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Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 10/02/2011

BOOK WORLD Bestsellers — Oct. 2, 2011

The chilly mornings and the hint of a color change in the area foliage means that fall has most certainly arrived. And for book lovers, that seasonal shift is reflected in the bounty of new titles hitting shelves each week.

Another sign is aptly reflected this week’s paperback sales, which show an influx of those titles popular on back-to-school reading lists, which in fiction count for more than half the list. It’s also heartening to see some exceptional contemporary authors (from Mark Haddon to Yann Martel) be pulled into those English syllabuses that have long included the classics from Elie Wiesel, Shakespeare and William Golding.

As for the hardcover lists, once again there’s been a batch of new titles knocking aside books with a longer shelf life --- though whether they’ll stay in that top 10 is anyone’s guess. Fiction sees cult favorite Neal Stepehenson’s rather hefty new thriller debut at #1, along with fresh outings from Sandra Brown, Stuart Woods and the winning “Castle” franchise from ABC television. Several networks have attempted such a crossover to publishing, but none as successful in recent memory.

Nonfiction sees, of course, the latest bombshell revelations from Joe McGinniss (on Sarah Palin) and Ron Suskind (the Obama White House) join the list, which after all the flurry of advance publicity, was a near certainty. Yet it’s Daniel Yergin’s thoughtful new book on near-desperate hunt for new energy sources and its direct impact on global and economic security that takes the top prize. It’s a follow up to his Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power.” And at #10 is Candice Millard’s new book of history, this one focusing on the chaos caused by the shooting of President Garfield, from the behind-the-scenes struggle for power to the president’s own excruciating, lingering struggle to survive.



BOOK WORLD

Bestsellers — October 2, 2011

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NONFICTION HARDCOVER

1. THE QUEST: ENERGY, SECURITY, AND THE REMAKING OF THE MODERN WORLD

(Penguin Press, $37.95). By Daniel Yergin (1)

2. JACQUELINE KENNEDY: HISTORIC CONVERSATIONS ON LIFE WITH JOHN F. KENNEDY

(Hyperion, $60). Foreword by Caroline Kennedy. Tapes unsealed after almost 50 years. (2)

3. CONFIDENCE MEN: WALL STREET, WASHINGTON, AND THE EDUCATION OF A PRESIDENT
HANDOUT IMAGE: Ron Suskind, author of "Confidence Men." (Photo by Marissa Rauch) (Contact: Kate Blum, Kate.Blum@HARPERCOLLINS.com) (Marissa Rauch - MARISSA RAUCH)

(Harper, $29.99)

By Ron Suskind (1)

4. THAT USED TO BE US: HOW AMERICA FELL BEHIND IN THE WORLD IT INVENTED AND HOW WE CAN COME BACK

(FSG, $28). By Thomas L. Friedman & Michael Mandelbaum (3)

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

(Gallup, $24.95). By Tom Rath (61)

6. IN MY TIME: A PERSONAL AND POLITICAL MEMOIR

(Threshold, $35). By Dick Cheney. A no holds barred take by the former vice president. (4)

7. WICKED SUCCESS IS INSIDE EVERYWOMAN

(Wiley, $21.95). By Vickie L. Milazzo. The brainchild behind the field of legal nurse consulting lays out her vision for women to achieve personal and entrepreneurial success. (1)

8. UNBROKEN: A WORLD WAR II STORY OF SURVIVAL, RESILIENCE, AND REDEMPTION

(Random House, $27). By Laura Hillenbrand (45)

9. ENTRELEADERSHIP: 20 YEARS OF PRACTICAL BUSINESS WISDOM FRO THE TRENCHES

(Howard, $26.00). By Dave Ramsey (1)

10. DESTINY OF THE REPUBLIC: A TALE OF MADNESS, MEDICINE AND THE MURDER OF A PRESIDENT

(Doubleday, $28.95). By Candice Millard (1)

FICTION HARDCOVER

1. REAMDE (Morrow, $35)

By Neal Stephenson. A high-tech thriller in which hackers’ attacks on a popular Web-based role-playing game have cataclysmic consequences. (1)

2. LETHAL (Grand Central, $26.99)

By Sandra Brown. A woman and her daughter find themselves on the lam with an accused killer whose startling claims reveal a deep conspiracy. (1)

3. HEAT RISES (Hyperion, $25.99)

By Richard Castle. The hero of the ABC prime time drama has “penned” another Nikki Heat caper, in which the cop enlists the aid of a gutsy reporter when she loses her badge.

