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  • The New York Times Book review April 12, 2009 Copyright © 2009 by The New York Times Best Sellers Fiction FICTION HARDCOVER FICTION EXTENDED This This Last Weeks Week Week Week On List 17 1 THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett. (Putnam) TRUE DETECTIVES, by Jonathan Kellerman. (Ballantine, $27.) 1 In the 24th Alex Delaware novel, the interracial half-brothers from “Bones” investigate a young woman’s death. 18 ONE DAY AT A TIME, by Danielle Steel. (Delacorte) 2 HANDLE WITH CARE, by Jodi Picoult. (Atria, $27.95.) A woman 1 4 whose daughter has a dangerous birth defect must decide wheth- 19 PATHS OF GLORY, by Jeffrey Archer. (St. Martin’s) er to sue her obstetrician, an old friend. 3 OUTCAST, by Aaron Allston. (Del Rey/Ballantine, $27.) The start 1 20 WHITE WITCH, BLACK CURSE, by Kim Harrison. (Eos/Wil- of a new series about the extended Skywalker family; a “Star liam Morrow) Wars” novel. 21 4 ONE SECOND AFTER, by William R. Forstchen. (Forge) THE ASSOCIATE, by John Grisham. (Doubleday, $27.95.) An 3 9 idealistic law-school graduate is forced to take a job at a large, bru- talizing law firm. 22 GENGHIS: BONES OF THE HILLS, by Conn Iggulden. (Dela- 5 THE HOST, by Stephenie Meyer. (Little, Brown, $25.99.) One corte) 4 46 woman won’t surrender to the aliens who have taken control. 23 THE STORY OF EDGAR SAWTELLE, by David Wroblewski. 6 CORSAIR, by Clive Cussler and Jack Du Brul. (Putnam, $27.95.) (Ecco) 2 3 Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the Oregon search for a missing sec- 24 THE TOURIST, by Olen Steinhauer. (St. Martin’s Minotaur) retary of state whose plane has been shot down. 7 RUN FOR YOUR LIFE, by James Patterson and Michael Led- 5 8 25 TERMINAL FREEZE, by Lincoln Child. (Doubleday) widge. (Little, Brown, $27.99.) A New York detective raising 10 children alone must stop a killer. 26 8* STILL LIFE, by Joy Fielding. (Atria) PURSUIT, by Karen Robards. (Putnam, $24.95.) A lawyer sur- 1 vives a suspicious car crash that killed the first lady. 27 9 FROM DEAD TO WORSE, by Charlaine Harris. (Ace) THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE 7 28 SOCIETY, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. (Dial, $22.) Residents of Guernsey who resisted the Nazis. 28 FOOL, by Christopher Moore. (William Morrow) 10 EXECUTION DOCK, by Anne Perry. (Ballantine, $26.) William 1 Monk of the Thames River Police battles the owner of a floating 29 DOG ON IT, by Spencer Quinn. (Atria) brothel. 11 HEART AND SOUL, by Maeve Binchy. (Knopf, $26.95.) A doctor 8 6 30 THE LAST DICKENS, by Matthew Pearl. (Random House) establishes a heart clinic in a Dublin neighborhood. 12 THE LONG FALL, by Walter Mosley. (Riverhead, $25.95.) Intro- 1 31 FAULT LINE, by Barry Eisler. (Ballantine) ducing Leonid McGill, a New York private detective with a compli- cated past. 32 13 LIFE IS SHORT BUT WIDE, by J. California Cooper. (Double- PROMISES IN DEATH, by J. D. Robb. (Putnam, $26.95.) Lt. Eve 6 5 day) Dallas investigates a colleague’s murder; by Nora Roberts, writ- ing pseudonymously. 33 TRUE COLORS, by Kristin Hannah. (St. Martin’s) 14 NIGHT AND DAY, by Robert B. Parker. (Putnam, $25.95.) Jesse 11 5 Stone, the police chief of Paradise, Mass., must catch a voyeur 34 THE EXPEDITER, by David Hagberg. (Forge) who forces women to strip at gunpoint. 