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Posted at 09:09 AM ET, 01/23/2012

BOOK WORLD Bestsellers — Jan. 22, 2012

A groundswell of new titles (both fiction and nonfiction) joined the rankings this week.

In nonfiction, it was a curious blend of business/management titles (David Novak’s how-to management book jumped from #6 last week to the top spot), self-help relationship advice (finding happiness, both in and out of the bedroom) and biographies (the much-hyped look at the First Family as well as a comprehensive take on the life of HM Queen Elizabeth II (this will be a banner year for the Windsors).

Over in fiction, new offerings from Elizabeth George (#1), Preston & Child (#5), Jayne Ann Krentz (#8) and a debut novel from Adam Johnson (#10) knocking off several bestseller fixtures, from Patricia Cornwell to Stieg Larsson.

BOOK WORLD

Bestsellers — January 22, 2012

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NONFICTION HARDCOVER


1. TAKING PEOPLE WITH YOU: THE ONLY WAY TO MAKE BIG THINGS HAPPEN

(Portfolio, $25.95). By David Novak (2)


2. 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. (8)


3. THE OBAMAS (Little, Brown, $29.99)

By Jodi Kantor. The New York Times journalist’s profile of the First Family, with an emphasis on Michelle Obama. (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. (12)

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 (2)


6. SMART TRUST: CREATING PROSPERITY, ENERGY, AND JOY IN A LOW-TRUST WORLD

(Free Press, $27). By Stephen M. R. Covey and Brian Link (1)


7. SEXPERIMENT: 7 DAYS TO LASTING INTIMACY WITH YOUR SPOUSE

(FaithWords, $21.99). By Ed and Lisa Young (1)


8. EMOTIONAL EQUATIONS: SIMPLE TRUTHS FOR CREATING HAPPINESS + SUCCESS

(Free Press, $24). By Chip Conley (1)


9. ELIZABETH THE QUEEN: THE LIFE OF A MODERN MONARCH

(Random House, $30). By Sally Bedell Smith (1)

[Book World review coming January 29]


10. BUILDING A MAGNETIC CULTURE: HOW TO ATTRACT AND RETAIN TOP TALENT TO CREATE AN ENGAGED, PRODUCTIVE WORKFORCE

(McGraw-Hill, $28). By Kevin Sheridan (1)

FICTION HARDCOVER

1. 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. (1)


2. 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)


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.” (6)


4. 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. (5)


5. GIDEON’S CORPSE (Grand Central, $26.99)

By Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child. Gideon Crew is tasked with averting a nuclear terrorist attack while knowing precious little of the details. (1)


6. 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. (59)


7. 11/22/63 (Scribner, $35)

By Stephen King. A modest English professor is offered the chance to change history — by preventing the JFK assassination. (10)


8. COPPER BEACH (Putnam, $25.95)

By Jayne Ann Krentz. A rare alchemical text is rumored to be on the black market in this new “Dark Legacy” paranormal romance. (1)



9. LOVE IN A NUTSHELL (St. Martin’s, $27.99)

By Janet Evanovich & Dorien Kelly. The comic, suspenseful and amorous exploits of a woman trying to rebuild her life. (2)


10. 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. (1)



NONFICTION PAPERBACK

1. THE BOY WHO HARNESSED THE WIND: CREATING CURRENTS OF ELECTRICITY AND HOPE

(HarperPerennial, $14.99). By William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer. The true story of a determined boy’s dream of bringing a windmill (and its positive effects) to his Malawi village. (1)


2. BOSSYPANTS (Reagan Arthur, $15.99)

By Tina Fey. An amusing memoir from the acclaimed former SNL writer, comedian and actress. (2)


3. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE (College Board, $21.99). This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. (95)


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. (45)


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

(Thomas Nelson, $16.99). By Todd Burpo (53)

6. GHOST WARS: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE CIA, AFGHANISTAN, AND BIN LADEN, FROM THE SOVIET INVASION TO SEPTEMBER 10, 2001

(Penguin, $18). By Steve Coll (7)


7. SOLDIERS OF GOD: WITH ISLAMIC WARRIORS IN AFGHANISTAN AND PAKISTAN

(Vintage, $16). By Robert D. Kaplan (1)


8. ISLAM: THE STRAIGHT PATH

(Oxford Univ., $45.95). By John L. Esposito. Fourth edition of the comprehensive textbook. (1)


9. TALIBAN: MILITANT ISLAM, OIL AND FUNDAMENTALISM IN CENTRAL ASIA

(Yale Univ., $17.95). By Ahmed Rashid (2)


10. WHAT PRINCIPALS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TEACHING MATH

(Solution Tree, $24.95). By Timothy D. Kanold, Diane J. Briars and Francis (Skip) Fennell. Advice from three nationally-recognized experts. (1)

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.” (119)

2. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE

(Vintage, $15.95; $7.99). By Stieg Larsson. Sex trafficking between Sweden and Eastern Europe is exposed. (64)


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. (10)


4. THE HELP (Berkley, $16)

By Kathryn Stockett. A frank chronicle of the lives of several black maids working in a town in 1960s Miss. (40)

5. 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. (1)


6. 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. (2)


7. NIGHT ROAD (Griffin, $14.99)

By Kristin Hannah. A mother’s years of sacrifice for her two children can’t protect them from an incident one night senior year. (1)


8. TRADER OF SECRETS (Harper, $9.99)

By Steve Martini. Attorney Paul Madriani juggles a daughter in danger and the leak of some rather lethal technology. (2)


9. MOONLIGHT IN THE MORNING

(Pocket Star, $7.99). By Jude Devereaux. A new chapter in Devereaux’s series set in the Virginia hamlet of Edilean. (3)


10. TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY (Penguin, $16)

By John le Carré. The reissue (movie alert) of le Carre’s classic novel of Cold War espionage featuring the redoubtable George Smiley. (1)





Rankings reflect sales for the week ended January 15, 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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