Here’s what is hitting the bestseller lists this weekend amid all of these April showers ...
* nonfiction sees the debut of the irrepressible Tina Fey’s new memoir at #1 which, most of her fans would eagerly agree, is right where she should be.
As the memoir by Starbucks’ CEO Howard Schultz is knocked down a few pegs, we find renowned professor Marable Manning’s much-anticipated new biography of Malcolm X joining the list at #3 ... decades in the making, it’s already drawn considerable praise and (much like its subject) a fair amount of controversy as well. Sadly, Professor Marable is not here to defend his masterwork, as he passed away April 1, just days before the books publication.
Another new and important title in the top 10 this week is “The Bond” by Wayne Pacelle, the president of the Humane Society of the United States. It explores mankind’s unique connection with not just the pets we know and love, but the animal kingdom in toto. As stewards of the planet (whether we’re worthy of it or not) we are bound to also protect the animals who share the planet with us, as most are not able to defend themselves from humanity’s benign neglect or outright cruelty. It will resonate with many, and not just animal enthusiasts ...
And last but not least, a book of advice and personal wisdom courtesy of Shirley Strawberry, the popular co-host of the syndicated radio program, ‘The Steve Harvey Show.’ The roster of folks praising the book is impressive, so listen up!
* In new fiction, a slew of excellent summer fare bumps some other prize contenders (think Clive Cussler and Harlan Coben) out of the top 10 this weekend. Those include —
The critically-acclaimed Michael Connelly returns with another Mickey Haller imbroglio, in which he takes on the fraud and emotional distress of the foreclosure crisis, which garners the top spot.
Mary Higgins Clark is right behind with another taut tale set in the canyons of Manhattan, this one involving another significant source of fraud — identity theft. Though this time, the impersonator has made it personal, and may know the whereabouts of our heroine’s child, kidnapped five years earlier.
And now, tossing in Danielle Steel’s latest (a divorced woman takes in lodgers to hold on to her beloved rowhouse ... very “Tales of the City”) and the new Goldy Schulz caper from Diane Mott Davidson (the caterer comes to the aid of an old friend who’s the victim of arson) and you already have the beginnings of a summer reading list ... for the beach.
BOOK WORLD Bestsellers — April 17, 2011
1. BOSSYPANTS (Reagan Arthur, $26.99)
By Tina Fey. An amusing memoir from the acclaimed former SNL writer, comedian and actress. (1)
(Free Press, $25). By Dr. Mike Moreno. Metabolic mastery. (4)
(Viking, $30). By Manning Marable. A sweeping biography of the complex black activist by the renowned professor and historian, who died on April 1. (1)
4. UNBROKEN: A WORLD WAR II STORY OF SURVIVAL, RESILIENCE, AND REDEMPTION (Random House, $27). By Laura Hillenbrand (21)
(Rodale, $25.99). By Howard Schultz (2)
(Random House, $27). By David Brooks (5)
7. STRENGTHS FINDER 2.0: ... ONLINE TEST FROM GALLUP’S “NOW, DISCOVER YOUR STRENGTHS” (Gallup, $24.95). By Tom Rath (41)
(Morrow, $26.99). By Wayne Pacelle. The president of the Humane Society of the United States. (1)
(Penguin Press, $26.95). By Joshua Foer (5)
(One World, $22). By Shirley Strawberry with Lyah Beth LeFlore (1)
(Little, Brown, $27.99). By Michael Connelly. Mickey Haller, the “Lincoln Lawyer,” gets involved in the emotional foreclosure crisis. (1)
(Simon & Schuster, $25.99). By Mary Higgins Clark. A Manhattan designer is terrorized by an identity thief — who may have kidnapped her child years earlier. (1)
3. THE LAND OF PAINTED CAVES (Crown, $30)
By Jean M. Auel. The sixth and final volume in the “Earth’s Children” saga, which began with “The Clan of the Cave Bear” in 1980. (2)
4. 44 CHARLES STREET (Delacorte, $28)
By Danielle Steel. A divorce forces a New York art dealer to acquiesce to roommates in order to hold on to cherished house. (1)
5. 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. (4)
(Pantheon, $24.95). By Alexander McCall Smith. Precious Ramotswe, the wise Botswana detective, juggles several cases, including a cattle slaying. (3)
7. CRUNCH TIME (Morrow, $26.99)
By Diane Mott Davidson. Caterer and sometime sleuth Goldy Schulz aids a dear friend in a case of arson and murder. (1)
8. MYSTERY (Ballantine, $28)
By Jonathan Kellerman. There are suspects a plenty in this new Alex Delaware tale involving an escort service. (2)
(Knopf, $27.95). By Stieg Larsson. The Millennium Trilogy ends as Salander hunts for her failed assassin. (46)
10. SING YOU HOME (Atria, $28)
By Jodi Picoult. Three characters take turns narrating this emotional tale; includes a CD inspired by the story. (6)
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 (13)
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. (5)
(Riverhead, $16). By Daniel H. Pink (1)
(Griffin, $22.99). By Lisa Lillien (2)
5. THE OFFICIAL SAT STUDY GUIDE (College Board, $21.99)
This revised manual offers 10 practice tests and loads of tips. (64)
6. INSIDE OF A DOG: WHAT DOGS SEE, SMELL, AND KNOW (Scribner, $16). By Alexandra Horowitz. A psychology professor hits the dog park. (25)
(Grand Central, $22.99). By Rocco DiSpirito (3)
(Project Management Institute, $65.95) (1)
9. 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 (4)
(Flammarion, $29.95). By Ines de la Fressange with Sophie Gachet. Tips from the former fashion model and face of Chanel. (1)
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. (79)
2. THE HELP (Berkley, $16)
By Kathryn Stockett. A frank chronicle of the lives of several black maids working in a town in 1960s Miss. (1)
3. THE SHADOW OF YOUR SMILE (Pocket, $7.99)
A family secret, a dwindling fortune and religious miracles make up this tale of deceit and murder. (3)
(Berkley, $7.99). By Lora Leigh. Another installment in the paranormal romance “Breed” series. (1)
5. CAUGHT (Signet, $9.99)
By Harlan Coben. A television reporter’s latest sex-offender sting takes an unexpected turn. (3)
7. CUTTING FOR STONE (Vintage, $15.95)
By Abraham Verghese. Medicine, political upheaval and the Africa woven into a sweeping saga. (28)
(Penguin, $20). By Charles Dickens. Two of the authors most beloved novels; a recent Oprah Book Club selection. (2)
(Vintage, $15.95; 7.99). By Stieg Larsson. Sex trafficking between Sweden and Eastern Europe is exposed. (55)
10. 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. (4)
Rankings reflect sales for the week ended April 10, 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.)