4. THE NIGHT CIRCUS (Doubleday, $26.95)

By Erin Morgenstern. The exotic Le Cirque des Rêves is the stage for a duel between rival magicians — who are also deeply in love. (2)

5. NEW YORK TO DALLAS (Putnam, $27.95)

By J.D. Robb. A monstrous child abuser, who Eve Dallas nabbed years ago, has escaped and is out for vengeance. (2)

6. SON OF STONE (Putnam, $26.95)

By Stuart Woods. The normally unflappable Stone Barrington, the N.Y.P.D. detective-turned-PI, is faced with perhaps his greatest challenge — a child ne never knew he had. (1)

7. KILL ME IF YOU CAN (Little, Brown, $27.99)

By James Patterson & Marshall Karp. A diamond heist goes awry when the sack of gems is discovered by an unsuspecting student. (4)

8. THE ART OF FIELDING (Little, Brown, $25.99)

By Chad Harbach. Five lives become intertwined in this collegiate baseball novel from the cofounder and coeditor of the literary journal n+1. (3)

9. A DANCE WITH DRAGONS (Bantam, $35)

By George R.R. Martin. After almost six years, Martin returns to the Seven Kingdoms in this fifth book of “A Song of Ice and Fire.” (11)

10. ROBERT B. PARKER’S KILLING THE BLUES

(Putnam, $25.95). By Michael Brandman. A new case for the late Parker’s Jesse Stone, as a shadowy figure from Stone’s past arrives from LA. (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 (37)

2. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE

(College Board, $21.99). This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. (86)

3. ALL THE DEVILS ARE HERE: THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF THE FINANCIAL CRISIS

(Portfolio, $17). By Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera (1)

4. PERSEPOLIS: THE STORY OF A CHILDHOOD

(Pantheon, $13.95). By Marjane Satrapi. A graphic novel-style memoir of Iran’s Islamic Revolution; basis for an Oscar-nominated animated film. (1)

5. A RAISIN IN THE SUN

(Vintage, $7.50). By Lorraine Hansberry. The award-winning play, first produced in 1959. (2)

6. 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. (29)

7. CLEOPATRA: A LIFE (Back Bay, $16.99)

By Stacy Schiff. Classic sources illuminate this biography of the Egyptian queen. (3)

8. OTHELLO (Simon & Schuster, $5.99)

By William Shakespeare. The Bard’s chilling drama of jealousy and betrayal. (1)

9. PREVENT AND REVERSE HEART DISEASE

(Avery, $17). By Caldwell Esselstyn Jr. Tackling the epidemic with a plant-based diet (recipes included). (2)

10. MONEYBALL: THE ART OF WINNING AN UNFAIR GAME (Norton, $15.95)

By Michael Lewis. How the Oakland A’s budget-savvy style produced a winning season; forthcoming feature film. (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. (24)

2. THE GREAT GATSBY (Scribner, $15)

By F. Scott Fitzgerald. The classic American novel of love lost and fortunes gained amid the Jazz Age. (3)

3. THE SIXTH MAN (Grand Central, $14.99)

By David Baldacci. An alleged serial killer’s attorney is murdered before King & Maxwell can confer on the case. (3)

4. LORD OF THE FLIES

(Berkley, $9.99). By William Golding. The classic, unsettling tale of English schoolboys stranded on a deserted isle. (2)

5. THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET (Vintage, $11)

By Sandra Cisneros. The 25th anniversary edition of the coming-of-age tale of a girl in Chicago’s Latino quarter. (1)

6. LIFE OF PI (Mariner, $15)

By Yann Martel. Stranded on the high seas with a Bengal tiger, a young boy relies on his imagination and a bit of faith to survive. (10)

7. THE BLUEST EYE (Vintage, $14)

By Toni Morrison. The author’s first novel, in which a young African American girl wishes against hope for blond hair and blue eyes. (1)

8. THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME

(Vintage, $14.95). By Mark Haddon. An autistic boy digs into a poodle’s death, unearthing some dark family secrets. (66)

9. THE CONFESSION (Dell, $9.99)

By John Grisham. After nine years, a man confesses to a murder for which another was imprisoned. (20)

10. THE INNER CIRCLE (Grand Central, $9.99)

By Brad Meltzer. A rare book found by chance at the National Archives is the key to a deadly conspiracy. (2)

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended September 25, 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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