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Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 06/19/2011

BOOK WORLD Bestsellers — June 19, 2011

A bevy of new titles join the lists this week, with publishing heavyweights’ latest fare knocking off other heavyweights who have enjoyed weeks (even months) on the lists.

Fiction sees the most significant changes, with Charlaine Harris, Jeff Shaara and Jo Nesbø making way for new novels from Ann Patchett (another stunning work of fiction), Clive Cussler, Laurell K. Hamilton and Mary Kay Andrews. Only David Baldacci remained firmly anchored, at #4.

As for nonfiction, a bit of shuffling, and one notable addition --- the new liberal-bashing book from Ann Coulter. We’ll see what staying power it has.

BOOK WORLD

Bestsellers — June 19, 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. (3)

2. BOSSYPANTS (Reagan Arthur, $26.99)

By Tina Fey. An amusing memoir from the acclaimed former SNL writer, comedian and actress. (10 )

3. DEMONIC: HOW THE LIBERAL MOB IS ENDANGERING AMERICA

(Crown Forum, $28.99). By Ann Coulter (1)

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

(Crown, $26). By Erik Larson (5)

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

(Random House, $27)

By Laura Hillenbrand (30)

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

(Little, Brown, $27.99). By James Andrew Miller & Tom Shales (3)

7. THE HEART OF A VOLUNTEER (Compendium, $9.95)

By Dan Zadra. Inspirational quotes and passages comprise this book celebrating those that give of themselves. (1)

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

(Gallup, $24.95). By Tom Rath (46)

9. ON CHINA (Penguin Press, $36)

By Henry Kissinger (3)

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. (5)

FICTION HARDCOVER

1. 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. (1)

2. THE KINGDOM (Putnam, $27.95)

By Clive Cussler with Grant Blackwood. The Fargos, the treasure-hunting duo, undertake a global hunt for two missing men, and stumble across myriad wonders in the process. (1)

3. HIT LIST (Berkley, $27.95)

By Laurell K. Hamilton. A new Anita Blake ad­ven­ture finds the vampire hunter after a serial killer in the Pacific Northwest. (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. (8)

5. 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. (2)

6. SUMMER RENTAL (St. Martin’s, $25.99)

By Mary Kay Andrews. The intertwining of five lives at an Outer Banks bungalow. (1)

7. 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. (6)

8. 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. (2)

9. BURIED PREY (Putnam, $27.95)

By John Sandford. Lucas Davenport is confronted with a cold case when two bodies are unearthed in a demolition. (5)

10. 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. (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 (22)

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. (14)

3. OUTLIERS: THE STORY OF SUCCESS

(Back Bay, $16.99). By Malcolm Gladwell. Assumptions about success challenged. (1)

4. LIFE (Back Bay, $16.99)

By Keith Richards. A brutally honest memoir by the celebrated guitarist and songwriter from the Rolling Stones. (6)

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

By Alexandra Horowitz

A psychology professor hits the dog park. (34)

6. TRIBAL LEADERSHIP: LEVERAGING NATURAL GROUPS TO BUILD A THRIVING ORGANIZATION

(Harper, $16.99). By Dave Logan, John King and Halee Fischer Wright (1)

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

By Gary D. Chapman. Knowing that special someone. (14)

8. WAR (Twelve, $15.99)

By Sebastian Junger. Fourteen months embedded with the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley. (3)

9. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE (College Board, $21.99). This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. (71)

10. EFFECTIVE PHRASES FOR PERFORMANCE APPRAISALS: A GUIDE TO SUCCESSFUL EVALUATIONS

(Neal, $12.95). By James E. Neal Jr. Twelfth edition. (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. (10)

2. 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. (4)

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. (88)

4. 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. (4)

5. 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. (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.” (101)

7. THE SPY (Berkley, $9.99).

By Clive Cussler and Justin Scott. Isaac Bell returns, confronted with the murder of Navy researchers as WWI looms. (1)

8. CUTTING FOR STONE (Vintage, $15.95)

By Abraham Verghese. Medicine, political upheaval and the African continent woven into a sweeping saga. (35)

9. 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. (3)

10. PERFECT HARMONY (Silhouette, $7.99)

By Nora Roberts. The romance novellas “Unfinished Business” and “Local Hero.” (1)

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended June 12, 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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