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BOOK WORLD - January 23, 2011

By Christopher Schoppa
Best Sellers

As we begin the final full week of January (already!), this is what is selling well ...

Interesting movement on the lists include ---

* Charles Portis's iconic novel, "True Grit," hits the fiction paperback roster, thanks to the wildly successful Coen Bros. remake of the classic John Wayne film

* Dan Brown's "The Lost Symbol" loses some steam, and so slips to #10

* In new fiction, two thriller powerhouses join the bestselling ranks --- David Baldacci, with a new novel of political intrigue set, appropriately enough, righ here in D.C.
and Robert Crais' hero, Joe Pike (with pal Elvis Cole) help refugees from Katrina, who've resettled in So. Calif., and are under pressure from a local gang. Yet, they have their own dangerous past ...

* Emma Donoghue's "Room," shorlistsed for the Booker Prize in 2010, hits the list for only the second time since its publication in September. Hmmm ...

* Tim Pawlenty, the former governor of Minnesota, enjoys top billing in nonfiction with a #1 debut ... folks will be reading it as a measure of the man, no doubt, considering a potential presidential run in 2012

* Respected law professor and bestselling author Amy Chua has lit up the cultural scene (and blogspehre) with her new memoir of raising children in a traditional Chinese fashion. In consumer-driven America. A daunting challenge, certainly. It hits the nonfiction list at #5.
The attention The Post has paid the new book is hefty -- a link to Book World's review is below. And several of The Post's op-ed folk have weighed in, as well ... op-ed1 op-ed2

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. (82)

2. Deliver Us from Evil
(Vision, $9.99)
By David Baldacci. Covert operative Shaw returns to thwart a Ukrainian trading in nuclear arms and slavery. (3)

3. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE
(Vintage, $15.95). By Stieg Larsson. Sex trafficking between Sweden and Eastern Europe is exposed. (43)

4. True Grit
(Overlook, $14.95)
By Charles Portis. The cult Western novel, first published in 1968, that inspired the John Wayne classic film and its remake. (5)

5. Winter Garden
(St. Martin’s, $14.99)
By Kristin Hannah. A father’s death drives two sisters’ discovery of their Russian-born mother’s scarred past. (2)

6. CUTTING FOR STONE (Vintage, $15.95)
By Abraham Verghese. Medicine, political upheaval and the Africa woven into a sweeping saga. (16)

7. LITTLE BEE (Simon & Schuster, $14)
By Chris Cleave. This wry second novel from a British journalist explores the state of war and refugees. (46)

8. MAJOR PETTIGREW’S LAST STAND (Random House, $15)
By Helen Simonson. A proper English widower finds love in an unexpected quarter. (5)

9. THE IMPERFECTIONISTS (Dial, $15)
By Tom Rachman. The tumutltuous, often comic goings-on at a struggling English-language paper in Rome. (2)

10. 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. (13)


NONFICTION PAPERBACK

1. The Official SAT Study Guide, 2nd edition
(College Board, $21.99)
This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. (53)

2. INSIDE OF A DOG: WHAT DOGS SEE, SMELL, AND KNOW
(Scribner, $16). By Alexandra Horowitz. A psychology professor hits the dog park. (13)

3. 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. (5)

4. Eat This, Not That! 2011: Thousands of easy food swaps that can save you 10, 20, 30 pounds--or more!

(Rodale, $19.99). By David Zinczenko & Matt Goulding. Updated edition with new features. (6)

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

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

(Conari, $18.95). By Mark Nepo (5)

7. Cook This, Not That! Easy & Awesome 350-Calorie Meals

(Rodale, $19.99). By David Zinczenko & Matt Goulding. Fast food faves. (7)

8. THE CHECKLIST MANIFESTO: HOW TO GET THINGS RIGHT
(Picador, $15). By Atul Gawande. The rewards of making a list and checking it twice. (1)

9. Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back

(Thomas Nelson, $16.99). By Todd Burpo (2)

10. The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts

(Northfield, $14.99). By Gary D. Chapman. Knowing that special someone. (4)


FICTION HARDCOVER

1. The Inner Circle
(Grand Central, $26.99)
By Brad Meltzer. A rare book found by chance at the National Archives is the key to a murderous conspiracy. (1)

2. 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. (34)

3. 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. (6)

4. The Sentry (Joe Pike)
(Putnam, $26.95)
By Robert Crais. Joe Pike is back, coming to the aid of the owners of a sandwich shop, refugees from Katrina, who are not what they seem. (1)

5. 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. (75)

6. THE CONFESSION (Doubleday, $28.95)
By John Grisham. After nine years, a man confesses to a murder for which another was imprisoned. (12)

7. What the Night Knows: A Novel
(Bantam, $28)
By Dean Koontz. Years ago, four families were brutally murdered; now the crime is being recreated, perhaps by the killer who was thought to be long dead. (3)

8. Hell's Corner
(Grand Central, $27.99)
By David Baldacci. This fifth Camel Club entry juggles an assassin’s plot and Osama bin Laden. (10)

9. ROOM (Little Brown, $24.99)
By Emma Donoghue. A five year-old boy narrates this haunting tale of being trapped with his mother in one room for seven years. And their escape. (2)

10. 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. (9)

NONFICTION HARDCOVER


1. COURAGE TO STAND: AN AMERICAN STORY
(Tyndale House, $26.99). By Tim Pawlenty. A memoir by the former Minnesota governor and rumored presidential candidate in 2012. (1)

2. UNBROKEN: A WORLD WAR II STORY OF SURVIVAL, RESILIENCE, AND REDEMPTION
(Random House, $27). By Laura Hillenbrand (9)

3. CLEOPATRA: A LIFE (Little, Brown, $29.99)
By Stacy Schiff. Classic sources illuminate this biography of the Egyptian queen and icon. (11)

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

(Amistad, $24.99). By Steve Harvey (6)

5. BATTLE HYMN OF THE TIGER MOTHER (Penguin Press, $25.95)
By Amy Chua. The respected law professor and author chronicles the challenges of raising children the Chinese way. (1)

6. DECISION POINTS (Crown, $35)
By George W. Bush. Bush 43 reflects on crucial turning points in both his life and two-term presidency. (10)

7. Sexy Forever: How to Fight Fat after Forty

(Crown Archetype, $25.99). By Suzanne Somers. Lifestyle and recipe tips (lose the toxins) for shedding pounds. (1)

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

(Crown Archetype, $27). By Timothy Ferriss (4)

9. The Comeback: How Innovation Will Restore the American Dream

(Beaufort, $24.95). By Gary Shapiro (1)

10. THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS
(Crown, $26). By Rebecca Skloot. The shocking story of a stem cell theft in 1951 and the HeLa cell line. (13)

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended Jan. 16, 2011. The charts may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright 2011 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  | January 22, 2011; 11:00 AM ET
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Comments

Thanks for the thorough lists and background. Sounds like some tasty reads there.

Paul Harris
Author, "Diary From the Dome, Reflections on Fear and Privilege During Katrina"

Posted by: patriotpaul | January 23, 2011 12:07 PM | Report abuse

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