15 DEAD SILENCE, by Randy Wayne White. (Putnam, $25.95.) Doc 10 3 35 THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson. Ford searches for a kidnapped boy. (Knopf) 16* HOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET, by 15 2 Jamie Ford. (Ballantine, $24.) A friendship between a Chinese- American boy and a Japanese-American girl who are students in Seattle during World War II. Rankings reflect sales, for the week ending March 28, at many thousands of venues where a wide range of general interest books are sold nationwide. These include hundreds of indepen- dent book retailers (statistically weighted to represent all such outlets); national, regional and local chains; online and multimedia entertainment retailers; university, gift, supermarket, discount department stores and newsstands. An asterisk (*) indicates that a book’s sales are barely distinguishable from those of the book above. A dagger (†) indicates that some book- stores report receiving bulk orders. Among those categories not actively tracked are: perennial sellers; required classroom reading; text, reference and test preparation guides; journals and workbooks; calorie counters; shopping guides; comics and crossword puzzles. Expanded rankings are available on the Web: nytimes.com/books.
  • April 12, 2009 Copyright © 2009 The New York Times Book review by The New York Times Best Sellers NonFiction NONFICTION HARDCOVER NONFICTION EXTENDED This This Last Weeks Week Week Week On List 17 1 NO ANGEL, by Jay Dobyns and Nils Johnson-Shelton. (Crown) LIBERTY AND TYRANNY, by Mark R. Levin. (Threshold Edi- 1 tions, $25.) A conservative manifesto from a talk-show host and president of Landmark Legal Foundation. 18 OUT OF CAPTIVITY, by Marc Gonsalves, Keith Stansell, Tom 2 OUTLIERS, by Malcolm Gladwell. (Little, Brown, $27.99.) Why Howes and Gary Brozek. (William Morrow) 1 19 some people succeed, from the author of “Blink.” 19 HOT, FLAT, AND CROWDED, by Thomas L. Friedman. (Far- 3 HOUSE OF CARDS, by William D. Cohan. (Doubleday, $27.95.) rar, Straus & Giroux) 3 3 The fall of Bear Stearns and the beginning of the Wall Street col- 20 WHEN MARCH WENT MAD, by Seth Davis. (Times) lapse. 4 A LION CALLED CHRISTIAN, by Anthony Bourke and John 2 3 21 A SLOBBERING LOVE AFFAIR, by Bernard Goldberg. (Regn- Rendall. (Broadway, $21.95.) Two men buy a pet lion cub in Lon- ery) don and bring him to Africa when he is grown. 22 5 THE NEXT 100 YEARS, by George Friedman. (Doubleday) THE YANKEE YEARS, by Joe Torre and Tom Verducci. (Dou- 4 8 bleday, $26.95.) The former Yankee manager (1996-2007) on his years with the team. 23 MELTDOWN, by Thomas E. Woods Jr. (Regnery) 6 THE LOST CITY OF Z, by David Grann. (Doubleday, $27.50.) 5 5 A New Yorker writer searches for a British explorer who disap- 24 THE UNFORGIVING MINUTE, by Craig M. Mullaney. (Penguin peared 80 years ago in the Amazon. Press) 7 A BOLD FRESH PIECE OF HUMANITY, by Bill O’Reilly. 9 24 25 THE BLACK SWAN, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. (Random (Broadway, $26.) The Fox News commentator on his upbringing House) and career. 26 8 WHY WE SUCK, by Denis Leary. (Viking) HAPPENS EVERY DAY, by Isabel Gillies. (Scribner, $25.) A 1 woman’s husband leaves her without warning 27 9* THE ASCENT OF MONEY, by Niall Ferguson. (Penguin Press) DEWEY, by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter. (Grand Central, 8 28 $19.99.) The kitten left freezing in the returned-book slot of an Iowa public library and his rise to fame. 28 IMAGINING INDIA, by Nandan Nilekani. (Penguin Press) 10 MY BOOKY WOOK, by Russell Brand. (Collins, $25.99.) A mem- 6 3 oir of sex, drugs and stand-up from a British comedian. 29 DEAD AID, by Dambisa Moyo. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) 11 JESUS, INTERRUPTED, by Bart D. Ehrman. (HarperOne, 16 4 $25.99.) Scholars’’ discoveries about the New Testament. 