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BOOK WORLD - January 2, 2011

By Christopher Schoppa
Best Sellers

The flurry of shoppers in bookstores (and on-line) across the area in the week before Christmas produced a roundup of "most desired" books that, for the most part, mirrors the lists' lineup for the past few months.

In hardcover sales, Jay-Z's "Decoded" popped back on the list, as did Morris's third volume of his trilogy on TR, "Colonel Roosevelt." Both had fallen off the list in recent weeks.

As for paperback titles, much the same there, too. David Sedaris's little book of seasonal essays is always popualr this time of year.
And it's worth mentioning, and praising, the sales renaissance being enjoyed by Abraham Verghese's powerful novel, "Cutting for Stone." Especially as the book has been in paperback for just about one year exactly, and strong sales for such a literary novel are rare indeed. But word is out about its many merits --- it was recommended by Fred Bollerer, director and CEO of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, in the Style section's recent article, "25 notable Washingtonians pick arts and culture highlights of 2010."
Story here ...

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!!

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. (79)

2. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE
(Vintage, $15.95). By Stieg Larsson. Sex trafficking between Sweden and Eastern Europe is exposed. (40)

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. (10)

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. (7)

5. THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN (Harper, $14.99)
By Garth Stein. Enzo, a canine with human qualities, narrates this unique tale. (17)

6. MAJOR PETTIGREW’S LAST STAND
(Random House, $15). By Helen Simonson. A proper English widower finds love in an unexpected quarter. (4)

7. CUTTING FOR STONE (Vintage, $15.95)
By Abraham Verghese. Medicine, political upheaval and the Africa woven into a sweeping saga. (13)

8. LITTLE BEE (Simon & Schuster, $14)
By Chris Cleave. This wry second novel from a British journalist explores the state of war and refugees. (43)

9. 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. (4)

10. ALEX CROSS’S TRIAL (Vision, $9.99)
By James Patterson & Richard DilLallo. A novel within a novel — Cross’s great-uncle Abraham’s life. (3)

NONFICTION PAPERBACK

1. WHAT THE DOG SAW (Back Bay, $16.99)
By Malcolm Gladwell. A collection of quirky essays that were previously published in the New Yorker magazine. (2)

2. INSIDE OF A DOG: WHAT DOGS SEE, SMELL, AND KNOW
(Scribner, $16). By Alexandra Horowitz. A psychology professor hits the dog park. (10)

3. 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. (160)

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

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. (6)

6. RACHAEL RAY’S LOOK + COOK: 100 CAN’T MISS MAIN COURSES IN PICTURES
(Clarkson Potter, $24.99). By Rachel Ray (8)

7. THE BOOK OF AWAKENING: HAVING THE LIFE YOU WANT BY BEING PRESENT TO THE LIFE YOU HAVE
(Conari, $18.95). By Mark Nepo (4)

8. THREE CUPS OF TEA: ONE MAN’S MISSION TO PROMOTE PEACE
(Penguin, $16) By Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin (186)

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. (7)

10. WHERE MEN WIN GLORY: THE ODYSSEY OF PAT TILLMAN
(Anchor, $15.95). By Jon Krakauer. The NFL star turned soldier. (7)

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. (3)

2. THE CONFESSION (Doubleday, $28.95)
By John Grisham. After nine years, a man confesses to a murder for which another was imprisoned. (9)

3. CROSS FIRE (Little, Brown, $27.99)
By James Patterson. Alex Cross tracks a killer is loose in Washington taking aim at corrupt politicos. (6)

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. (31)

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. (7)

6. 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. (72)

7. PORT MORTUARY (Putnam, $27.95)
By Patricia Cornwell. Scarpetta is pulled back into the military’s sphere of influence for a new case. (4)

8. SQUIRREL SEEKS CHIPMUNK (Little, Brown, $21.99)
By David Sedaris. Wry, dark animal tales comprise this modern bestiary; illustrated by Ian Falconer. (7)

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

10. FALL OF GIANTS (Dutton, $36)
By Ken Follett. The debut of a historical trilogy following five families through the upheavals of the 20th century. (13)

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. (7)

2. UNBROKEN: A WORLD WAR II STORY OF SURVIVAL, RESILIENCE, AND REDEMPTION
(Random House, $27). By Laura Hillenbrand (6)

3. 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. (13)

4. CLEOPATRA: A LIFE (Little, Brown, $29.99)
By Stacy Schiff. Classic sources illuminate this biography of the Egyptian queen and icon. (8)

5. LIFE (Little, Brown, $29.99)
By Keith Richards. A brutally honest memoir by the celebrated guitarist and songwriter from the Rolling Stones. (9)

6. GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2011
(Guinness World Records, $28.95). A new design and an emphasis on American-specific stats. (15)

7. BAREFOOT CONTESSA HOW EASY IS THAT? FABULOUS RECIPES & EASY TIPS
(Clarkson Potter, $35). By Ina Garten. Stress-free. (8)

8. DECODED (Spiegel & Grau, $35)
By Jay-Z. A memoir and homage to hip-hop; also one of Oprah’s “Favorite Things.” (5)

9. STRAIGHT TALK, NO CHASER: HOW TO FIND, KEEP, AND UNDERSTAND A MAN
(Amistad, $24.99). By Steve Harvey (3)

10. COLONEL ROOSEVELT (Random House, $35)
By Edmund Morris. The denouement of Morris’s award-winning trilogy on the life of Theodore Roosevelt. (3)

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended Dec. 26, 2010. 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 1, 2011; 11:00 AM ET
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