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Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 03/12/2012

BOOK WORLD bestsellers — March 11, 2012

Notable additions to the list this week include the new memoir from the late Anthony Shadid, whose tragic death while on assignment in Syria stunned the journalism community, and Jodi Picoult’s new novel, the #1 debut of which shows she still has the magic touch ...

BOOK WORLD

Bestsellers — March 11, 2012

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NONFICTION HARDCOVER


1. THE START-UP OF YOU: ADAPT TO THE FUTURE, INVEST IN YOURSELF, AND TRANSFORM YOUR CAREER

(Crown Business, $26). By Reid Hoffman & Ben Casnocha {2}


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

(Gallup, $24.95). By Tom Rath {71}



3. THE POWER OF HABIT: WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO IN LIFE AND BUSINESS

(Random House, $28). By Charles Duhigg {1}


4. AMERITOPIA: THE UNMAKING OF AMERICA

(Threshold, $26.99). By Mark R. Levin. Claiming that the American Dream (individualism) is at risk, courtesy of a rise of utopian fervor. {7}


5. BECOMING CHINA’S BITCH: AND NINE MORE CATASTROPHES WE MUST AVOID RIGHT NOW

(Turner, $27.95). By Peter D. Kiernan {1}


6. HOUSE OF STONE: A MEMOIR OF HOME, FAMILY, AND A LOST MIDDLE EAST

(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26). By Anthony Shadid {1}


7. BEHIND THE BEAUTIFUL FOREVERS: LIFE, DEATH, AND HOPE IN A MUMBAI UNDERCITY

(Random House, $27). By Katherine Boo {4}



8. THINKING, FAST AND SLOW (FSG, $30)

By Daniel Kahneman. The Nobel Prize winner (economic sciences) examines the modes of thought that fuel our decision making. {12}


9. STEVE JOBS (Simon & Schuster, $35)

By Walter Isaacson. The life of the offbeat, visionary founder of Apple, based on numerous interviews with Jobs himself. {19}


10. THE BLOOD SUGAR SOLUTION: THE ULTRA-HEALTHY PROGRAM FOR LOSING WEIGHT, PREVENTING DISEASE, AND FEELING GREAT NOW!

(Little, Brown, $27.99). By Mark Hyman {1}







FICTION HARDCOVER

1. LONE WOLF (Atria, $28)

By Jodi Picoult. It’s the day of reckoning when a father’s serious accident compels his estranged family to grapple with long-ignored issues. {1}


2. KILL SHOT (Atria, $27.99)

By Vince Flynn. Readers are given a “prequel” of sorts with a chronicle of agent Mitch Rapp’s first year in the CIA. {4}


3. PRIVATE GAMES (Little, Brown, $27.99)

By James Patterson & Mark Sullivan. A very au courant mystery, featuring murder at the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games. {3}


4. VICTIMS (Ballantine, $28)

By Jonathan Kellerman. Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis rush to nab a killer who leaves some rather gory corpses behind. {1}


5. CELEBRITY IN DEATH (Putnam, $27.95)

By J.D. Robb. It’s murder at a film premiere party at which Lt. Eve Dallas is a guest. {2}


6. I’VE GOT YOUR NUMBER (Dial, $26)

By Sophie Kinsella. A phone — one lost, one found — scrambles a young woman’s happily engaged bliss. {3}


7. WATERGATE (Pantheon, $26.95)

By Thomas Mallon. An inventive take on the presidential scandal; who did erase those missing 18½ minutes of tape? {2}


8. DEFENDING JACOB (Delacorte, $26)

By William Landay. The son of a noted assistant DA is accused of murder, putting his family in a tailspin. {5}


9. DEATH COMES TO PEMBERLEY

(Knopf, $25.95). By P.D. James. A bit of murder is injected into the milieu of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.” {13}


10. CINNAMON ROLL MURDER

(Kensington, $24). By Joanne Fluke. A jazz band’s leader is dead, and it’s up to Hannah Swensen to root out the culprit. {1}





NONFICTION PAPERBACK

1. THE FOX EFFECT: HOW ROGER AILES TURNED A NETWORK INTO A PROPAGANDA MACHINE

(Anchor, $15). By David Brock & Ari Rabin-Havt {2}


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

By Gary D. Chapman. Knowing that special someone. {30}


3. BOSSYPANTS (Reagan Arthur, $15.99)

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


4. THE VOW: THE TRUE EVENTS THAT INSPIRED THE MOVIE

(B&H, $14.99). By Kim & Krickitt Carpenter. The wrenching ordeal that began with a car accident in November, 1993. {5}


5. THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS

(Broadway, $16). By Rebecca Skloot. How one woman’s death from cervical cancer in 1951 led to the creation of the prodigious HeLa cell line. {52}


6. MINDSET: THE NEW PSYCHOLOGY OF SUCCESS

(Ballantine, $16). By Carol S. Dweck. Why one’s attitude is as important as talent. {1}


7. WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING (Workman, $14.95). By Heidi Murkoff & Sharon Mazell. Fourth edition of the popular guide. {20}


8. HEAVEN IS FOR REAL: A LITTLE BOY’S ASTOUNDING STORY OF HIS TRIP TO HEAVEN AND BACK

(Thomas Nelson, $16.99). By Todd Burpo {60}


9. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE

(College Board, $21.99). This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. {101}


10. GETTING TO YES: NEGOTIATING AGREEMENT WITHOUT GIVING IN

(Penguin, $16). By Roger Fisher and William Ury. Second edition. {8}



FICTION PAPERBACK

1. THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST

(Vintage, $15.95; $9.99). By Stieg Larsson. The Millennium Trilogy concludes with Lisbeth Salander hunting for her failed assassin. {2}


2. THE LUCKY ONE (Grand Central, $14.99; $7.99)

By Nicholas Sparks. True love awaits at the end of the search for a woman smiling in a photo; a new feature film. {5}


3. THE SIXTH MAN (Vision, $9.99)

By David Baldacci. An alleged serial killer’s attorney is murdered before King & Maxwell can confer on the case; the mass market (and third) edition of this novel. {9}


4. REDWOOD BEND (Mira, $7.99)

By Robyn Carr. A flat tire on the way to Virgin River forever alters a young mom’s future. {1}


5. THE HELP (Berkley, $16)

By Kathryn Stockett. A frank chronicle of the lives of several black maids working in a town in 1960s Miss. {46}


6. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

(Vintage, $14.95; $7.99). By Stieg Larsson. First book in the late Swede’s “Millennium Trilogy.” {126}


7. THE TIGER’S WIFE (Random House, $15)

By Téa Obreht. While on a humanitarian mission, a doctor in the Balkans is confronted by the riddles of her own family’s past. {16}


8. THE JUNGLE (Berkley, $9.99)

By Clive Cussler with Jack Du Brul. Juan Cabrillo, and the crew of the high-tech ship “Oregon,” aim to stop a plot of world domination. {1}


9. PORTRAIT OF A SPY (Harper, $9.99)

By Daniel Silva. Art conservator and sometime agent Gabriel Allon parries with an American-born cleric and terrorist. {2}


10. LIVE WIRE (Signet, $9.99)

By Harlan Coben. A client’s missing husband brings athlete-cum-agent Myron Bolitar’s past front and center. {1}




Rankings reflect sales for the week ended March 4, 2012. The charts may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright 2012 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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