30 THE THIRD REICH AT WAR, by Richard J. Evans. (Penguin 12 HOW WE DECIDE, by Jonah Lehrer. (Houghton Mifflin Har- Press) 3 court, $25.) Learning more about how we think can help us make 31 THE MIRROR EFFECT, by Drew Pinsky and S. Mark Young. better decisions. (Harper) 13* ARE YOU THERE, VODKA? IT’S ME, CHELSEA, by Chel- 12 34 32 THE RETURN OF DEPRESSION ECONOMICS AND THE sea Handler. (Simon Spotlight Entertainment, $24.95.) Humorous CRISIS OF 2008, by Paul Krugman. (Norton) personal essays from the stand-up comedian. 33 14 THE GAMBLE, by Thomas E. Ricks. (Penguin Press) INSIDE THE REVOLUTION, by Joel C. Rosenberg. (Tyndale, 7 3 $24.99.) The power of three groups in the Middle East: Islamic radicals, moderate reformers and Muslims who are becoming 34 OBAMA, with an introduction by Bill Keller and biographical text Christians.(†) by Jill Abramson. (Callaway) 15 JOKER ONE, by Donovan Campbell. (Random House, $26.) A 2 35 AS THEY SEE ‘EM, by Bruce Weber. (Scribner) Marine lieutenant and his platoon in Ramadi during the most vio- lent days of the insurgency in 2004. 16* IT SUCKED AND THEN I CRIED, by Heather Armstrong. (Si- 1 mon Spotlight Entertainment, $24.) A memoir of parenthood and postpartum depression by the dooce.com blogger Rankings reflect sales, for the week ending March 28, at many thousands of venues where a wide range of general interest books are sold nationwide. These include hundreds of indepen- dent book retailers (statistically weighted to represent all such outlets); national, regional and local chains; online and multimedia entertainment retailers; university, gift, supermarket, discount department stores and newsstands. An asterisk (*) indicates that a book’s sales are barely distinguishable from those of the book above. A dagger (†) indicates that some book- stores report receiving bulk orders. Among those categories not actively tracked are: perennial sellers; required classroom reading; text, reference and test preparation guides; journals and workbooks; calorie counters; shopping guides; comics and crossword puzzles. Expanded rankings are available on the Web: nytimes.com/books.
  • The New York Times Book review April 12, 2009 Copyright © 2009 by The New York Times Paperback Best Sellers Trade Fiction TRADE FICTION TRADE FICTION EXTENDED This This Weeks Week Week On List 21 1 WORLD WITHOUT END, by Ken Follett. (New American Li- THE SHACK, by William P. Young. (Windblown Media, $14.99.) 45 brary) A man whose daughter was abducted is invited to an isolated shack, apparently by God.(†) 22 LOVING FRANK, by Nancy Horan. (Ballantine) 2 FIREFLY LANE, by Kristin Hannah. (St. Martin’s Griffin, $14.95.) 12 A friendship between two women in the Pacific Northwest en- 23 THE MIRACLE AT SPEEDY MOTORS, by Alexander McCall dures for more than three decades as they make different choices Smith. (Anchor) in their lives. 24 3 CHANGE OF HEART, by Jodi Picoult. (Washington Square) THE READER, by Bernhard Schlink. (Vintage, $13.95.) A Ger- 17 man high school student falls in love with a former Auschwitz employee. 25 THE WEDNESDAY LETTERS, by Jason F. Wright. (Berkley) 4 AMERICAN WIFE, by Curtis Sittenfeld. (Random House, $15.) 7 A pretty librarian marries the alcoholic scion of a wealthy political 26 THE TEN-YEAR NAP, by Meg Wolitzer. (Riverhead) family who somehow becomes president. 5 SUNDAYS AT TIFFANY’S, by James Patterson and Gabrielle 12 27 THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES, by Sue Monk Kidd. (Penguin) Charbonnet. (Grand Central, $13.99.) A woman finds an unex- pected love. 28 6 OUT STEALING HORSES, by Per Petterson. (Picador) WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, by Sara Gruen. (Algonquin, $13.95.) 82 A young man — and an elephant — save a Depression-era circus. 