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BOOK WORLD - December 19, 2010

By Christopher Schoppa
Best Sellers

As the last shopping days before Christmas tick away, here's a snapshot of what folks are purchasing ...

New additions to the lists include the latest Oprah Book Club pick, an omnibus edition of Charles Dickens' "Tale of Two Cities" and "Great Expectations," which debuts at #10 on the paperback lists. Certainly an ambitious choice, but just as certainly two of his most beloved novels ...

In hardcover sales, Tom Clancy, and his hero, Jack Ryan, return with a strong debut at #1 on the fiction lists. His co-author here, Grant Blackwood, may sound familiar to thriller / adventure readers, as he has also co-authored novels with Clive Cussler.

And Stockett's "The Help" reaches a milestone -- 70 weeks on the list, a remarkable feat and impressive for any novel, certainly one whose popularity relied so much on word of mouth.

The nonfiction list reflects a reshuffling of prior titles, save for comedian Steve Harvey's follow-up to his bestselling "Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man." More advice for women on the dating scene ...

Happy Holidays to All !!

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. (77)

2. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE
(Vintage, $15.95). By Stieg Larsson. Sex trafficking between Sweden and Eastern Europe is exposed. (38)

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. (8)

4. 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. (2)

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. (5)

6. CUTTING FOR STONE (Vintage, $15.95)
By Abraham Verghese. Medicine, political upheaval and the Africa woven into a sweeping saga. (11)

7. The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Novel
(Harper, $14.99)
By Garth Stein. Enzo, a canine with human qualities, narrates this unique tale. (15)

8. MAJOR PETTIGREW’S LAST STAND (Random House, $15)
By Helen Simonson. A proper English widower finds love in an unexpected quarter. (2)

9. Happy Ever After (Bride Quartet, Book 4)
(Berkley, $16)
By Nora Roberts. Wedding planner Parker Brown finds unexpected bliss in this finale of the “Bride Quartet.” (6)

10. A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations: Two Novels (Oprah's Book Club)

(Penguin, $20). By Charles Dickens. Two of the authors most beloved novels; the new Oprah Book Club selection. (1)

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. (8)

2. THE BOOK OF BASKETBALL: THE NBA ACCORDING TO THE SPORTS GUY
(ESPN, $18). By Bill Simmons. (1)

3. The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2011

(World Almanac, $12.99). An authority since 1868, this edition includes the Olympics and mid-terms. (4)

4. Rachael Ray's Look + Cook

(Clarkson Potter, $24.99). By Rachel Ray (6)

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

(Conari, $18.95). By Mark Nepo (3)

6. THREE CUPS OF TEA: ONE MAN’S MISSION TO PROMOTE PEACE
(Penguin, $16) By Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin (184)

7. JUST KIDS (Ecco, $16)
By Patti Smith. The singer-songwriter reflects on her romance and enduring friendship with Robert Mapplethorpe. (2)

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. (158)

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. (5)

10. STONES INTO SCHOOLS: PROMOTING PEACE THROUGH EDUCATION IN AFGHANISTAN AND PAKISTAN
(Penguin, $16). By Greg Mortenson (3)


FICTION HARDCOVER


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

2. THE CONFESSION (Doubleday, $28.95)
By John Grisham. After nine years, a man confesses to a murder for which another was imprisoned. (7)

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

4. Port Mortuary (A Scarpetta Novel)
(Putnam, $27.95)
By Patricia Cornwell. Scarpetta, who years back received an educational grant from the Air Force, is drawn back into the military’s sphere. (2)

5. 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. (4)

6. 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. (29)

7. FULL DARK, NO STARS (Scribner, $27.99)
By Stephen King. Murder, revenge and secrets drive these four unsettling tales. (5)

8. FALL OF GIANTS (Dutton, $36)
By Ken Follett. The debut of a historical trilogy following five families through the upheavals of the 20th century. (11)

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. (70)

10. FREEDOM (FSG, $28)
By Jonathan Franzen. The relentless fracturing of the suburban Berglund family in St. Paul, Minn.; author of “The Corrections.” (8)


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. (5)

2. UNBROKEN: A WORLD WAR II STORY OF SURVIVAL, RESILIENCE, AND REDEMPTION
(Random House, $27). By Laura Hillenbrand (4)

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

(Amistad, $24.99). By Steve Harvey (1)

4. CLEOPATRA: A LIFE (Little, Brown, $29.99)
By Stacy Schiff. Classic sources illuminate this biography of the Egyptian queen and icon. (6)

5. 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. (11)

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

(Clarkson Potter, $35). By Ina Garten. Stress-free. (6)

7. LIFE (Little, Brown, $29.99)
By Keith Richards. A brutally honest memoir by the celebrated guitarist and songwriter from the Rolling Stones. (7)

8. AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MARK TWAIN: VOLUME 1
(Univ. of California, $34.95). Edited by Harriet Elinor Smith et al. The authorized edition, 100 years after his death. (3)

9. Guinness World Records 2011

(Guinness World Records, $28.95). A new design and an emphasis on American-specific stats. (3<)

10. Decoded
(Spiegel & Grau, $35)
By Jay-Z. A memoir and homage to hip-hop; also one of Oprah’s “Favorite Things.” (4)


Rankings reflect sales for the week ended Dec. 5, 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 18, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
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