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BOOK WORLD Bestsellers — April 10, 2011

The spring publishing season is just beginning to gain some steam — new titles are peppering the lists already.

In new nonfiction:

— Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks, scores a “trenta” size victory with the debut of his new memoir-cum-business-plan chronicling the turnaround in the comany’s fortunes over the last several years. Made all the sweeter by concurrent celebrations of the company’s 40th anniversary

— other titles joining the list include the return of Post reporter Del Quentin Wilber’s incisive look at the attempted assassination of President Reagan, after a week’s hiatus; the return of Bob Woodward’s explosive “Obama’s Wars”; and not to be left behind, President George W. Bush’s memoir also makes a return appearance, wrapping up the list at #10

New Fiction:

— perhaps one of the most eagerly anticipated novels in years finally hits bookstore shelves: Jean Auel’s conclusion of the “Earth’s Children” saga, which first gripped readers more than 30 years ago with “Clan of the Cave Bear.” It debuts at #1, but reviews are mixed ...

— the other three titles joining the top 10 this week are all thrillers, all by authors with proven track records, and all bringing back a beloved hero — Henning Mankell and Swedish detective Kurt Wallander (rumored to be the last in the series), Jonathan Kellerman and psychologist Alex Delaware and Harlan Coben and Myron Bolitar, the sports agent & sleuth­

NONFICTION HARDCOVER

1. ONWARD: HOW STARBUCKS FOUGHT FOR ITS LIFE WITHOUT LOSING ITS SOUL

(Rodale, $25.99). By Howard Schultz
Howard Schultz, president and chief executive officer of Starbucks Corp., speaks during the company's annual meeting in Seattle, Washington, U.S., on Wednesday, March 23, 2011. (Kevin P. Casey - BLOOMBERG)

2. THE SOCIAL ANIMAL: THE HIDDEN SOURCES OF LOVE, CHARACTER, AND ACHIEVEMENT

(Random House, $27). By David Brooks (4)

3. UNBROKEN: A WORLD WAR II STORY OF SURVIVAL, RESILIENCE, AND REDEMPTION (Random House, $27). By Laura Hillenbrand (20)

4. THE 17 DAY DIET: A DOCTOR’S PLAN DESIGNED FOR RAPID RESULTS

(Free Press, $25). By Dr. Mike Moreno. Metabolic mastery. (3)

5. OBAMA’S WARS (Simon & Schuster, $30)

By Bob Woodward. An exhaustively researched look at the president as commander-in-chief. (7)

6. THE MONEY CLASS: LEARN TO CREATE YOUR NEW AMERICAN DREAM


(Spiegel & Grau, $26). By Suze Orman (4)

7. MOONWALKING WITH EINSTEIN: THE ART AND SCIENCE OF REMEMBERING EVERYTHING

(Penguin Press, $26.95). By Joshua Foer (4)

8. RAWHIDE DOWN: THE NEAR ASSASSINATION OF RONALD REAGAN

(Henry Holt, $27). By Del Quentin Wilber (2)

9. STRENGTHS FINDER 2.0: ... ONLINE TEST FROM GALLUP’S “NOW, DISCOVER YOUR STRENGTHS” (Gallup, $24.95). By Tom Rath (40)

10. DECISION POINTS (Crown, $35)

By George W. Bush. Bush 43 reflects on crucial turning points in both his life and two-term presidency. (18)

FICTION HARDCOVER

1. THE LAND OF PAINTED CAVES (Crown, $30)

By Jean M. Auel. The sixth and final volume in the “Earth’s Children” saga, which began with “The Clan of the Cave Bear” in 1980. (1)

2. LOVER UNLEASHED (NAL, $27.95)

By J.R. Ward. The ninth volume in the paranormal romance series “The Black Dagger Brotherhood.” (1)

3. SING YOU HOME (Atria, $28)

By Jodi Picoult. Three characters take turns narrating this emotional tale; includes a CD inspired by the story. (5)

4. TOYS (Little, Brown, $27.99)

By James Patterson & Neil McMahon. Hays Baker, part of a genetically engineered perfect family complete with super strength, has his do-gooder world turned upside down. (3)

5. THE TROUBLED MAN (Knopf, $26.95)

By Henning Mankell. The brooding Kurt Wallander returns, confronted with a mystery from the early days of the Cold War. (1)

6. MYSTERY (Ballantine, $28)

By Jonathan Kellerman. There are suspects a plenty in this new Alex Delaware tale involving an escort service. (1)

