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Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 12/ 4/2010

BOOK WORLD - December 5, 2010

By Christopher Schoppa

December has brought with it not just bitter cold temperatures, but a surge in book sales during this hectic holiday season.

Notable new entries include a new book from (candidate?, pundit?, conservative guardian?) Sarah Palin, which is all the more surprising for where it didn't land in it's debut -- #1.
Edmund Morris's conclusion to his three-part, thoughtful biography of the irascible T.R., (as famous for his non-presidential exploits as for those undertaken in Washington)
joins the list as does the much anticipated autobiography from Mark Twain, whose will decreed it be published 100 years after his death. Two more volumes are to follow ... sales in the area have been strong, but it took several weeks for it to crack into the top 10, though it has appeared on other national bestseller lists ...


And in new fiction, mysteries and thrillers continue to dominate, reflecting their continued popularity as gifts in the holiday season. "The Help" also continues to hang with the top sellers, stretching an already impressive run ...

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. (3)

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

3. Decoded
(Spiegel & Grau, $35)
By Jay-Z. A memoir and homage to hip-hop; also one of Oprah’s “Favorite Things.” (2)

4. AMERICA BY HEART: REFLECTIONS ON FAMILY, FAITH, AND FLAG
(Harper, $25.99). By Sarah Palin (1)

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

(Clarkson Potter, $35). By Ina Garten. Stress-free. (4)

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

7. Guinness World Records 2011

(Guinness World Records, $28.95). A new design and an emphasis on American-specific stats. (11)

8. Colonel Roosevelt
(Random House, $35)
By Edmund Morris. The denouement of Morris’s award-winning trilogy on the life of Theodore Roosevelt. (1)

9. Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol. 1

(Univ. of California, $34.95). Edited by Harriet Elinor Smith et al. The authorized edition, 100 years after his death. (1)

10. CLEOPATRA: A LIFE (Little, Brown, $29.99)
By Stacy Schiff. Classic sources illuminate this biography of the Egyptian queen and icon. (4)


FICTION HARDCOVER


1. Cross Fire (Alex Cross)
(Little, Brown, $27.99)
By James Patterson. Alex Cross tracks a killer loose in Washington taking aim at corrupt politicos. (2)

2. Hell's Corner
(Grand Central, $27.99)
By David Baldacci. This fifth Camel Club entry juggles an assassin’s plot and Osama bin Laden. (3)

3. THE CONFESSION (Doubleday, $28.95)
By John Grisham. After nine years, a man confesses to a murder for which another was imprisoned. (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. (27)

5. Crescent Dawn (Dirk Pitt Adventure)
(Putnam, $27.95)
By Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler. Dirk Pitt races to stop extremists targeting Muslim holy sites. (2)

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

8. The Emperor's Tomb (Cotton Malone)
(Ballantine, $26)
By Steve Berry. Former agent Cotton Malone is hot on the trail of a rare Chinese antiquity. (1)

9. Towers of Midnight (Wheel of Time)
(Tor, $29.99)
By Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson. The late Jordan’s “Wheel of Time” saga continues. (4)

10. 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. (68)


NONFICTION PAPERBACK


1. If You Loved Me, You'd Think This Was Cute: Uncomfortably True Cartoons About You

(Andrews McMeel, $12.99). By Nick Galifianakis (1)

2. The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have

(Conari, $18.95). By Mark Nepo (1)

3. INSIDE OF A DOG: WHAT DOGS SEE, SMELL, AND KNOW
(Scribner, $16). By Alexandra Horowitz. A psychology professor hits the dog park. (6)

4. The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2011

(World Almanac, $12.99). An authority since 1868, this edition includes the Olympics and mid-terms. (2)

5. 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. (156)

6. The Merriam-Webster English Dictionary

(Merriam-Webster, $6.50).The revised, 11th edition of the back-to-school reference staple. (3)

7. 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. (6)

8. Rachael Ray's Look + Cook

(Clarkson Potter, $24.99). By Rachel Ray (4)

9. Merriam-Webster's Spanish-English Dictionary

(Merriam-Webster, $6.50). Perfect for high-school and college-bound students. (2)

10. THREE CUPS OF TEA: ONE MAN’S MISSION TO PROMOTE PEACE
(Penguin, $16) By Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin (182)


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. (75)

2. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE
(Vintage, $15.95). By Stieg Larsson. Sex trafficking between Sweden and Eastern Europe is exposed. (36)

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. (6)

4. Happy Ever After (Bride Quartet)
(Berkley, $16)
By Nora Roberts. Wedding planner Parker Brown finds unexpected bliss in this finale of the “Bride Quartet.” (4)

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. (3)

6. LITTLE BEE (Simon & Schuster, $14)
By Chris Cleave. This wry second novel from a British journalist explores the state of war and refugees. (40)

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

8. Breathless: A Novel of Suspense
(Bantam, $9.99)
By Dean Koontz. A suspense yarn replete with (furry) alien arrivals and astounding occurrences. (1)

9. The Art of Racing in the Rain
(Harper, $14.99)
By Garth Stein. Enzo, a canine with human qualities, narrates this unique tale. (13)

10. Christmas in Cedar Cove: 5-B Poppy Lane\A Cedar Cove Christmas
(Mira, $7.99)
By Debbie Macomber. Two holiday novellas: “5-B Poppy Lane” and “A Cedar Cove Christmas.” (2)

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended November 28, 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  | December 4, 2010; 12:00 PM ET
 
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