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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 03/12/2011

BOOK WORLD - March 6, 2011

By Christopher Schoppa
Best Sellers

We're already approaching the halfway mark for the month of March ... we'll see if it drags towards the end, as the proverb suggests ...

All four of the lists have been bolstered by new titles, which has pushed some older ones (and ones that have reigned for many a week) off the charts ...

> fiction paperback finds Sara Gruen's "Water for Elephants" rise to #1, fueled in large part by interest in the forthcoming feature film starring Reese Witherspoon and "Twilight" alum Robert Pattinson (after that series, does anyone recall that he starred in one of the Harry Potter films, too?). The book, like most books-turned-films, was reissued in the movie-tie in edition --- the ranking here includes both the original paperback edtion (as many shun any book with a movie cover) and the new film edition.

That reminded me to mention that rankings of the Stieg Larsson titles also encompass two different editions --- a trade paperback and a mass market version (appealing to two different types of readers, I guess ... ). Looking at our lists for the past few months, I realized at some point the price point of the mass market edition fell off of the bestseller lists. They have been restored this week. The combination of those different printings is one reason that the Millennium Trilogy titles have domninated the top spots for so long ...
Oh, and "Little Bee" is back, as I guessed it would be ... it's continued strong sales rarely knocks it off the chart for more than a week or so.

> "Inside of a Dog" climbs back up the nonfiction paperback lists, after being pushed down recently by some strong debuts ... the same is true for the 2011 "Eat This, Not That!" diet guide and Malcolm Gladwell's latest collection of essays.

> three new entries in new fiction have claimed the #1, 2 & 3 spots ... the sequel to Patrick Rothfuss's widely admired fantasy, "The Name of the Wind"; a new tear-jerker from Jodi Picoult; and the reliably charming Maeve Binchy's latest, set in Dublin.
Losing out to those novels (ie. off the list, for now) are the latest Preston & Childs caper, fantasy from Kim Harrison and Emma Donoghue's award-winning "Room."
Though for the latter, the paperback is about to publish, and that is true for the wildly successful "The Help," as well. Expect to see both hit the new paperback lists very shortly ...

> as for the new nonfiction lists, Donald Rumsfeld's memoir makes a surprising surge back to the #1 spot --- could it be a result of the much publicized back-and-forth tiff between Rumsfeld and Washington Post writer Bob Woodward? Hard to say, I suppose, but here are links to some blog postings that may shed some light on the issue -- blog1 blog2

Laura Hillenbrand's WWII book, "Unknown," stays settled at #2, the spot is has occupied more than any other ...

New to the list includes chef Gabrielle Hamilton's new memoir and Doug Waller's biography of spy master Bill Donovan, which finally broke into the top 10 (it has been on our poli/sci bestseller list for several weeks).

Those, and several new business titles, have bumped off Mike Huckabee's latest and Senator Scott Brown's memoir.

And, can it be?!!? Where is the "Tiger Mom," Amy Chua? (Psst!! she's ranked just off the grid, at #11 -- she may well be back next week ... ).


FICTION PAPERBACK

1. {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. (74)

2. 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. (89)

3. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE
(Vintage, $15.95). By Stieg Larsson. Sex trafficking between Sweden and Eastern Europe is exposed. (50)

4. 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. (2)

5. CUTTING FOR STONE (Vintage, $15.95)
By Abraham Verghese. Medicine, political upheaval and the Africa woven into a sweeping saga. (23)

6. The Silent Sea (The Oregon Files)
(Berkley, $9.99)
By Clive Cussler with Jack Du Brul. This “Oregon Files” thriller involves buried treasure and an ancient curse. (1)

7. 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. (2)

8. Live Wire (Elite Ops)
(St. Martin’s, $7.99)
By Lora Leigh. A steamy new entry in the author’s “Elite Ops” series.

9.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. (2)

10. LITTLE BEE (Simon & Schuster, $14)
By Chris Cleave. This wry second novel from a British journalist explores the state of war and refugees. (52)

NONFICTION PAPERBACK


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

(Thomas Nelson, $16.99). By Todd Burpo (8)

2. INSIDE OF A DOG: WHAT DOGS SEE, SMELL, AND KNOW
(Scribner, $16). By Alexandra Horowitz. A psychology professor hits the dog park. (20)

3. 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth (And Other Useful Guides)

(Andrews McMeel, $14.99). By Matthew Inman / the Oatmeal (1)

4. The Official SAT Study Guide, 2nd edition
(College Board, $21.99)
This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. (60)

5. THE BIG SHORT: INSIDE THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE
(Norton, $15.95). By Michael Lewis. The murky world of financial derivatives. (5)

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

7. The King's Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy

(Sterling, $14.95). By Mark Logue & Peter Conradi (1)

8. Slow Cooker Revolution
(Boston Common, $26.95)
By the Editors of America’s Test Kitchen. A catalogue of 300 recipes. (2)

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.

10. 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. (11)

FICTION HARDCOVER


1. The Wise Man's Fear (Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2)
(DAW, $29.95)
By Patrick Rothfuss. The epic fantasy begun in Rothfuss’s “The Name of the Wind” continues. (1)

2. Sing You Home: A Novel
(Atria, $28)
By Jodi Picoult. Three characters take turns narrating this emotional tale; includes a CD inspired by the story. (1)

3. River Marked (Mercy Thompson, Book 6)
(Ace, $26.95)
By Patricia Briggs. Mechanic and shape-shifter Mercy Thompson and her beau (a werewolf) encounter new threats. (1)

4. Minding Frankie
(Knopf, $26.95)
By Maeve Binchy. Set in a tight-knit Dublin enclave, an alcoholic learns he’s fathered a child, and the mother is dying. (1)

5.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. (2)

6. 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. (41)

7. 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. (6)

8. 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. (4)

9. 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. (82)

10. 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. (13)


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. (4)

2. UNBROKEN: A WORLD WAR II STORY OF SURVIVAL, RESILIENCE, AND REDEMPTION
(Random House, $27). By Laura Hillenbrand (16)

3. Tell to Win: Connect, Persuade, and Triumph with the Hidden Power of Story

(Crown Business, $26). By Peter Gruber

4. StrengthsFinder 2.0

(Gallup, $24.95). By Tom Rath (38)

5. BLOOD, BONES & BUTTER: THE INADVERTENT EDUCATION OF A RELUCTANT CHEF
(Random House, $26). By Gabrielle Hamilton (1)

6. CLEOPATRA: A LIFE (Little, Brown, $29.99)
By Stacy Schiff. Classic sources illuminate this biography of the Egyptian queen and icon. (18)

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

(Smiley, $24.95). By Iyanla Vanzant (2)

8. WILD BILL DONOVAN: THE SPYMASTER WHO CREATED THE OSS AND MODERN AMERICAN ESPIONAGE
(Free Press, $30). By Douglas Waller (1)

9. Decision Points
(Crown, $35)
By George W. Bush. Bush 43 reflects on crucial turning points in both his life and two-term presidency. (15)

10. Surviving Your Serengeti: 7 Skills to Master Business and Life

(Wiley, $21.95). By Stefan Swanepoel (1)


Rankings reflect sales for the week ended March 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  | March 12, 2011; 11:00 AM ET
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