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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 02/ 5/2011

BOOK WORLD - February 6, 2011

By Christopher Schoppa
Best Sellers

Happy February all !! Here's hoping that Punxsutawney Phil's prediction of an early spring comes to pass, weary as most likely are of the bitter cold and dreaded snow and (more dreaded) ice ...

Book sales for the past week saw a few interesting developments ---

* the debut of the government's Financial Commission's Inquiry Report, now available for public consumption, after some fits and starts in trying to land the best publishing deal. The highly regarded publisher, PublicAffairs, may very well have another breakout bestseller on their hands --- they were also the commercial publisher of the 9/11 Commission Report, which sold extremely well.

* two new mysteries --- James Patterson's latest Michael Bennett thriller and a Tudor-era historical mystery from C.J. Sansom, join the new fiction list

* the "Tiger Mom's" memoir continues to slowly claw its way up the rankings after first hitting the list at #5, and then up to #4 last week ...

* a slew of business titles, from management guides to investment advice, hit the nonfiction lists. Certainly, with the economy and job market in their present state, folks are eager to see what they can do to improve their financial outlooks ...

* Brian Greene, the respected theoretical physicist, and a professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University, touts the emerging theory of parallel universes, what they are, and what form they might take, in his new book, "The Hidden Reality." One such supposition, that everything that can happen does happen (leading to myriad alternate universes) is definitely a theme I've witnessed in the Star Trek realm more than once ...


(Vintage, $14.95). By Stieg Larsson. First book in the late Swede’s “Millennium Trilogy”; basis of the film. (84)

(Vintage, $15.95). By Stieg Larsson. Sex trafficking between Sweden and Eastern Europe is exposed. (45)

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.” (1)

4. Deliver Us from Evil
(Vision, $9.99)
By David Baldacci. Covert operative Shaw returns to thwart a Ukrainian trading in nuclear arms and slavery. (5)

5. CUTTING FOR STONE (Vintage, $15.95)
By Abraham Verghese. Medicine, political upheaval and the Africa woven into a sweeping saga. (18)

6. LITTLE BEE (Simon & Schuster, $14)
By Chris Cleave. This wry second novel from a British journalist explores the state of war and refugees. (48)

7. {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. (69)

8. Wild Man Creek (Virginia River)
(Mira, $7.99)
By Robyn Carr. Two wounded souls, who fled to tranquil Virgin River to recuperate, find love instead. (1)

9. 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. (4)

By Tom Rachman. The tumutltuous, often comic goings-on at a struggling English-language paper in Rome. (4)


1. The Official SAT Study Guide, 2nd edition
(College Board, $21.99)
This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. (55)

(Scribner, $16). By Alexandra Horowitz. A psychology professor hits the dog park. (15)

3. 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. (7)

4. Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most

(Penguin, $16). By Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton & Sheila Heen. Tenth anniversary edition. (2)

5. 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. (1)

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

(Northfield, $14.99). By Gary D. Chapman. Knowing that special someone. (6)

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

(Thomas Nelson, $16.99). By Todd Burpo (3)

8. Mr. Sunday's Soups
(Wiley, $19.95)
By Lorraine Wallace. An array of hearty recipes from the wife of Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace. (1)

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

10. 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. (8)


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. (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. (3)

(Knopf, $27.95). By Stieg Larsson. The Millennium Trilogy ends as Salander hunts for her failed assassin. (36)

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. (8)

5. 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. (77)

6. 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. (2)

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. (4)

8. THE CONFESSION (Doubleday, $28.95)
By John Grisham. After nine years, a man confesses to a murder for which another was imprisoned. (14)

9. HEARTSTONE (Viking, $27.95)
By C.J. Sansom. Attorney Matthew Shardlake is asked by Henry VIII’s queen, Catherine Parr, to probe a unsettling suicide. (2)

10. 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. (2)


(Random House, $27). By Laura Hillenbrand (11)

2. The Next Decade: Where We've Been . . . and Where We're Going

(Doubleday, $27.95). By George Friedman (1)

3. 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. (3)

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

(Crown Archetype, $27). By Timothy Ferriss (6)

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

(Knopf, $29.95). By Brian Greene (1)

6. CLEOPATRA: A LIFE (Little, Brown, $29.99)
By Stacy Schiff. Classic sources illuminate this biography of the Egyptian queen and icon. (13)

7. 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. (3)

8. We: How to Increase Performance and Profits through Full Engagement

(Wiley, $24.95). By Rudy Karsan & Kevin Kruse (1)

9. The Investment Answer

(Business Plus, $18). By Daniel C. Goldie & Gordon S. Murray (1)

10. StrengthsFinder 2.0

(Gallup, $24.95). By Tom Rath (33)

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended Jan. 30, 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 5, 2011; 11:00 AM ET
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