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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 12/25/2010

BOOK WORLD - December 26, 2010

By Christopher Schoppa
Best Sellers

As the Christmas holiday approaches, the slate of books selling well has remained fairly constant, with only a handful of new books breaking into the ranks.

One of those is fitness guru Timothy Ferriss's new book on weight loss via heat, heat and more heat ... and in paperback sales, the debut of Malcolm Gladwell's most recent collection of essays. His "The Tipping Point" is also back on the list, being one of those perennially popular books for gift giving.

Hope your holidays are wonderful! See you next year ...

FICTION HARDCOVER


1. Dead or Alive
(Putnam, $28.95)
By Tom Clancy with Grant Blackwood. Jack Ryan and his compatriots are back, taking on a cruel and powerful terrorist. (2)

2. THE CONFESSION (Doubleday, $28.95)
By John Grisham. After nine years, a man confesses to a murder for which another was imprisoned. (8)

3. Cross Fire (Alex Cross)
(Little, Brown, $27.99)
By James Patterson. Alex Cross tracks a killer is loose in Washington taking aim at corrupt politicos. (5)

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. (30)

5. Hell's Corner
(Grand Central, $27.99)
By David Baldacci. This fifth Camel Club entry juggles an assassin’s plot and Osama bin Laden. (6)

6. Port Mortuary (A Scarpetta Novel)
(Putnam, $27.95)
By Patricia Cornwell. Scarpetta is pulled back into the military’s sphere of influence for a new case. (3)

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. (12)

8. 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. (71)

9. FULL DARK, NO STARS (Scribner, $27.99)
By Stephen King. Murder, revenge and secrets drive these four unsettling tales. (6)

10. Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary
(Little, Brown, $21.99)
By David Sedaris. Wry, dark animal tales comprise this modern bestiary. (6)

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. (6)

2. UNBROKEN: A WORLD WAR II STORY OF SURVIVAL, RESILIENCE, AND REDEMPTION
(Random House, $27). By Laura Hillenbrand (5)

3. CLEOPATRA: A LIFE (Little, Brown, $29.99)
By Stacy Schiff. Classic sources illuminate this biography of the Egyptian queen and icon. (7)

4. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Book): A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race

(Grand Central, $27.99). By the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. A cheeky guide to the human race and its myriad accomplishments. (12)

5. LIFE (Little, Brown, $29.99)
By Keith Richards. A brutally honest memoir by the celebrated guitarist and songwriter from the Rolling Stones. (8)

6. The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman

(Crown Archetype, $27). By Timothy Ferriss (1)

7. AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MARK TWAIN: VOLUME 1
(Univ. of California, $34.95). Edited by Harriet Elinor Smith et al. The authorized edition, 100 years later. (4)

8. Guinness World Records 2011

(Guinness World Records, $28.95). A new design and an emphasis on American-specific stats. (14)

9. Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That?: Fabulous Recipes & Easy Tips

(Clarkson Potter, $35). By Ina Garten. Stress-free. (7)

10. Straight Talk, No Chaser: How to Find, Keep, and Understand a Man

(Amistad, $24.99). By Steve Harvey (2)

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 the film. (78)

2. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE
(Vintage, $15.95). By Stieg Larsson. Sex trafficking between Sweden and Eastern Europe is exposed. (39)

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. (9)

4. 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. (6)

5. CUTTING FOR STONE (Vintage, $15.95)
By Abraham Verghese. Medicine, political upheaval and the Africa woven into a sweeping saga. (12)

6. MAJOR PETTIGREW’S LAST STAND (Random House, $15)
By Helen Simonson. A proper English widower finds love in an unexpected quarter. (3)

7. The Art of Racing in the Rain
(Harper, $14.99)
By Garth Stein. Enzo, a canine with human qualities, narrates this unique tale. (16)

8. U is for Undertow
(Berkley, $7.99)
By Sue Grafton. Millhone agrees to help a young man with suspect memories of a decades-old kidnapping. (3)

9. LITTLE BEE (Simon & Schuster, $14)
By Chris Cleave. This wry second novel from a British journalist explores the state of war and refugees. (42)

10. HALF BROKE HORSES (Scribner, $15)
By Jeanette Walls. A novel drawn from the real-life exploits of the author’s Texan grandmother. (5)

NONFICTION PAPERBACK

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

2. What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures

(Back Bay, $16.99). By Malcolm Gladwell. A collection of quirky essays that were previously published in the New Yorker magazine. (1)

3. JUST KIDS (Ecco, $16)
By Patti Smith. The singer-songwriter reflects on her romance and enduring friendship with Robert Mapplethorpe. (3)

4. THREE CUPS OF TEA: ONE MAN’S MISSION TO PROMOTE PEACE
(Penguin, $16) By Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin (185)

5. The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2011

(World Almanac, $12.99). An authority since 1868, this edition includes the Olympics and mid-terms. (5)

6. Rachael Ray's Look + Cook

(Clarkson Potter, $24.99). By Rachel Ray (7)

7. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

(Back Bay, $14.95 ). By Malcolm Gladwell. Fads and their origins. (125)

8. 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. (159)

9. Holidays on Ice
(Back Bay, $10)
By David Sedaris. True and fanciful tales of the season brimming with angst and a generous amount of wry humor. (6)

10. The Black Swan: Second Edition: The Impact of the Highly Improbable: With a new section: "On Robustness and Fragility"

(Random House, $17). By Nassim Nicolas Taleb. The book’s second edition. (9)

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended Dec. 19, 2010. The charts may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright 2010 by Nielsen BookScan. (The right-hand column of numbers represents weeks on this list, which premiered in Book World on Jan. 11, 2004. The bestseller lists in print alternate between hardcover and paperback; the complete list can be found online.)

By Christopher Schoppa  | December 25, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
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