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Posted at 08:41 AM ET, 04/16/2012

New book fare: Mary Higgins Clark (& daughter), Van Jones, the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency

This spring weekend, beloved cook Giada de Laurentiis nabs the top spot in new nonfiction, while the new fiction list sees a seismic change from the week before, with no less than seven new books joining the ranks.


Barnes & Noble CEO William Lynch holds the new NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight, the first E Ink Reader that lets you read in the dark using patent-pending lighting technology, in New York April 12, 2012. The $139 device can be pre-ordered online and in Barnes & Noble stores, and is expected to begin shipping in early May. (REUTERS)

BOOK WORLD

Bestsellers — April 15, 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. WEEKNIGHTS WITH GIADA: QUICK & SIMPLE RECIPES TO REVAMP DINNER

(Clarkson Potter, $35). By Giada de Laurentiis. Inspired meals for those hectic weekday meals. [2]

2. 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. [2]

3. ALL IN: HOW THE BEST MANAGERS CREATE A CULTURE OF BELIEF AND DRIVE BIG RESULTS

(Free Press, $25). By Adrian Gostick & Chester Elton [1]

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

(Zondervan, $19.99). By Mark Batterson [6]

5. NEW AMERICAN HAGGADAH

(Little, Brown, $29.99). Edited by Jonathan Safran Foer; with a new translation by Nathan Englander. [3]

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

(Gallup, $24.95). By Tom Rath [75]

7. REBUILD THE DREAM

(Nation, $25.99). By Van Jones. The activist and former White House insider reflects on his (and America’s) past and future. [1]

8. POSITIVE INTELLIGENCE: WHY ONLY 20% OF TEAMS AND INDIVIDUALS ACHIEVE THEIR TRUE POTENTIAL AND HOW YOU CAN ACHIEVE YOURS

(Greenleaf, $23.95). By Shirzad Chamine [1]

9. THE FIVE DYSFUNCTIONS OF A TEAM: A LEADERSHIP FABLE

(Jossey-Bass, $24.95). By Patrick Lencioni. Outlining the tenets of leadership via a gripping story. [1]

10. THE BIG MISS: MY YEARS COACHING TIGER WOODS

(Crown Archetype, $26). By Hank Haney. An insider’s tale of six years, six major championships and everything in between. [2]



FICTION HARDCOVER

1. 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. [1]

2. 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. [2]

3. 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. [1]

4. 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. [1]

5. BETRAYAL

(Delacorte, $28). By Danielle Steel. A renowned filmmaker’s grounded life is upended by evidence of embezzlement. [2]

6. THE BEGINNER’S GOODBYE

(Knopf, $24.95). By Anne Tyler. A husband grapples with the death of his wife — aided, in part, by her surprise appearances. [1]

7. THE SHOEMAKER’S WIFE

(Harper, $26.99). By Adriana Trigiani. Charting the fractured course of romance between two Italian youths, both of whom build new lives in America at the dawn of the 20th century. [1]

8. BEASTLY THINGS

(Atlantic Monthly, $25). By Donna Leon. Commissario Brunetti’s latest quandary involves a body dredged from the canals and animal rights. [1]

9. 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. [3]

10. GYPPED

(Scribner, $25). By Carol Higgins Clark. Tagging along on her husband’s work jaunt in LA, Regan Reilly runs into a former acquaintance who is in need of her sleuthing skills. [1]



NONFICTION PAPERBACK

1. MINDSET: THE NEW PSYCHOLOGY OF SUCCESS

(Ballantine, $16). By Carol S. Dweck. Why one’s attitude is as important as talent. [3]

2. EFFECTIVE PHRASES FOR PERFORMANCE APPRAISALS

(Neal, $12.95). By James E. Neal Jr. Twelfth edition. [2]

3. ON THE FUTURE OF FOOD: THE PRINCE’S SPEECH

(Rodale, $6.99). By HRH The Prince of Wales. Weighing in on the developed world’s agricultural morass. [1]

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

(Thomas Nelson, $16.99). By Todd Burpo [63]

5. BOSSYPANTS

(Reagan Arthur, $15.99) By Tina Fey. An amusing memoir from the acclaimed former SNL writer, comedian and actress. [14]

6. THE NEW JIM CROW: MASS INCARCERATION IN THE AGE OF COLORBLINDNESS

(New Press, $19.95). By Michelle Alexander [2]

7. 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. [57]

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

(HarperPerennial, $16.99). By John Heilemann & Mark Halperin. The updated 2010 edition; basis of the feature film. [2]

9. 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. [5]

10. THE SWORD AND THE SHIELD: THE MITROKHIN ARCHIVE AND THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE KGB

(Basic, $24.95). By Christopher Andrew [1]




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. [2]

2. 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. [10]

3. 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. [7]

4. 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. [2]

5. 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. [12]

6. CHASING FIRE

(Jove, $7.99). By Nora Roberts. An ensemble cast enliven this novel of smoke jumpers working in Missoula, Montana. [1]

7. 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. [2]

8. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE

(Vintage, $15.95; $7.99). By Stieg Larsson. Sex trafficking between Sweden and Eastern Europe is exposed. [75]

9. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

(Vintage, $14.95; $7.99). By Stieg Larsson. First book in the late Swede’s “Millennium Trilogy.” [131]

10. 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]

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended April 8, 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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