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Posted at 09:20 AM ET, 02/13/2012

BOOK WORLD bestsellers — Feb. 12, 2012

Apologies for the delay in getting these lists out — which feature just a smattering of new titles, and the return of some old stalwarts.

BOOK WORLD

Bestsellers — February 12, 2012

[click on the author’s name to be linked to Book World’s review]




NONFICTION HARDCOVER


1. AMERITOPIA: THE UNMAKING OF AMERICA

(Threshold, $26.99). By Mark R. Levin. Claiming that the American Dream (individualism) is at risk, courtesy of a rise of utopian fervor. (3)


2. STEVE JOBS (Simon & Schuster, $35)

By Walter Isaacson. The life of the offbeat, visionary founder of Apple, based on numerous interviews with Jobs himself. (15)


3. AMERICAN SNIPER: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF THE MOST LETHAL SNIPER IN U.S. MILITARY HISTORY

(Morrow, $26.99). By Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice (5)



4. FINAL FANTASY XIII-2: THE COMPLETE OFFICIAL GUIDE

(Piggyback, $34.99). The limited-run collector’s edition of the comprehensive manual for the interactive video game. (1)


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

(Gallup, $24.95). By Tom Rath (68)


6. COMING APART: THE STATE OF WHITE AMERICA, 1960-2010

(Crown Forum, $27). By Charles Murray. The extreme stratification of American society as seen in one broad ethnic group. (1)


7. THINKING, FAST AND SLOW (FSG, $30)

By Daniel Kahneman. The Nobel Prize winner (economic sciences) examines the modes of thought that fuel our decision making. (11)


8. STRATEGIC VISION: AMERICA AND THE CRISIS OF GLOBAL POWER

(Basic, $26). By Zbigniew Brzezinski (2)


9. KILLING LINCOLN: THE SHOCKING ASSASSINATION THAT CHANGED AMERICA FOREVER

(Henry Holt, $28). By Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard (17)

10. QUIET: THE POWER OF INTROVERTS IN A WORLD THAT CAN’T STOP TALKING

(Crown, $26). By Susan Cain (2)






FICTION HARDCOVER

1. PRIVATE: #1 SUSPECT (Little, Brown, $27.99)

By James Patterson & Maxine Paetro. The ex-Marine founder of an elite PI firm becomes the lead suspect in his former girlfriend’s murder. (2)


2. HOME FRONT (St. Martin’s , $27.99)

By Kristin Hannah. A wife’s overseas military deployment further strains a rocky marriage. (1)


3. DEATH COMES TO PEMBERLEY

(Knopf, $25.95). By P.D. James. A bit of murder is injected into the milieu of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.” (9)


4. BELIEVING THE LIE (Dutton, $28.95)

By Elizabeth George. Inspector Lynley heads undercover to probe a death in an affluent family that has already been designated an accident. (4)


5. 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. (62)


6. THE LITIGATORS (Doubleday, $28.95)

By John Grisham. The fortunes of a sketchy law practice may change thanks to a new recruit and one major lawsuit. (14)


7. THE ORPHAN MASTER’S SON (Random House, $26)

By Adam Johnson. A debut novel that fleshes out the horrors and beauty of North Korea by way of a young man’s swift rise through the ranks of the state. (3)


8. 11/22/63 (Scribner, $35)

By Stephen King. A modest English professor is offered the chance to change history — by preventing the JFK assassination. (13)


9. DEFENDING JACOB (Delacorte, $26)

By William Landay. The son of a noted assistant DA is accused of murder, putting his family in a tailspin. (1)


10. THE FEAR INDEX (Knopf, $25.95)
By Robert Harris. A digital genius, whose revolutionary form of AI deftly games the hedge fund markets, finds himself under attack. (1)






NONFICTION PAPERBACK

1. BOSSYPANTS (Reagan Arthur, $15.99)

By Tina Fey. An amusing memoir from the acclaimed former SNL writer, comedian and actress. (5)


2. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE (College Board, $21.99). This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. (98)


3. KNOW WHAT YOU BELIEVE (IVP, $15)

By Paul E. Little. A primer on the Christian faith by the late professor of evangelism and ardent supporter of the InterFaith Christian Ministry. (1)


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

(Thomas Nelson, $16.99). By Todd Burpo (56)



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

By Gary D. Chapman. Knowing that special someone. (26)


6. 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. (48)


7. CUPCAKES, COOKIES & PIE, OH, MY!

(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $17.95). By Karen Tack and Alan Richardson. Fanciful ways of baking, decorating, inspiring. (1)



8. THE MEMORY BOOK: THE CLASSIC GUIDE TO IMPROVING YOUR MEMORY AT WORK, AT SCHOOL, AND AT PLAY

(Ballantine, $7.99). By Harry Lorayne & Jerry Lucas (1)


9. GETTING TO YES: NEGOTIATING AGREEMENT WITHOUT GIVING IN

(Penguin, $16). By Roger Fisher and William Ury. Second edition. (7)


10. THE VOW: THE TRUE EVENTS THAT INSPIRED THE MOVIE

(B&H, $14.99). By Kim & Krickitt Carpenter. The wrenching ordeal that began with a car accident in November, 1993. (1)


FICTION PAPERBACK

1. THE CAPTURE OF THE EARL OF GLENCRAE

(Avon, $7.99). By Stephanie Laurens. Passion, kidnapping and a dose of Scottish lore comprise this period romance. (1)


2. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

(Vintage, $14.95; $7.99). By Stieg Larsson. First book in the late Swede’s “Millennium Trilogy.” (122)

3. THE HELP (Berkley, $16)

By Kathryn Stockett. A frank chronicle of the lives of several black maids working in a town in 1960s Miss. (43)


4. EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE

(Mariner, $14.95). By Jonathan Safran Foer. A novel of the aftermath of 9/11 on young Oskar Schell; a new feature film. (5)


5. THE SUMMER GARDEN (Mira, $7.99)

By Sherryl Woods. An Irish beauty’s surprise visit to Chesapeake Shores is an unexpected wrinkle in Luke O’Brien’s plans. (1)


6. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE

(Vintage, $15.95; $7.99). By Stieg Larsson. Sex trafficking between Sweden and Eastern Europe is exposed. (67)


7. THE TIGER’S WIFE (Random House, $15)

By Téa Obreht. While on a humanitarian mission, a doctor in the Balkans is confronted by the riddles of her own family’s past. (13)


8. 44 CHARLES STREET (Dell, $7.99)

By Danielle Steel. A divorce forces a New York art dealer to acquiesce to roommates in order to hold on to cherished house. (1)


9. AGAINST ALL ENEMIES (Berkley, $9.99)

By Tom Clancy with Peter Telep. An ex-Navy SEAL’s Pakistan tour reveals a conspiracy closer to home. (5)


10. THE 9TH JUDGMENT (Grand Central, $9.99)

By James Patterson & Maxine Paetro. The Women’s Murder Club works to find the link between seemingly isolated crimes; the third iteration of this novel. (5)




Rankings reflect sales for the week ended February 5, 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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