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Posted at 05:16 PM ET, 05/04/2012

Madeleine Albright’s childhood and Martha Stewart’s best recipes top the bestseller list

It’s that time of the week. Book World’s Bestseller list is out.

Former secretary of state Madeleine Albright’s new memoir (of a childhood in war-scarred Europe) makes a powerful debut at #1 on the nonfiction chart followed closely by the (likely) better known woman author, Martha Stewart, who tackles the monumental task of tracking down the nation’s best recipes from every last state. A good bet that it offends as many as it impresses.
(Steve Davis/AP)

Not surprisingly, master of the macabre (and much else, as his long career attests) Stephen King’s new novel tops the fiction chart, offering ”Dark Tower” fans another romp through that imaginative universe, while also functioning as a stand-alone tale for those not well versed on the ins and outs of Mid-World. That, and a new romance/fantasy offering from Amanda Quick are the only new fiction titles this first week of May.

And just for fun ... I’m betting that both Augusten Burrough’s latest and the new ‘Godfather’ novel (based on a screenplay from Mario Puzo, it survived a legal tussle to make it to a store near you) hit the lists next week. Rest assured, I can’t cheat, as I won’t be privy to the next round of bestsellers until Wednesday.

(Also watch for the new John Irving and Hilary Mantel’s follow-up to the Booker Prize-winning novel “Wolf Hall” to pop up on the list very soon.)

BOOK WORLD Bestsellers — May 6, 2012

(Numbers in brackets represent weeks on the list)

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

NONFICTION HARDCOVER

1. PRAGUE WINTER: A PERSONAL STORY OF
FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2011 file photo, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright speaks southeast of Amman, Jordan. President Barack Obama will award Albright a Medal of Freedom at the White House later this spring. (Raad Adayleh - AP)
REMEMBRANCE AND WAR, 1937-1948

(Harper, $29.99)

By Madeleine Albright [1]

2. MARTHA’S AMERICAN FOOD: A CELEBRATION OF OUR NATION’S MOST TREASURED DISHES, FROM COAST TO COAST

(Clarkson Potter, $40). By Martha Stewart [1]

3. DRIFT: THE UNMOORING OF AMERICAN MILITARY POWER

(Crown, $25). By Rachel Maddow. The dangers of the national security apparatus and our state of perpetual war. [5]

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

(Zondervan, $19.99). By Mark Batterson [9]

5. THE PRESIDENTS CLUB: INSIDE THE WORLD’S MOST EXCLUSIVE FRATERNITY

(Simon & Schuster, $32.50). By Nancy Gibbs & Michael Duffy [2]

6. OUR ICEBERG IS MELTING: CHANGING AND SUCCEEDING UNDER ANY CONDITIONS

(St. Martin’s, $19.99). By John P. Kotter & Holger Rathgeber [1]

7. STRENGTHS FINDER 2.0: ... ONLINE TEST FROM GALLUP'S “NOW, DISCOVER YOUR STRENGTHS”

(Gallup, $24.95). By Tom Rath [78]

8. LOTS OF CANDLES, PLENTY OF CAKE: A MEMOIR

Random House, $26). By Anna Quindlen. Using her own life to explore women’s many life issues. [1]

9. THE LAPTOP MILLIONAIRE: HOW ANYONE CAN ESCAPE THE 9 TO 5 AND MAKE MONEY ONLINE

(John Wiley, $22.95). By Mark Anastasi [1]

10. IMAGINE: HOW CREATIVITY WORKS

(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26). By Jonah Lehrer. Revealing how various, often quirky thought processes are key to inspiration. [5]


FICTION HARDCOVER

1. THE WIND THROUGH THE KEYHOLE

(Scribner, $27). By Stephen King. Gunslinger Roland Deschain’s early years unfold in this stand-alone Dark Tower tale. [1]

2. THE INNOCENT

(Grand Central, $27.99). By David Baldacci. A hit gone wrong sets off a dangerous chain of events in this new Will Robie thriller. [2]

3. CALICO JOE

(Doubleday, $24.95). By John Grisham. A tale of father and son, redemption and the great American pastime — baseball. [3]

4. THE WITNESS

(Putnam, $27.95). By Nora Roberts. Life (and love) catches up with a young woman seeking anonymity in the rural Ozarks. [2]

