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Posted at 09:03 PM ET, 09/18/2011

BOOK WORLD Bestsellers ~ Sept. 18, 2011

Congress is back in session, the new school year is well underway ... and here aere the titles selling well this last weekend of summer ...

Topping the new nonfiction chart is the powerhouse duo of Thomas Friedman (award-winning columnist and author) and Michael Mandelbaum (distinguished professor and author) with their take on the state of America today, and how the nation has come to lose its way.

Also hitting the list is entrepreneur Blake Mycoskie, the founder of TOMS shoes, and his new book on his successful company and its very phlianthrpoic business ethos ... and the debut of The Washington Post’s ”Top Secret America,” the (updated) book version of its multimedia series of the same name.

As for fiction, bestseller veterans Clive Cussler, Christine Feehan and Linda Howard find their latest yarns joining the top 10, not to mention the brand new Mary Russell - Sherlock Holmes caper from Laurie R. King. Landing in the #10 spot is the first novel from Chad Harbach, the accomplished editor of the literary journal n+1, whose book raised some eyebrows thanks to the hefty advance he received — $650,000. A rare thing for publishers to offer, even well before this past recession.



BOOK WORLD

Bestsellers — September 18, 2011

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NONFICTION HARDCOVER

1. 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 (1)

2. IN MY TIME: A PERSONAL AND POLITICAL MEMOIR

(Threshold, $35). By Dick Cheney. A no holds barred take by the former vice president. (2)

3. THE TWO-SECOND ADVANTAGE: HOW WE SUCCEED BY ANTICIPATING THE FUTURE — JUST ENOUGH

(Crown Business, $25). By Vivek Ranadive & Kevin Maney (1)

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

(Gallup, $24.95). By Tom Rath (59)

5. START SOMETHING THAT MATTERS (Spiegel & Grau, $22) By Blake Mycoskie. A melange of memoir, business primer and philanthropy guide from the founder of TOMS shoes. (1)

6. TOP SECRET AMERICA : THE RISE OF THE NEW AMERICAN SECURITY STATE

(Little, Brown, $27.99). By Dana Priest & William M. Arkin. The groundbreaking Washington Post series, vastly expanded and updated from its initial print and Web incarnation. (1)

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

(Random House, $27). By Laura Hillenbrand (43)

8. OBAMA’S WARS (Simon & Schuster, $30)

By Bob Woodward. An exhaustively researched look at the president as commander-in-chief. (8)

9. AMERICA BY HEART: REFLECTIONS ON FAMILY, FAITH, AND FLAG

(Harper, $25.99). By Sarah Palin (2)

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

(Crown, $26). By Erik Larson (18)

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. (2)

2. THE RACE (Putnam, $27.95)

By Clive Cussler and Justin Scott. A new Isaac Bell caper, circa 1910, involving a daring aviator, her jealous husband and murder. (1)

3. DARK PREDATOR (Berkley, $26.95)

By Christine Feehan. Zacarias De La Cruz, a hunter of the undead, is at a crossroads in his life in this Carpathian tale. (1)

4. 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.” (9)

5. PREY (Ballantine, $26)

By Linda Howard. An outdoor guide becomes both a murder witness and a black bear’s stalking target during one last client outing. (1)

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

By James Patterson. Alex Cross tracks a killer in Washington taking aim at corrupt politicos. (11)

7. PIRATE KING (Bantam, $25)

By Laurie R. King. This new case for Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes involves a fledgling silent-film industry and a remake of Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance.” (1)

8. 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. (2)

9. THE CHRISTMAS SWEATER (Threshold, $19.99)

By Glenn Beck. A child’s unwanted gift becomes the catalyst for discovering life’s true treasures. (7)

10. 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. (1)



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 (35)

2. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE

(College Board, $21.99). This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. (84)

3. THE BASICS OF PROCESS MAPPING (2ND EDITION)

(Productivity, $19.95). By Robert Damelio. Outlining performance and progress. (1)

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. (27)

5. SMART MOVES FOR PEOPLE IN CHARGE

(Basic, $16.95). By Sam Deep & Lyle Sussman. A vast checklist for good managers. (1)

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

By Stacy Schiff. Classic sources illuminate this biography of the Egyptian queen. (1)

7. PREVENT AND REVERSE HEART DISEASE

(Avery, $17). By Caldwell Esselstyn Jr. Tackling the epidemic with a plant-based diet (recipes included). (1)

8. NIGHT (Hill & Wang, $9.95)

By Elie Wiesel. The terrifying account of his experiences in Nazi concentration camps during World War II. (73)

9. OUTLIERS: THE STORY OF SUCCESS

(Back Bay, $16.99). By Malcolm Gladwell. Assumptions about success challenged. (12)

10. HOW TO READ LITERATURE LIKE A PROFESSOR: A LIVELY AND ENTERTAINING GUIDE TO READING ...

(Harper, $14.99). By Thomas C. Foster (8)


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. (22)

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. (2)

3. AMERICAN ASSASSIN (Pocket, $9.99)

By Vince Flynn. How Mitch Rapp went from lacksadaisical college student to CIA agent extraordinaire. (2)

4. THE REVERSAL (Vision, $9.99)

By Michael Connelly. Legal wrangling brings Mickey Haller, his ex-wife and Harry Bosch together on a case. (2)

5. 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. (1)

6. PORT MORTUARY (Berkley, $9.99)

By Patricia Cornwell. Scarpetta is pulled back into the military’s sphere of influence for a new case. (2)

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. (2)

8. THE CONFESSION (Dell, $9.99)

By John Grisham. After nine years, a man confesses to a murder for which another was imprisoned. (18)

9. 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. (8)

10. THE GREAT GATSBY (Scribner, $15)

By F. Scott Fitzgerald. The classic American novel of love lost and fortunes gained amid the Jazz Age. (2)

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended September 11, 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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