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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 01/ 8/2011

BOOK WORLD - January 9, 2011

By Christopher Schoppa
Best Sellers

The sales figures for the days leading up to, and including, New Year's weekend are in --

* in fiction, a slew of new thrillers (paranormal and otherwise) join the ranks, including the sixth "Presidential Agent" novel from the team of Griffin & Butterworth; a frightening ghost tale from Dean Koontz; and a new Arcane Society novel from Jayne Ann Krentz.

* nonfiction saw President Bush's memoir slip to number two, comedian Steve Harvey's latest relationship advice shoot to the top five, and health guru Tim Ferriss's most recent take on diet and exercise rejoin the list after a hiatus of several weeks (which coincided with the most earnest weeks of the holiday season, when folks don't want to be reminded of what's healthy and what's not with all those seasonal temptations to choose from ... ).

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. (80)

2. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE
(Vintage, $15.95). By Stieg Larsson. Sex trafficking between Sweden and Eastern Europe is exposed. (41)

3. DELIVER US FROM EVIL (Vision, $9.99)
By David Baldacci. Covert operative Shaw returns to thwart a Ukrainian trading in nuclear arms and slavery. (1)

4. RUTHLESS GAME (Jove, $7.99)
By Christine Feehan. This new “GhostWalker” novel finds Kane Cannon stumbling across the hiding place of his former lover, Rose Patterson. (1)

5. 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. (11)

6. 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. (8)

7. THE SCENT OF JASMINE (Pocket, $7.99)
By Jude Deveraux. Granting a favor leads a Southern belle on the run for her life with a dashing Scotsman who is falsely accused of murder. (1)

8. CUTTING FOR STONE (Vintage, $15.95)
By Abraham Verghese. Medicine, political upheaval and the Africa woven into a sweeping saga. (14)

9. THE LADY MOST LIKELY ... (Avon, $7.99)
By Julia Quinn, Eloisa James and Connie Brockway. An impressive romance triumvirate collaborated on this historical yarn. (1)

10. LITTLE BEE (Simon & Schuster, $14)
By Chris Cleave. This wry second novel from a British journalist explores the state of war and refugees. (44)

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. (3)

2. INSIDE OF A DOG: WHAT DOGS SEE, SMELL, AND KNOW
(Scribner, $16). By Alexandra Horowitz. A psychology professor hits the dog park. (11)

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

4. THE CONFLICT OF INTERPRETATIONS: ESSAYS IN HERMENEUTICS
(Northwestern Univ., $29.95). By Paul Ricoeur. Uncovering symbolism and meaning from the French philosopher and professor emeritus. (1)

5. EAT THIS, NOT THAT! NEW 2011 EDITION (Rodale, $19.99)
By David Zinczenko & Matt Goulding. Updated edition with new features. (4)

6. THE WORLD ALMANAC AND BOOK OF FACTS 2011
(World Almanac, $12.99). An authority since 1868, this edition includes the Olympics and mid-terms. (7)

7. HALF THE SKY: TURNING OPPRESSION INTO OPPORTUNITY FOR WOMEN WORLDWIDE
(Vintage, $15.95). By Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn (1)

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. (161)

9. WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING
(Workman, $14.95). By Heidi Murkoff & Sharon Mazell. Fourth edition of the popular guide. (10)

10. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE (College Board, $21.99)
This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. (51)

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. (4)

2. THE OUTLAWS (Putnam, $27.95)
By W.E.B. Griffin & William E. Butterworth IV. Charley Castillo and his secret ops agency is disbanded, but then a biological weapon shows up on U.S. shores. (1)

3. WHAT THE NIGHT KNOWS (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. (1)

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. (32)

5. CROSS FIRE (Little, Brown, $27.99)
By James Patterson. Alex Cross tracks a killer is loose in Washington taking aim at corrupt politicos. (7)

6. THE CONFESSION (Doubleday, $28.95)
By John Grisham. After nine years, a man confesses to a murder for which another was imprisoned. (10)

7. PORT MORTUARY (Putnam, $27.95)
By Patricia Cornwell. Scarpetta is pulled back into the military’s sphere of influence for a new case. (5)

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. (8)

9. IN TOO DEEP (Putnam, $25.95)
By Jayne Ann Krentz. The launch of a new triology in the Arcane Society pantheon, featuring the Jones & Jones detective agency. (1)

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. (73)


NONFICTION HARDCOVER


1. UNBROKEN: A WORLD WAR II STORY OF SURVIVAL, RESILIENCE, AND REDEMPTION
(Random House, $27). By Laura Hillenbrand (7)

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

3. STRAIGHT TALK, NO CHASER: HOW TO FIND, KEEP, AND UNDERSTAND A MAN
(Amistad, $24.99). By Steve Harvey (4)

4. CLEOPATRA: A LIFE (Little, Brown, $29.99)
By Stacy Schiff. Classic sources illuminate this biography of the Egyptian queen and icon. (9)

5. LIFE (Little, Brown, $29.99)
By Keith Richards. A brutally honest memoir by the celebrated guitarist and songwriter from the Rolling Stones. (10)

6. GETTING MORE: HOW TO NEGOTIATE TO ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS IN THE REAL WORLD
(Crown Business, $26). By Stuart Diamond (1)

7. BAREFOOT CONTESSA HOW EASY IS THAT? FABULOUS RECIPES & EASY TIPS
(Clarkson Potter, $35). By Ina Garten. Stress-free. (9)

8. THE 4-HOUR BODY: AN UNCOMMON GUIDE TO RAPID FAT-LOSS, INCREDIBLE SEX ...
(Crown Archetype, $27). By Timothy Ferriss (2)

9. 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. (14)

10. DECODED (Spiegel & Grau, $35)
By Jay-Z. A memoir and homage to hip-hop; also one of Oprah’s “Favorite Things.” (6)

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended Jan. 2, 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 8, 2011; 11:00 AM ET
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