5. THE LOST YEARS

(Simon & Schuster, $26.99). By Mary Higgins Clark. The discovery of an archaic parchment, thought to written by Jesus, leads to murder. [4]

6. GUILTY WIVES

(Little, Brown, $27.99). By James Patterson & David Ellis. Four tight friends’ lavish Monte Carlo vacation is cut short when they’re accused of a heinous crime. [5]

7. CRYSTAL GARDENS

(Putnam, $25.95). By Amanda Quick. The magical grounds of the title’s namesake hold many secrets in this “Ladies of Lantern Street” novel. [1]

8. UNNATURAL ACTS

(Putnam, $26.95). By Stuart Woods. Stone Barrington’s latest job — counseling a wealthy man’s rebellious son — turns out to be more than he bargained for. [2]

9. THE LIMPOPO ACADEMY OF PRIVATE DETECTION (Pantheon, $24.95). By Alexander McCall Smith. The creator of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency’s revered guide to sleuthing arrives unexpectedly, and just in the nick of time. [3]

10. SACRE BLEU: A COMEDY D’ART

(Morrow, $26.99). By Christopher Moore. A vivid reimagining of the life of Vincent Van Gogh in the Belle Époque — specifically, the odd circumstances of his death. [4]


NONFICTION PAPERBACK

1. ACT LIKE A LADY, THINK LIKE A MAN

(Amistad, $13.99). By Steve Harvey. The comedian’s bestselling book of advice which inspired the new feature film. [2]

2. GAME CHANGE: OBAMA AND THE CLINTONS, MCCAIN AND PALIN, AND THE RACE OF A LIFETIME

(HarperPerennial, $16.99). By John Heilemann & Mark Halperin. Basis of the feature film. [3]

3. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE

(College Board, $21.99). This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. [107]

4. FIERCE CONVERSATIONS: ACHIEVING SUCCESS AT WORK AND IN LIFE ONE CONVERSATION AT A TIME

(Berkley, $16). By Susan Scott [1]

5. 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. [60]

6. CRAZY: A FATHER’S SEARCH THROUGH AMERICA’S MENTAL HEALTH MADNESS

(Berkley, $16). By Pete Earley. A son in need. [1]

7. CRACKING THE AP WORLD HISTORY EXAM

(Princeton Review, $18.99). The updated 2012 guide, packed with tips, tests and timelines. [1]

8. THE 5 LOVE LANGUAGES: THE SECRET TO LOVE THAT LASTS

(Northfield, $14.99). By Gary D. Chapman. Knowing that special someone. [35]

9. BOSSYPANTS

(Reagan Arthur, $15.99) By Tina Fey. An amusing memoir from the acclaimed former SNL writer, comedian and actress. [16]

10. HEAVEN IS FOR REAL: A LITTLE BOY’S ASTOUNDING STORY OF HIS TRIP TO HEAVEN AND BACK

(Thomas Nelson, $16.99). By Todd Burpo [65]

FICTION PAPERBACK

1. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY

(Vintage, $15.95). By E.L. James. The first of a British e-book erotic trilogy that has become a publishing phenomenon. [5]

2. FIFTY SHADES DARKER

(Vintage, $15.95). By E.L. James. Book two in the trilogy finds Ana still enraptured by Christian — and a reconciliation. [2]

3. FIFTY SHADES FREED

(Vintage, $15.95). By E.L. James. How traditional a couple are Ana and Christian? The trilogy’s conclusion answers all. [2]

4. THE LUCKY ONE

(Grand Central, $14.99; Vision, $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. [13]

5. SUNRISE POINT

(Mira, $7.99). By Robyn Carr. A Virgin River newbie takes on a demanding harvesting job to help her family. [1]

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 began April 1. [54]

7. 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. [10]

8. CHASING FIRE

(Jove, $7.99). By Nora Roberts. An ensemble cast enliven this novel of smoke jumpers working in Missoula, Montana. [4]

9. ZERO DAY

(Grand Central, $14.99). By David Baldacci.A top notch U.S. Army CID investigator finds something amiss in a rural WVa.town. [5]

10. THE AFFAIR

(Dell, $9.99). By Lee Child. A flashback to Jack Reacher’s past and a case of murder, coverup and conspiracy involving a well-connected soldier. [4]

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended April 29, 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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