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Posted at 10:05 PM ET, 09/11/2011

BOOK WORLD Bestsellers — Sept. 11, 2011

Lots of shuffling ruffle the lists this weekend, with several titles dropping out of the rankings to make way for some fresh (and sometimes, some not so fresh) fare ...

New nonfiction — former vice president Dick Cheney’s new memoir, naturally, debuts in the top spot, followed by professor Thomas Barfield’s examination of the history of Afghanistan (a 2010 title, but timely considering the weekend’s reflections).

New fiction finds James Patterson’s (and friend’s) new thriller at No. 1, along with a primer on the world of Charlaine Harris’s Soosie Stackhouse; Washington’s own George Pelecanos’s new thriller, the launch of a new series; mystery writer Louise Penny’s latest, set in the art milieu of Montreal; and Lord Jeffrey Archer’s new family saga (dockworker’s son makes good) which is also the start of a planned five-book series.


BOOK WORLD

Bestsellers — September 11, 2011

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NONFICTION HARDCOVER

1. IN MY TIME: A PERSONAL AND POLITICAL MEMOIR

(Threshold, $35). By Dick Cheney. A no holds barred take by the former vice president. (1)

2. AFGHANISTAN: A CULTURAL AND POLITICAL HISTORY

(Princeton Univ., $29.95). By Thomas Barfield. From the Mughal Empire to the Taliban. (1)

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

(Random House, $27). By Laura Hillenbrand (42)

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

(Crown, $26). By Erik Larson (17)

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

(Gallup, $24.95). By Tom Rath (58)

6. THE GREATER JOURNEY: AMERICANS IN PARIS

(Simon & Schuster, $37.50). By David McCullough

The tangible influence of the City of Light. (15)

7. DECISION POINTS (Crown, $35)

By George W. Bush. Bush 43 reflects on crucial turning points in both his life and two-term presidency. (21)

8. 100 PLUS: HOW THE COMING AGE OF LONGEVITY WILL CHANGE EVERYTHING ...

(Basic, $25.99). By Sonia Arrison. The astonishing syngery of science and technology. (1)

9. 1493: UNCOVERING THE NEW WORLD COLUMBUS CREATED (Knopf, $30.50)

By Charles C. Mann. The ecological and economic ramifications of “the Columbian Exchange.” (4)

10. A STOLEN LIFE (Simon & Schuster, $24.99)

By Jaycee Dugard. The graphic and unsettling account of the 18 years of imprisonment and abuse. (8)

FICTION HARDCOVER

1. 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. (1)

2. 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.” (8)

3. THE SOOKIE STACKHOUSE COMPANION

(Ace, $30). By Charlaine Harris. A primer on the world of clairvoyant waitress; includes an original Stackhouse novella. (1)

4. THE CUT (Reagan Arthur, $25.99)

By George Pelecanos. This launch of a new series features former soldier and current investigator (in stolen property) Spero Lucas. (1)

5. CROSS FIRE (Little, Brown, $27.99)

By James Patterson. Alex Cross tracks a killer in Washington taking aim at corrupt politicos. (10)

6. A TRICK OF THE LIGHT (Minotaur, $25.99)

By Louise Penny. Murder in a Quebec hamlet ruffles the Montreal art world when one of its own becomes the leading suspect. (1)

7. FLASH AND BONES (Scribner, $26.99)

By Kathy Reichs. A Tempe Brennan thriller with NASCAR’s Charlotte Motor Speedway as the backdrop. (2)

8. MIDNIGHT AND THE MEANING OF LOVE

(Atria, $26.99). By Souljah Sister. This sequel to “Midnight: A Gangster Love Story” has the gifted warrior seeking his Japanese-born wife who was snatched away by her own father. (1)

9. ONLY TIME WILL TELL (St. Martin’s, $27.99)

By Jeffrey Archer. The tale of one Harry Clifton, a dockworker’s son whose fortunes turn unexpectedly; first in a five-book arc. (1)

10. GETTING TO HAPPY (Viking, $27.95)

By Terry McMillan. The lively cast of “Waiting to Exhale” returns 15 years later, and things are rocky. (7)

NONFICTION PAPERBACK

1. TALIBAN: MILITANT ISLAM, OIL AND FUNDAMENTALISM IN CENTRAL ASIA

(Yale Univ., $17.95). By Ahmed Rashid (1)

2. HEAVEN IS FOR REAL: A LITTLE BOY’S ASTOUNDING STORY OF HIS TRIP TO HEAVEN AND BACK

(Thomas Nelson, $16.99). By Todd Burpo (34)

3. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE

(College Board, $21.99). This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. (83)

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. (26)

5. EAT THIS NOT THAT NEW 2011 EDITION

(Rodale, $19.99). By David Zinczenko & Matt Goulding. Updated edition with new features. (13)

6. IRAQ: A POLITICAL HISTORY FROM INDEPENDENCE TO OCCUPATION

(Princeton Univ., $22.95). By Adeed Dawisha (1)

7. UNLIKELY FRIENDSHIPS: 47 REMARKABLE STORIES FROM THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

(Workman, $13.95). By Jennifer S. Holland. Heartwarming tales accompanied by full color photos. (6)

8. TRAINING FOR DUMMIES (For Dummies, $21.99)

By Elaine Biech. The ABCs of training for any occasion. (1)

9. THEY SAY, I SAY: THE MOVES THAT MATTER IN ACADEMIC WRITING

(Norton, $24.50). By Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein (1)

10. A RAISIN IN THE SUN (Vintage, $7.50)

By Lorraine Hansberry. The award-winning play, first produced in 1959. (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. (21)

2. 1105 YAKIMA STREET (Mira, $7.99)

By Debbie Macomber. A husband copes with an estranged wife and a surly daughter in this new Cedar Cove entry. (1)

3. THE REVERSAL (Vision, $9.99)

By Michael Connelly. Legal wrangling brings Mickey Haller, his ex-wife and Harry Bosch together on a case. (1)

4. AMERICAN ASSASSIN (Pocket, $9.99)

By Vince Flynn. How Mitch Rapp went from lacksadaisical college student to CIA agent extraordinaire. (1)

5. PORT MORTUARY (Berkley, $9.99)

By Patricia Cornwell. Scarpetta is pulled back into the military’s sphere of influence for a new case. (1)

6. THE CONFESSION (Dell, $9.99)

By John Grisham. After nine years, a man confesses to a murder for which another was imprisoned. (17)

7. FALL OF GIANTS (NAL, $25)

By Ken Follett. The debut of a historical trilogy following five families through the upheavals of the 20th century. (1)

8. ONE DAY (Vintage, $14.95)

By David Nicholls. Boy and girl meet, connect but don’t quite get together--told in 24-hour vignettes over 20 years; basis for the feature film. (7)

9. CANYONS OF NIGHT (Jove, $7.99)

By Jayne Ann Krentz. An Arcane Society tale, this final volume of the “Looking Glass Trilogy” centers on the mystical island of Rainshadow. (1)

10. VISCOUNT BRECKENRIDGE TO THE RESCUE

(Avon, $7.99). By Stephanie Laurens. When the plucky Heather Cynster steps outside her genteel world, it’s more than she bargained for. (1)

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended September 4, 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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