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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 02/12/2011

BOOK WORLD - February 13, 2011

By Christopher Schoppa
Best Sellers

As we approach the halfway point of the month of February, here are the sales for the week just past ...

+ Paperback saw the release of Michael Lewis's "The Big Short" (on the financial meltdown) debut at #1 in nonfiction ... a little farther down the list is Elizabeth Gilbert's "Committed," her sequel to "Eat Pray Love," and that in the trade paperback edition carries a slightly different subtitle.

In fiction, the bestselling historical novel "The Postmistress" by Sarah Blake hits the list, and chances are good that it will climb a bit higher than #7.

+ Hardcover sales, fiction, shows Stockett's "The Help" climbing just a bit farther up the chart, as well as the latest from David Baldacci and Dean Koontz rejoining the list after a brief hiatus.
In nonfiction, the "Tiger Mom," Amy Chua, sees her memoir climb yet one more spot ... anyone care to wager if it will hit #1 next week??
Also, music entrepreneur Russell Simmons' new book (and guide to success) finally breaks into the top 10 after its early January publication. And the new memoir from Ree Drummond, the popular blogger and chef, has just been published, in which she expounds on her Chicago to Oklahoma romance that she shared tidbits about in her cookbook from 2009.

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. (85)

2. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE
(Vintage, $15.95). By Stieg Larsson. Sex trafficking between Sweden and Eastern Europe is exposed. (46)

3. Marrying Daisy Bellamy (The Lakeshore Chronicles)
(Mira, $7.99)
By Susan Wiggs. The wife and mother of the title’s namesake reflects on her life; part of “The Lakeshore Chronicles.” (2)

4. SWIMSUIT (Grand Central, $9.99)
By James Patterson & Maxine Paetro. A supermodel vanishes from a shoot in Hawaii. (4)

5. CUTTING FOR STONE (Vintage, $15.95)
By Abraham Verghese. Medicine, political upheaval and the Africa woven into a sweeping saga. (19)

6. Deliver Us from Evil
(Vision, $9.99)
By David Baldacci. Covert operative Shaw returns to thwart a Ukrainian trading in nuclear arms and slavery. (6)

7. THE POSTMISTRESS (Berkley, $15)
By Sarah Blake. The specter of war in Europe draws together the lives of three different women in 1940. (1)

8. LITTLE BEE (Simon & Schuster, $14)
By Chris Cleave. This wry second novel from a British journalist explores the state of war and refugees. (49)

9. {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. (70)

10. 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. (5)


NONFICTION PAPERBACK


1. THE BIG SHORT: INSIDE THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE
(Norton, $15.95). By Michael Lewis. The murky world of financial derivatives. (1)

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

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

(Thomas Nelson, $16.99). By Todd Burpo (4)

4. The Financial Crisis Inquiry Report: Final Report of the National Commission on the Causes of the Financial and Economic Crisis in the United States [Paperback]
(PublicAffairs, $14.99)
By the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission. The nuts and bolts of the economic meltdown and subsequent malaise. (2)

5. COMMITTED: A LOVE STORY (Penguin, $16)
By Elizabeth Gilbert. Picking up where “Eat, Pray, Love” left off. (1)

6. 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. (8)

7. The Official SAT Study Guide, 2nd edition
(College Board, $21.99)
This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. (56)

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

(Northfield, $14.99). By Gary D. Chapman. Knowing that special someone. (7)

9. 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. (9)

10. JUST KIDS (Ecco, $16)
By Patti Smith. The singer-songwriter reflects on her romance and enduring friendship with Robert Mapplethorpe. (10)


FICTION HARDCOVER


1. Tick Tock (Michael Bennett)
(Little, Brown, $27.99)
By James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge. A trio of twisted killers stalk NYC; cop Michael Bennett is summoned from vacation to lead the charge. (2)

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. (37)

3. 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. (4)

4. 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. (78)

5. 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. (9)

6. 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. (5)

7. THE CONFESSION (Doubleday, $28.95)
By John Grisham. After nine years, a man confesses to a murder for which another was imprisoned. (15)

8. 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. (3)

9. HELL’S CORNER (Grand Central, $27.99)
By David Baldacci. This fifth Camel Club entry juggles an assassin’s plot and Osama bin Laden. (11)

10. 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. (4)

NONFICTION HARDCOVER


1. UNBROKEN: A WORLD WAR II STORY OF SURVIVAL, RESILIENCE, AND REDEMPTION
(Random House, $27). By Laura Hillenbrand (12)

2. 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. (4)

3. AS ONE: INDIVIDUAL ACTION, COLLECTIVE POWER
(Portfolio, $40). By Mehrdad Baghai & James Quigley et al. Case studies of successful collective endeavors. (1)

4. SUPER RICH: A GUIDE TO HAVING IT ALL
(Gotham, $22.50). By Russell Simmons with Chris Morrow. The Def Jam founder’s inspiration for success. (1)

5. StrengthsFinder 2.0

(Gallup, $24.95). By Tom Rath (34)

6. CLEOPATRA: A LIFE (Little, Brown, $29.99)
By Stacy Schiff. Classic sources illuminate this biography of the Egyptian queen and icon. (14)

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

(Crown Archetype, $27). By Timothy Ferriss (7)

8. The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos

(Knopf, $29.95). By Brian Greene (2)

9. THE PIONEER WOMAN: BLACK HEELS TO TRACTOR WHEELS
(Morrow, $25.99). By Ree Drummond. How the city girl fell for the country guy. (1)

10. The Investment Answer

(Business Plus, $18). By Daniel C. Goldie & Gordon S. Murray (2)


Rankings reflect sales for the week ended Feb. 6, 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  | February 12, 2011; 11:00 AM ET
Categories:  Best Sellers  
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