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Posted at 08:57 AM ET, 07/18/2011

BOOK WORLD Bestsellers — July 17, 2011

Hope everyone had a terrific mid-July weekend ... and enjoyed the relatively cool temps, as sizzling conditions appear to be heading this way by week’s end.

As for the bestseller lists, not too much sizzle to report this time around. Both new title categories saw some moderate shuffling, with just a smidgen of new books debuting.

Nonfiction: David McCullough’s sweeping history of Americans in Paris at the latter end of the 19th century rallies back to #1 after sliding downwards for the past several weeks; and a curious addition is journalist Dan Abrams’ ruminations on the relationship between the sexes, and why women are superior to men in so many ways. Abrams backs up his assertions with a healthy dose of scientific research, likely a product of having been a no nonsense legal analyst for broadcast news (first NBC, now with ABC). What’s interesting about it is the book published in March, and I can’t discern any spike in Abrams’ profile of late, save for the tragic Casey Anthony trial of the past several weeks, which has seen Abrams on ABC News’ multiple platforms more than usual the past month or so. But nevertheless, it’s well-deserved recognition for his book, and not because he’s such a charming, arrestingly handsome journalist, either.

Turning to fiction — the only new entry to the list is Tess Gerritsen’s latest Rizzoli & Isles caper. And it’s a well-timed debut, too, as the TNT network premieres the second season of its dramatic adaptation of the characters this week. Well, that may have been planned, come to think of it ...

BOOK WORLD

Bestsellers — July 17, 2011

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NONFICTION HARDCOVER

1. THE GREATER JOURNEY: AMERICANS IN PARIS

(Simon & Schuster, $37.50). By David McCullough. The tangible influence of the City of Light. (7)

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

(Random House, $27). By Laura Hillenbrand (34)

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

(Crown, $26). By Erik Larson (9)

4. 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. (5)

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

(Gallup, $24.95). By Tom Rath (50)


FILE - In this May 16, 2011 file photo, actress and producer Tina Fey attends the NBC Network Upfront in New York. Fey was nominated for an Emmy award for best actress in a comedy series for her role in "30 Rock" on Thursday, July 14, 2011. The Emmy awards will be presented on Sept. 18. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, file) (Evan Agostini - AP)

6. BOSSYPANTS (Reagan Arthur, $26.99)

By Tina Fey. An amusing memoir from the acclaimed former SNL writer, comedian and actress. (14 )

7. THE 17 DAY DIET: A DOCTOR’S PLAN DESIGNED FOR RAPID RESULTS

(Free Press, $25). By Dr. Mike Moreno. Metabolic mastery. (10)

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

By Howard E. Wasdin & Stephen Templin (5)

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

(Times, $30). By Gretchen Morgenson and Joshua Rosner (3)

10. MAN DOWN (Abrams Image, $17.95)

By Dan Abrams. A primer from the stylish legal analyst (formerly at NBC, now at ABC News) detailing why women are better than men. (1)

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. (2)

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? (3)

3. 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. (5)

4. 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. (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. (4)

6. THE SILENT GIRL (Ballantine, $26)
By Tess Gerritsen. A grisly murder in Chinatown pull Rizzoli & Isles into a case that may have been centuries in the making. (1)

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. (3)

8. 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. (55)

9. SISTERHOOD EVERLASTING (Random House, $25)

By Ann Brashares. The “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” quartet reunite 10 years later. (3)


An employee inspects the paintwork on a Aston Martin DB9 Vantage during production at the Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. factory in Gaydon, U.K., on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010. Aston Martin, whose models have been featured in James Bond films, was owned by Ford Motor Co. for two decades before being sold for 479 million pounds ($760 million) in May 2007 and is now half-owned by Investment Dar Co., a Kuwaiti financial services company. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg (Simon Dawson - BLOOMBERG)

10. 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. (4)

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 (26)

2. THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS

(Broadway, $16). By Rebecca Skloot. The shocking story of a cervical cancer cell theft in 1951 and the HeLa cell line. (18)

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

By Malcolm Gladwell. Assumptions about success challenged. (5)

4. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE (College Board, $21.99). This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. (75)

5. SCHOLASTIC SUCCESS WITH 1ST GRADE WORKBOOK

(Teaching Resources, $16.99). By Jon Buller. Tackling the three R’s in grade school. (9)

6. SCHOLASTIC SUCCESS WITH 2ND GRADE WORKBOOK

(Teaching Resources, $16.99). By Terry Cooper. Level two of the series’ basics. (3)

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

(Threshold, $16). By Glenn Beck (4)
Fox News host Glenn Beck speaks during the National Rifle Association's 139th annual meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina in this May 15, 2010 file photo. The controversial 47-year-old radio and television host “intends to transition off of his daily program,” called “Glenn Beck,” later this year, Fox News and Beck's production company, Mercury Radio Arts, said in a joint statement on April 6, 2011. REUTERS/Chris Keane/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ENTERTAINMENT) (CHRIS KEANE - REUTERS)

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

By Mark Kurlansky. The common table accessory’s astonishing history. (3)

9. STUDENT’S GUIDE TO WRITING COLLEGE PAPERS

(Univ. of Chicago, $15)

By Kate L. Turabian; edited by Gregory G. Colomb & Joseph M. Williams. A refresher for coherent papers. (1)

10. TEACH LIKE A CHAMPION: 49 TECHNIQUES THAT PUT STUDENTS ON THE PATH TO COLLEGE

(Jossey-Bass, $27.95). By Doug Lemov (12)

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. (14)

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. (2)

3. WHIPLASH (Jove, $9.99)

By Catherine Coulter. Savich & Sherlock confront a possible haunting of a U.S. senator and a nefarious drug company. (1)

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. (8)

5. 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. (3)

6. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

(Vintage, $14.95; $7.99). By Stieg Larsson. First book in the late Swede’s “Millennium Trilogy.” (105)

7. 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. (3)

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. (92)

9. A CLASH OF KINGS (Spectra, $8.99)
Author George R.R. Martin appears at a book signing for "A Dance with Dragons" at Barnes & Noble in New York, Thursday, July 14, 2011. HBO's "Game of Thrones," based on RR Martin's epic fantasy novels, was nominated for an Emmy for best drama series on Thursday. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes) (Charles Sykes - AP)

By George R.R. Martin. The second installment of Martin’s lushly imagined fantasy world. (2)

10. CUTTING FOR STONE (Vintage, $15.95)

By Abraham Verghese. Medicine, political upheaval and the African continent woven into a sweeping saga. (38)

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended July 10, 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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