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Posted at 11:51 PM ET, 03/26/2011

Political Bookworm: Washington bestsellers

Though the breezes are cool (and of all things, there’s a risk of snow overnight Saturday), the cherry blossoms are in bloom and spring is most certainly on the way. Which, aside from the joys of spectacular floral displays, outdoor cafe seating, and Congress leaving town, there are scores of great books just poised to hit bookstore shelves from all manner of publishers.

Before the deluge of promising prose strikes, there are a few new titles hitting the lists this week —

In fiction, two thrillers debut: James Patterson (& Co.’s) latest, introducing a super human family who will face challenges unlike anything previously, and Charles Cumming’s fourth novel, “The Trinity Six,” which gives the espionage / Cold War genre a shot in the arm with the intriguing premise that the notorious “Cambridge Five” may actually have operated with other, unknown associates.

And then there’s Paula McLain’s new historical novel, one that surmises what transpired behind the scenes of the impetuous romance and marriage of Ernest Hemingway and Hadley Richardson, and their lives in 1920s Paris.

As for nonfiction, three rather significant titles hit the list — economists John Mauldin & Jonathan Tepper explore the concept of the “debt supercycle” and how it benefited the United States and the global economy, and what has changed and what that means for our future. Pope Benedict XVI’s latest book on the life of Christ, which recounts the Easter story, is appropriately published amid Lent, and already has folks talking. And last but not least, The Post’s Del Quentin Wilber’s new book focuses on the minutes and hours of the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan 30 years ago this coming Wednesday, detailing all the decisions and people that would avert a tragic ending. Our review ran a few weeks back “Rawhide Down” and here’s a link to Wilber’s appearance on CBS Sunday Morning discussing the book — CBS

BOOK WORLD BESTSELLERS

March 27, 2011

HARDCOVER NONFICTION

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

(Random House, $27). By David Brooks (2)

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

(Free Press, $25). By Dr. Mike Moreno. Metabolic mastery. (1)

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

(Penguin Press, $26.95). By Joshua Foer (2)

4. THE MONEY CLASS: LEARN TO CREATE YOUR NEW AMERICAN DREAM

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

5. ENDGAME THE END OF THE DEBT SUPERCYCLE AND HOW IT CHANGES EVERYTHING

(Wiley, $27.95). By John Mauldin & Jonathan Tepper (1)


A priest reads the latest Pope Benedict XVI's book "Jesus of Nazareth" in a book shop in Rome March 10, 2011. Pope Benedict condemns violence in Gods name and personally exonerate Jews of responsibility for Jesus death in his latest book, released on Thursday. Publishers have printed 1.2 million copies in seven languages of the book, which was released in a blaze of international publicity that included teleconferences with the media in several countries. REUTERS/Max Rossi (ITALY - Tags: RELIGION MEDIA) (MAX ROSSI - REUTERS)

6. JESUS OF NAZARETH: HOLY WEEK: FROM THE ENTRANCE INTO JERUSALEM TO THE RESURRECTION

(Ignatius, $24.95). By Joseph Ratzinger, Pope Benedict XVI

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

(Random House, $27). By Laura Hillenbrand (18)

8. RAWHIDE DOWN: THE NEAR ASSASSINATION OF RONALD REAGAN

(Henry Holt, $27). By Del Quentin Wilber (1)

9 DECISION POINTS (Crown, $35)

By George W. Bush. Bush 43 reflects on crucial turning points in both his life and two-term presidency. (17)

10. DRIVE: THE SURPRISING TRUTH ABOUT WHAT MOTIVATES US

(Riverhead, $26.95). By Daniel H. Pink. A look by the New Economy expert. (14)

HARDCOVER FICTION

1. 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. SING YOU HOME (Atria, $28). By Jodi Picoult.

Three characters take turns narrating this emotional tale; includes a CD inspired by the story. (3)

3. 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. (2)

4. THE WISE MAN’S FEAR (DAW, $29.95)

By Patrick Rothfuss. The epic fantasy begun in Rothfuss’s “The Name of the Wind” continues. (3)

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. (43)

6. 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. (2)


LONDON, ENGLAND - 3FEBRUARY 26: The Cambridge team of Max Gander (Cox), Scott Durant (Stroke), Mason Durant, Ertan Hazine, Mat Tarrant, Alex Davidson, Alex Tobica, Jack Cadman and Oliver Staite (Bow) in action during their training race against Great Britain U23 on the River Thames on February 26, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images) (Tom Dulat - GETTY IMAGES)

7. THE TRINITY SIX

(St. Martin’s, $24.99). By Charles Cumming. A professor walks a tightrope to reveal whether or not the notorious “Cambridge Five” actually had another associate. (1)

8. A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES (Viking, $28.95)

By Deborah Harkness. Gothic meets modern in this paranormal thriller/romance set in Oxford’s Bodleian Library. (6)

9. 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. (3)

10. THE PARIS WIFE (Ballantine, $25)

By Paula McLain. An atmospheric tale of newlyweds Ernest Hemingway and wife Hadley in Jazz Age Paris. (1)

PAPERBACK NONFICTION

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 (10)

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. (1)

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

By Alexandra Horowitz. A psychology professor hits the dog park. (22)

4. ROBERT’S RULES OF ORDER: NEWLY REVISED: IN BRIEF

(Da Capo, $6.95). By Henry M. Robert III et al. (1)

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

By the Editors of America’s Test Kitchen. A catalogue of 300 recipes. (3)


6. THE 5 LOVE LANGUAGES: THE SECRET TO LOVE THAT LASTS

(Northfield, $14.99) . Gary D. Chapman. Knowing that special someone. (12)

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 (1)

8. THE MILLIONAIRE MESSENGER: MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND A FORTUNE SHARING YOUR ADVICE

(Morgan James, $21.95). By Brendon Burchard (2)

9. EAT THIS, NOT THAT! NEW 2011 EDITION (Rodale, $19.99).

By David Zinczenko & Matt Goulding. Updated edition with new features. (12)

10. THE BIG SHORT: INSIDE THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE

(Norton, $15.95). By Michael Lewis. The murky world of financial derivatives. (7)

PAPERBACK FICTION

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. (76)


In this March 21, 2011 photo, Ramon Esqueda, elephant trainer for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, gives Asian elephants Suzie, Minnie and Bunny a drink of water outside the CFSB Center in Murray, Ky. (AP Photo/Ledger & Times, Kyser Lough) (Kyser Lough - AP)

2. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (Vintage, $14.95; $7.99). By Stieg Larsson. First book in the late Swede’s “Millennium Trilogy”; basis of the film. (91)

3. 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. (1)

4. CUTTING FOR STONE (Vintage, $15.95)

By Abraham Verghese. Medicine, political upheaval and the Africa woven into a sweeping saga. (25)

5. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE

(Vintage, $15.95; $7.99). By Stieg Larsson. Sex trafficking between Sweden and Eastern Europe is exposed. (52)

6. 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. (4)

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

By Chris Cleave. This wry second novel from a British journalist explores the state of war and refugees. (54)

8. DECEPTION (Ballantine, $9.99)

By Jonathan Kellerman. The murder of a prep school teacher comes complete with a DVD left by the victim. (4)

9. THE ISLAND (Reagan Arthur, $14.99)

By Elin Hilderbrand. The women of a wealthy Nantucket clan juggle heartache, lust and life’s surprises one summer. (2)

10. AN ENGAGEMENT IN SEATTLE (Mira, $7.99)

By Debbie Macomber. Two novellas, “Groom Wanted” and “Bride Wanted,” from the “Cedar Cove” series author. (4)

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended March 20, 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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