Washington paperback bestsellers
THE LAST SONG (Grand Central, $14.99)
By Nicholas Sparks. A teen matures while spending the summer with her divorced father.
FIRST FAMILY (Vision, $9.99)
By David Baldacci. A children's birthday party at Camp David morphs from frolic to kidnapping.
LITTLE BEE (Simon & Schuster, $14)
By Chris Cleave. This wry second novel from the British journalist explores the state of war and refugees.
THE 8TH CONFESSION (Grand Central, $14.99)
By James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. The Women's Murder Club and two baffling murders.
A RELIABLE WIFE (Algonquin, $14.95)
By Robert Goolrick. This erotic tale of suspense, featuring a mail-order bride, is set in 1907 Wisconsin.
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
(Vintage, $14.95). By Stieg Larsson. A missing heiress. An unlikely pair of sleuths. Set in Sweden.
DEAR JOHN (Grand Central, $13.99; $7.99)
By Nicholas Sparks. 9/11 upends a budding romance between a soldier and a college student; movie tie-in.
EVIDENCE (Ballantine, $9.99)
By Jonathan Kellerman. Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis probe the grisly murder of an eco-architect.
SHUTTER ISLAND (Harper, $14.99; $7.99)
By Dennis Lehane. A patient vanishes from an island hospital for the criminally insane; motion picture tie-in.
CORSAIR (Berkley, $9.99). By Clive Cussler
and Jack Du Brul. Capt. Cabrillo and his covert military ship parry with Islamic terrorists.
A PATRIOT'S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES
(Sentinel, $25). By Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen.
"Dead white men" gain ground in this revised history.
THE LOST CITY OF Z: A TALE OF DEADLY OBSESSION
IN THE AMAZON (Vintage, $15.99)
By David Grann. Fawcett's fatal rainforest quest.
FOOD RULES: AN EATER'S MANUAL
(Penguin, $11). By Michael Pollan. A portable guide for making tough choices in the store or on the go.
EVERYDAY FOOD: FRESH FLAVOR FAST: 250 EASY,
DELICIOUS RECIPES FOR ANY TIME OF DAY
(Clarkson Potter, $24.99). By Martha Stewart Living
THREE CUPS OF TEA: ONE MAN'S MISSION
TO PROMOTE PEACE (Griffin, $19.95)
By Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
THE BLIND SIDE: EVOLUTION OF A GAME
(Norton, $13.95). By Michael Lewis. The story of star left tackle Michael Oher; basis of the feature film.
COOK THIS, NOT THAT! KITCHEN SURVIVAL GUIDE
(Rodale, $19.99). By David Zinczenko & Matt Goulding. Saving money and calories by eating at home.
THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE (SECOND EDITION)
(College Board, $21.99). This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips.
NOW EAT THIS! 150 OF AMERICA'S FAVORITE COMFORT
FOODS, ALL UNDER 350 CALORIES (Ballantine, $22)
By Rocco DiSpirito. The celebrity chef's healthy picks.
ARE YOU THERE, VODKA? IT'S ME, CHELSEA
(Simon Spotlight, $16)
By Chelsea Handler. Irreverent essays.
Rankings reflect sales for the week ended March 7, 2010. The charts may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright © 2010 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.)