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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 07/09/2011

BOOK WORLD Bestsellers — July 10, 2011

With summer vacations beginning in earnest, especially with the quintessential American holiday, July 4th, already in the rearview mirror, here’s what’s selling well this week —

The nonfiction lists sees little new: “Unbroken” continues its impressive run, climbing back to a remarkable #2 after more than eight months on the list; Ann Coulter maintains at #7; and Dr. Joseph Chang’s prescription for delaying the aging process joins the list at #8.

As for fiction, a bit of a reshuffling and only two new entries: James Patterson (and writing pal Michael Ledwidge) debut at #1 with their new thriller; and singer / songwriter Josh Ritter’s first novel, an imaginative, thoughtful exploration of one Henry Bright, a soldier returning to his home in Appalachia after the end of World War I, and facing life as a single father after the tragic death of his wife, not to mention his cruel in-laws. Thankfully, he has an angel on his side ...

BOOK WORLD

Bestsellers — July 10, 2011

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NONFICTION HARDCOVER

1. 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. (4)

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

(Random House, $27). By Laura Hillenbrand (33)

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

(Crown, $26). By Erik Larson (8)

4. THE GREATER JOURNEY: AMERICANS IN PARIS

(Simon & Schuster, $37.50). By David McCullough. The tangible influence of the City of Light. (6)

5. BOSSYPANTS (Reagan Arthur, $26.99)

By Tina Fey. An amusing memoir from the acclaimed former SNL writer, comedian and actress. (13 )

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

(Gallup, $24.95). By Tom Rath (49)

7. DEMONIC: HOW THE LIBERAL MOB IS ENDANGERING AMERICA

(Crown Forum, $28.99). By Ann Coulter (4)

8. THE AGING MYTH: UNLOCKING THE MYSTERIES OF LOOKING AND FEELING YOUNG

(Aylesbury, $21.95). By Joseph Chang (1)

9. RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT: HOW OUTSIZED AMBITION, GREED AND CORRUPTION LED TO ECONOMIC ARMAGEDDON

(Times, $30). By Gretchen Morgenson and Joshua Rosner (2)

10. SEAL TEAM SIX: MEMOIRS OF AN ELITE NAVY SEAL SNIPER (St. Martin’s , $26.99)

By Howard E. Wasdin & Stephen Templin (4)

FICTION HARDCOVER

1. 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. (1)

2. SMOKIN’ SEVENTEEN (Bantam, $28)

By Janet Evanovich. Bail bondsman Stephanie Plum is faced with a string of murders and pressure to settle down with ... who? (2)

3. AGAINST ALL ENEMIES (Putnam, $28.95)

By Tom Clancy with Peter Telep. A former Navy SEAL unearths a sinister plot on the U.S.-Mexico border by way of Pakistan’s tribal lands. (3)

4. 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. (4)

5. ONE SUMMER (Grand Central, $25.99)

By David Baldacci. A father’s grave diagnosis is compounded by his wife’s accidental death and the machinations of his mother-in-law. (3)

6. THE DEVIL COLONY (Morrow, $27.99)

By James Rollins. A dizzying conspiracy may have obscured the truth behind America’s founding. (2)

7. MAINE (Knopf, $25.95)

By J. Courtney Sullivan. Summering in Maine takes on added drama when three generations of Kelleher women descend on the family cottage. (2)

8. CARTE BLANCHE (Simon & Schuster, $26.99)

By Jeffery Deaver. The thriller writer picks up the James Bond mantle and reimagines 007 as an even more covert agent in the post-9/11 world. (3)

9. BRIGHT’S PASSAGE (Dial, $22)

By Josh Ritter. The singer’s debut novel of a soldier and single father’s journey to salvation in post-WWI Appalachia at the hands of an angel. (1)

10. 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. (54)

NONFICTION PAPERBACK

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

(Thomas Nelson, $16.99). By Todd Burpo (25)

2. THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS

(Broadway, $16). By Rebecca Skloot. The shocking story of a stem cell theft in 1951 and the HeLa cell line. (17)

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

By Malcolm Gladwell. Assumptions about success challenged. (4)

4. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE (College Board, $21.99). This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. (74)

5. SCHOLASTIC SUCCESS WITH 1ST GRADE WORKBOOK

(Teaching Resources, $16.99). By Jon Buller. Tackling the three R’s in grade school. (8)

6. THE ORIGINAL ARGUMENT: THE FEDERALISTS’ CASE FOR THE CONSTITUTION, ADAPTED FOR THE 21ST CENTURY

(Threshold, $16). By Glenn Beck (3)

7. SCHOLASTIC SUCCESS WITH 2ND GRADE WORKBOOK

(Teaching Resources, $16.99). By Terry Cooper. Level two of the series’ basics. (2)

8. SCHOLASTIC SUCCESS WITH 3RD GRADE WORKBOOK (Teaching Resources, $16.99). By Terry Cooper. Reading, writing and math, illustrated. (1)

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

A psychology professor hits the dog park. (37)

10. SALT: A WORLD HISTORY (Penguin, $17)

By Mark Kurlansky. The common table accessory’s astonishing history. (2)

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. (13)

2. 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. (1)

3. TOUGH CUSTOMER (Pocket Star, $9.99)

By Sandra Brown. With mixed emotions, a brash P.I. goes to the aid of his daughter, whom he’s never met. (2)

4. ROOM (Back Bay, $14.99)

By Emma Donoghue. By Emma Donoghue. A five year-old boy narrates this haunting tale of being held captive with his mother. (7)

5. SIZZLING SIXTEEN (St. Martin’s, $8.99)

By Janet Evanovich. Gambling has become a matter of life and death for Stephanie Plum’s cousin, Vinnie. (2)

6. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

(Vintage, $14.95; $7.99). By Stieg Larsson. First book in the late Swede’s “Millennium Trilogy.” (104)

7. THE CREED LEGACY (Harlequin, $7.99)

By Linda Lael Miller. Rodeo cowboy Brody Creed’s chance run in with his twin brother draws him home. (1)

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

By Sara Gruen. An orphan discovers love when he joins a circus during the Great Depression. (91)

9. WORST CASE (Vision, $9.99)

By James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge. A serial killer targets the children of N.Y.C.’s most affluent families. (7)


10. DEEPER THAN MIDNIGHT (Dell, $7.99)

By Lara Adrian. A young woman is rescued by the Order after years of captivity; Book #9 in the “Midnight Breed” series. (1)

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended July 3, 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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