29 7* SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, by Vikas Swarup. (Scribner) A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS, by Khaled Hosseini. (River- 18 head, $16.) A friendship between two Afghan women against the backdrop of 30 years of war. 30 FIREPROOF, by Eric Wilson, Alex Kendrick and Stephen Kend- 8 SARAH’S KEY, by Tatiana de Rosnay. (St. Martin’s Griffin, rick. (Thomas Nelson) 7 $13.95.) A contemporary American journalist investigates what 31 THE APPEAL, by John Grisham. (Delta) happened to a little girl and her family during the roundup of Jews in Paris in 1942. 32 9* MUDBOUND, by Hillary Jordan. (Algonquin) THE ALCHEMIST, by Paulo Coelho. (HarperOne, $13.95.) A 80 Spanish shepherd boy travels to Egypt in search of treasure. 33 10 THE THIRD ANGEL, by Alice Hoffman. (Three Rivers) PEOPLE OF THE BOOK, by Geraldine Brooks. (Penguin, $15.) 13 An expert unlocks the secrets of a rare manuscript. 34 11 SEPULCHRE, by Kate Mosse. (Berkley) THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO, by Junot 30 Díaz. (Riverhead, $14.) A nerdy Dominican-American struggles to escape a family curse. 35 BRIDA, by Paulo Coelho. (Harper Perennial) 12 STILL ALICE, by Lisa Genova. (Pocket, $15.) A 50-year-old Har- 12 vard professor is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. 13 THE ELEGANCE OF THE HEDGEHOG, by Muriel Barbery. 13 (Europa, $15.) A young girl and a widowed concierge, both closet intellectuals, become friends. 14* REVOLUTIONARY ROAD, by Richard Yates. (Vintage, $14.95.) 17 Frank and April Wheeler, a beautiful young couple living in 1950s America, see their supposedly perfect life come undone. 15 THE WHITE TIGER, by Aravind Adiga. (Free Press, $14.) A 24 chauffeur in India relates the story of his transformation from manservant to entrepreneur to murderer; the winner of the 2008 Man Booker Prize. 16 THE FRIDAY NIGHT KNITTING CLUB, by Kate Jacobs. 53 (Berkley, $14.) A group of women meet weekly at a New York City yarn shop. 17 LUSH LIFE, by Richard Price. (Picador, $15.) An aspiring writer 4 becomes a suspect in a friend’s murder on the Lower East Side. 18 TAKE ONE, by Karen Kingsbury. (Zondervan, $14.99.) Christian 3 Rankings reflect sales, for the week ending March 28, at many thousands of venues where filmmakers engage in a desperate attempt to keep their dream a wide range of general interest books are sold nationwide. These include hundreds of project from falling apart. independent book retailers (statistically weighted to represent all such outlets); national, regional and local chains; online and multimedia entertainment retailers; university, gift, 19 THE KITE RUNNER, by Khaled Hosseini. (Riverhead, $15.95 78 supermarket, discount department stores and newsstands. An asterisk (*) indicates that and $14.) An Afghan-American returns to Kabul to learn how a a book’s sales are barely distinguishable from those of the book above. A dagger (†) indi- childhood friend has fared. cates that some bookstores report receiving bulk orders. Among those categories not ac- tively tracked are: perennial sellers; required classroom reading; text, reference and test 20 THE NO. 1 LADIES’ DETECTIVE AGENCY, by Alexander 1 preparation guides; journals and workbooks; calorie counters; shopping guides; comics McCall Smith. (Anchor, $13.95.) In Botswana, a woman looks for and crossword puzzles. Expanded rankings are available on the Web: nytimes.com/books. an 11-year-old boy who may have been kidnapped by witch doc- tors.
