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Posted at 08:36 AM ET, 08/14/2011

BOOK WORLD Bestsellers — August 14, 2011

We’re just about to mid-August, which means the vacation season in Washington is in full swing, and that the bestsellers list continue in a fairly static pattern, with little new hitting the lists.

In fiction, the most recent of Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden series stays firm at #1, with two other robust series (with fan bases to prove it) joining the top 10 rankings — Preston & Childs’ Special Agent Pendergast returns, making a #2 debut, and the latest Dark-Hunter saga from Sherrilyn Kenyon comes in at #6.

The nonfiction list is fairly quite this week, save for the addition of bestselling author Ronald Kessler’s “The Secrets of the FBI,” hitting the list at #9. Based on scores of interviews with both current and former FBI agents privvy to the inner workings of a wide range of investigations involving politicians, celebrities and all manner of organizations (terrorist and otherwise).

BOOK WORLD

Bestsellers — August 14, 2011

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NONFICTION HARDCOVER

1. A STOLEN LIFE (Simon & Schuster, $24.99)

By Jaycee Dugard. The graphic and unsettling account of the 18 years of imprisonment and abuse. (4)

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

(Gallup, $24.95). By Tom Rath (54)

3. UNBROKEN: A WORLD WAR II STORY OF SURVIVAL, RESILIENCE, AND REDEMPTION

(Random House, $27)

By Laura Hillenbrand (38)

4. IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS: LOVE, TERROR, AND AN AMERICAN FAMILY IN HITLER’S BERLIN

(Crown, $26). By Erik Larson (13)

5. THE GREATER JOURNEY: AMERICANS IN PARIS

(Simon & Schuster, $37.50). By David McCullough
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The tangible influence of the City of Light. (11)

6. GO THE F**K TO SLEEP (Akashic, $14.95)

By Adam Mansbach; illus. by Ricardo Cortes. A mature riff on all of those classic children’s picture books. (9)

7. BOSSYPANTS (Reagan Arthur, $26.99)

By Tina Fey. An amusing memoir from the acclaimed former SNL writer, comedian and actress. (18 )

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

(Free Press, $25). By Dr. Mike Moreno. Metabolic mastery. (13)

9. THE SECRETS OF THE FBI (Crown, $26)

By Ronald Kessler. The investigative reporter opens files on landmark cases and the lives of celebrities and politicians. (1)

10. THE TRIPLE AGENT: THE AL-QAEDA MOLE WHO INFILTRATED THE CIA

(Doubleday, $26.95). By Joby Warrick (3)

FICTION HARDCOVER

1. GHOST STORY (Roc, $27.95)

By Jim Butcher. Wizard detective Harry Dresden, murdered in the last installment, still has work to do. (2)

2. COLD VENGEANCE (Grand Central, $26.99)

By Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child. Agent Pendergast unveils a conspiracy while stalking his beloved wife’s murderers. (1)


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3. A DANCE WITH DRAGONS (Bantam, $35)

By George R.R. Martin. After almost six years, Martin returns to the Seven Kingdoms in this fifth book of “A Song of Ice and Fire.” (4)

4. FULL BLACK (Atria, $26.99)

By Brad Thor. Ultra-secret operative Scot Harvath employs a radical plan to infiltrate a terrorist network and save America. (2)

5. PORTRAIT OF A SPY (Harper, $26.99)

By Daniel Silva. Art conservator and sometime agent Gabriel Allon parries with an American-born cleric and terrorist. (3)

6. RETRIBUTION (St. Martin’s, $25.99)

By Sherrilyn Kenyon. In this Dark-Hunter yarn, a human pledged to protect the vampire race comes face to face with a hired gun bent on extinguishing the Dark-Hunter threat. (1)

7. STATE OF WONDER (Harper, $26.99)

By Ann Patchett. Set deep in the Amazon, this tale binds together pharmaceutical research and its tolls, both ethical and emotional. (8)


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8. THEN CAME YOU

(Atria, $26.99)

By Jennifer Weiner. Surrogacy brings together three strikingly different women, each banking on a pregnancy to solve their individual crises. (4)

9. NOW YOU SEE HER (Little, Brown, $27.99)

By James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge. A woman risks the new life she’s created when she returns to Florida when a killer from her past strikes once again. (6)

10. HAPPY BIRTHDAY (Delacorte, $28)

By Danielle Steel. The lives of three people get some added drama thanks to three momentous birthday celebrations. (3)

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 (30)

2. 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. (22)

3. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE (College Board, $21.99). This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. (79)

4. OUTLIERS: THE STORY OF SUCCESS (Back Bay, $16.99)

By Malcolm Gladwell. Assumptions about success challenged. (9)

5. UNLIKELY FRIENDSHIPS: 47 REMARKABLE STORIES FROM THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

(Workman, $13.95). By Jennifer S. Holland. Heartwarming tales accompanied by full color photos. (2)

6. THE 5 LOVE LANGUAGES: THE SECRET TO LOVE THAT LASTS (Northfield, $14.99)

By Gary D. Chapman. Knowing that special someone. (16)

7. INSIDE OF A DOG: WHAT DOGS SEE, SMELL, AND KNOW (Scribner, $16). By Alexandra Horowitz

A psychology professor hits the dog park. (41)

8. HOW TO READ LITERATURE LIKE A PROFESSOR: A LIVELY AND ENTERTAINING GUIDE TO READING ...

(Harper, $14.99). By Thomas C. Foster (7)

9. A WHOLE NEW MIND: WHY RIGHT-BRAINERS WILL RULE THE FUTURE

(Riverhead, $15). By Daniel H. Pink (1)

10. BLACK ELK SPEAKS (SUNY, $19.95)

By John G. Neihardt. The life of Lakota healer Nicholas Black Elk (1863-1950). (1)

FICTION PAPERBACK

1. THE HELP (Berkley, $16)

By Kathryn Stockett. A frank chronicle of the lives of several black maids working in a town in 1960s Miss. (17)

2. THE CONFESSION (Dell, $9.99)

By John Grisham. After nine years, a man confesses to a murder for which another was imprisoned. (3)

3. SAFE HAVEN (Grand Central, $14.99)

By Nicholas Sparks. An enigmatic young woman arrives in the small North Carolina town of Southport. (1)

4. 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.”; also an HBO miniseries. (5)

5. ONE DAY (Vintage, $14.95)

By David Nicholls. Boy and girl meet, connect but don’t quite get together--told in 24-hour vignettes over 20 years; basis for the forthcoming feature film. (3)

6. A CLASH OF KINGS (Bantam, $17; Spectra, $8.99)

By George R.R. Martin. The second installment of Martin’s lushly imagined fantasy world. (6)

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

By Sara Gruen. An orphan discovers love when he joins a circus during the Great Depression. (95)

8. PRIVATE (Grand Central, $14.99)

By James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. An elite P.I. firm, run by a former CIA agent, tackles a murder that hits close to home. (6)

9. CUTTING FOR STONE (Vintage, $15.95)

By Abraham Verghese. Medicine, political upheaval and the African continent woven into a sweeping saga. (42)

10. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

(Vintage, $14.95; $7.99). By Stieg Larsson. First book in the late Swede’s “Millennium Trilogy.” (109)

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended August 7, 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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