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The Bloggess, the Gilt gals, and the erotic “Fifty Shades” rule the rankings (Bestsellers of the week)

A remarkable week for top titles, with fresh fare sweeping into the top spots of all four categories ...

Madly popular blogger Jenny Lawson’s new memoir takes #1 in new nofiction (and let’s face it, the book’s endpaper alone is reason alone to buy it), followed closely by a peek into the White House inner sanctum from Time magazine journalists and then the ladies behind the rapidly expanding Gilt online shopping empire tell their (designer) story.
Apple Inc. and two publishers, Macmillan and Penguin, were accused by the U.S. Justice Department of conspiring to fix prices of digital books to undermine Amazon.com Inc.'s dominance of the industry. (Scott Eells/Bloomberg)

Hardcover fiction has a one-two thirller punch with the latest from David Baldacci (#1) and Nora Roberts (#2 ... though, of course, there's as much romance as car chases in her yarns).

Celebrity and academia come together in “The Rich and the Rest of Us,” as the charming broadcaster Tavis Smiley and the thoughtful and intense Princeton professor Cornel West aim to shine a bright, bright spotlight on the economic and social inequities plaguing our nation, in all rungs of society. It’s an offshoot of their educational, cross-country bus tour focusing on the issues. Oh, it’s #1 in new paperback nonfiction.

Last, but by no means least, is the publishing juggernaut from that British writer, E.L. James, whose erotically-charged trilogy is the latest self-published (e-book, actually) to top six publishing house (and Knopf, no less) success story. It’s striking a chord with men as much as women, apparently. I can’t recall the last time any series grabs the 1-2-3 spots on the bestseller charts, lining up with book 1-2-3 of a trilogy. This, as of this posting, is also their Amazon rankings. Sure, the trio was published simultaneously, but it certainly seems to best the Stieg Larsson triology’s stellar sales record.

BOOK WORLD

Bestsellers — April 29, 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. LET’S PRETEND THIS NEVER HAPPENED: (A MOSTLY TRUE MEMOIR)

(Amy Einhorn, $25.95). By Jenny Lawson. The Web wunderkind (the Blogess) chronicles her sometimes wacky life. [1]

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

(Simon & Schuster, $32.50). By Nancy Gibbs & Michael Duffy [1]

3. BY INVITATION ONLY: HOW WE BUILT GILT AND CHANGED THE WAY MILLIONS SHOP

(Portfolio, $27.95). By Alexis Maybank & Alexandra Wilkis Wilson [1]

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

(Zondervan, $19.99). By Mark Batterson [8]

5. 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. [4]

6. JESUS CALLING: ENJOYING PEACE IN HIS PRESENCE

(Integrity, $15.99). By Sarah Young. A devotional of daily readings. [1]

7. IMAGINE: HOW CREATIVITY WORKS

(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26). By Jonah Lehrer. Revealing how various, often quirky thought processes are key to inspiration. [4]

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

(Gallup, $24.95). By Tom Rath [77]

9. THE SOCIAL CONQUEST OF EARTH

(Liveright, $27.95). By Edward O. Wilson. The celebrated scientist challenges our assumptions on human evolution. [1]

10. HEROES FOR MY DAUGHTER

(Harper, $19.99). By Brad Meltzer. The bestselling writer selects 55 men and women whose inspiring stories are told via illustrated vignettes. [2]



FICTION HARDCOVER

1. 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. [1]

2. THE WITNESS

(Putnam, $27.95). By Nora Roberts. Life (and love) catches up with a young woman seeking anonymity in the rural Ozarks. [1]

3. CALICO JOE

(Doubleday, $24.95). By John Grisham. A tale of father and son, redemption and the great American pastime — baseball. [2]

4. 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. [4]

5. 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. [1]

6. 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. [3]

7. 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. [3]

8. WHAT DOESN’T KILL YOU

(St. Martin’s, $27.99). By Iris Johansen. An assassin’s new concoction — a near untraceable poison — risks the lives of his young disciple and her son. [1]

9. PRAGUE FATALE

(Marion Wood, $26.95). By Philip Kerr. A classic locked-room murder case challenges the now freelance Bernie Gunther. [1]

10. 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. [3]




NONFICTION PAPERBACK

1. THE RICH AND THE REST OF US: A POVERTY MANIFESTO

(Smiley Books, $12). By Tavis Smiley and Cornell West. Highlighting the grave inequities in American society — and offering solutions. [1]

2. 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. [1]

3. 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. [59]

4. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE

(College Board, $21.99). This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. [106]

5. GLOBAL ACHIEVEMENT GAP: WHY EVEN OUR BEST SCHOOLS DON’T TEACH THE NEW SURVIVAL SKILLS OUR CHILDREN NEED — AND WHAT WE CAN DO ABOUT IT

(Basic), $16.95). By Tony Wagner [1]

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

(Northfield, $14.99). By Gary D. Chapman. Knowing that special someone. [34]

7. MINDSET: THE NEW PSYCHOLOGY OF SUCCESS (Ballantine, $16). By Carol S. Dweck. Why one’s attitude is as important as talent. [4]

8. BOSSYPANTS

(Reagan Arthur, $15.99) By Tina Fey. An amusing memoir from the acclaimed former SNL writer, comedian and actress. [15]

9. BARRONS AP PSYCHOLOGY

(Barron’s, $16.99). By Allyson Weseley & Rob McEntarffer. The fifth edition of the comprehensive guide; published Feb. 2012. [1]

10. WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING (Workman, $14.95). By Heidi Murkoff & Sharon Mazell. Fourth edition of the popular guide. [22]




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. [4]

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. [1]

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. [1]

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. [12]

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. [14]

6. 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. [3]

7. CHASING FIRE

(Jove, $7.99). By Nora Roberts. An ensemble cast enliven this novel of smoke jumpers working in Missoula, Montana. [3]

8. 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. [9]

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. [4]

10. THE POSTCARD KILLERS

(Vision, $9.99). By James Patterson & Liza Marklund. A postcard sent to the local newspaper is a European killer’s calling card. [2]





Rankings reflect sales for the week ended April 22, 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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