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Posted at 02:57 PM ET, 02/26/2012

BOOK WORLD bestsellers — Feb. 26, 2012

This final weekend in February (which feels on awful lot like spring) finds some new titles joining the lists — hardcover nonfiction sports two truly new books on the list ... a self-help primer focusing on improving your chances in the job market by focusing first and foremost on yourself. Certainly a timely entry, considering the (thankfully improving) economy. And, interestingly, a guide to the intricacies of knitting, which is an art I’m always impressed folks can master. I seem to remember knitting becoming the new yoga, though that was some time ago ...

Over in hardcover fiction, three of the genre’s more dominant names hit the list, from James Patterson (#1) to Sophie Kinsella (#3) to Anne Rice (#4), all of which are likely to stick around a while.

BOOK WORLD

Bestsellers — February 26, 2012

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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. (5)



2. THE START-UP OF YOU: ADAPT TO THE FUTURE, INVEST IN YOURSELF, AND TRANSFORM YOUR CAREER

(Crown Business, $26). By Reid Hoffman & Ben Casnocha (1)


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

(Random House, $27). By Katherine Boo (2)


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. (17)
(Albert Watson - Simon & Schuster)


5. 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 (7)


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

(Crown, $26). By Susan Cain (4)


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

(Henry Holt, $28). By Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard (18)


8. 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. (2)


9. THE PRINCIPLES OF KNITTING: METHODS AND TECHNIQUES OF HAND KNITTING

(Touchstone, $45). By June Hemmons Hiatt (1)


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

(Random House, $25). By Mimi Alford (2)





FICTION HARDCOVER

1. PRIVATE GAMES (Little, Brown, $27.99)

By James Patterson & Mark Sullivan. A very au courant mystery, featuring murder at the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games. (1)



The London 2012 Olympic Park is seen on the horizon from a tower block in the borough of Newham in London, U.K., on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012. The Bank of England won't raise its key interest rate for years as consumer spending stays weak amid an "absolutely dire" outlook for the U.K. housing market, according to Capital Economics Ltd. founder Roger Bootle. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg (Simon Dawson - BLOOMBERG)

2. 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. (2)


3. I’VE GOT YOUR NUMBER (Dial, $26)

By Sophie Kinsella. A phone — one lost, one found — scrambles a young woman’s happily engaged bliss. (1)


4. THE WOLF GIFT (Knopf, $25.95)

By Anne Rice. A dashing Northern California man is also a werewolf, though with important differences from the creature of myth. (1)


5. DEFENDING JACOB (Delacorte, $26)

By William Landay. The son of a noted assistant DA is accused of murder, putting his family in a tailspin. (3)


6. 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.” (11)


7. 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. (4)


8. HOME FRONT (St. Martin’s , $27.99)

By Kristin Hannah. A wife’s overseas military deployment further strains a rocky marriage. (2)


9. 11/22/63 (Scribner, $35)

By Stephen King. A modest English professor is offered the chance to change history — by preventing the JFK assassination. (15)


10. 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. (2)







NONFICTION PAPERBACK

1. 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. (3)


2. BOSSYPANTS (Reagan Arthur, $15.99)

By Tina Fey. An amusing memoir from the acclaimed former SNL writer, comedian and actress. (7)


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

By Gary D. Chapman. Knowing that special someone. (28)


4. 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. (50)


5. 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. (3)


6. CRACKING THE AP PSYCHOLOGY EXAM 2012

(Princeton Review, $18). Strategies, practice tests and more. (1)


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

(Thomas Nelson, $16.99). By Todd Burpo (58)


8. THE SPEED OF TRUST: THE ONE THING THAT CHANGES EVERYTHING

(Free Press, $15.95). By Stephen M.R. Covey (2)


9. BASEBALL PROSPECTUS 2012: THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO THE 2012 BASEBALL SEASON

(Wiley, $24.95). Edited by King Kaufman & Cecilia M. Tan (1)


10. LADY ALMINA AND THE REAL DOWNTON ABBEY: THE LOST LEGACY OF HIGHCLERE CASTLE

(Broadway, $15.99). By the Countess of Carnarvon (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. (44)


2. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

(Vintage, $14.95; $7.99). By Stieg Larsson. First book in the late Swede’s “Millennium Trilogy.” (124)


3. 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. (14)


4. 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. (7)


5. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE

(Vintage, $15.95; $7.99). By Stieg Larsson. Sex trafficking between Sweden and Eastern Europe is exposed. (69)

6. 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. (2)


7. 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. (7)


8. 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. (2)


9. 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. (2)


10. 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. (7)




Rankings reflect sales for the week ended February 19, 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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