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Posted at 02:56 PM ET, 07/04/2011

BOOK WORLD Bestsellers — July 3, 2011

This Independence Day weekend, a moderate amount of movement — and debuts — jostle th lists about a bit.

In new titles, nonfiction’s list finds Ann Coulter managing to hang on another week (and even move up a spot), while New York Times reporter Gretchen Morgenson (and co-author Joshua Rosner) finally see their examination of the financial crisis break into the top 10 (it’s been on and off the “political bestseller” list for weeks). And this is a good opportunity to notice the remarkable staying power of actress-comedian Tina Fey’s memoir ... a testament to her enduring popularity, no doubt, as well as the quality of the book itself. So many celebrity bios debut with much fanfare, only to disappear mere weeks later.

Hardcover fiction sees a slew of “summer fiction” join the ranks, from Janet Evanovich’s latest Stephanie Plum caper, a new Sigma Force novel from James Rollins and a new novel from Elin Hillenbrand. And a first novel from Daphna Ziman, a philanthropist and director well-known for her passionate work on behalf of abandoned children. “Gray Zone” taps into that passion, enlivening a tale of murder, romance and a scandal in a foster parenting organization.

BOOK WORLD

Bestsellers — June 26, 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. (3)

2. THE GREATER JOURNEY: AMERICANS IN PARIS

(Simon & Schuster, $37.50). By David McCullough. The tangible influence of the City of Light. (5)

3. IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS: LOVE, TERROR, AND AN AMERICAN FAMILY IN HITLER’S BERLIN
Erik Larson, author. Seattle, Washington. Client: Erik Larson. © Benjamin Benschneider All Rights Reserved. Usage may be arranged by contacting Benjamin Benschneider Photography. E-mail: bbenschneider@comcast.net or phone 206-789-5973 (copyright Benjamin Benschneider)

(Crown, $26)

By Erik Larson (7)

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

(Random House, $27). By Laura Hillenbrand (32)

5. BOSSYPANTS (Reagan Arthur, $26.99)

By Tina Fey. An amusing memoir from the acclaimed former SNL writer, comedian and actress. (12 )

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

(Times, $30). By Gretchen Morgenson and Joshua Rosner (1)

7. DEMONIC: HOW THE LIBERAL MOB IS ENDANGERING AMERICA

(Crown Forum, $28.99). By Ann Coulter (3)

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

(Gallup, $24.95). By Tom Rath (48)

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

By Howard E. Wasdin & Stephen Templin (3)

10. THOSE GUYS HAVE ALL THE FUN: INSIDE THE WORLD OF ESPN

(Little, Brown, $27.99). By James Andrew Miller & Tom Shales (5)

FICTION HARDCOVER

1. 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? (1)

2. 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. (2)

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. (3)

4. THE GRAY ZONE (Greenleaf, $23.95)

By Daphna Edwards Ziman. An enigmatic former foster child joins forces with a defense attorney to expose crimes against society’s most vulnerable. (1)


In this book cover image released by Grand Central Publishing, "One Summer," by David Baldacci, is shown. (AP Photo/Grand Central Publishing) (AP)

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. (2)

6. THE DEVIL COLONY (Morrow, $27.99)

By James Rollins. A dizzying conspiracy may have obscured the truth behind America’s founding. (1)

7. 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. (2)

8. SISTERHOOD EVERLASTING (Random House, $25)

By Ann Brashares. The “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” quartet reunite 10 years later. (2)

9. 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. (1)

10. SILVER GIRL (Reagan Arthur, $26.99)

By Elin Hilderbrand. Two women, best friends from way back, face turning points in their lives and head off to Nantucket to sort things out. (1)

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 (24)

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. (16)

3. OUTLIERS: THE STORY OF SUCCESS

(Back Bay, $16.99)

By Malcolm Gladwell. Assumptions about success challenged. (3)

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

(Threshold, $16). By Glenn Beck (2)

5. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE (College Board, $21.99). This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. (73)

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

By Mark Kurlansky. The common table accessory’s astonishing history. (1)
TO GO WITH AFP STORY by Liliana Samuel An excavator piles up salt on October 10, 2009 in Bolivia's Uyuni Salt Flats, which has one of the biggest reserves of lithium in the world, estimated in 100,000 metric tons. Businessmen and government officials related to the mining industry in Argentina are flirting with the idea of creating an "OPEC" (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) of Lithium, along with Chile and Bolivia, as the three countries together have around 85 percent of the world's reserves. AFP PHOTO/MARTIN BERNETTI (Photo credit should read MARTIN BERNETTI/AFP/Getty Images) (MARTIN BERNETTI - AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

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

A psychology professor hits the dog park. (36)

8. SPORTS FROM HELL: MY SEARCH FOR THE WORLD’S MOST OUTRAGEOUS COMPETITION

(Anchor, $14.95)

By Rick Reilly (1)

9. LIFE (Back Bay, $16.99)

By Keith Richards. A brutally honest memoir by the celebrated guitarist and songwriter from the Rolling Stones. (8)

10. 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. (13)

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. (12)

2. 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. (1)

3. 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. (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. (6)

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

By Sara Gruen. An orphan discovers love when he joins a circus during the Great Depression. (90)

6. GAME OF THRONES (Spectra, $8.99)

By George R.R. Martin. The first book of the fantasy epic “A Song of Ice and Fire.”; also an HBO miniseries. (1)

7. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

(Vintage, $14.95; $7.99). By Stieg Larsson. First book in the late Swede’s “Millennium Trilogy.” (103)

8. 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. (6)

9. CUTTING FOR STONE (Vintage, $15.95)

By Abraham Verghese. Medicine, political upheaval and the African continent woven into a sweeping saga. (37)

10. A CLASH OF KINGS (Spectra, $8.99)

By George R.R. Martin. The second installment of Martin’s lushly imagined fantasy world. (1)

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended June 26, 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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