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Posted at 09:30 PM ET, 04/30/2011

BOOK WORLD Bestsellers — May 1, 2011

As we move into the month of May (and eagerly anticipate the promised May flowers), here are the books that are selling well. Overall, just a handful of new titles have joined the lists this week.

— in new nonfiction titles, the much-hyped “Dukan Diet” lands at #2, its North American debut. It is already in hit in France, where its creator, Dr. Pierre Dukan, practices and people are swearing by it. But don’t all new diet regimes have these swooning acolytes? There are four steps to master, the first two of which involve a radical change in the food you ingest. And here we thought it was the scrumptious wine and the European bon vivant that kept French women so svelte ...

Joining that list is the new litany of remonstrations from conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart, in which a perceived liberal bias in the media features prominently. And Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz sees his memoir rejoin the top 10 after disappearing for a week.

— the fare in new fiction is very much “summer reading,” those plot driven titles that are such an escape while on vacation. Two entries from rather popular series hit the list just below the halfway point ... Amanda Quick’s new Arcane Society novel, involving the murders of glass-readers and its repercussions. And Iris Johansen’s wily Eve Duncan returns, and offers readers a glimpse into the past of the storied forensic sculptor. At long last, Duncan may be about to learn the fate of her daughter, kidnapped five years earlier, thanks to help from CIA agent Catherine Ling. This is the first of a new Eve Duncan trilogy, in which a great many questions will be answered. And you won’t have long to wait — the second installment hits bookstores in October.

BOOK WORLD

Bestsellers — MAY 1, 2011

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NONFICTION HARDCOVER

1. BOSSYPANTS (Reagan Arthur, $26.99)

By Tina Fey. An amusing memoir from the acclaimed former SNL writer, comedian and actress. (3)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 19: Tina Fey And Steve Martin In Conversation To Benefit KPCC And KCET at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on April 19, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images) (Frazer Harrison - GETTY IMAGES)

2. THE DUKAN DIET: 2 STEPS TO LOSE THE WEIGHT, 2 STEPS TO KEEP IT OFF FOREVER

(Crown Archetype, $26). By Pierre Dukan (1)

3. THE 17 DAY DIET: A DOCTOR’S PLAN DESIGNED FOR RAPID RESULTS

(Free Press, $25). By Dr. Mike Moreno. Metabolic mastery. (6)

4. UNBROKEN: A WORLD WAR II STORY OF SURVIVAL, RESILIENCE, AND REDEMPTION (Random House, $27)

By Laura Hillenbrand (23)

5. MALCOLM X: A LIFE OF REINVENTION

(Viking, $30). By Manning Marable. A sweeping biography of the complex black activist by the renowned professor and historian, who died on April 1. (3)

6. RIGHTEOUS INDIGNATION: EXCUSE ME WHILE I SAVE THE WORLD! (Grand Central, $27.99)

By Andrew Breitbart. The conservative blogger excoriates the “liberal bias” in the media. (1)

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

(Gallup, $24.95). By Tom Rath (43)


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8. ONWARD: HOW STARBUCKS FOUGHT FOR ITS LIFE WITHOUT LOSING ITS SOUL

(Rodale, $25.99). By Howard Schultz (3)

9. THE SOCIAL ANIMAL: THE HIDDEN SOURCES OF LOVE, CHARACTER, AND ACHIEVEMENT

(Random House, $27). By David Brooks (7)

10. THE BEST ADVICE I EVER GOT: LESSONS FROM EXTRAORDINARY LIVES

(Random House, $26). By Katie Couric (2)

FICTION HARDCOVER


In this book cover image released by Grand Central Books, “The Sixth Man” by David Baldacci is shown. (AP Photo/Grand Central Books) (HO - AP)

1. 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. (1)

2. CHASING FIRE (Putnam, $27.95)

By Nora Roberts. An ensemble cast enliven this novel of smoke jumpers working in Missoula, Montana. (2)

3. THE LAND OF PAINTED CAVES (Crown, $30)

By Jean M. Auel. The sixth and final volume in the “Earth’s Children” saga, which began with “The Clan of the Cave Bear” in 1980. (4)

4. THE FIFTH WITNESS

(Little, Brown, $27.99). By Michael Connelly. Mickey Haller, the “Lincoln Lawyer,” gets involved in the emotional foreclosure crisis. (3)

