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Posted at 05:19 PM ET, 04/01/2011

BOOK WORLD Bestsellers, April 3, 2011

Here’s hoping everyone’s April is off to a great start ... though, undoubtedly, a somewhat chilly one.

Just a few titles joining the bestseller ranks this weekend —

In new nonfiction ...

+ Sarah Vowell, a darling of NPR’s program, “This American Life,” examines the history of Hawaii in her latest book. (Book World’s review will run Sunday, April 10).

+ Bravo TV heavyweight Bethenny Frankel’s new book, a self-help tome, also hits the list. Aside from the Bravo connection, I’m embarrassed to say I have no earthly idea who she is ...

+ and Carol Roth, an investment banker and business strategist (who has shared her knowledge on television and cable), has a book on the benefits and perils of having your own business join the list at #10. What with the economy, maybe more and more people are finding it an attractive notion.

New fiction —

+ the ever charming Alexander McCall Smith’s latest Precious Ramotswe tale hits the list at No. 1 ... as usual, his Botswanan heroine is juggling numerous issues this outing.

+ and two new (and starkly different) mysteries hit the list, as well — a gritty new Myron Bolitar novel from Harlan Coben, and the indefatigable Masie Dobbs returns in Jacqueline Winspear’s latest novel. Winspear’s historical mysteries are both engaging and evocative, and I’ve always believed she doesn’t have the prominence she should. Perhaps the tide is turning here ...

NONFICTION HARDCOVER

1. THE SOCIAL ANIMAL: THE HIDDEN SOURCES OF LOVE, CHARACTER, AND ACHIEVEMENT

(Random House, $27). By David Brooks (3)

2. UNBROKEN: A WORLD WAR II STORY OF SURVIVAL, RESILIENCE, AND REDEMPTION (Random House, $27). By Laura Hillenbrand (19)

3. MOONWALKING WITH EINSTEIN: THE ART AND SCIENCE OF REMEMBERING EVERYTHING

(Penguin Press, $26.95). By Joshua Foer (3)

4. THE MONEY CLASS: LEARN TO CREATE YOUR NEW AMERICAN DREAM
(Brian Bower Smith - AP)

(Spiegel & Grau, $26). By Suze Orman (3)

5. THE 17 DAY DIET: A DOCTOR’S PLAN DESIGNED FOR RAPID RESULTS

(Free Press, $25). By Dr. Mike Moreno. Metabolic mastery. (2)

6. UNFAMILIAR FISHES (Riverhead, $25.95)

By Sarah Vowell. The popular NPR contributor tackles Hawaiian history in her new batch of essays. (1)

7. STRENGTHS FINDER 2.0: ... ONLINE TEST FROM GALLUP’S “NOW, DISCOVER YOUR STRENGTHS” (Gallup, $24.95). By Tom Rath (40)

8. LOVE WINS: A BOOK ABOUT HEAVEN, HELL, AND THE FATE OF EVERY PERSON WHO EVER LIVED

(HarperOne, $22.99). By Rob Bell (1)

9. A PLACE OF YES: 10 RULES FOR GETTING EVERYTHING OUT OF LIFE YOU WANTED

(Touchstone, $24.99). By Bethenny Frankel with Eve Adamson (1)

10. THE ENTREPRENEUR EQUATION: EVALUATING THE REALITIES, RISKS, AND REWARDS OF HAVING YOUR OWN BUSINESS

(BenBella, $24.95). By Carol Roth (1)

FICTION HARDCOVER

1. THE SATURDAY BIG TENT WEDDING PARTY

(Pantheon, $24.95). By Alexander McCall Smith. Precious Ramotswe, the wise Botswana detective, juggles several cases, including a cattle slaying. (1)

2. TOYS (Little, Brown, $27.99)

By James Patterson & Neil McMahon. Hays Baker, part of a genetically engineered perfect family complete with super strength, has his do-gooder world turned upside down. (2)

3. LIVE WIRE (Dutton, $27.95)

By Harlan Coben. A client’s missing husband brings athlete-cum-agent Myron Bolitar’s past front and center. (1)

