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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 01/15/2011

BOOK WORLD - January 16, 2011

By Christopher Schoppa
Best Sellers

It's mid-January (already!), and here's what's selling well ...

Actually, not too many surprises ... in hardcover sales, Jack Higgin's latest thriller debuts at the #10 spot, the only new fiction addition. "The Help" makes a surprising surge up the list, to #3, and in nonfiction, Rebecca Skloot's moving history of the HeLa cell line, a case of medicince gone awry, without doubt, hits the list again, though it's been out almost a year.

The other interesting note is the prevalence of diet and health titles returning to the lists (both hardcover and paperback) ... perfect for this season of New Year's resolutions ...

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. (81)

2. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE
(Vintage, $15.95). By Stieg Larsson. Sex trafficking between Sweden and Eastern Europe is exposed. (42)

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. (2)

4. 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. (12)

5. CUTTING FOR STONE (Vintage, $15.95)
By Abraham Verghese. Medicine, political upheaval and the Africa woven into a sweeping saga. (15)

6. 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. (1)

7. LITTLE BEE (Simon & Schuster, $14)
By Chris Cleave. This wry second novel from a British journalist explores the state of war and refugees. (45)

8. 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. (9)

9. 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. (2)

10. THE IMPERFECTIONISTS (Dial, $15)
By Tom Rachman. The tumutltuous, often comic goings-on at a struggling English-language newspaper in Rome. (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. (12)

2. HEAVEN IS FOR REAL: A LITTLE BOY’S ASTOUNDING STORY OF HIS TRIP TO HEAVEN AND BACK
(Thomas Nelson, $16.99). By Todd Burpo (1)

3. 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. (4)

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

5 THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE (College Board, $21.99)
This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. (52)

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

7. COOK THIS, NOT THAT ! EASY AND AWESOME 350 CALORIE MEALS
(Rodale, $19.99). By David Zinczenko & Matt Goulding. Fast food faves. (6)

8. THE LEAN SIX SIGMA POCKET TOOLBOOK (McGraw-Hill, $16.95)
By Michael L. George et al. A quick reference guide of 100 ways to implement the authors’ management principles. (1)

9. THE WORLD ALMANAC AND BOOK OF FACTS 2011
(World Almanac, $12.99). An authority since 1868, this edition includes the Olympics and mid-terms. (8)

10. WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING
(Workman, $14.95). By Heidi Murkoff & Sharon Mazell. Fourth edition of the popular guide. (11)


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. (5)

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. (33)

3. 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. (74)

4. 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. (2)

5. 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. (2)

6. CROSS FIRE (Little, Brown, $27.99)
By James Patterson. Alex Cross tracks a killer is loose in Washington taking aim at corrupt politicos. (8)

7. HELL’S CORNER (Grand Central, $27.99)
By David Baldacci. This fifth Camel Club entry juggles an assassin’s plot and Osama bin Laden. (9)

8. THE CONFESSION (Doubleday, $28.95)
By John Grisham. After nine years, a man confesses to a murder for which another was imprisoned. (11)

9. PORT MORTUARY (Putnam, $27.95)
By Patricia Cornwell. Scarpetta is pulled back into the military’s sphere of influence for a new case. (6)

10. THE JUDAS GATE (Putnam, $26.95)
By Jack Higgins. Agent Sean Dillon hunts down a traitor in the ranks of the British and American forces in the Middle East. (1)


NONFICTION HARDCOVER


1. UNBROKEN: A WORLD WAR II STORY OF SURVIVAL, RESILIENCE, AND REDEMPTION
(Random House, $27). By Laura Hillenbrand (8)

2. DECISION POINTS (Crown, $35)
By George W. Bush. Bush 43 reflects on crucial turning points in both his life and two-term presidency. (9)

3. CLEOPATRA: A LIFE (Little, Brown, $29.99)
By Stacy Schiff. Classic sources illuminate this biography of the Egyptian queen and icon. (10)

4. STRAIGHT TALK, NO CHASER: HOW TO FIND, KEEP, AND UNDERSTAND A MAN
(Amistad, $24.99). By Steve Harvey (5)

5. THE 4-HOUR BODY: AN UNCOMMON GUIDE TO RAPID FAT-LOSS, INCREDIBLE SEX ...
(Crown Archetype, $27). By Timothy Ferriss (3)

6. LIFE (Little, Brown, $29.99)
By Keith Richards. A brutally honest memoir by the celebrated guitarist and songwriter from the Rolling Stones. (11)

7. THE SEVEN WONDERS THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE
(Threshold Editions, $24.99). By Glenn Beck & Keith Ablow. The meida personalities discuss a blueprint for personal fulfillment. (1)

8. COLONEL ROOSEVELT (Random House, $35)
By Edmund Morris. The denouement of Morris’s award-winning trilogy on the life of Theodore Roosevelt. (4)

9. ALL THE DEVILS ARE HERE: THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF THE FINANCIAL CRISIS
(Portfolio, $32.95). By Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera (2)

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. (12)

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended Jan. 9, 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 15, 2011; 11:00 AM ET
Categories:  Best Sellers  
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