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Posted at 09:04 AM ET, 03/19/2012

BOOK WORLD bestsellers — March 18, 2012

Coasting into the latter half of March, this week’s list finds Isaacson’s much lauded biography of Steve Jobs making a startling leap back to #1 ... along with several new management titles and pollster Scott Rasumssen’s take on the election cycle.

Over in fiction, that genre blend of fantasy/adventure racks up a trio of new additions to the list, courtesy of Clive Cussler (and friend), David Weber and Patricia Briggs. And, hearteningly, P.D. James lovely Regency mystery hangs on for a 14th week.

BOOK WORLD

Bestsellers — March 18, 2012

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NONFICTION HARDCOVER

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

By Walter Isaacson. The life of the offbeat, visionary founder of Apple, based on numerous interviews with Jobs himself. {20}


2. THE PEOPLE’S MONEY: HOW VOTERS WILL BALANCE THE BUDGET AND ELIMINATE THE FEDERAL DEBT

(Threshold, $26). By Scott Rasmussen {1}


3. DOING MORE WITH LESS: THE NEW WAY TO WEALTH

(Wiley, $21.95). By Bruce Piasecki. The merits of frugality and hard work. {1}


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

(Random House, $28). By Charles Duhigg {2}


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

(Turner, $27.95). By Peter D. Kiernan {2}


6. SEEING THE BIG PICTURE: BUSINESS ACUMEN TO BUILD YOUR CREDIBILITY, CAREER, AND COMPANY

(Greenleaf, $21.95). By Kevin Cope {1}


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

(Little, Brown, $27.99). By Mark Hyman {2}


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

(Gallup, $24.95). By Tom Rath {72}



9. 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. {13}



Nada Bakri, Anthony Shadid's wife, lights a candle at a vigil for Shadid, at the American University of Beirut (AUB), February 21, 2012. New York Times correspondent Anthony Shadid, who won two Pulitzer Prizes for his coverage of the Iraq war and its aftermath, died while reporting in Syria on February 16 after an apparent asthma attack, the newspaper said. He was 43. (MOHAMED AZAKIR - REUTERS)

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

(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26). By Anthony Shadid {2}





FICTION HARDCOVER

1. THE THIEF (Putnam, $27.95)

By Clive Cussler and Justin Scott. Detective Isaac Bell aims to thwart an agent after a new invention that may tilt the balance of power as WWI looms. {1}


2. A RISING THUNDER (Baen, $26)

By David Weber. In this latest Honor Harrington SF caper, the Solarian League pits its forces against the Star Kingdom — and that’s just the start. {1}



Jodi Picoult, author of "Change of Heart," poses in this undated handout photo released to the media on Monday, March 3, 2008. (GASPER TRINGALE - Bloomberg)

3. 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. {2}


4. 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. {4}


5. FAIR GAME (Ace, $26.95)

By Patricia Briggs. Werewolves are the target of a serial killer in this new “Alpha and Omega” tale. {1}


6. 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. {5}


7. 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. {3}


8. VICTIMS (Ballantine, $28)

By Jonathan Kellerman. Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis rush to nab a killer who leaves some rather gory corpses behind. {2}


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.” {14}

10. DEFENDING JACOB (Delacorte, $26)

By William Landay. The son of a noted assistant DA is accused of murder, putting his family in a tailspin. {6}






NONFICTION PAPERBACK

1. THE MAGIC (Atria, $12.99)

By Rhonda Byrne. The guide to the bestselling “The Secret” returns, with an encrypted text that has the potential to change lives. {1}


2. THE MEMORY JOGGER: A POCKET GUIDE OF TOOLS FOR CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT

(Goal/QPC, $7.95). By Michael Brassard. Maximizing your workplace efficiency. {1}


3. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE

(College Board, $21.99). This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. {102}


4. THE DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK: PART 4

(Peachpit, $24.99). By Scott Kelby. Tricks of the trade from the editor and publisher of Photoshop User magazine. {1}


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. {53}


6. BOSSYPANTS (Reagan Arthur, $15.99)

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


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

By Gary D. Chapman. Knowing that special someone. {31}


8. 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. {6}


9. MINDSET: THE NEW PSYCHOLOGY OF SUCCESS

(Ballantine, $16). By Carol S. Dweck. Why one’s attitude is as important as talent. {2}


10. THE DASH DIET COOKBOOK: QUICK AND DELICIOUS RECIPES FOR LOSING WEIGHT, PREVENTING DIABETES AND LOWERING BLOOD PRESSURE

(Ulysses, $14.95). By Dr. Mariza Snyder, Dr. Lauren Clum and Anna V. Zulaica {1}


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. {3}


2. 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. {10}


3. 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. {6}


4. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY (Writer’s Coffee Shop, $29.99)

By E.L. James. The first of a British e-book trilogy romance that has become a phenomenon; Vintage will be publishing an edition in April. {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. {47}



6. 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. {2}


7. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

(Vintage, $14.95; $7.99). By Stieg Larsson. First book in the late Swede’s “Millennium Trilogy.” {127}


8. NEW YORK TO DALLAS (Berkley, $7.99)

By J.D. Robb. A monstrous child abuser, who Eve Dallas nabbed years ago, has escaped and is out for vengeance. {1}


9. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE

(Vintage, $15.95; $7.99). By Stieg Larsson. Sex trafficking between Sweden and Eastern Europe is exposed. {71}


10. REDWOOD BEND (Mira, $7.99)

By Robyn Carr. A flat tire on the way to Virgin River forever alters a young mom’s future. {2}




Rankings reflect sales for the week ended March 11, 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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