7. THE SATURDAY BIG TENT WEDDING PARTY

(Pantheon, $24.95). By Alexander McCall Smith. Precious Ramotswe, the wise Botswana detective, juggles several cases, including a cattle slaying. (2)


In this book cover image released by Dutton, "Live Wire," by Harlan Coben is shown. (AP Photo/Dutton) (AP )

8. LIVE WIRE (Dutton, $27.95)

By Harlan Coben. A client’s missing husband brings athlete-cum-agent Myron Bolitar’s past front and center. (2)

9. 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. (45)

10. THE JUNGLE (Putnam, $27.95)

By Clive Cussler with Jack Du Brul. Juan Cabrillo, and the crew of the high-tech ship “Oregon,” aim to stop a plot of world domination. (4)

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 (12)

2. HUNGRY GIRL 300 UNDER 300: 300 BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER DISHES UNDER 300 CALORIES

(Griffin, $22.99). By Lisa Lillien (1)

3. THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS (Broadway, $16)

By Rebecca Skloot. The shocking story of a stem cell theft in 1951 and the HeLa cell line. (4)

4. NOW EAT THIS! DIET: LOSE UP TO 10 POUNDS IN 2 WEEKS EATING 6 MEALS A DAY!

(Grand Central, $22.99). By Rocco DiSpirito (2)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 30: Television personality Rocco DiSpirito attends the 2011 Bravo Upfront at 82 Mercer on March 30, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images) (Mike Coppola - GETTY IMAGES)

5. INSIDE OF A DOG: WHAT DOGS SEE, SMELL, AND KNOW (Scribner, $16)

By Alexandra Horowitz. A psychology professor hits the dog park. (24)

6. DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS: HOW TO DISCUSS WHAT MATTERS MOST

(Penguin, $16). By Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton & Sheila Heen. Tenth anniversary edition. (4)

7. THE WAY I SEE IT: A PERSONAL LOOK AT AUTISM & ASPERGER’S

(Future Horizons, $14.95). By Temple Grandin. The revised and expanded second edition. (1)

8. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE (College Board, $21.99)

This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. (63)

9. THREE CUPS OF TEA: ONE MAN’S MISSION TO PROMOTE PEACE

(Penguin, $16). By Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin (189)

10. THE HAPPINESS PROJECT: OR, WHY I SPENT A YEAR TRYING TO SING IN THE MORNING ... AND GENERALLY HAVE MORE FUN (Harper, $14.99). By Gretchen Rubin (3)

FICTION PAPERBACK

1. WATER FOR ELEPHANTS (Algonquin, $14.95; $7.99)

By Sara Gruen. An orphan discovers love when he joins a circus during the Great Depression. (78)

2. THE SHADOW OF YOUR SMILE (Pocket, $7.99)

A family secret, a dwindling fortune and religious miracles make up this tale of deceit and murder. (2)

3. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (Vintage, $14.95; $7.99)

By Stieg Larsson. First book in the late Swede’s “Millennium Trilogy.” (93)

4. CAUGHT (Signet, $9.99)

By Harlan Coben. A television reporter’s latest sex-offender sting takes an unexpected turn. (2)

5. DRIFTWOOD COTTAGE (Mira, $7.99)

By Sherryl Woods. A single mom’s move to Chesapeake Shores may translate to happily-ever-after. (1)

6. CUTTING FOR STONE (Vintage, $15.95)

By Abraham Verghese. Medicine, political upheaval and the Africa woven into a sweeping saga. (27)

7. HEART OF THE MATTER (Griffin, $14.99)

By Emily Giffin. Alternating voices narrate this tale of a doctor’s life: his wife and the woman he’s drawn to. (3)

8. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE

(Vintage, $15.95; 7.99). By Stieg Larsson. Sex trafficking between Sweden and Eastern Europe is exposed. (54)


A member of the group “Random Acts of Art” completes a one-sleeved sweater on a small tree in Salt Lake City, Utah. on March 11, 2011. (Al Hartmann - AP)

9. THE KNITTING DIARIES (Mira, $7.99)

By Debbie Macomber. “Cast on” with these three novellas comprising knitting and human drama. (1)

10. INDULGENCE IN DEATH (Berkley, $7.99)

By J.D. Robb. A series of unusual slayings awaits Eve Dallas on her return from vacation. (1)

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended April 3, 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.)

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