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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 06/25/2011

BOOK WORLD Bestsellers — June 26, 2011

Happy (official) summer to all !! Now that the season has begun, what are local residents snapping up in bookstores or clutching on their way to the beach, or just the local pool?

FICTION: Sweeping onto the fiction roster this week are the new thriller from Tom Clancy (his first real novel in some time, which naturally debuts at No. 1); David Baldacci’s best Nicholas Sparks impression; “Carte Blanche,” the highly anticipated new James Bond caper, written by Jeffery Deaver; Ann Brashares brings the “Sisterhood” together once again, a decade later; and a new, heartwarming tale from Dorothea Benton Frank.

That’s quite a bit! What decamped from the list to make way (and may very well return to the top 10 in future?) — the latest from James Patterson, Lisa See, John Sandford and Steve Berry.

NONFICTION: The only noteworthy news in this genre is the stunningly strong surge of Adam Mansbach’s charmingly “Rated R” picture book, which you’ve no doubt seen mentioned in news & entertainment outlets everywhere. It’s taken on a life of it’s own, it seems. After hitting The Post’s list two weeks ago (at #5, mind you) this week it roars back to the top spot. Maybe our parents were wrong when they said being a potty-mouth never pays off ...

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. (2)


David McCullough, an author and historian, speaks during an interview in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, June 7, 2011. McCullough is a two-time winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Photographer: Scott Eells/Bloomberg *** Local Caption *** David McCullough (Scott Eells - BLOOMBERG)

2. THE GREATER JOURNEY: AMERICANS IN PARIS

(Simon & Schuster, $37.50). By David McCullough. The tangible influence of the City of Light. (4)

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

(Random House, $27). By Laura Hillenbrand (31)

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

(Crown, $26). By Erik Larson (6)

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

(Little, Brown, $27.99). By James Andrew Miller & Tom Shales (4)

6. BOSSYPANTS (Reagan Arthur, $26.99)

By Tina Fey. An amusing memoir from the acclaimed former SNL writer, comedian and actress. (11 )

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

By Howard E. Wasdin & Stephen Templin (2)

8. DEMONIC: HOW THE LIBERAL MOB IS ENDANGERING AMERICA

(Crown Forum, $28.99). By Ann Coulter (2)

9. 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. (6)

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

(Gallup, $24.95). By Tom Rath (47)

FICTION HARDCOVER

1. 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. (1)

2. 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. (1)

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. (2)

4. 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. (2)


US writer Jeffery Deaver, author of the new James Bond book entitled 'Carte Blanche', poses for photographs with a Bentley sports car before a book signing, in central London, on May 27, 2011. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images) (BEN STANSALL - AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

5. 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. (1)

6. 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. (3)

7. SISTERHOOD EVERLASTING (Random House, $25)

By Ann Brashares. The “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” quartet reunite 10 years later. (1)

8. 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. (9)

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. (53)

10. FOLLY BEACH (Morrow, $25.99)

By Dorothea Benton Frank. One woman’s journey of self-discovery draws her back to her family’s home in the Carolina Lowcountry. (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 (23)

2. THE ORIGINAL ARGUMENT: THE FEDERALISTS’ CASE FOR THE CONSTITUTION, ADAPTED FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
T.V. host Glenn Beck addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington on Saturday Feb. 20, 2010.(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) (Jose Luis Magana - AP)

(Threshold, $16)

By Glenn Beck (1)

3. OUTLIERS: THE STORY OF SUCCESS

(Back Bay, $16.99)

By Malcolm Gladwell. Assumptions about success challenged. (2)

4. 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. (15)

5. THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE (FOURTH EDITION)

(Longman, $9.95). By William Strunk Jr. & E.B. White The classic guide to writing well. (5)

6. THANK YOU NOTES (Grand Central, $12)

By Jimmy Fallon and the Writers of Late Night. Humor from the comic and the crew of his evening talk show on NBC. (2)

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

A psychology professor hits the dog park. (35)

8. LIFE (Back Bay, $16.99)

By Keith Richards. A brutally honest memoir by the celebrated guitarist and songwriter from the Rolling Stones. (7)

9. BRINGING OUT THE BEST IN PEOPLE: HOW TO ENJOY HELPING OTHERS EXCEL

(Augsburg Fortress, $8.99). By Alan Loy McGinnis (1)

10. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE (College Board, $21.99). This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. (72)

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. (11)

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. (5)

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. (89)

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. (5)

5. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

(Vintage, $14.95; $7.99). By Stieg Larsson. First book in the late Swede’s “Millennium Trilogy.” (102)

6. A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD

(Anchor, $14.95). By Jennifer Egan. A layered novel of a music producer and an employee; winner of the Pulitzer Prize. (5)

7. CUTTING FOR STONE (Vintage, $15.95)

By Abraham Verghese. Medicine, political upheaval and the African continent woven into a sweeping saga. (36)

8. 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. (4)

9. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE

(Vintage, $15.95; 7.99). By Stieg Larsson. Sex trafficking between Sweden and Eastern Europe is exposed. (57)


Columbia PicturesÕ/Focus FeaturesÕ The Other Boleyn Girl. The film is directed by Justin Chadwick from a screenplay by Peter Morgan, based on the novel by Philippa Gregory. (Alex Bailey - ALEX BAILEY)

10. THE RED QUEEN (Touchstone, $16)

By Philippa Gregory. The life of the mother of Henry VII, who plots and schemes amid the War of the Roses. (1)

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended June 19, 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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