4. SING YOU HOME (Atria, $28)

By Jodi Picoult. Three characters take turns narrating this emotional tale; includes a CD inspired by the story. (4)

5. A LESSON IN SECRETS (Harper, $25.99)

By Jacqueline Winspear. Britain’s Secret Service recruits PI Masie Dobbs for an undercover assignment linked to the specter of war in 1932 Europe. (1)

6. THE JUNGLE (Putnam, $27.95)

By Clive Cussler with Jack Du Brul. Juan Cabrillo, and the crew of the high-tech ship “Oregon,” aim to stop a plot of world domination. (3)

7. NIGHT ROAD (St. Martin’s, $27.99)

By Kristin Hannah. A mother’s years of sacrifice for her two children can’t protect them from a n incident one night senior year. (1)

8. THE TIGER’S WIFE (Random House, $25)

By Tea Obreht. While on a humanitarian mission, a doctor in the Balkans is confronted by the riddles of her own family’s past. (3)

9. 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. (44)


(Aidan Crawley - BLOOMBERG)

10. MINDING FRANKIE (Knopf, $26.95)

By Maeve Binchy. Set in a tight-knit Dublin enclave, an alcoholic learns he’s fathered a child, and the mother is dying. (4)

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 (11)

2. THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS (Broadway, $16)

By Rebecca Skloot. The shocking story of a stem cell theft in 1951 and the HeLa cell line. (3)

3. THREE CUPS OF TEA: ONE MAN’S MISSION TO PROMOTE PEACE

(Penguin, $16). By Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin (188)


(BOGDAN CRISTEL - REUTERS)

4. INSIDE OF A DOG: WHAT DOGS SEE, SMELL, AND KNOW (Scribner, $16)

By Alexandra Horowitz. A psychology professor hits the dog park. (23)

5. NOW EAT THIS! DIET: LOSE UP TO 10 POUNDS IN 2 WEEKS EATING 6 MEALS A DAY!

(Grand Central, $22.99). By Rocco DiSpirito (1)

6. STONES INTO SCHOOLS: PROMOTING PEACE THROUGH EDUCATION IN AFGHANISTAN AND PAKISTAN (Penguin, $16). By Greg Mortenson (4)

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 (2)

8. SLOW COOKER REVOLUTION (Boston Common, $26.95)

By the Editors of America’s Test Kitchen. A catalogue of 300 recipes. (4)

9. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE (College Board, $21.99)

This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. (62)

10. THE BIG SHORT: INSIDE THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE (Norton, $15.95)

By Michael Lewis. The murky world of financial derivatives. (8)

FICTION PAPERBACK

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. (77)

2. THE SHADOW OF YOUR SMILE (Pocket, $7.99)

A family secret, a dwindling fortune and religious miracles make up this tale of deceit and murder. (1)

3. CAUGHT (Signet, $9.99)

By Harlan Coben. A television reporter’s latest sex-offender sting takes an unexpected turn. (1)

4. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (Vintage, $14.95; $7.99)

By Stieg Larsson. First book in the late Swede’s “Millennium Trilogy.” (92)

5. HEART OF THE MATTER (Griffin, $14.99)

By Emily Giffin. Alternating voices narrate this tale of a doctor’s life: his wife and the woman he’s drawn to. (2)
(NATI HARNIK - AP)

6. CUTTING FOR STONE (Vintage, $15.95)

By Abraham Verghese. Medicine, political upheaval and the Africa woven into a sweeping saga. (26)

7. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE (Vintage, $15.95; $7.99)

By Stieg Larsson. Sex trafficking between Sweden and Eastern Europe is exposed. (53)

8. 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. (5)

9. BIG GIRL (Dell, $7.99)

By Danielle Steel. The eldest daughter of a tony L.A. family has it all — save for a perfect body and her parents’ approval. (1)

10. LITTLE BEE (Simon & Schuster, $14)

By Chris Cleave. This wry second novel from a British journalist explores the state of war and refugees. (55)

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended March 27, 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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