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Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 02/21/2012

BOOK WORLD bestsellers — Feb. 19, 2012

This time around, it’s five new nonfiction titles, while new fiction sees three new yarns join its ranks ...

BOOK WORLD

Bestsellers — February 19, 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)



MUNICH, GERMANY - JANUARY 23: David Agus of University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine speaks during the Digital Life Design conference (DLD) at HVB Forum on January 23, 2012 in Munich, Germany. DLD (Digital - Life - Design) is a global conference network on innovation, digital, science and culture which connects business, creative and social leaders, opinion-formers and investors for crossover conversation and inspiration. (Johannes Simon - GETTY IMAGES)

2. THE END OF ILLNESS (Free Press, $26)

By David B. Agus . A tour of the human body and your health that shakes up pre-conceived notions of disease and wellness. (1)


3. BEHIND THE BEAUTIFUL FOREVERS: LIFE, DEATH, AND HOPE IN A MUMBAI UNDERCITY

(Random House, $27)

By Katherine Boo (1)


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

By Walter Isaacson. The life of the offbeat, visionary founder of Apple, based on numerous interviews with Jobs himself. (16)


5. ONCE UPON A SECRET: MY AFFAIR WITH PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY AND ITS AFTERMATH

(Random House, $25). By Mimi Alford (1)


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

(Gallup, $24.95). By Tom Rath (69)


7. 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 (6)



8. BRINGING UP BÉBÉ: ONE AMERICAN MOTHER DISCOVERS THE WISDOM OF FRENCH PARENTING

(Penguin Press, $25.95). By Pamela Druckerman (1)


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

(Crown, $26). By Susan Cain (3)


10. HILARITY ENSUES (Blue Heeler, $25.99)

By Tucker Max. The ribald comic writer offers another collection of his wild exploits. (1)






FICTION HARDCOVER

1. KILL SHOT (Atria, $27.99)

By Vince Flynn. Readers are given a “prequel” of sorts with a chronicle of agent Mitch Rapp’s first year in the CIA. (1)


2. DEFENDING JACOB (Delacorte, $26)

By William Landay. The son of a noted assistant DA is accused of murder, putting his family in a tailspin. (2)


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.” (10)


4. 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. (3)


5. CATCH ME (Dutton, $26.95)

By Lisa Gardner. A woman, convinced she’s the next victim of a calculated killer, elicits the help of detective D.D. Warren. (1)


6. 11/22/63 (Scribner, $35)

By Stephen King. A modest English professor is offered the chance to change history — by preventing the JFK assassination. (14)


7. LOCKED ON (Putnam, $28.95)

By Tom Clancy with Mark Greaney. While Jack Ryan Sr. runs for president once again, his son and the Campus special-ops team have their own worries. (8)



Robert Harris, author of "The Ghost" (the basis for the film "The Ghost Writer") and "The Fear Index." (Michael Lionstar)

8. 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. (2)

[Book World’s review runs on Friday, Feb. 24]

9. TAKEN (Putnam, $26.95)

By Robert Crais. Elvis Cole and Joe Pike become ensnared in the world of human trafficking when they go to a kidnapped couples’ aid. (2)


10. NO MARK UPON HER (Morrow, $25.99)

By Deborah Crombie. The murder of an Olympic athlete yields little clues but holds much peril for Scotland Yard. (1)

[look for Book World’s review on Monday, Feb. 27]




NONFICTION PAPERBACK

1. 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. (49)


2. 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. (2)


3. “WHY ARE ALL THE BLACK KIDS SITTING TOGETHER IN THE CAFETERIA?” AND OTHER CONVERSATIONS ABOUT RACE

(Basic, $15.95). By Beverly Daniel Tatum (1)


4. THE CALL OF SEDONA: JOURNEY OF THE HEART

(Best Life, $16.95). By Ilchi Lee. The teacher, known for his advocacy of the “awakened brain” and spiritual mind-body principles, reflects on his life in the Arizona desert. (2)



5. BOSSYPANTS (Reagan Arthur, $15.99)

By Tina Fey. An amusing memoir from the acclaimed former SNL writer, comedian and actress. (6)


6. LOSE WEIGHT WITHOUT DIETING OR WORKING OUT: DISCOVER SECRETS TO A SLIMMER, SEXIER AND HEALTHIER YOU

(Adiva, $19.95). By JJ Smith (1)


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

By Gary D. Chapman. Knowing that special someone. (27)


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

(Thomas Nelson, $16.99). By Todd Burpo (57)


9. THE HAPPINESS PROJECT (Harper, $14.99)

By Gretchen Rubin. What happened when a lawyer, writer and mom set out to improve her life in a year. (21)


10. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE (College Board, $21.99). This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. (99)


FICTION PAPERBACK

1. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

(Vintage, $14.95; $7.99). By Stieg Larsson. First book in the late Swede’s “Millennium Trilogy.” (123)


2. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE

(Vintage, $15.95; $7.99). By Stieg Larsson. Sex trafficking between Sweden and Eastern Europe is exposed. (68)

3. 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. (6)


4. 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. (6)


5. LETHAL (Grand Central, $14.99). By Sandra Brown

A woman and her daughter find themselves on the lam with an accused killer whose startling claims reveal a deep conspiracy. (2)


6. 10TH ANNIVERSARY (Grand Central, $14.99)

By James Patterson & Maxine Paetro. A new Women’s Murder Club tale in which children are entwined in shocking murders. (4)


7. TOM CLANCY PRESENTS: ACT OF VALOR

(Berkley, $9.99). By Dick Couch & George Galdorisi. The novelization of a new film starring real-life Navy SEALs. (1)


9. THE GREAT GATSBY (Scribner, $15)

By F. Scott Fitzgerald. The classic American novel of love lost and fortunes gained amid the Jazz Age. (5)


10. DREAMS OF JOY (Random House, $15)

By Lisa See. This sequel to “Shanghai Girls” explores a mother-daughter rift amid radical changes in Chinese society. (1)




Rankings reflect sales for the week ended February 12, 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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