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BOOK WORLD - January 30, 2011

By Christopher Schoppa
Best Sellers

For this last Sunday in January, here are the top-selling books for the greater metropolitan area --

Highlights include:

-- the return of "Water for Elephants" by Sara Gruen (it sold much better than her most recent novel, "Ape House," which publishes in paperback next month). Anticipation, surely, for the forthcoming film starring Reese Witherspoon ...

-- a primer on the health care bill, compiled by The Washington Post staff, hits the list after many, many months. Clearly, folks do want to know exactly what's in the healthcare overhall some are so eager to roll back.

-- a new fantasy-thriller from Karen Marie Moning and Stuart Woods's latest Stone Barrington imbroglio join the new fiction list

-- and in new nonfiction, Tim Pawlenty's new memoir (#1 last week, you may remember) drops off the list completely. And historian Douglas Brinkley's history of the quest to save the Alaskan wilderness joins the list at #10. Use the link below to read Book World's review.

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. (83)

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. (4)

3. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE
(Vintage, $15.95). By Stieg Larsson. Sex trafficking between Sweden and Eastern Europe is exposed. (44)

4. 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. (3)

5. CUTTING FOR STONE (Vintage, $15.95)
By Abraham Verghese. Medicine, political upheaval and the Africa woven into a sweeping saga. (17)

6. LITTLE BEE (Simon & Schuster, $14)
By Chris Cleave. This wry second novel from a British journalist explores the state of war and refugees. (47)

7. THE IMPERFECTIONISTS (Dial, $15)
By Tom Rachman. The tumutltuous, often comic goings-on at a struggling English-language paper in Rome. (3)

8. {Water for Elephants}WATER FOR ELEPHANTS BY GRUEN, SARA[paperback]on 01 May -2007
(Algonquin, $14.95)
By Sara Gruen. An orphan discovers love when he joins a circus during the Great Depression. (68)

9. How to Woo a Reluctant Lady
(Pocket Star, $7.99)
By Sabrina Jeffries. A romance novelist (in this period romance) plots to secure an inheritance without tying the knot. (1)

10. 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. (10)


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. (14)

2. Good to Great and the Social Sectors: A Monograph to Accompany Good to Great

(HarperCollins, $11.95). By James Collins. Addressing readers’ queries. (1)

3. The Official SAT Study Guide, 2nd edition
(College Board, $21.99)
This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. (54)

4. 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. (6)

5. Landmark: The Inside Story of America's New Health Care Law and What It Means for Us All (Publicaffairs Reports)

(PublicAffairs, $12.95). By the staff of The Washington Post (3)

6. 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. (7)

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

(Northfield, $14.99). By Gary D. Chapman. Knowing that special someone. (5)

8. JUST KIDS (Ecco, $16)
By Patti Smith. The singer-songwriter reflects on her romance and enduring friendship with Robert Mapplethorpe. (8)

9. What to Expect When You're Expecting: 4th Edition

(Workman, $14.95). By Heidi Murkoff & Sharon Mazell. Fourth edition of the popular guide. (12)

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

(Rodale, $19.99). By David Zinczenko & Matt Goulding. Fast food faves. (8)

FICTION HARDCOVER


1. Shadowfever
(Delacorte, $26)
By Karen Marie Moning. The world of humans and that of the Fae are pitted against one another in this epic fantasy thriller. (1)

2. 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. (2)

3. 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. (35)

4. 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. (7)

5. Strategic Moves (Stone Barrington)
(Putnam, $25.95)
By Stuart Woods. Stone Barrington, living the high life, soon has a client who claims to know the location of Osama bin Laden. (1)

6. Call Me Irresistible: A Novel
(Morrow, $25.99)
By Susan Elizabeth Phillips. It’s a rollicking good time in the aftermath of a celebrity wedding that is cancelled at the last minute. (1)

7. 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. (76)

8. THE CONFESSION (Doubleday, $28.95)
By John Grisham. After nine years, a man confesses to a murder for which another was imprisoned. (13)

9. 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. (2)

10. 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. (3)

NONFICTION HARDCOVER


1. UNBROKEN: A WORLD WAR II STORY OF SURVIVAL, RESILIENCE, AND REDEMPTION
(Random House, $27). By Laura Hillenbrand (10)

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

(Amistad, $24.99). By Steve Harvey (7)

3. Flash Foresight: How to See the Invisible and Do the Impossible

(HarperBusiness, $27.99). By Daniel Burrus with John David Mann (1)

4. 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. (2)

5. CLEOPATRA: A LIFE (Little, Brown, $29.99)
By Stacy Schiff. Classic sources illuminate this biography of the Egyptian queen and icon. (12)

6. 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. (2)

7. StrengthsFinder 2.0

(Gallup, $24.95). By Tom Rath (32)

8. DECISION POINTS (Crown, $35)
By George W. Bush. Bush 43 reflects on crucial turning points in both his life and two-term presidency. (11)

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

(Crown Archetype, $27). By Timothy Ferriss (5)

10. THE QUIET WORLD: SAVING ALASKA’S WILDERNESS KINGDOM, 1879-1960
(Harper, $29.99). By Douglas Brinkley (1)

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended Jan. 23, 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 29, 2011; 11:00 AM ET
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