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Posted at 09:16 PM ET, 05/29/2011

BOOK WORLD Bestsellers — May 29, 2011

Just a handful of new titles join the lists this weekend —

Veteran diplomat Henry Kissinger’s “On China,” Howard Wasdin, a former Navy SEAL sniper, finds his new memoir finally breaking into the top 10, and an ideological perspective on the “controversy” surrounding President Obama’s birth certificate from Jerome Corsi.

In fiction, a new historical thriller from Steve Berry (presidential assassinations and the Constitution) and Jeff Shaara wraps up his series of World War II novels with a dramatization of the Battle of Okinawa and the end of the war with the dropping of the Atomic Bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

And with Shaara’s novel reminding us of the extraordinary service of our armed forces and those that came before them, it’s a fitting time to wish everyone a relaxing and contemplative Memorial Day weekend.

BOOK WORLD

Bestsellers — May 29, 2011

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Washington, DC - May, 26: Members of Alpha Company, 4th battalion, 3rd U.S. infantry regiment, the Old Guard, plant American flags on the headstones at the Soldiers and Airmen home National Cemetery for Memorial Day weekend on May, 26, 2011in Washington, DC. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post) (Bill O'Leary)

NONFICTION HARDCOVER

1. BERLIN 1961 : KENNEDY, KHRUSHCHEV, AND THE MOST DANGEROUS PLACE ON EARTH

(Putnam, $29.95). By Frederick Kempe (2)

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

(Crown, $26). By Erik Larson (2)

3. BOSSYPANTS (Reagan Arthur, $26.99)

By Tina Fey. An amusing memoir from the acclaimed former SNL writer, comedian and actress. (7)

4. 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. (2)


5. ON CHINA (Penguin Press, $36).

By Henry Kissinger. The statesman brings his expertise to bear on the Sleeping Dragon. (1)

6. DOES THE NOISE IN MY HEAD BOTHER YOU?

(Ecco, $27.99). By Steven Tyler. The Aerosmith frontman, and current American Idol judge, gives readers a backstage tour of his life. (3)

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

By Laura Hillenbrand (27)

8. SEAL TEAM SIX: MEMOIRS OF AN ELITE NAVY SEAL SNIPER

(St. Martin’s , $26.99). By Howard E. Wasdin & Stephen Templin (1)

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

(Crown Archetype, $26). By Pierre Dukan (6)

10. WHERE’S THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE?

(WND, $25.95). By Jerome Corsi. More speculation on the validity of President Obama’s right to occupy the Oval Office. (1)

FICTION HARDCOVER

1. 10TH ANNIVERSARY (Little, Brown, $27.99)

By James Patterson & Maxine Paetro. A new Women’s Murder Club tale in children are entwined in shocking murders. (3)

2. DEAD RECKONING (Ace, $27.95)

By Charlaine Harris. The plot thickens when the bar where Soosie Stackhouse works is fire bombed. (3)

3. 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. (5)


In this book cover image released by Ballantine Books, "The Jefferson Key," by Steve Berry, is shown. (AP Photo/Ballantine) (AP)

4. THE JEFFERSON KEY (Ballantine, $26)

By Steve Berry. Cotton Malone stumbles across a secret society (of pirates!) which for centuries has shaped U.S. history. (1)

5. BURIED PREY (Putnam, $27.95)

By John Sandford. Lucas Davenport is confronted with a cold case when two bodies are unearthed in a demolition. (2)

6. THE FINAL STORM (Ballantine, $28)

By Jeff Shaara. The denouement of Shaara’s World War II epics with the Battle of Okinawa. (1)

7. CALEB’S CROSSING (Viking, $26.95)

By Geraldine Brooks. The 17th-century comes to life in a story drawn from the true story of the first Native American to graduate from Harvard. (3)

8. THE SNOWMAN (Knopf, $25.95)

By Jo Nesbø. A Norwegian-set thriller in which women go missing on the day of a first snowfall. (2)

9. 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. (8)

10. SIXKILL (Putnam, $26.95)

By Robert B. Parker. The late writer’s iconic P.I. Spenser finds an unlikely ally when he takes on the case of a rakish actor charged with murder. (3)

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 (19)

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. (11)

3. DRIVE THE SURPRISING TRUTH ABOUT WHAT MOTIVATES US

(Riverhead, $16). By Daniel H. Pink. A look by the New Economy expert. (6)

4. QUIET HERO: SECRETS FROM MY FATHER’S PAST

(Threshold, $16). By Rita Crosby. Revealing service in World War II. (1)

5. LIFE (Back Bay, $16.99)

By Keith Richards. A brutally honest memoir by the celebrated guitarist and songwriter from the Rolling Stones. (3)

6. INSIDE OF A DOG: WHAT DOGS SEE, SMELL, AND KNOW (Scribner, $16). By Alexandra Horowitz. A psychology professor hits the dog park. (31)

7. 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 (10)

8. EMPIRE OF THE SUMMER MOON: QUANAH PARKER AND THE RISE AND FALL OF THE COMANCHES
In this March 10, 2011 photo, Ron Cooper looks over a map during a pitstop at St. Joe State Park near Farmington, Mo..A Kiowa and Comanche descendent, he is retracing on foot the northern arm of the Trail of Tears from Tennessee to Oklahoma — 835 miles in all. He completed the trip recently, but not the journey itself. He plans to write a book about the experience. (AP Photo/The Daily Journal Farmington Press, Renee Jean) (Renee Jean - AP)

(Scribner, $16). By S.C. Gwynne (1)

9. TEACH LIKE A CHAMPION: 49 TECHNIQUES THAT PUT STUDENTS ON THE PATH TO COLLEGE

(Jossey-Bass, $27.95). By Doug Lemov (1)

10. WAR (Twelve, $15.99)

By Sebastian Junger. Fourteen months embedded with the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley. (1)

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. (7)

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

By Sara Gruen. An orphan discovers love when he joins a circus during the Great Depression. (85)

3. WORTH DYING FOR (Dell, $9.99)

By Lee Child. Ex-military cop Jack Reacher is in rural Nebraska, and at odds with the sinister family that terrifies the local populace. (4)

4. THE GREAT GATSBY (Scribner, $15).
Bulldozers demolish the Lands End mansion in Sands Point, New York in this handout taken April 16, 2011 and released April 18, 2011. Bulldozers razed the storied mansion where F. Scott Fitzgerald partied and which some say inspired his novel 'The Great Gatsby,' leaving just a few chimneys standing on Long Island's Gold Coast on Monday. REUTERS/Brodsky (HO - REUTERS)

By F. Scott Fitzgerald. The classic American novel of love lost and fortunes gained amid the Jazz Age. (1)

5. A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE (BOX SET)

(Bantam, $35.96). By George R.R. Martin. The four novels comprising the epic fantasy series; inspiration for the HBO series “A Game of Thrones.” (2)

6. CUTTING FOR STONE (Vintage, $15.95)

By Abraham Verghese. Medicine, political upheaval and the African continent woven into a sweeping saga. (34)

7. 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. (1)

8. 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. (3)

9. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

(Vintage, $14.95; $7.99). By Stieg Larsson. First book in the late Swede’s “Millennium Trilogy.” (98)

10. STORM PREY (Berkley, $9.99)

By John Sandford. When a robbery results in a death, Lucas Davenport’s wife is a star witness. (4)

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended May 22, 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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