  • April 12, 2009 Copyright © 2009 The New York Times Book review by The New York Times Paperback Best Sellers Mass-Market Fiction MASS-MARKET FICTION MASS-MARKET FICTION EXTENDED This This Weeks Week Week On List 21 1 LIVING DEAD IN DALLAS, by Charlaine Harris. (Ace) WHERE ARE YOU NOW?, by Mary Higgins Clark. (Pocket, 1 $7.99.) A woman searches for the truth about her brother, who is alive but has disappeared. 22 SECRETS, by Jude Deveraux. (Pocket) 2 THE WHOLE TRUTH, by David Baldacci. (Vision, $9.99.) An in- 5 telligence agent and a journalist team up against a warmongering 23 HIGHLAND SCOUNDREL, by Monica McCarty. (Ballantine) defense contractor. 3* NOTHING TO LOSE, by Lee Child. (Dell, $9.99.) Jack Reacher 1 24 CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC, by Sophie Kinsella. exposes the secrets of a Colorado town. (Dell) 4 THEN COMES SEDUCTION, by Mary Balogh. (Dell, $6.99.) 1 25 HONOR THYSELF, by Danielle Steel. (Dell) London’s most notorious rake bets he can seduce the virtuous Katherine Huxtable within a fortnight. 26 5 MAVERICK, by Lora Leigh. (St. Martin’s) HOLD TIGHT, by Harlan Coben. (Signet, $9.99.) The aftermath of 4 a New Jersey high school kid’s suicide. 27 6 TERMINATOR SALVATION - FROM THE ASHES, by Timo- DEADLY DESIRE, by Keri Arthur. (Bantam Spectra, $6.99.) 1 thy Zahn. (Titan) Riley Jensen tracks a new villain while juggling passions for her vampire lover and a rogue wolf. 28 BLACK WIDOW, by Randy Wayne White. (Berkley) 7 BONES, by Jonathan Kellerman. (Ballantine, $9.99.) The psychol- 5 ogist-detective Alex Delaware is called in when women’s bodies 29 THE WAY OF SHADOWS, by Brent Weeks. (Orbit) turn up in a Los Angeles marsh. 8 PLAGUE SHIP, by Clive Cussler with Jack Du Brul. (Berkley, 5 30 DEAD UNTIL DARK, by Charlaine Harris. (Ace) $9.99.) Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the Oregon must determine what happened on a cruise ship full of dead bodies. 31 9* THE FIRST APOSTLE, by James Becker. (Signet) ANGELS AND DEMONS, by Dan Brown. (Pocket, $9.99.) A 7 scholar tries to save the Vatican from the machinations of an un- derground society. 32 TEMPTATION RIDGE, by Robyn Carr. (Mira) 10 SUDDEN DEATH, by Allison Brennan. (Ballantine, $7.99.) An 1 F.B.I. agent and a soldier-for-hire become entangled, profession- 33 SHADOW COMMAND, by Dale Brown. (Harper/HarperCol- ally and romantically, while investigating a series of killings. lins) 11 THE APPEAL, by John Grisham. (Dell, $7.99.) Political and legal 19 34 FIRST COMES MARRIAGE, by Mary Balogh. (Dell) intrigue ensue when a Mississippi court rules against a company accused of dumping toxic waste. 35 12 REVOLUTIONARY ROAD, by Richard Yates. (Vintage) THE GRAND FINALE, by Janet Evanovich. (Harper/Harper- 5 Collins, $7.99.) In this reissue of a 1988 novel, a woman grabs the attention of a hunky man when she falls out of a tree and onto his pizza. 13 A HUSBAND’S WICKED WAYS, by Jane Feather. (Pocket 1 Star, $7.99.) A spymaster proposes marriage to a lady, as cover, as he tries to expose Spanish spies who have infiltrated Regency London society. 14 LOST SOULS, by Lisa Jackson. (Zebra, $7.99.) An aspiring true- 5 crime writer investigates the disappearance of four girls at All Saints College and begins to realize she’s being stalked herself. 15 THE MACKADE BROTHERS: RAFE AND JARED, by Nora 5 Roberts. (Silhouette, $7.99.) A reissue of two stories, featuring a pair of rebels in Antietam, Md. 16 DANGER IN A RED DRESS, by Christina Dodd. (Signet, $7.99.) 4 A woman on the Maine coast, entrusted with a deathbed secret, winds up being pursued by killers, and only Gabriel Prescott can save her. 17 THE READER, by Bernhard Schlink. (Vintage, $7.99.) A German 6 high school student falls in love with a former Auschwitz employ- Rankings reflect sales, for the week ending March 28, at many thousands of venues where ee. a wide range of general interest books are sold nationwide. These include hundreds of independent book retailers (statistically weighted to represent all such outlets); national, 18* MONTANA CREEDS: DYLAN, by Linda Lael Miller. (HQN, 5 regional and local