Cinco de Mayo is already in the rearview mirror, and we’re barreling ahead toward Memorial Day ... with summer already visible on the horizon. You can see it in the rising temperatures (and severe thunderstorms Washington is famous for) to gas prices to the books hoping to make their mark over the next several months.
It’s curious that the raft of new titles debuting this week by well-know writers have summarily pushed off the list recent titles by other bestselling heavyweights. We’ll have to wait a few weeks to see who has the staying power.
Nonfiction: IN: a new anthology from the ever graceful Caroline Kennedy is a selection of poems she chose to reflect the significant moments in a woman’s life, inspired by her own remarkable journey.
Personal trainer and fitness/diet expert Bob Greene, whose career received a significant boost thanks to Oprah, is back with a new book that aims to, well, turn back the clock in how you look and feel. A quest for many a health guru ...
And Darell Hammond, the founder of the nonprofit KaBOOM! (a life saver in creating and redeveloping playgrounds and parks for children) looks back on his own journey and The Washington Post article that set it all in motion.
OUT: Manning Marable’s Malcolm X biography, David Brooks’s look at social behavior, Katie Couric’s mining of the sound advice from the best and brightest, as well as memoirs from Starbucks founder Howard Schultz and right wing blogger Andrew Breitbart.
Fiction: IN: a mix of thriller and romance, including the new Stuart Woods (a Stone Barrington yarn), a new paranormal romance from Sherrilyn Kenyon (from the “League” series) and a new Blossom Street story from Debbie Macomber.
OUT: strong series entries from Iris Johansen (Eve Duncan), Danielle Steel (love in Manhattan) and Amanda Quick suspense (an Arcane Society novel).
Oh, and in paperback, the Stieg Larsson reign seems to be over, as it’s the first time in months and months (and months) that neither of the first two books in the Millennium Trilogy has appeared in the top 10. An impressive run to say the least.
Bestsellers — MAY 8, 2011
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1. BOSSYPANTS (Reagan Arthur, $26.99)
By Tina Fey. An amusing memoir from the acclaimed former SNL writer, comedian and actress. (4)
(Hyperion, $24.99). Selected and edited by Caroline Kennedy (1)
(Rodale, $24.99). By Darell Hammond. The story behind the nonprofit and its transformation of the playground landscape. (1)
(Crown Archetype, $26). By Pierre Dukan (2)
(Doubleday, $27.95). By George Friedman (2)
(Little, Brown, $27.99). By Bob Greene. The celebrity trainer’s stratagem involving exercise, diet, sleep and skin care. (1)
(Free Press, $25). By Dr. Mike Moreno. Metabolic mastery. (7)
(St. Martin’s, $24.99). By Spencer Abraham with William Tucker (1)
9. UNBROKEN: A WORLD WAR II STORY OF SURVIVAL, RESILIENCE, AND REDEMPTION (Random House, $27)
By Laura Hillenbrand (24)
(Gallup, $24.95). By Tom Rath (44)
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. (2)
2. 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. (5)
3. BEL-AIR DEAD (Putnam, $25.95)
By Stuart Woods. An old flame of Stone Barrington calls requesting his services after her husband’s death leaves her the majority owner of an LA film studio. (1)
4. A TURN IN THE ROAD (Mira, $24.95)
By Debbie Macomber. Three generations of women set out on a cross country road trip from Seattle’s Blossom Street, each confronting relationship issues. (1)
5. CHASING FIRE (Putnam, $27.95)
By Nora Roberts. An ensemble cast enliven this novel of smoke jumpers working in Missoula, Montana. (3)
(Little, Brown, $27.99). By Michael Connelly. Mickey Haller, the “Lincoln Lawyer,” gets involved in the emotional foreclosure crisis. (4)
7. 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. (4)
(Knopf, $27.95). By Stieg Larsson. The Millennium Trilogy ends as Salander hunts for her failed assassin. (49)
9. BORN OF SHADOWS (Grand Central, $21.99)
By Sherrilyn Kenyon. Two warriors of the Ichidaian universe struggle with daunting birthrights and nefarious plots that could undermine their worlds. (1)
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. (3)
(Broadway, $16). By Rebecca Skloot. The shocking story of a stem cell theft in 1951 and the HeLa cell line. (8)
(McGraw-Hill, $16.95). By Michael L. George et al. By Michael L. George et al. A quick reference guide of 100 ways to implement the authors’ management principles. (2)
(McGraw-Hill, $39.95). By Keith M. Eades et al. Worksheets, templates, a CD-ROM and more to implement the authors’ sales strategies. (1)
(CreateSpace, $7.75). By Thomas Jefferson. Forrest Church edits this new edition of our third president’s response to the King James Bible. (1)
6. INSIDE OF A DOG: WHAT DOGS SEE, SMELL, AND KNOW (Scribner, $16). By Alexandra Horowitz. A psychology professor hits the dog park. (28)
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 (7)
(Riverhead, $16). By Daniel H. Pink (3)
(Merriam-Webster, $5.95). A concise guide to the English language, updated in 2006. (1)
(Grand Central, $22.99). By Rocco DiSpirito (5)
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. (82)
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. (4)
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. (1)
4. THE SEARCH (Jove, $7.99)
By Nora Roberts. Romantic suspense involving a canine search-and-rescue trainer living in Puget Sound. (3)
5. SAVAGE NATURE (Jove, $7.99)
By Christine Feehan. Leopard-shifter Drake Donovan embarks for Louisiana to probe a murder in this paranormal romance. (1)
6. MOONLIGHT COVE (Mira, $7.99)
By Sherryl Woods. This new “Chesapeake Shores” novel finds a psychologist, long smitten with his childhood friend, perhaps about to seal the deal. (1)
7. STORM PREY (Berkley, $9.99)
By John Sandford. When a robbery results in a death, Lucas Davenport’s wife is a star witness. (1)
8. DANGEROUS IN DIAMONDS (Jove, $7.99)
By Madeline Hunter. A period romance replete with a rapacious duke, a plucky heroine aiding the downtrodden and a host of secrets. (1)
9. THE 9TH JUDGMENT (Grand Central, $14.99)
By James Patterson. The Women’s Murder Club works to find the link between seemingly isolated crimes. (3)
10. HANNAH’S LIST (Mira, $7.99)
By Debbie Macomber. A recent widower is left suggestions for a new mate in a note from his late wife. (1)
Rankings reflect sales for the week ended May 1, 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.)