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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 02/19/2011

BOOK WORLD, February 20, 2011

By Christopher Schoppa
Best Sellers

Happy (almost) President's Day!! Enjoying the unusually warm weather, too, we trust ...

Book sales for the week ending February 13 saw few surprises ...

-- in paperback, the Larsson "Millennium Trilogy" novels continue to dominate the top spots ... and it's nice to see Tom Rachman's witty novel return to the top 10.

-- in new fiction, Deborah Harkness's new novel, a paranormal romance / thriller set at Oxford University, makes a stunningly strong debut on our list, especially for only just having been published. That feat was repeated, too, among Amazon's bestsellers as well as the Indie Bound list.

Also joining the ranks are two very different mysteries --- a politically-charged thriller from Alex Berenson and a winsome, offbeat caper with a young protagonist with a lot of heart, by Alan Bradley.

-- Former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld's much-debated memoir checks in at the top spot in new nonfiction ... not much of a surprise, though it will be interesting to see how long it can hold that perch.

Michael Oher, the Baltimore Ravens player well-known for the bestselling book and blockbuster movie that detailed his remarkable road to success, finds his new memoir hitting the list at #3.
And President Bush's memoir rejoins the list after a short break ...

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. (86)

2. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE
(Vintage, $15.95). By Stieg Larsson. Sex trafficking between Sweden and Eastern Europe is exposed. (47)

3. CUTTING FOR STONE (Vintage, $15.95)
By Abraham Verghese. Medicine, political upheaval and the Africa woven into a sweeping saga. (20)

4. Swimsuit
(Grand Central, $9.99)
By James Patterson & Maxine Paetro. A supermodel vanishes from a shoot in Hawaii. (6)

5. Deliver Us from Evil
(Vision, $9.99)
By David Baldacci. Covert operative Shaw returns to thwart a Ukrainian trading in nuclear arms and slavery. (7)

6. THE POSTMISTRESS (Berkley, $15)
By Sarah Blake. The specter of war in Europe draws together the lives of three different women in 1940. (2)

7. 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.” (3)

8. {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. (71)

9. LITTLE BEE (Simon & Schuster, $14)
By Chris Cleave. This wry second novel from a British journalist explores the state of war and refugees. (50)

10. THE IMPERFECTIONISTS (Dial, $15)
By Tom Rachman. The tumultuous, often comic goings-on at a struggling English-language paper in Rome. (5)


NONFICTION PAPERBACK


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

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 (5)

3. INSIDE OF A DOG: WHAT DOGS SEE, SMELL, AND KNOW
(Scribner, $16). By Alexandra Horowitz. A psychology professor hits the dog park. (17)

4. The Official SAT Study Guide, 2nd edition
(College Board, $21.99)
This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. (57)

5. Night (Oprah's Book Club)
(Hill & Wang, $9.95)
By Elie Wiesel. The terrifying account of his experiences in Nazi concentration camps during World War II. (72)

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. (9)

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

(Northfield, $14.99). By Gary D. Chapman. Knowing that special someone. (8)

8. The Glass Castle: A Memoir
(Scribner, $14)
By Jeannette Walls. A daughter’s memoir of her eccentric parents and unorthodox upbringing. (121)

9. COMMITTED: A LOVE STORY (Penguin, $16)
By Elizabeth Gilbert. Picking up where “Eat, Pray, Love” left off. (2)

10. Lincoln on Leadership: Executive Strategies for Tough Times

(Warner, $14.99). By Donald T. Phillips (1)


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. (3)

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. (38)

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. (1)

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. (10)

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. (79)

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. (5)

7. 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. (1)

8. 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. (6)

9. THE CONFESSION (Doubleday, $28.95)
By John Grisham. After nine years, a man confesses to a murder for which another was imprisoned. (16)

10. A Red Herring Without Mustard: A Flavia de Luce Novel

(Delacorte, $23). By Alan Bradley. Flavia de Luce, the plucky 11-year-old amateur sleuth, confronts a new mystery. (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. (1)

2. UNBROKEN: A WORLD WAR II STORY OF SURVIVAL, RESILIENCE, AND REDEMPTION
(Random House, $27). By Laura Hillenbrand (13)

3. I BEAT THE ODDS: FROM HOMELESSNESS, TO THE BLIND SIDE AND BEYOND
(Gotham, $26). By Michael Oher with Don Yaeger (1)

4. 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. (5)

5. CLEOPATRA: A LIFE (Little, Brown, $29.99)
By Stacy Schiff. Classic sources illuminate this biography of the Egyptian queen and icon. (15)

6. Decision Points
(Crown, $35)
By George W. Bush. Bush 43 reflects on crucial turning points in both his life and two-term presidency. (12)

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

(Knopf, $29.95). By Brian Greene (3)

8. StrengthsFinder 2.0

(Gallup, $24.95). By Tom Rath (35)

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

(Crown Archetype, $27). By Timothy Ferriss (8)

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. (14)


Rankings reflect sales for the week ended Feb. 13, 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 19, 2011; 11:00 AM ET
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For anyone who reads -- and enjoys -- the #7 fiction hardcover bestseller -- The Secret Soldier by Alex Berenson -- Alex is going be at the Gaithersburg Book Festival on May 21 to talk about his book. Details: http://www.gaithersburgbookfestival.org/

Posted by: rferrier | February 20, 2011 2:52 PM | Report abuse

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