Along with the smattering of new titles that join the lists this weekend, there’s a veritable rush for books that have been in hardcover for a considerable length of time (several with paperback options) — President Bush’s memoir, which hasn’t been on the general nonfiction list in months and months, but which might make sense in light of the forthcoming 9/11 anniversary.

Over in fiction, Kathryn Stockett’s “The Help” not only remains on the hardcover list, but rockets up to #5; and Stieg Larsson’s “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest,” which may not see a paperback edition before the new year (the first two titles in the trilogy have been near fixtures on the paperback list for well over a year).

As for brand new entries — Jane Fonda’s guide to living the good life in the nonfiction column, while in fiction, we have the new Terry Goodkind fantasy and, most encouragingly, the debut novel from Washington writer Jennifer Close, who chronicles the lives of three friends who juggle their own, often dysfunctional lives while going through what begins to seem like an endless parade of other people’s weddings — as bridesmaids to boot.

BOOK WORLD

Bestsellers — August 28, 2011

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NONFICTION HARDCOVER

1. STRENGTHS FINDER 2.0: ... ONLINE TEST FROM GALLUP'S “NOW, DISCOVER YOUR STRENGTHS”

(Gallup, $24.95). By Tom Rath (56)

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

(Random House, $27)

By Laura Hillenbrand (40)

3. A STOLEN LIFE (Simon & Schuster, $24.99)

By Jaycee Dugard. The graphic and unsettling account of the 18 years of imprisonment and abuse. (6)

4. THE GREATER JOURNEY: AMERICANS IN PARIS

(Simon & Schuster, $37.50). By David McCullough

The tangible influence of the City of Light. (13)

5. IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS: LOVE, TERROR, AND AN AMERICAN FAMILY IN HITLER’S BERLIN

(Crown, $26). By Erik Larson (15)

6. PRIME TIME: LOVE HEALTH SEX FITNESS FRIENDSHIP SPIRIT: MAKING THE MOST OF ALL OF YOUR LIFE


NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 10: Actress/author Jane Fonda waits to speak as she promotes "Prime Time: Making The Most Of All Of Your Life" at Barnes & Noble Union Square on August 10, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images) (Jemal Countess/GETTY IMAGES)

7. AFTER AMERICA: GET READY FOR ARMAGEDDON

(Regnery, $29.95). By Mark Steyn. Predicting a haphazard, violent decline for the United States. (2)

8. 1493: UNCOVERING THE NEW WORLD COLUMBUS CREATED (Knopf, $30.50)

By Charles C. Mann. The ecological and economic ramifications of “the Columbian Exchange.” (2)

9. BOSSYPANTS (Reagan Arthur, $26.99)

By Tina Fey. An amusing memoir from the acclaimed former SNL writer, comedian and actress. (20 )

10. DECISION POINTS (Crown, $35)

By George W. Bush. Bush 43 reflects on crucial turning points in both his life and two-term presidency. (19)

FICTION HARDCOVER

1. A DANCE WITH DRAGONS (Bantam, $35)

By George R.R. Martin. After almost six years, Martin returns to the Seven Kingdoms in this fifth book of “A Song of Ice and Fire.” (6)

2. THE OMEN MACHINE (Tor, $29.99)

By Terry Goodkind. This new “Sword of Truth” tale finds a strange device threatening the world of Richard Rahl and Kahlan Amnell. (1)

3. FULL BLACK (Atria, $26.99)

By Brad Thor. Ultra-secret operative Scot Harvath employs a radical plan to infiltrate a terrorist network and save America. (4)

4. COLD VENGEANCE (Grand Central, $26.99)

By Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child. Agent Pendergast unveils a conspiracy while stalking his beloved wife’s murderers. (3)

5. THE HELP (Amy Einhorn, $24.95)

By Kathryn Stockett. This book-within-a-book tells the intricate stories of black maids in well-to-do households in Jackson, Miss., compiled (and published) by a young white college graduate. (84)

6. PORTRAIT OF A SPY (Harper, $26.99)

By Daniel Silva. Art conservator and sometime agent Gabriel Allon parries with an American-born cleric and terrorist. (5)