5. I’LL WALK ALONE

(Simon & Schuster, $25.99). By Mary Higgins Clark. A Manhattan designer is terrorized by an identity thief — who may have kidnapped her child years earlier. (3)

6. QUICKSILVER (Putnam, $25.95)

By Amanda Quick. A killer is preying on London’s women and children in this new Arcane Society outing. (1)

7. EVE (St. Martin’s, $27.99)

By Iris Johansen. Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan begins a painful journey into her past to learn the truth about her missing child. (1)

8. 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. (48)

9. 44 CHARLES STREET (Delacorte, $28)

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. SAVE ME (St. Martin’s, $27.99)

By Lisa Scottoline. The aftermath of an explosion is a school cafeteria and the volunteer parent at the center of the maelstrom. (2)

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 (15)

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. (7)

3. BATTLEFIELD OF THE MIND: WINNING THE BATTLE IN YOUR MIND

(FaithWords, $14.99). By Joyce Meyer. Trouncing negative thoughts. (1)

4. FINDING THE UNCOMMON DEAL: ... HOW TO BUY A HOME FOR THE LOWEST POSSIBLE PRICE
A worker for New Home Construction and Framing cuts lumber outside a new home being built near a farm on the west edge of Lawrence, Kan., Tuesday, April 19, 2011. Builders broke ground on more new homes last month, giving the weak housing market a slight boost at the start of the spring buying season. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) (Orlin Wagner - AP)

(Wiley, $19.95). By Adam Leitman Bailey (1)

5. THE HAPPINESS PROJECT: OR, WHY I SPENT A YEAR TRYING TO SING IN THE MORNING ... AND GENERALLY HAVE MORE FUN (Harper, $14.99). By Gretchen Rubin (6)

6. INSIDE OF A DOG: WHAT DOGS SEE, SMELL, AND KNOW (Scribner, $16). By Alexandra Horowitz. A psychology professor hits the dog park. (27)

7. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE (College Board, $21.99)

This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. (66)

8. HAVE A LITTLE FAITH: A TRUE STORY

(Hyperion, $13.99). By Mitch Albom. Faith at work in both a Jewish and a Christian congregation. (1)

9. HUNGRY GIRL 300 UNDER 300: 300 BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER DISHES UNDER 300 CALORIES

(Griffin, $22.99). By Lisa Lillien (4)

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

By Gary D. Chapman. Knowing that special someone. (13)

FICTION PAPERBACK

1. WATER FOR ELEPHANTS (Algonquin, $14.95; $7.99)

By Sara Gruen. An orphan discovers love when he joins a circus during the Great Depression. (81)

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. (3)

3. THE SEARCH (Jove, $7.99)

By Nora Roberts. Romantic suspense involving a canine search-and-rescue trainer living in Puget Sound. (2)

4. THE 9TH JUDGMENT (Grand Central, $14.99)

By James Patterson. The Women’s Murder Club works to find the link between seemingly isolated crimes. (2)

5. CUTTING FOR STONE (Vintage, $15.95)

By Abraham Verghese. Medicine, political upheaval and the Africa woven into a sweeping saga. (30)

6. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

(Vintage, $14.95; $7.99). By Stieg Larsson. First book in the late Swede’s “Millennium Trilogy.” (95)

7. A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD (Anchor, $14.95)

By Jennifer Egan. A layered novel of a music producer and his employee; winner of the Pulitzer Prize. (1)

8. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE

(Vintage, $15.95; 7.99). By Stieg Larsson. Sex trafficking between Sweden and Eastern Europe is exposed. (56)

9. THE SHADOW OF YOUR SMILE (Pocket, $7.99)

A family secret, a dwindling fortune and religious miracles make up this tale of deceit and murder. (5)


In this publicity image released by HBO, Sean Bean portrays Lord Eddard "Ned" Stark in a scene from the HBO series "Game of Thrones," premiering Sunday, April 17, 2011. (AP Photo/HBO, Nick Briggs) (Nick Briggs - AP)

10. A GAME OF THRONES

(Bantam, $8.99). By George R.R. Martin. The first novel (“A Song of Ice and Fire”) in an epic fantasy series; adapted as a series on HBO. (1)


Rankings reflect sales for the week ended April 24, 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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