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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 02/26/2011

BOOK WORLD - February 27, 2011

By Christopher Schoppa
Best Sellers

The last weekend in February sees a handul of new books reach bestseller status ...

In paperback, Horowitz's "Inside of a Dog" climbs back to No.1, as it has each time a new debut knocks it down a few pegs (it's a truly charming book ... )

And "Three Cups of Tea," that perennial (albeit very inspiring) bestseller returns to the nonfiction lists, as it has done on and off over the last several years ...

Hardcover books --

Fiction sales finds Deborah Harkness's new paranormal thriller standing firm at #3, while Eleanor Brown's new novel chronicling the lives of three sisters of a distinguished Shakespeare scholar hits the list at #10. Buoyed, very likely, by Ron Charles's positive review a week or so back (click the title below to be linked to the page on the Web). Amy Einhorn Books, the eponymous imprint at Putnam, has a remarkable record of finding stellar literary fiction (think "The Help") and bringing them to a wide, receptive audience ...

Over in nonfiction, much the same at the very top of the list ... the addition of Wendy Kopp's prescription for America's education woes, Janet Jackson's new memoir and the return of music mogul Russell Simmon's guide to success stymied the "Tiger Mom"'s climb up the list, as it gets knocked back to #6. And at #10, we have the new title by economist Dambisa Moyo, a rather timely look at America's economic past and uncertain future ...

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. (87)

2. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE
(Vintage, $15.95). By Stieg Larsson. Sex trafficking between Sweden and Eastern Europe is exposed. (48)

3. CUTTING FOR STONE (Vintage, $15.95)
By Abraham Verghese. Medicine, political upheaval and the Africa woven into a sweeping saga. (21)

4. {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. (72)

5. Dreams of a Dark Warrior (Immortals After Dark Series, Book 9)
(Pocket, $7.99)
By Kresley Cole. Through reincarnation, Aidan the Fierce aims to reunite with his lost love; book nine in the “Immortals After Dark” series. (1)

6. THE POSTMISTRESS (Berkley, $15)
By Sarah Blake. The specter of war in Europe draws together the lives of three different women in 1940. (3)

7. Swimsuit
(Grand Central, $9.99)
By James Patterson & Maxine Paetro. A supermodel vanishes from a shoot in Hawaii. (7)

8. Deliver Us from Evil
(Vision, $9.99)
By David Baldacci. Covert operative Shaw returns to thwart a Ukrainian trading in nuclear arms and slavery. (8)

9. LITTLE BEE (Simon & Schuster, $14)
By Chris Cleave. This wry second novel from a British journalist explores the state of war and refugees. (51)

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. (6)

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. (18)

2. THE BIG SHORT: INSIDE THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE
(Norton, $15.95). By Michael Lewis. The murky world of financial derivatives. (3)

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 (6)

4. The Official SAT Study Guide, 2nd edition
(College Board, $21.99)
This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. (58)

5 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. (10)

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

(Northfield, $14.99). By Gary D. Chapman. Knowing that special someone. (9)

7. COMMITTED: A LOVE STORY (Penguin, $16)
By Elizabeth Gilbert. Picking up where “Eat, Pray, Love” left off. (3)

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

(Workman, $14.95). By Heidi Murkoff & Sharon Mazell. Fourth edition of the popular guide. (13)

9. JUST KIDS (Ecco, $16)
By Patti Smith. The singer-songwriter reflects on her romance and enduring friendship with Robert Mapplethorpe. (11)

10. THREE CUPS OF TEA: ONE MAN’S MISSION TO PROMOTE PEACE
(Penguin, $16) By Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin (187)

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. (4)

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. (39)

3. A Discovery of Witches: A Novel
(Viking, $28.95)
By Deborah Harkness. Gothic meets modern in this paranormal thriller/romance set in Oxford’s Bodleian Library. (2)

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. (80)

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. (11)

6. 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. (6)

7. 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. (7)

8. THE CONFESSION (Doubleday, $28.95)
By John Grisham. After nine years, a man confesses to a murder for which another was imprisoned. (17)

9. The Secret Soldier (A John Wells Novel)
(Putnam, $25.95)
By Alex Berenson. Former CIA operative John Wells comes to the aid of the Saudi king. (2)

10. THE WEIRD SISTERS (Amy Einhorn, $24.95)
By Eleanor Brown. Shakespeare’s plays are a leitmotif in this novel of three siblings who return home to care for an ailing mother. (1)


NONFICTION HARDCOVER

1. KNOWN & UNKNOWN: A MEMOIR (Sentinel, $36)
By Donald Rumsfeld. The former secretary of defense reflects on his life thus far, with no apologies. (2)

2. UNBROKEN: A WORLD WAR II STORY OF SURVIVAL, RESILIENCE, AND REDEMPTION
(Random House, $27). By Laura Hillenbrand (14)

3. A Chance to Make History: What Works and What Doesn't in Providing an Excellent Education for All

(PublicAffairs, $25.99). By Wendy Kopp (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. (2)

5. True You: A Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself

(Karen Hunter, $25.99). By Janet Jackson and David Ritz (1)

6. 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. (6)

7. CLEOPATRA: A LIFE (Little, Brown, $29.99)
By Stacy Schiff. Classic sources illuminate this biography of the Egyptian queen and icon. (16)

8. StrengthsFinder 2.0

(Gallup, $24.95). By Tom Rath (36)

9. Decision Points
(Crown, $35)
By George W. Bush. Bush 43 reflects on crucial turning points in both his life and two-term presidency. (13)

10. How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly--and the Stark Choices Ahead

(FSG, $25). By Dambisa Moyo (1)


Rankings reflect sales for the week ended Feb. 20, 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 26, 2011; 11:00 AM ET
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