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Posted at 03:54 PM ET, 04/23/2011

BOOK WORLD Bestsellers — April 24, 2011

What’s been selling well these past few soggy days? Much the same as last week, with some debuts from some well-known writers.

In nonfiction, the pecking order stays remarkably the same as last week, save for — the latest title from respected professor Francis Fukuyama on the germination of the political realm as we know it, and CBS News’s anchor Katie Couric’s roundup of insightful advice from people who are titans in their fields, be it sports and entertainment or politics and business.

And in the fiction universe, three masters of suspense join the top 10 — Nora Roberts tackles the dramatic and dangerous occupation of fighting forest fires with the aptly named “Chasing Fire,” focusing on a band of smoke jumpers in the wilds of Montana (there’s a bit of lust and romance here, too ... ).

Philadelphia writer Lisa Scottoline’s “Save Me” follows the fortunes of a mother and school volunteer and the critical choices she makes when a bomb explodes in the school cafeteria.

And last, but not least (and anyone who’s read her would agree) is Donna Leon and her new Commissario Guido Brunetti novel ... the reprehensible crime of spousal abuse raises its ugly head amid the splendors of an ever changing Venice.

BOOK WORLD

Bestsellers — April 24, 2011

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NONFICTION HARDCOVER

1. BOSSYPANTS (Reagan Arthur, $26.99)

By Tina Fey. An amusing memoir from the acclaimed former SNL writer, comedian and actress. (2)

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

(Free Press, $25). By Dr. Mike Moreno. Metabolic mastery. (5)


393387 01: Manning Marable, Director of the Institute of African American Studies at Columbia University, poses for a photograph in his office August 16, 2001 in New York City. Marable passed away on April 1, 2011. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) (Mario Tama - GETTY IMAGES)

3. MALCOLM X: A LIFE OF REINVENTION

(Viking, $30). By Manning Marable. A sweeping biography of the complex black activist by the renowned professor and historian, who died on April 1. (2)

4. Known and Unknown: A Memoir (Sentinel, $36)

By Donald Rumsfeld The former secretary of defense reflects on his life thus far, with no apologies. (5)

5. CHANGE ANYTHING: THE NEW SCIENCE OF PERSONAL SUCCESS (Business Plus, $26.99)

By Kerry Patterson et al. Ditching bad habits. (1)

6. UNBROKEN: A WORLD WAR II STORY OF SURVIVAL, RESILIENCE, AND REDEMPTION (Random House, $27)

By Laura Hillenbrand (22)

7. THE ORIGINS OF POLITICAL ORDER: FROM PREHUMAN TIMES TO THE FRENCH REVOLUTION

(FSG, $35). By Francis Fukuyama (1)

8. THE BEST ADVICE I EVER GOT: LESSONS FROM EXTRAORDINARY LIVES

(Random House, $26). By Katie Couric (1)

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

(Random House, $27). By David Brooks (6)

10. A CHANCE TO MAKE HISTORY: WHAT WORKS AND WHAT DOESN’T IN PROVIDING AN EXCELLENT EDUCATION FOR ALL

(PublicAffairs, $25.99). By Wendy Kopp (2)

FICTION HARDCOVER

1. CHASING FIRE (Putnam, $27.95)

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

2. THE FIFTH WITNESS

(Little, Brown, $27.99). By Michael Connelly. Mickey Haller, the “Lincoln Lawyer,” gets involved in the emotional foreclosure crisis. (2)

3. 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. (3)

4. I’LL WALK ALONE

(Simon & Schuster, $25.99). By Mary Higgins Clark. A Manhattan designer is terrorized by an identity thief — who may have kidnapped her child years earlier. (2)

5. 44 CHARLES STREET (Delacorte, $28)

By Danielle Steel. A divorce forces a New York art dealer to acquiesce to roommates in order to hold on to cherished house. (2)

6. SAVE ME (St. Martin’s, $27.99)

By Lisa Scottoline. The aftermath of an explosion is a school cafeteria and the volunteer parent at the center of the maelstrom. (1)

7. 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. (47)

8. 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. (5)

9. DEAD OR ALIVE (Putnam, $28.95)

By Tom Clancy with Grant Blackwood. Jack Ryan and his compatriots are back, taking on a cruel and powerful terrorist. (14)


"Venice: Canaletto and His Rivals" gives us 21 of the Italian's Venetian cityscapes and 34 more by his contemporaries. The show opens at the National Gallery of Art on Feb. 20. (Museum of Fine Arts, Houston)

10. DRAWING CONCLUSIONS

(Atlantic Monthly, $24)

By Donna Leon. The wily Commissario Brunetti probes the death of an elderly woman whose home was a haven for abused women. (1)

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 (14)

2. 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. (6)

3. INSIDE OF A DOG: WHAT DOGS SEE, SMELL, AND KNOW (Scribner, $16). By Alexandra Horowitz. A psychology professor hits the dog park. (26)

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 (4)

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

(Griffin, $22.99). By Lisa Lillien (3)

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

This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. (65)

7. 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 (5)

8. DRIVE THE SURPRISING TRUTH ABOUT WHAT MOTIVATES US

(Riverhead, $16). By Daniel H. Pink (2)
Trader Richard John Newman, right, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010 in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) (Mary Altaffer - AP)

9. THE QUANTS: HOW A NEW BREED OF MATH WHIZZES CONQUERED WALL STREET AND NEARLY DESTROYED IT

(Crown Business, $16). By Scott Patterson (1)

10. THE GIFT OF FEAR: AND OTHER SURVIVAL SIGNALS THAT PROTECT US FROM VIOLENCE

(Dell, $7.99). By Gavin de Becker (4)

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. (80)
WATER FOR ELEPHANTS. Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon star in WATER FOR ELEPHANTS. Photo credit: David James TM and © 2011 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  All rights reserved.  Not for sale or duplication. (Photo by David James) (David James - PHOTO BY DAVID JAMES)

2. THE HELP (Berkley, $16)

By Kathryn Stockett. A frank chronicle of the lives of several black maids working in a town in 1960s Miss. (2)

3. THE SEARCH (Jove, $7.99)

By Nora Roberts. Romantic suspense involving a canine search-and-rescue trainer living in Puget Sound. (1)

4. A TALE OF TWO CITIES AND GREAT EXPECTATIONS

(Penguin, $20). By Charles Dickens. Two of the authors most beloved novels; a recent Oprah Book Club selection. (3)

5. THE 9TH JUDGMENT (Grand Central, $14.99)

By James Patterson. The Women’s Murder Club works to find the link between seemingly isolated crimes. (1)

6. CUTTING FOR STONE (Vintage, $15.95)

By Abraham Verghese. Medicine, political upheaval and the Africa woven into a sweeping saga. (29)

7. 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. (4)

8. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

(Vintage, $14.95; $7.99). By Stieg Larsson. First book in the late Swede’s “Millennium Trilogy.” (95)

9. CAUGHT (Signet, $9.99)

By Harlan Coben. A television reporter’s latest sex-offender sting takes an unexpected turn. (4)

10. 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. (5)


Rankings reflect sales for the week ended April 17, 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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