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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 03/ 5/2011

BOOK WORLD - March 6, 2011

By Christopher Schoppa
Best Sellers

A slew of new paperbacks have hit both the ficiton and nonfiction lists this weekend, bumping myriad long-time bestsellers below the magic cut-off point of ranking #10.

In fiction, it’s caused by a debut of a handful of paperback original romance and fantasy titles (which always sell extremely well in that first week of sales), as well as the paperback release of previously published hardcovers.

For nonfiction, much the same story, with the new 2011 Baseball Prosepectus hitting stores, some other titles making return appearances (Lorriane Wallace’s cookbook) and the surprising and welcome addition of a new cookbook from America’s Test Kitchen — “Slow Cooker Revolution.” (I have this one myself ... )

On to new hardcover titles: New mysteries and fantasy novels from the likes of J.D. Robb, Kim Harrison and the team of Preston & Childs bumped off a number of titles who have reigned on the list for several weeks.

And in nonfiction, Amy Chua (aka the “Tiger Mom”) claws up to #4, while Mike Huckabee’s new reflections on America knocks Mr. Rumsfeld’s memoir out of the top spot. Senator Scott Brown’s unexpectedly personal memoir joins the list at #6, and Iyanla Vanzant, the spiritual empowerment guru, finds her new book hitting the list at #9.

But I guarantee you, many of those strong selling titles will begin returning to the lists as soon as next week ...

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. (88)

2. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE
(Vintage, $15.95). By Stieg Larsson. Sex trafficking between Sweden and Eastern Europe is exposed. (49)

3. Private
(Grand Central, $14.99)
By James Patterson & Maxine Paetro. An elite P.I. firm, run by a former CIA agent, tackles a murder that hits close to home. (1)

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. (73)

5. An Engagement in Seattle: Groom Wanted\Bride Wanted
(Mira, $7.99)
By Debbie Macomber. Two novellas, “Groom Wanted” and “Bride Wanted,” from the “Cedar Cove” series author. (1)

6. CUTTING FOR STONE (Vintage, $15.95)
By Abraham Verghese. Medicine, political upheaval and the Africa woven into a sweeping saga. (22)

7. Harvest Moon
(Mira, $7.99)
By Robyn Carr. A burned out sous-chef seeks relaxation in rural Virgin River, but finds romance instead. (1)

8. This Side of the Grave (Night Huntress, Book 5)
(Avon, $7.99)
By Jeaniene Frost. Vampiric couple Cat and Bones face a daunting new enemy in this “Night Huntress” novel. (1)

9. A Creed in Stone Creek (Hqn)
(Harlequin, $7.99)
By Linda Lael Miller. An attorney leaves the city when he becomes guardian of a 5 year-old boy, settling near his McKettrick clan. (1)

10.Deception: An Alex Delaware Novel
(Ballantine, $9.99)
By Jonathan Kellerman. The murder of a prep school teacher comes complete with a DVD left by the victim. (1)

NONFICTION PAPERBACK


1. Baseball Prospectus 2011
(Wiley, $24.95)
Edited by Steven Goldman. The 16th edition of the go-to book for baseball aficionados. (1)

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 (7)

3. Mr. Sunday's Soups
(Wiley, $19.95)
By Lorraine Wallace. A cookbook of the favorite soups of Chris Wallace, host of Fox News Sunday. (2)

4. INSIDE OF A DOG: WHAT DOGS SEE, SMELL, AND KNOW
(Scribner, $16). By Alexandra Horowitz. A psychology professor hits the dog park. (19)

5. The Official SAT Study Guide, 2nd edition
(College Board, $21.99)
This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. (59)

6. THE BIG SHORT: INSIDE THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE
(Norton, $15.95). By Michael Lewis. The murky world of financial derivatives. (4)

7. When Money Dies: The Nightmare of Deficit Spending, Devaluation, and Hyperinflation in Weimar Germany

(PublicAffairs, $14.95). By Adam Fergusson (1)

8. Lincoln on Leadership: Executive Strategies for Tough Times

(Warner, $14.99). By Donald T. Phillips (2)

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

(Northfield, $14.99). By Gary D. Chapman. Knowing that special someone. (10)

10. Slow Cooker Revolution
(Boston Common, $26.95)
By the Editors of America’s Test Kitchen. A catalogue of 300 recipes. (1)

FICTION HARDCOVER


1.Treachery in Death
(Putnam, $26.95)
By J.D. Robb. This 33rd Eve Dallas thriller finds the New York cop setting a trap for rogue cops on the take. (1)

2. Pale Demon (The Hollows, Book 9)
(Eos, $26.99)
By Kim Harrison. The ninth novel in the “Hollow” series has witch and bounty hunter Rachel Morgan traveling cross-county with an elf, pixy and vampire. (1)

3. 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. (5)

4. Gideon's Sword
(Grand Central, $26.99)
By Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. The thriller duo introduce a new character, Gideon Crew, who’s recruited by a covert agency. (1)

5. 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. (40)

6. 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. (3)

7. 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. (12)

8. 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. (81)

9. The Union Quilters: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel
(Dutton, $24.95)
By Jennifer Chiaverini. The women of Elms Creek are swept up in the Civil War as their men head to the front. (1)

10. 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. (8)

NONFICTION HARDCOVER

1. A Simple Government: Twelve Things We Really Need from Washington (and a Trillion That We Don't!)

(Sentinel, $26.95). By Mike Huckabee (1)

2. UNBROKEN: A WORLD WAR II STORY OF SURVIVAL, RESILIENCE, AND REDEMPTION
(Random House, $27). By Laura Hillenbrand (15)

3. KNOWN & UNKNOWN: A MEMOIR (Sentinel, $36)
By Donald Rumsfeld. The former secretary of defense reflects on his life thus far, with no apologies. (3)

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. (7)

5. CLEOPATRA: A LIFE (Little, Brown, $29.99)
By Stacy Schiff. Classic sources illuminate this biography of the Egyptian queen and icon. (17)

6. Against All Odds: A Life from Hardship to Hope

(Harper, $27.99). By Scott Brown (1)

7. Decision Points
(Crown, $35)
By George W. Bush. Bush 43 reflects on crucial turning points in both his life and two-term presidency. (14)

8. Peace from Broken Pieces: How to Get Through What You're Going Through

(Smiley, $24.95). By Iyanla Vanzant (1)

9. Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity

(Jossey-Bass, $26.95). By Josh Linkner (1)

10. StrengthsFinder 2.0

(Gallup, $24.95). By Tom Rath (37)


Rankings reflect sales for the week ended Feb. 27, 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  | March 5, 2011; 11:00 AM ET
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