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Posted at 07:08 PM ET, 08/06/2011

BOOK WORLD Bestsellers — August 7, 2011

This first weekend in August, not too much new hits the list ... though book aficionados have only to wait a few more weeks before the heave fall publishing season kicks off.

In nonfiction, the most notable addition is the new title from teacher Ron Clark (Disney’s “American Teacher of the Year”) with over 100 tips for parents and teachers to motivate children and make learning an exciting, interactive journey. Much of the book chronicles the successes (and failures) of the Ron Clark Academy in Georgia, where he puts his ideas to the test.

As for the fiction list, several authors with sizeable fan bases have new books debut — Jim Butcher, author of the Dresden Files, lands at #1, and Brad Thor’s uber-covert agent Scot Harvath is out to save the world (or at least America) in his latest novel, “Full Black.”

The paperback lists don’t often get much play in this intro arena, but there are two interesting additions this week — Barbara Ehrenreich’s ”Nickel and Dimed,” in which she recounts her efforts to survive on minimum wage, which so many Americans are forced to do and which finds a bit more resonance in this unsettled economic climate. And David Nicholl’s 2009 novel “One Day,” which hit our paperback list just once not long after its release (it was an original paperback) and is now gaining momentum has the feature film translation (starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess) is getting ready to hit screen nationwide.

BOOK WORLD

Bestsellers — August 7, 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. (3)

2. THE END OF MOLASSES CLASSES: GETTING OUR KIDS UNSTUCK (Touchstone, $23)

By Ron Clark. Lessons for parents and teachers alike from Disney’s “American Teacher of the Year.” (1)

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

(Random House, $27)

By Laura Hillenbrand (37)

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

(Crown, $26). By Erik Larson (12)

5. FISH! A REMARKABLE WAY TO BOOST MORALE AND IMPROVE RESULTS

(Hyperion, $19.99). By Stephen C. Lundin, Harry Paul and John Christensen (1)

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. (8)

7. THE GREATER JOURNEY: AMERICANS IN PARIS

(Simon & Schuster, $37.50). By David McCullough

The tangible influence of the City of Light. (10)

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

(Gallup, $24.95). By Tom Rath (53)

9. BOSSYPANTS (Reagan Arthur, $26.99)

By Tina Fey. An amusing memoir from the acclaimed former SNL writer, comedian and actress. (17 )

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

(Doubleday, $26.95). By Joby Warrick (2)

FICTION HARDCOVER

1. GHOST STORY (Roc, $27.95)

By Jim Butcher. Wizard detective Harry Dresden


Jim Butcher, author of the Harry Dresden fantasy series (Roc - Roc)
, murdered in the last installment, still has work to do. (1)

2. 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.” (3)

3. 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. (2)

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. (1)

5. 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. (7)

6. SPLIT SECOND (Putnam, $26.95)

By Catherine Coulter. A quartet of FBI agents hunt down a serial killer who has ties to the infamous Ted Bundy. (2)

7. HAPPY BIRTHDAY (Delacorte, $28)

By Danielle Steel. The lives of three people get some added drama thanks to three momentous birthday celebrations. (2)

8. 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. (5)

9. 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. (3)

10. ROBERT LUDLUM’S THE BOURNE DOMINION

(Grand Central, $27.99). By Eric Van Lustbader. Jason Bourne, Ludlum’s iconic agent, seeks the help of a trusted Russian general to avert an attack on America’s natural resources. (2)

NONFICTION PAPERBACK

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

(Workman, $13.95). By Jennifer S. Holland. Heartwarming tales accompanied by full color photos. (1)

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

(Thomas Nelson, $16.99). By Todd Burpo (29)

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. (21)

4. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE (College Board, $21.99). This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. (78)

5. THE ART OF CHOOSING (Twelve, $14.99)

By Sheena Iyengar. The social psychologist examines how choices (both too many and too few) affect our well being. (1)

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

By Malcolm Gladwell. Assumptions about success challenged. (8)

7. TEACH LIKE A CHAMPION: 49 TECHNIQUES THAT PUT STUDENTS ON THE PATH TO COLLEGE

(Jossey-Bass, $27.95). By Doug Lemov (13)

8. DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS: HOW TO DISCUSS WHAT MATTERS MOST (Penguin, $16)

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

9. NICKEL AND DIMED: ON (NOT) GETTING BY IN AMERICA

(Henry Holt, $15). By Barbara Ehrenreich. The cultural critic’s “undercover” social experiment. (1)

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

A psychology professor hits the dog park. (40)

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. (16)

2. THE CONFESSION (Dell, $9.99)

By John Grisham. After nine years, a man confesses to a murder for which another was imprisoned. (2)

3. 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. (4)

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

By George R.R. Martin. The second installment of Martin’s lushly imagined fantasy world. (5)

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

By Sara Gruen. An orphan discovers love when he joins a circus during the Great Depression. (94)


British actor and musician Jim Sturgess arrives for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association annual installation luncheon in Beverly Hills, California August 4, 2011. The association also presented financial grants to film schools and non-profit organizations at the event. REUTERS/Fred Prouser (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (FRED PROUSER - REUTERS)

6. 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. (2)

7. HELL’S CORNER

(Vision, $9.99)

By David Baldacci. This fifth Camel Club yarn involves Russian drug cartels and a plot to assassinate the British PM. (5)

8. OUT OF THE RAIN

(Mira, $7.99)

By Debbie Macomber. Two novellas from the Cedar Cove author: “Marriage Wanted” and “Laughter in the Rain.” (1)


9. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

(Vintage, $14.95; $7.99). By Stieg Larsson. First book in the late Swede’s “Millennium Trilogy.” (108)

10. CUTTING FOR STONE (Vintage, $15.95)

By Abraham Verghese. Medicine, political upheaval and the African continent woven into a sweeping saga. (41)

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended July 31, 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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