chains; online and multimedia entertainment retailers; university, gift, $7.99.) In this second book of a trilogy, “rodeo’s bad boy” returns supermarket, discount department stores and newsstands. An asterisk (*) indicates that home and sets hearts aflutter. a book’s sales are barely distinguishable from those of the book above. A dagger (†) indi- cates that some bookstores report receiving bulk orders. Among those categories not ac- 19 SMALL FAVOR, by Jim Butcher. (Roc, $9.99.) Book 10 of the 4 tively tracked are: perennial sellers; required classroom reading; text, reference and test Dresden Files series about a wizard detective in Chicago. preparation guides; journals and workbooks; calorie counters; shopping guides; comics and crossword puzzles. Expanded rankings are available on the Web: nytimes.com/books. 20 BUCKINGHAM PALACE GARDENS, by Anne Perry. (Ballant- 1 ine, $7.99.) The 19th-century sleuth Thomas Pitt investigates after a dead prostitute is found in the royal linen closet.
  • April 12, 2009 Copyright © 2009 The New York Times Book review by The New York Times Paperback NonFiction Best Sellers List NONFICTION NONFICTION EXTENDED This This Weeks Week Week On List 21 1 ANIMAL, VEGETABLE, MIRACLE, by Barbara Kingsolver THREE CUPS OF TEA, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver 113 with Steven L. Hopp and Camille Kingsolver. (Harper Perennial) Relin. (Penguin, $15.) A former climber builds schools in villages in Pakistan and Afghanistan. 22 THE ZOOKEEPER’S WIFE, by Diane Ackerman. (Norton) 2 THE MIDDLE PLACE, by Kelly Corrigan. (Voice, $14.95.) A 14 woman’s struggle with cancer, her own and her father’s, helps her 23 STORI TELLING, by Tori Spelling. (Simon Spotlight Entertain- gain a new maturity. ment) 3 I HOPE THEY SERVE BEER IN HELL, by Tucker Max. (Cita- 78 24 INFIDEL, by Ayaan Hirsi Ali. (Free Press) del/Kensington, $15.95.) Life as a self-absorbed, drunken woman- izer. 25 4 STOLEN INNOCENCE, by Elissa Wall with Lisa Pulitzer. (Harp- EAT, PRAY, LOVE, by Elizabeth Gilbert. (Penguin, $15.) A 114 er) writer’s yearlong journey in search of self. 26 5 A LONG WAY GONE, by Ishmael Beah. (Sarah Crichton/Far- DREAMS FROM MY FATHER, by Barack Obama. (Three Riv- 141 rar, Straus & Giroux) ers, $14.95.) Obama on life as the son of a black African father and a white American mother. 27 NUDGE, by Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein. (Penguin) 6 * THE TIPPING POINT, by Malcolm Gladwell. (Back Bay/Little, 234 Brown, $14.95.) A study of social epidemics, otherwise known as 28 LONE SURVIVOR, by Marcus Luttrell with Patrick Robinson. fads. (Back Bay/Little, Brown) 7 90 MINUTES IN HEAVEN, by Don Piper with Cecil Murphey. 127 29 THE MATCH, by Mark Frost. (Hyperion) (Revell, $12.99.) A minister on the otherworldly experience he had after an accident. 30 8 THE WORLD IS FLAT, by Thomas L. Friedman. (Picador) MY HORIZONTAL LIFE, by Chelsea Handler. (Bloomsbury, 24 $14.95.) A memoir of one-night stands. 31 9* THE BRAIN THAT CHANGES ITSELF, by Norman Doidge. THE AUDACITY OF HOPE, by Barack Obama. (Three Rivers, 66 (Penguin) $14.95;, Vintage, $7.99.) The president proposes that Americans move beyond political divisions. 32 BEAUTIFUL BOY, by David Sheff. (Mariner) 10 EMERGENCY, by Neil Strauss. (Harper, $16.99.) Life on what 3 might be the verge of apocalypse. 33 GANG LEADER FOR A DAY, by Sudhir Venkatesh. (Penguin) 11 THE SOLOIST, by Steve Lopez. (Berkley, $15.) A columnist for 3 The Los Angeles Times meets a homeless musician on Skid Row 34 THE YEAR OF LIVING BIBLICALLY, by A. J. Jacobs. (Simon and sets out to change his life. & Schuster) 12 BLINK, by Malcolm Gladwell. (Back Bay/Little, Brown, $15.99.) 