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Posted at 08:44 AM ET, 07/31/2011

BOOK WORLD Bestsellers — July 31, 2011

As we head into August (and another week of extreme temperatures) here’s what made the list this sweltering weekend ...

Nonfiction sees but two new addition: The surprise reappearance of Joshua Foer’s chronicle of his participation in the vaunted U.S. Memory Championship, and Washington Post reporter Joby Warrick’s “The Triple Agent,” the riveting, heart-wrenching tale of a Jordanian double-agent who had been providing the CIA with stunning intelligence until , at the rendezvous point in Khost, Afghanistan, he detonated a 30-pound bomb lashed to his chest, killing seven CIA agents and shattering an operation considered invaluable.

In fiction, novelists J. Courtney Sullivan, David Baldacci, Iris Johansen and S.J. Rozan are dislodged from the top 10 by new works from heavyweights Catherine Coulter, Danielle Steel, Eric Van Lustbader (a new Jason Bourne caper) and Daniel Silva. And Silva’s debut at #1, knocking off fan favorite George R.R. Martin’s latest fantasy saga, attests to his own strong appeal and fan base (and perhaps that the Martin tome is $35 ... ).

BOOK WORLD

Bestsellers — July 24, 2011

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NONFICTION HARDCOVER

1. A STOLEN LIFE (Simon & Schuster, $24.99)

By Jaycee Dugard. The graphic and unsettling account of the 18 years of imprisonment and abuse. (2)

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

(Random House, $27)

By Laura Hillenbrand (36)

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

(Crown, $26). By Erik Larson (11)

4. THE GREATER JOURNEY: AMERICANS IN PARIS

(Simon & Schuster, $37.50). By David McCullough

The tangible influence of the City of Light. (9)

5. 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. (7)

6. MOONWALKING WITH EINSTEIN: THE ART AND SCIENCE OF REMEMBERING EVERYTHING

(Penguin Press, $26.95). By Joshua Foer (6)

7. BOSSYPANTS (Reagan Arthur, $26.99)

By Tina Fey. An amusing memoir from the acclaimed former SNL writer, comedian and actress. (16 )

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

(Gallup, $24.95). By Tom Rath (52)

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

(Free Press, $25). By Dr. Mike Moreno. Metabolic mastery. (12)

10. THE TRIPLE AGENT: THE AL-QAEDA MOLE WHO INFILTRATED THE CIA

(Doubleday, $26.95). By Joby Warrick (1)

FICTION HARDCOVER

1. PORTRAIT OF A SPY (Harper, $26.99)

By Daniel Silva. Art conservator and sometime agent Gabriel Allon parries with an American-born cleric and terrorist. (1)

2. A DANCE WITH DRAGONS (Bantam, $35)

By George R.R. Martin. After almost six years, Martin returns to the Seven Kingdoms in this fifth book of “A Song of Ice and Fire.” (2)

3. SPLIT SECOND (Putnam, $26.95)

By Catherine Coulter. A quartet of FBI agents hunt down a serial killer who has ties to the infamous Ted Bundy. (1)

4. HAPPY BIRTHDAY (Delacorte, $28)

By Danielle Steel. The lives of three people get some added drama thanks to three momentous birthday celebrations. (1)

5. 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. (4)

6. THEN CAME YOU (Atria, $26.99)

By Jennifer Weiner. Surrogacy brings together three strikingly different women, each banking on a pregnancy to solve their individual crises. (2)

7. 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. (6)

8. 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? (5)

9. ROBERT LUDLUM’S THE BOURNE DOMINION

(Grand Central, $27.99). By Eric Van Lustbader. Jason Bourne, Ludlum’s iconic agent, seeks the help of a trusted Russian general to avert an attack on America’s natural resources. (1)

10. 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. (6)

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 (28)

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. (20)

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

By Malcolm Gladwell. Assumptions about success challenged. (7)

4. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE (College Board, $21.99). This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. (77)

5. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS STYLEBOOK AND BRIEFING ON MEDIA LAW 2011

(Basic, $19.99). By The Associated Press (1)

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

A psychology professor hits the dog park. (39)

7. THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY (Vintage, $15.95)

By Erik Larson. A killer preys on Chicago residents amid the 1893 World’s Fair. (130)

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

By Gary D. Chapman. Knowing that special someone. (15)

9. GRAMMAR GIRL’S 101 MISUSED WORDS YOU’LL NEVER CONFUSE AGAIN (Griffin, $5.99)

By Mignon Fogarty. Advice from the grammar maven. (1)

10. NEWCOMER’S HANDBOOK FOR MOVING TO AND LIVING IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

(First, $24.95). By Mike Livingston (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. (15)

2. THE CONFESSION (Dell, $9.99)

By John Grisham. After nine years, a man confesses to a murder for which another was imprisoned. (1)

3. A GAME OF THRONES (Bantam, $17; 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. (3)

4. 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. (4)

5. A CLASH OF KINGS (Bantam, $17; Spectra, $8.99)

By George R.R. Martin. The second installment of Martin’s lushly imagined fantasy world. (4)

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

By Sara Gruen. An orphan discovers love when he joins a circus during the Great Depression. (93)

7. 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. (10)

8. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

(Vintage, $14.95; $7.99). By Stieg Larsson. First book in the late Swede’s “Millennium Trilogy.” (107)

9. CUTTING FOR STONE (Vintage, $15.95)

By Abraham Verghese. Medicine, political upheaval and the African continent woven into a sweeping saga. (40)

10. THE POSTCARD KILLERS (Grand Central, $14.99)

By James Patterson & Liza Marklund. A postcard sent to local newspapers is a European killer’s calling card. (2)

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended July 24, 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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