BOOK WORLD Bestsellers ~ Sept. 4, 2011

Action on the lists this holiday weekend has been quiet at best, as everyone prepares for summer’s final (if unofficial) weekend ...

Noteworthy in nonfiction, aside from President Bush’s memoir muscling its way from last week’s #10 to #5, is the latest from Alexandra Fuller, author of the bestselling “Don’t Lets Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood,” joining the list at #9. A follow-up to that previous memoir, this book focuses primarily on her parents, Nicola and Tom Fuller, and the remarkable life they led in East Africa, from the honeymoon’s bright promise to the onset of war and the collapse of the British Empire.

As for fiction, a mere two new entries — Kathy Reich’s latest Tempe Brennen forensic caper, this one set amid the wilds of NASCAR, and fantasy master Terry Brooks’ new novel of Shannara ... and the threats to the valley sanctuary, long a refuge for survivors of the Great Wars.

Happy Labor Day to all !!



BOOK WORLD

Bestsellers — September 4, 2011

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NONFICTION HARDCOVER

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

(Random House, $27)

By Laura Hillenbrand (41)

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

(Crown, $26). By Erik Larson (16)

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

By Jaycee Dugard. The graphic and unsettling account of the 18 years of imprisonment and abuse. (7)

4. THE GREATER JOURNEY: AMERICANS IN PARIS

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

The tangible influence of the City of Light. (14)

5. DECISION POINTS (Crown, $35)

By George W. Bush. Bush 43 reflects on crucial turning points in both his life and two-term presidency. (20)


"1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created" by Charles C. Mann (Knopf)

By Charles C. Mann. The ecological and economic ramifications of “the Columbian Exchange.” (3)

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

(Gallup, $24.95)

By Tom Rath (57)

8. AFTER AMERICA: GET READY FOR ARMAGEDDON

(Regnery, $29.95). By Mark Steyn. Predicting a haphazard, violent decline for the United States. (3)

9. COCKTAIL HOUR UNDER THE TREE OF FORGETFULNESS

(Penguin Press, $25.95). By Alexandra Fuller. The remarkable life of the author’s parents in Africa. (1)

10. ON CHINA (Penguin Press, $36)

By Henry Kissinger. The statesman brings his expertise to bear on the Sleeping Dragon. (4)

FICTION HARDCOVER

1. FLASH AND BONES (Scribner, $26.99)

By Kathy Reichs. A Tempe Brennan thriller with NASCAR’s Charlotte Motor Speedway as the backdrop. (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.” (7)

3. FULL BLACK (Atria, $26.99)

By Brad Thor. Ultra-secret operative Scot Harvath employs a radical plan to infiltrate a terrorist network and save America. (5)

4. THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST

(Knopf, $27.95). By Stieg Larsson. The Millennium Trilogy ends as Salander hunts for her failed assassin. (57)

5. COLD VENGEANCE (Grand Central, $26.99)

By Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child. Agent Pendergast unveils a conspiracy while stalking his beloved wife’s murderers. (4)

6. PORTRAIT OF A SPY (Harper, $26.99)

By Daniel Silva. Art conservator and sometime agent Gabriel Allon parries with an American-born cleric and terrorist. (6)

7. STATE OF WONDER (Harper, $26.99)

By Ann Patchett. Set deep in the Amazon, this tale binds together pharmaceutical research and its tolls, both ethical and emotional. (10)

8. THE MEASURE OF THE MAGIC: LEGENDS OF SHANNARA (Del Rey, $27). By Terry Brooks. The perils facing the new Knight of the Word, wielder of the Black Staff. (1)

9. VICTORY AND HONOR (Putnam, $26.95)

By W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV. This new “Honor Bound” tale presents a new menace — Joseph Stalin. (3)

10. THE IDEAL MAN (Dutton, $26.95)

By Julie Garwood. A FBI agent tasked with protecting the witness of a deadly shooting finds himself falling for her. (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 (33)

2. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE

(College Board, $21.99). This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. (82)

3. 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. (25)

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

(Workman, $13.95). By Jennifer S. Holland. Heartwarming tales accompanied by full color photos. (5)

5. DRIVE THE SURPRISING TRUTH ABOUT WHAT MOTIVATES US

(Riverhead, $16). By Daniel H. Pink. A look by the New Economy expert. (8)

6. OUTLIERS: THE STORY OF SUCCESS

(Back Bay, $16.99). By Malcolm Gladwell. Assumptions about success challenged. (11)

7. HIGH ANGLE RESCUE TECHNIQUES (THIRD EDITION)

(Mosby, $60.95). By Tom Vines and Steve Hudson. A emergency and first responder resource. (1)

8. INSIDE OF A DOG: WHAT DOGS SEE, SMELL, AND KNOW (Scribner, $16). By Alexandra Horowitz

A psychology professor hits the dog park. (42)

9. GETTING TO YES: NEGOTIATING AGREEMENT WITHOUT GIVING IN

(Penguin, $16). By Roger Fisher and William Ury. Second edition. (5)

10. THE ODYSSEY OF HOMER (Bantam, $5.95)

The Greek classic, translated by Allen Mandlebaum. (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. (20)

2. 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 forthcoming feature film. (6)

3. THE CONFESSION (Dell, $9.99)

By John Grisham. After nine years, a man confesses to a murder for which another was imprisoned. (6)

4. A GAME OF THRONES (Bantam, $17; Spectra, $8.99)

By George R.R. Martin. The first book of the fantasy epic “A Song of Ice and Fire.”; also an HBO miniseries. (8)

5. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (Warner, $7.99)

By Harper Lee. The Pulitzer Prize-winning tale set in the Depression-era South. (7)

6. SAFE HAVEN (Grand Central, $14.99)

By Nicholas Sparks. An enigmatic young woman arrives in the small North Carolina town of Southport. (4)

7. A CLASH OF KINGS (Bantam, $17; Spectra, $8.99)

By George R.R. Martin. The second installment of Martin’s lushly imagined fantasy world. (8)

8. WICKED APPETITE (St. Martin’s, $8.99)

By Janet Evanovich. A paranormal romance set in a wealthy Mass. enclave and featuring stones wielding incredible powers. (2)

9. CUTTING FOR STONE (Vintage, $15.95)

By Abraham Verghese. Medicine, political upheaval and the African continent woven into a sweeping saga. (45)


10. PRIVATE (Grand Central, $14.99)

By James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. An elite P.I. firm, run by a former CIA agent, tackles a murder that hits close to home. (9)

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended August 28, 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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