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BOOK WORLD - November 7, 2010

By Christopher Schoppa
Best Sellers

A number of new titles join the bestseller lists this weekend ...

Ina Garten (the Barefoot Contessa) has a new (quick & easy) cookbook which, surprisingly, hits the list at No. 1 ... on the other hand, she is immensely popular and the holidays are fast approaching.

The new memoir by Rolling Stones band member Keith Richards naturally finds a home on the list, as does the latest from pundit Glenn Beck (for many, it will be comforting that a cookbook from a beloved chef can outsell another admonishment from Beck).

Rounding out the nonfiction list is columnist Dave Barry's latest book of cheeky essays ... which proves the man's staying power, as he's been writing forever.

In fiction sales, two new entries are John Grisham's new legal thriller (expected) and a collection of short tales from Jim Butcher, creator of the rather popular "Dresden File" series featuring wizard-detective Harry Dresden.

And, as predicted, Kathryn Stockett's (mega-selling, book club fever-filled) novel "The Help" returns to the top 10 list ... and may very well stay there right up to the holidays.

NONFICTION HARDCOVER


1. BAREFOOT CONTESSA HOW EASY IS THAT? FABULOUS RECIPES
(Clarkson Potter, $35). By Ina Garten (1)

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

3. BROKE: THE PLAN TO RESTORE OUR TRUST, TRUTH AND TREASURE
(Threshold Editions, $29.99) By Glenn Beck. A call to “revive” the Constitution. (1)

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. (6)

5. OBAMA’S WARS (Simon & Schuster, $30)
By Bob Woodward. An exhaustively researched look at the president as commander-in-chief. (5)

6. WASHINGTON: A LIFE (Penguin Press, $40)
By Ron Chernow. A comprehensive, humanizing portrayal of perhaps our most revered Founding Father. (4)

7. GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2011
(Guinness World Records, $28.95). A new design and an emphasis on American-specific stats. (7)

8. AT HOME: A SHORT HISTORY OF DOMESTICITY
(Doubleday, $28.95). By Bill Bryson. An illuminating tour of Bryson’s own home, an English parsonage. (4)

9. THE LAST BOY: MICKEY MANTLE AND THE END OF AMERICA’S CHILDHOOD
(Harper, $27.99). By Jane Leavy (3)

10. I’LL MATURE WHEN I’M DEAD: DAVE BARRY’S AMAZING TALES OF ADULTHOOD (Putnam, $24.95) By Dave Barry. More humor from the Florida columnist. (1)

FICTION HARDCOVER


1. THE CONFESSION (Doubleday, $28.95)
By John Grisham. After nine years, a man confesses to a murder for which another was imprisoned. (1)

2. AMERICAN ASSASSIN (Atria, $27.99)
By Vince Flynn. How Mitch Rapp went from laid back college student to CIA agent extraordinaire. (3)

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. (23)

4. 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. (2)

5. SIDE JOBS (Roc, $25.95)
By Jim Butcher. A short story collection of the “Dresden Files,” including a novella that picks up after “Changes” concluded. (1)

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. (5)

7. 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. (2)

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

9. THE HELPstrong> (Amy Einhorn, $24.95)
By Kathryn Stockett. A frank chronicle of the lives of several black maids working in a town in 1960s Miss. (65)

10. OUR KIND OF TRAITOR (Viking, $27.95)
By John le Carré. One of the world’s biggest money-launderers seeks escape to the West. (3)


NONFICTION PAPERBACK


1. THE SPEED OF TRUST: THE ONE THING THAT CHANGES EVERYTHING
(Free Press, $15.95). By Stephen R. Covey with Rebecca R. Merrill (1)

2. EAT PRAY LOVE: ONE WOMAN'S SEARCH FOR EVERYTHING ACROSS ITALY, INDIA AND INDONESIA (Penguin, $15)
By Elizabeth Gilbert. New feature film. (152)

3. HOT FLAT & CROWDED: WHY WE NEED A GREEN REVOLUTION—AND HOW IT CAN RENEW AMERICA
(Picador, $16). By Thomas L. Friedman (4)

4. FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF
(Scribner, $9.95) By Ntozake Shange. An Obie Award-winning choreopoem; inspiration for the new feature film. (2)

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

6. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE (FOURTH EDITION)
(College Board, $21.99). This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. (47)

7. SECRETARIAT (Hyperion, $16.99)
By William Nack. The reissue of Nack’s classic look at the Triple Crown thoroughbred; basis of the film. (5)

8. THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE (FOURTH EDITION)
(Longman, $9.95). By William Strunk Jr. & E.B. White. The classic guide to writing well. (4)

9. INSIDE OF A DOG: WHAT DOGS SEE, SMELL, AND KNOW
(Scribner, $16). By Alexandra Horowitz. A psychology professor hits the dog park. (2)

10. BLINK: THE POWER OF THINKING WITHOUT THINKING
(Back Bay, $15.99). By Malcolm Gladwell. Behind our snap decisions. (78)

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. (2)

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. (71)

3. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE
(Vintage, $15.95). By Stieg Larsson. Sex trafficking between Sweden and Eastern Europe is exposed. (32)

4. THE RECKLESS BRIDE (Avon, $7.99)
By Stephanie Laurens. Ex-officers of the Crown aim to destroy the “Black Cobra” in this period romance. (1)

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. (5)

6. THE FINKLER QUESTION (Bloomsbury, $15)
By Howard Jacobson. A wry take on what it means to be Jewish; winner of the Man Booker Prize. (1)

7. 61 HOURS (Dell, $9.99)
By Lee Child. Ex-military cop Jack Reacher finds himself stranded in a small town with big (drug) problems. (5)

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

9. THE GATE HOUSE (Vision, $9.99)
By Nelson DeMille. The principal characters from DeMille’s “The Gold Coast” reunite 10 years later, with unforeseen results.(1)

10. LITTLE BEE (Simon & Schuster, $14)
By Chris Cleave. This wry second novel from a British journalist explores the state of war and refugees. (36)

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended October 31, 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 6, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
Categories:  Best Sellers  
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