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Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 03/07/2011

Washington Area Bestsellers

Paperback Fiction
1 THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (Vintage, $14.95) By Stieg Larsson. First book in the late Swede’s “Millennium Trilogy”; basis of the film. 88
2 THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE (Vintage, $15.95) By Stieg Larsson. Sex trafficking between Sweden and Eastern Europe is exposed. 49
3 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.

1
4 WATER FOR ELEPHANTS (Algonquin, $14.95) By Sara Gruen. An orphan discovers love when he joins a circus during the Great Depression. 73
5 AN ENGAGEMENT IN SEATTLE (Mira, $7.99) By Debbie Macomber. Two novellas, “Groom Wanted” and “Bride Wanted,” from the “Cedar Cove” series author. 1
6 CUTTING FOR STONE (Vintage, $15.95) By Abraham Verghese. Medicine, political upheaval and the Africa woven into a sweeping saga. 22
7 HARVEST MOON (Mira, $7.99). By Robyn Carr A burned out sous-chef seeks relaxation in rural Virgin River, but finds romance instead. 1
8 THIS SIDE OF THE GRAVE (Avon, $7.99) By Jeaniene Frost. Vampiric couple Cat and Bones face a daunting new enemy in this “Night Huntress” novel. 1
9 A CREED IN STONE CREEK (Harlequin, $7.99) By Linda Lael Miller. An attorney leaves the city when he becomes guardian of a 5 year-old boy, settling near his McKettrick clan. 1
10 DECEPTION (Ballantine, $9.99) By Jonathan Kellerman. The murder of a prep school teacher comes complete with a DVD left by the victim. 1
Nonfiction/General
1 BASEBALL PROSPECTUS 2011 (Wiley, $24.95) Edited by Steven Goldman. The 16th edition of the go-to book for baseball aficionados. 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 7
3 MR. SUNDAY’S SOUPS (Wiley, $19.95) By Lorraine Wallace. A cookbook of the favorite soups of Chris Wallace, host of Fox News Sunday. 2
4 INSIDE OF A DOG: WHAT DOGS SEE, SMELL, AND KNOW (Scribner, $16) By Alexandra Horowitz A psychology professor hits the dog park. 19
5 THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE (College Board, $21.99). This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. 59
6 THE BIG SHORT: INSIDE THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE (Norton, $15.95) By Michael Lewis. The murky world of financial derivatives. 4
7 WHEN MONEY DIES: THE NIGHTMARE OF DEFICIT SPENDING, DEVALUATION, AND HYPERINFLATION ... (PublicAffairs, $14.95) By Adam Fergusson 1
8 LINCOLN ON LEADERSHIP: EXECUTIVE STRATEGIES FOR TOUGH TIMES (Warner, $14.99) By Donald T. Phillips 2
9 THE 5 LOVE LANGUAGES: THE SECRET TO LOVE THAT LASTS (Northfield, $14.99) By Gary D. Chapman. Knowing that special someone. 10
10 SLOW COOKER REVOLUTION (Boston Common, $26.95) By the Editors of America’s Test Kitchen. A catalogue of 300 recipes. 1
Hardcover Fiction
1 TREACHERY IN DEATH (Putnam, $26.95) By J.D. Robb. This 33rd Eve Dallas thriller finds the New York cop setting a trap for rogue cops on the take. 1
2 PALE DEMON (Eos, $26.99). By Kim Harrison. The ninth novel in the “Hollow” series has witch and bounty hunter Rachel Morgan traveling cross-county with an elf, pixy and vampire. 1
3 TICK TOCK (Little, Brown, $27.99). By James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge. A trio of twisted killers stalk NYC; cop Michael Bennett is summoned from vacation to lead the charge. 5
4 GIDEON’S SWORD (Grand Central, $26.99) By Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. The thriller duo introduce a new character, Gideon Crew, who’s recruited by a covert agency. 1
5 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. 40
6 A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES (Viking, $28.95) By Deborah Harkness. Gothic meets modern in this paranormal thriller/romance set in Oxford’s Bodleian Library. 3
7 DEAD OR ALIVE (Putnam, $28.95) By Tom Clancy with Grant Blackwood. Jack Ryan and his compatriots are back, taking on a cruel and powerful terrorist. 12
8 THE HELP (Amy Einhorn, $24.95) By Kathryn Stockett. A frank chronicle of the lives of several black maids working in a town in 1960s Miss. 81
9 THE UNION QUILTERS (Dutton, $24.95) By Jennifer Chiaverini. The women of Elms Creek are swept up in the Civil War as their men head to the front. 1
10 ROOM (Little Brown, $24.99) By Emma Donoghue. A five year-old boy narrates this haunting tale of being trapped with his mother in one room for seven years. And their escape. 8
Nonfiction/General
1 A SIMPLE GOVERNMENT: TWELVE THINGS WE REALLY NEED FROM WASHINGTON ... (Sentinel, $26.95) By Mike Huckabee 1
2 UNBROKEN: A WORLD WAR II STORY OF SURVIVAL, RESILIENCE, AND REDEMPTION (Random House, $27) By Laura Hillenbrand 15
3 KNOWN & UNKNOWN: A MEMOIR (Sentinel, $36) By Donald Rumsfeld. The former secretary of defense reflects on his life thus far, with no apologies. 3
4 BATTLE HYMN OF THE TIGER MOTHER (Penguin Press, $25.95) By Amy Chua. The respected law professor and author chronicles the challenges of raising children the Chinese way. 7
5 CLEOPATRA: A LIFE (Little, Brown, $29.99) By Stacy Schiff. Classic sources illuminate this biography of the Egyptian queen and icon. 17
6 AGAINST ALL ODDS: MY LIFE OF HARDSHIP, FAST BREAKS, AND SECOND CHANCES (Harper, $27.99). By Scott Brown 1
7 DECISION POINTS (Crown, $35) By George W. Bush. Bush 43 reflects on crucial turning points in both his life and two-term presidency. 14
8 PEACE FROM BROKEN PIECES: HOW TO GET THROUGH WHAT YOU’RE GOING THROUGH (Smiley, $24.95) By Iyanla Vanzant 1
9 DISCIPLINED DREAMING: A PROVEN SYSTEM FOR DRIVING BREAKTHROUGH CREATIVITY (Jossey-Bass, $26.95) By Josh Linkner 1
10 STRENGTHS FINDER 2.0: ... ONLINE TEST FROM GALLUP’S “NOW, DISCOVER YOUR STRENGTHS” (Gallup, $24.95). By Tom Rath 7

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended Feb. 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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