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Posted at 08:29 AM ET, 04/04/2012

Haggadah, dragons and creativity: most read books of the week

We’re introducing a new feature on the Style blog. Each week, readers can now find the Washington Post’s / Book World’s bestseller fare here. Check out what the metro area is reading:


Capitol Hill Books (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

BOOK WORLD

Bestsellers — April 1, 2012

(Click on the author’s name to be linked to Book World’s review)

NONFICTION HARDCOVER

1. NEW AMERICAN HAGGADAH

(Little, Brown, $29.99). Edited by Jonathan Safran Foer; with a new translation by Nathan Englander.

2. IMAGINE: HOW CREATIVITY WORKS

(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26). By Jonah Lehrer. Revealing how various, often quirky thought processes are key to inspiration.

3. THE CIRCLE MAKER PRAYING CIRCLES AROUND YOUR BIGGEST DREAMS AND GREATEST FEARS

(Zondervan, $19.99). By Mark Batterson

4. THE BLOOD SUGAR SOLUTION: THE ULTRA-HEALTHY PROGRAM FOR LOSING WEIGHT, PREVENTING DISEASE, AND FEELING GREAT NOW!

(Little, Brown, $27.99). By Mark Hyman

5. WHY NATIONS FAIL: THE ORIGINS OF POWER, PROSPERITY, AND POVERTY

(Crown Business, $30). By Daron Acemoglu & James Robinson

6. EAT MORE OF WHAT YOU LOVE: OVER 200 BRAND-NEW RECIPES LOW IN SUGAR, FAT, AND CALORIES

(Running, $27). By Marlene Koch

7. THE POWER OF HABIT : WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO IN LIFE AND BUSINESS

(Random House, $28) By Charles Duhigg

8. THE PIONEER WOMAN COOKS: FOOD FROM MY FRONTIER

(Morrow, $29.99). By Ree Drummond. The third book of recipes and country-inspired wisdom from the popular blogger.

9. STEVE JOBS

(Simon & Schuster, $35) By Walter Isaacson. The life of the offbeat, visionary founder of Apple, based on numerous interviews with Jobs himself. {22}

10. SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED: A JOURNAL OF MY SON’S FIRST SON
Writer (and grandmother) Anne Lamott. (Sam Lamott)

(Riverhead, $26.95). By Anne Lamott with Sam Lamott


FICTION HARDCOVER

1. STAY CLOSE

(Dutton, $27.95) By Harlan Coben. The (formerly hidden) pasts of three individuals come back to upend lives in this stand-alone thriller.

2. LONE WOLF

(Atria, $28) By Jodi Picoult. It’s the day of reckoning when a father’s serious accident compels his estranged family to grapple with long-ignored issues.

3. THE THIEF

(Putnam, $27.95) By Clive Cussler and Justin Scott. Detective Isaac Bell aims to thwart an agent after a new invention that may tilt the balance of power as WWI looms.

4. KILL SHOT

(Atria, $27.99) By Vince Flynn. Readers are given a “prequel” of sorts with a chronicle of agent Mitch Rapp’s first year in the CIA.

5. PRIVATE GAMES

(Little, Brown, $27.99) By James Patterson & Mark Sullivan. A very au courant mystery, featuring murder at the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

6. DEFENDING JACOB

(Delacorte, $26) By William Landay. The son of a noted assistant DA is accused of murder, putting his family in a tailspin.

7. DEATH COMES TO PEMBERLEY

(Knopf, $25.95). By P.D. James. A bit of murder is injected into the milieu of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.”

8. PHANTOM

(Morrow, $27.99) By Ted Bell. Super spy Alex Hawke squares off against a scientist with a penchant for cyber mischief.

9. A DANCE WITH DRAGONS

(Bantam, $35) By George R.R. Martin. After almost six years, Martin returns to the Seven Kingdoms in this fifth book of “A Song of Ice and Fire.”
Author George R.R. Martin appears at a book signing for "A Dance with Dragons" at Barnes & Noble in New York, Thursday, July 14, 2011. (Charles Sykes - AP)

10. CELEBRITY IN DEATH

(Putnam, $27.95) By J.D. Robb. It’s murder at a film premiere party at which Lt. Eve Dallas is a guest.


NONFICTION PAPERBACK

1. AFTER THE WAR ZONE: A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR RETURNING TROOPS AND THEIR FAMILIES

(Da Capo Lifelong, $14.95) By Laurie B. Slone & Matthew J. Friedman

2. BOSSYPANTS

(Reagan Arthur, $15.99) By Tina Fey. An amusing memoir from the acclaimed former SNL writer, comedian and actress.

3. THE MAGIC

(Atria, $12.99) By Rhonda Byrne. The guide to the bestselling “The Secret” returns, with an encrypted text that has the potential to change lives.

4. THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS

(Broadway, $16). By Rebecca Skloot. How one woman’s death from cervical cancer in 1951 led to the creation of the prodigious HeLa cell line.

5. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE

(College Board, $21.99). This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips.

6. THE HAPPINESS PROJECT

(Harper, $14.99) By Gretchen Rubin. What happened when a lawyer, writer and mom set out to improve her life in a year.

7. LINCOLN ON LEADERSHIP: EXECUTIVE STRATEGIES FOR TOUGH TIMES

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

8. CRUCIAL CONVERSATIONS: TOOLS FOR TALKING WHEN STAKES ARE HIGH

(McGraw-Hill, $16.95). By Kerry Patterson et al. For all aspects of your life.

9. THE MOTIVATION BREAKTHROUGH: 6 SECRETS TO TURNING ON THE TUNED-OUT CHILD

(Touchstone, $16). By Richard Lavoie

10. BECOMING A MANAGER: HOW NEW MANAGERS MASTER THE CHALLENGES OF LEADERSHIP

(Harvard Business School, $22). By Linda A. Hill

FICTION PAPERBACK

1. THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST

(Vintage, $15.95; $9.99). By Stieg Larsson. The Millennium Trilogy concludes with Lisbeth Salander hunting for her failed assassin.

2. I’LL WALK ALONE

(Pocket, $7.99) By Mary Higgins Clark. A Manhattan designer is terrorized by an identity thief — who may have kidnapped her child years earlier.

3. THE LUCKY ONE

(Grand Central, $14.99; $7.99) By Nicholas Sparks. True love awaits at the end of the search for a woman smiling in a photo; a new feature film.

4. THE SIXTH MAN

(Vision, $9.99) By David Baldacci. An alleged serial killer’s attorney is murdered before King & Maxwell can confer on the case; the mass market (and third) edition of this novel.

5. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

(Vintage, $14.95; $7.99). By Stieg Larsson. First book in the late Swede’s “Millennium Trilogy.”

6. A GAME OF THRONES

(Bantam, $17; Spectra, $8.99) By George R.R. Martin. The first book of the fantasy epic “A Song of Ice and Fire.”; the HBO miniseries’ second seasons begins April 1.

7. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE

(Vintage, $15.95; $7.99). By Stieg Larsson. Sex trafficking between Sweden and Eastern Europe is exposed.

8. THE HELP

(Berkley, $16) By Kathryn Stockett. A frank chronicle of the lives of several black maids working in a town in 1960s Miss.

9. LIVE WIRE

(Signet, $9.99) By Harlan Coben. A client’s missing husband brings athlete-cum-agent Myron Bolitar’s past front and center.

10. THE TIGER’S WIFE

(Random House, $15) By Téa Obreht.While on a humanitarian mission, a doctor in the Balkans is confronted by the riddles of her own family’s past.

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended March 25, 2012. The charts may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright 2012 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.)

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