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Posted at 08:53 AM ET, 03/05/2012

BOOK WORLD bestsellers — March 4, 2012

A heavy dose of optimism, in the form of the new title “Abundance” from Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler knock Levin’s “Ameritopia” from the top spot, where it has enjoyed an impressive run. The authors make a persuasive case that mankind’s future may not be as bleak as we fear (or the presidential campaigning keeps telling us).

Over in fiction, there are successive shots of mystery (JD Robb), the supernatural (Kim Harrison) American history (Thomas Mallon) and political thriller (Alex Berenson) that shake up the rankings this week.

And in the hardcover as well as the paperback lists, it’s evident we are in midst of the Lenten season.

(Oh, and I find it amusingly charming that Sophie Kinsella’s new romantic dramedy, revolving as it does around our ubiquitous companion, the mobile phone, is published by The Dial Press ... )

BOOK WORLD

Bestsellers — March 4, 2012

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NONFICTION HARDCOVER


1. ABUNDANCE:THE FUTURE IS BETTER THAN YOU THINK

(Free Press, $26.99). By Peter H. Diamandis & Steven Kotler {1}


2. 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. {6}


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

(Random House, $27). By Katherine Boo {3}



4. QUIET: THE POWER OF INTROVERTS IN A WORLD THAT CAN’T STOP TALKING

(Crown, $26). By Susan Cain {5}


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

(Gallup, $24.95). By Tom Rath {70}


6. AMERICAN SNIPER: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF THE MOST LETHAL SNIPER IN U.S. MILITARY HISTORY

(Morrow, $26.99)

By Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice {8}


7. EISENHOWER IN WAR AND PEACE (Random House, $40)

By Jean Edward Smith. The presidency of the All-American wartime hero. {1}


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

By Walter Isaacson. The life of the offbeat, visionary founder of Apple, based on numerous interviews with Jobs himself. {18}


9. COMING APART: THE STATE OF WHITE AMERICA, 1960-2010

(Crown Forum, $27). By Charles Murray. The extreme stratification of American society as seen in one broad ethnic group. {2}


10. JESUS CALLING: ENJOYING PEACE IN HIS PRESENCE

(Integrity, $15.99). By Sarah Young. A devotional of daily readings. {1}





FICTION HARDCOVER

1. 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. {1}


2. 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. {2}



3. 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. {3}


4. A PERFECT BLOOD (Harper Voyager, $26.99)

By Kim Harrison. Rachel Morgan tracks down those responsible for ritual murders across Cincinnati. {1}


5. I’VE GOT YOUR NUMBER (Dial, $26)

By Sophie Kinsella. A phone — one lost, one found — scrambles a young woman’s happily engaged bliss. {2}


6. DEFENDING JACOB (Delacorte, $26)

By William Landay. The son of a noted assistant DA is accused of murder, putting his family in a tailspin. {4}


7. WATERGATE (Pantheon, $26.95)

By Thomas Mallon. An inventive take on the presidential scandal; who did erase those missing 18½ minutes of tape? {1}


8. 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.” {12}


9. SHADOW PATROL (Putnam, $26.95)

By Alex Berenson. A real-life terrorist attack in Khost province is the jumping off point for this ripping new John Wells ad­ven­ture. {1}


10. THE WOLF GIFT (Knopf, $25.95)

By Anne Rice. A dashing Northern California man is also a werewolf, though with important differences from the creature of myth. {2}






NONFICTION PAPERBACK

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

(Anchor, $15). By David Brock & Ari Rabin-Havt {1}


2. LOSE WEIGHT WITHOUT DIETING OR WORKING OUT: DISCOVER SECRETS TO A SLIMMER, SEXIER AND HEALTHIER YOU

(Adiva, $19.95). By JJ Smith {2}


3. 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. {4}


4. 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. {51}


5. BOSSYPANTS (Reagan Arthur, $15.99)

By Tina Fey. An amusing memoir from the acclaimed former SNL writer, comedian and actress. {8}


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

By Gary D. Chapman. Knowing that special someone. {29}


7. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE

(College Board, $21.99). This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. {100}



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 {59}


9. BASEBALL PROSPECTUS 2012: THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO THE 2012 BASEBALL SEASON

(Wiley, $24.95). Edited by King Kaufman & Cecilia M. Tan {2}


10. SHOW ME THE WAY: DAILY LENTEN READINGS

(Crossroad, $19.95). By Henri J. M. Nouwen {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. {1}


2. THE HELP (Berkley, $16)

By Kathryn Stockett. A frank chronicle of the lives of several black maids working in a town in 1960s Miss. {45}


3. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

(Vintage, $14.95; $7.99). By Stieg Larsson. First book in the late Swede’s “Millennium Trilogy.” {125}


4. 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. {15}


5. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE

(Vintage, $15.95; $7.99). By Stieg Larsson. Sex trafficking between Sweden and Eastern Europe is exposed. {70}


6. 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. {1}


7. KILL ME IF YOU CAN (Grand Central, $14.99)

By James Patterson & Marshall Karp. A diamond heist goes awry when the sack of gems is discovered by an unsuspecting student. {1}


8. AGAINST ALL ENEMIES (Berkley, $9.99)

By Tom Clancy with Peter Telep. An ex-Navy SEAL’s Pakistan tour reveals a conspiracy closer to home. {4}


9. 44 CHARLES STREET (Dell, $7.99)

By Danielle Steel. A divorce forces a New York art dealer to acquiesce to roommates in order to hold on to cherished house. {3}


10. TOM CLANCY PRESENTS: ACT OF VALOR

(Berkley, $9.99). By Dick Couch & George Galdorisi. The novelization of a new film starring real-life Navy SEALs. {2}




Rankings reflect sales for the week ended February 26, 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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