Child. Ex-military cop Jack Reacher finds himself stranded in a small town with big (drug) problems. (7)


Rankings reflect sales for the week ended November 14, 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 20, 2010; 12:00 PM ET
Categories:  Best Sellers  
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