BOOK WORLD Bestsellers — June 12, 2011

It’s that season once more — Warm Washington Weather. And this year, it seems to be striking earlier than ever. A sure fire way to strike back (and stay cool) is to relax with a great read, either in your home or at a favorite coffee house and while away the steamy day ...

The lists this steamy weekend reflect much of the same from the week prior, with two notable exceptions: The [rather adult] picture book from award-winning novelist Adam Mansbach, illustrated by Ricardo Cortes, the title of which even its own cover doesn’t spell out, and which we certainly wouldn’t here, as this is a family paper, and the new novel from Lisa See, the follow-up to her bestselling “Shanghai Girls,” set amid the upheavals and then suppression of the Hundred Flowers Movement. And for those readers who might wonder ... yes, Lisa See is the daughter of Book World’s longtime, beloved reviewer, Carolyn See.

BOOK WORLD

Bestsellers — June 12, 2011

[click on the author’s name to be linked to Book World’s review]

NONFICTION HARDCOVER

1. THE GREATER JOURNEY: AMERICANS IN PARIS

(Simon & Schuster, $37.50). By David McCullough. The tangible influence of the City of Light. (2)

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

(Crown, $26). By Erik Larson (4)

3. BOSSYPANTS (Reagan Arthur, $26.99)

By Tina Fey. An amusing memoir from the acclaimed former SNL writer, comedian and actress. (9 )

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

(Little, Brown, $27.99). By James Andrew Miller & Tom Shales (2)


This undated photo courtesy of Matthew L. Kaplan shows author Adam Mansbach. Playing dress up or running around the park, kids can be so darn cute. Until it's 3 a.m. and they won't go the (bleep) to sleep. The F-bomb plea is the title of a buzz magnet of a book parody by Mansbach written in kid-friendly rhyme but decidedly unworthy of a bedtime readaloud. (AP Photo/Matthew L. Kaplan) (AP)

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. (1)

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

(Random House, $27)

By Laura Hillenbrand (29)

7. POISONED: THE TRUE STORY OF THE DEADLY E.COLI OUTBREAK THAT CHANGED THE WAY AMERICANS EAT

(Inspire, $24.95)

By Jeff Benedict (1)

8. TRANSCENDENCE: HEALING AND TRANSFORMATION THROUGH TRANSCENDENTAL MEDITATION

(Tarcher, $25.95). By Norman E. Rosenthal (1)

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

(Gallup, $24.95). By Tom Rath (45)

10. LIES THAT CHELSEA HANDLER TOLD ME

(Grand Central, $24.99). By Chelsea’s Family, Friends, and Other Victims. The sarcastic comedian’s more successful ruses. (4)

FICTION HARDCOVER


NEW YORK, NY - MAY 25: (L-R) Host Willie Geist, Authors Rick Riordan and James Patterson speak at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on May 25, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Janette Pellegrini/Getty Images for Disney Publishing) (Janette Pellegrini/GETTY IMAGES FOR DISNEY PUBLISHI)

1. 10TH ANNIVERSARY (Little, Brown, $27.99)

By James Patterson & Maxine Paetro. A new Women’s Murder Club tale in children are entwined in shocking murders. (5)

2. DREAMS OF JOY (Random House, $26)

By Lisa See. This sequel to “Shanghai Girls” explores a mother-daughter rift amid radical changes in Chinese society. (1)

3. BLOODMONEY (Norton, $25.95)

By David Ignatius. A covert CIA operation in Pakistan (dollars in exchange for peace) is at risk when agents are systematically killed. (1)

4. THE SIXTH MAN

(Grand Central, $27.99)

By David Baldacci. An alleged serial killer’s attorney is murdered before King & Maxwell can confer on the case. (7)

5. BURIED PREY (Putnam, $27.95)

By John Sandford. Lucas Davenport is confronted with a cold case when two bodies are unearthed in a demolition. (4)

6. DEAD RECKONING (Ace, $27.95)

By Charlaine Harris. The plot thickens when the bar where Soosie Stackhouse works is fire bombed. (5)

7. THE JEFFERSON KEY (Ballantine, $26)

By Steve Berry. Cotton Malone stumbles across a secret society (of pirates!) which for centuries has shaped U.S. history. (3)

8. THE FINAL STORM (Ballantine, $28)

By Jeff Shaara. The denouement of Shaara’s World War II epics with the Battle of Okinawa. (3)

9. 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. (52)

10. THE SNOWMAN (Knopf, $25.95)

By Jo Nesbø. A Norwegian-set thriller in which women go missing on the day of a first snowfall. (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 (21)

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. (13)

3. PUT YOUR MINDSET TO WORK: THE ONE ASSET YOU REALLY NEED TO WIN AND KEEP THE JOB YOU LOVE

(Portfolio, $17). By James Reed & Dr. Paul G. Stoltz (1)

4. LIFE (Back Bay, $16.99)

By Keith Richards. A brutally honest memoir by the celebrated guitarist and songwriter from the Rolling Stones. (5)


People walk by Duke Chapel on the campus of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, U.S., on Friday, March 26, 2010. Duke offered admission this year to 3,972 students, or 15 percent of its applicants, down from 18 percent last year, after a surge in applications, according to school officials. Photographer: Jim R. Bounds/Bloomberg (Jim R. Bounds)

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

By Alexandra Horowitz

A psychology professor hits the dog park. (33)

7. DRIVE THE SURPRISING TRUTH ABOUT WHAT MOTIVATES US (Riverhead, $16)

By Daniel H. Pink. A look by the New Economy expert. (7)

8. EMPIRE OF THE SUMMER MOON: QUANAH PARKER AND THE RISE AND FALL OF THE COMANCHES

(Scribner, $16). By S.C. Gwynne (2)

9. 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. (12)

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

(Jossey-Bass, $27.95). By Doug Lemov (11)

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. (9)

2. JUST LIKE HEAVEN (Avon, $7.99)

By Julia Quinn. A period romance replete with an earl, loads of passion and a heroine named Honoria Smythe-Smith. (1)

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

By Sara Gruen. An orphan discovers love when he joins a circus during the Great Depression. (87)

4. BEACH LANE (Mira, $7.99)

By Sherryl Woods. Economics and a health scare team up to threaten a budding romance in Chesapeake Shores. (1)

5. FOREIGN INFLUENCE (Pocket, $9.99)

By Brad Thor. Scot Harvath joins a new covert ops team and is dispatched to Europe to track a terrorist. (2)


Shortlisted Irish author Emma Donoghue poses with her book 'Room' before the announcement of the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction, during the awards ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall in London, Wednesday, June 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Sang Tan) (Sang Tan/AP)

6. 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. (3)

7. 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. (3)

8. A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE (BOX SET)

(Bantam, $35.96). By George R.R. Martin. The four novels comprising the epic fantasy series (so far); inspiration for the HBO series “A Game of Thrones.” (4)

9. MAGIC SLAYS (Ace, $7.99)

By Ilona Andrews. The fifth Kate Daniels tale set in a paranormal-plagued Atlanta. (1)

10. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

(Vintage, $14.95; $7.99). By Stieg Larsson. First book in the late Swede’s “Millennium Trilogy.” (100)

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended June 5, 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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