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Washington paperback bestsellers

Sunday, March 14, 2010; B08

Fiction
1

THE LAST SONG (Grand Central, $14.99)

By Nicholas Sparks. A teen matures while spending the summer with her divorced father.

5
2

FIRST FAMILY (Vision, $9.99)

By David Baldacci. A children's birthday party at Camp David morphs from frolic to kidnapping.

3
3

LITTLE BEE (Simon & Schuster, $14)

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

3
4

THE 8TH CONFESSION (Grand Central, $14.99)

By James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. The Women's Murder Club and two baffling murders.

2
5

A RELIABLE WIFE (Algonquin, $14.95)

By Robert Goolrick. This erotic tale of suspense, featuring a mail-order bride, is set in 1907 Wisconsin.

9
6

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

(Vintage, $14.95). By Stieg Larsson. A missing heiress. An unlikely pair of sleuths. Set in Sweden.

37
7

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.

12
8

EVIDENCE (Ballantine, $9.99)

By Jonathan Kellerman. Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis probe the grisly murder of an eco-architect.

1
9

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.

3
10

CORSAIR (Berkley, $9.99). By Clive Cussler

and Jack Du Brul. Capt. Cabrillo and his covert military ship parry with Islamic terrorists.

2
Nonfiction/General
1

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.

1
2

THE LOST CITY OF Z: A TALE OF DEADLY OBSESSION

IN THE AMAZON (Vintage, $15.99)

By David Grann. Fawcett's fatal rainforest quest.

6
3

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.

9
4

EVERYDAY FOOD: FRESH FLAVOR FAST: 250 EASY,

DELICIOUS RECIPES FOR ANY TIME OF DAY

(Clarkson Potter, $24.99). By Martha Stewart Living

2
5

THREE CUPS OF TEA: ONE MAN'S MISSION

TO PROMOTE PEACE (Griffin, $19.95)

By Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

149
6

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.

18
7

COOK THIS, NOT THAT! KITCHEN SURVIVAL GUIDE

(Rodale, $19.99). By David Zinczenko & Matt Goulding. Saving money and calories by eating at home.

10
8

THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE (SECOND EDITION)

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

21
9

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.

1
10

ARE YOU THERE, VODKA? IT'S ME, CHELSEA

(Simon Spotlight, $16)

By Chelsea Handler. Irreverent essays.

5

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.)

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