7. THE IDEAL MAN (Dutton, $26.95)

By Julie Garwood. A FBI agent tasked with protecting the witness of a deadly shooting finds himself falling for her. (2)

8. VICTORY AND HONOR (Putnam, $26.95)

By W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV. This new “Honor Bound” tale presents a new menace — Joseph Stalin. (2)

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. (56)


Washington, DC - August, 4: Jennifer Close, an up and coming author of Girls in White Dresses, in her apartment on August, 04, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post) (Bill O'Leary/WASHINGTON POST)

10. GIRLS IN WHITE DRESSES (Knopf, $24.95)

By Jennifer Close. Three friends troop through a succession of bridesmaid appearances on top of coping with twentysomething angst. (1)

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 (32)

2. THE OLD RULES OF MARKETING ARE DEAD: 6 NEW RULES TO REINVENT YOUR BRAND & REIGNITE YOUR BUSINESS

(McGraw-Hill, $18). By Timothy R. Pearson (1)

3. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE

(College Board, $21.99). This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. (81)

4. THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS

(Broadway, $16). By Rebecca Skloot. How one woman’s death from cervical cancer in 1951 led to the creation of the prodigious HeLa cell line. (24)

5. UNLIKELY FRIENDSHIPS: 47 REMARKABLE STORIES FROM THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

(Workman, $13.95). By Jennifer S. Holland. Heartwarming tales accompanied by full color photos. (4)

6. CLARK HOWARD’S LIVING FAT IN LEAN TIMES: 250+ WAYS TO BUY SMARTER, SPEND SMARTER, AND SAVE MONEY

(Avery, $18). By Clark Howard with Mark Meltzer & Theo Thimou (1)

7. TEACH LIKE A CHAMPION: 49 TECHNIQUES THAT PUT STUDENTS ON THE PATH TO COLLEGE

(Jossey-Bass, $27.95). By Doug Lemov (14)

8. GETTING TO YES: NEGOTIATING AGREEMENT WITHOUT GIVING IN

(Penguin, $16). By Roger Fisher and William Ury. Second edition. (4)

9. EAT TO LIVE: THE AMAZING NUTRIENT-RICH PROGRAM FOR FAST AND SUSTAINED WEIGHT LOSS

(Little, Brown, $15.99). By Joel Fuhrman (1)

10. THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES: A BIOGRAPHY OF CANCER (Scribner, $18)

By Siddhartha Mukherjee. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. (1)

FICTION PAPERBACK

1. THE HELP (Berkley, $16)

By Kathryn Stockett. A frank chronicle of the lives of several black maids working in a town in 1960s Miss. (19)

2. ONE DAY (Vintage, $14.95)

By David Nicholls. Boy and girl meet, connect but don’t quite get together--told in 24-hour vignettes over 20 years; basis for the forthcoming feature film. (5)

3. THE CONFESSION (Dell, $9.99)

By John Grisham. After nine years, a man confesses to a murder for which another was imprisoned. (5)

4. SAFE HAVEN (Grand Central, $14.99)

By Nicholas Sparks. An enigmatic young woman arrives in the small North Carolina town of Southport. (3)

5. A GAME OF THRONES (Bantam, $17; Spectra, $8.99)

By George R.R. Martin. The first book of the fantasy epic “A Song of Ice and Fire.”; also an HBO miniseries. (7)

6. CUTTING FOR STONE (Vintage, $15.95)

By Abraham Verghese. Medicine, political upheaval and the African continent woven into a sweeping saga. (44)

7. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

(Vintage, $14.95; $7.99). By Stieg Larsson. First book in the late Swede’s “Millennium Trilogy.” (111)


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. (8)

9. WATER FOR ELEPHANTS (Algonquin, $14.95; $7.99)

By Sara Gruen. An orphan discovers love when he joins a circus during the Great Depression. (97)

10. WICKED APPETITE (St. Martin’s, $8.99)

By Janet Evanovich. A paranormal romance set in a wealthy Mass. enclave and featuring stones wielding incredible powers. (1)

Rankings reflect sales for the week ended August 21, 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.)