76 35 THE GEOGRAPHY OF BLISS, by Eric Weiner. (Twelve) The importance of instinct to the workings of the mind. 13 SAME KIND OF DIFFERENT AS ME, by Ron Hall and 24 Denver Moore with Lynn Vincent. (Nelson, $14.99.) The unlikely friendship between a homeless drifter and a successful art dealer who meet at a shelter in Texas. 14 TEAM OF RIVALS, by Doris Kearns Goodwin. (Simon & Schus- 35 ter, $21.) The political genius of Abraham Lincoln. 15* THE OMNIVORE’S DILEMMA, by Michael Pollan. (Penguin, 80 $16.) Tracking food from soil to plate. 16 MARLEY & ME, by John Grogan. (Harper, $13.95 and $7.99.) 55 Lessons learned from a neurotic dog. 17* THE FORGOTTEN MAN, by Amity Shlaes. (Harper Perennial, 20 $15.95.) A reinterpretation of the New Deal and the Great Depres- sion. 18 THE GOD DELUSION, by Richard Dawkins. (Mariner, $15.95.) 29 An Oxford scientist asserts that belief in God is irrational. 19 A WHOLE NEW MIND, by Daniel H. Pink. (Riverhead, $15.) 28 Why right-brainers — conceptual, creative types — will rule the Rankings reflect sales, for the week ending March 28, at many thousands of venues where future. a wide range of general interest books are sold nationwide. These include hundreds of independent book retailers (statistically weighted to represent all such outlets); national, 20 CHANGE YOUR BRAIN, CHANGE YOUR LIFE, by Daniel G. 19 regional and local chains; online and multimedia entertainment retailers; university, gift, Amen. (Three Rivers, $15.) Instructions for conquering anxiety, supermarket, discount department stores and newsstands. An asterisk (*) indicates that depression and anger. a book’s sales are barely distinguishable from those of the book above. A dagger (†) indi- cates that some bookstores report receiving bulk orders. Among those categories not ac- tively tracked are: perennial sellers; required classroom reading; text, reference and test preparation guides; journals and workbooks; calorie counters; shopping guides; comics and crossword puzzles. Expanded rankings are available on the Web: nytimes.com/books.
  • April 12, 2009 Copyright © 2009 The New York Times Book review by The New York Times Advice, How-To and Miscellaneous HARDCOVER This PAPERbACK Weeks This Weeks Week On List Week On List 1 1 THE LOVE DARE, by Stephen and Alex Kendrick with Law- ACT LIKE A LADY, THINK LIKE A MAN, by Steve Harvey 27 9 rence Kimbrough. (B&H, $14.99.) A 40-day challenge for spouses with Denene Millner. (Amistad/HarperCollins, $23.99.) Relation- who want to practice unconditional love.(†) ship tips from the comedian and host of “The Steve Harvey Morn- ing Show.” 2 WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING, by Heidi 404 2 THE LAST LECTURE, by Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow. Murkoff and Sharon Mazel. (Workman, $14.95.) Advice for par- 51 ents-to-be.(†) (Hyperion, $21.95.) Thoughts on “seizing every moment” from Pausch, a Carnegie Mellon professor who died of pancreatic can- 3 NATURALLY THIN, by Bethenny Frankel with Eve Adamson. 3 cer at age 47. (Fireside, $16.) Rules and recipes for escaping the diet trap, from a 3 THE SKINNY, by Louis J. Aronne with Alisa Bowman. (Broad- star of “The Real Housewives of New York City.” 1 way, $24.95.) A medical doctor’s diet and exercise tips, with reci- 4* THE FIVE LOVE LANGUAGES, by Gary Chapman. (North- 87 pes, for weight loss without hunger. field, $13.99.) How to communicate love in a way a spouse will 4 THE SECRET, by Rhonda Byrne. (Atria/Beyond Words, $23.95.) understand. 116 The law of attraction as a key to getting what you want. 5 THE POWER OF NOW, by Eckhart Tolle. (New World Library, 63 5 FLAT BELLY DIET!, by Liz Vaccariello and Cynthia Sass. $14.) A guide to personal growth and spiritual enlightenment. 19 (Rodale, $25.95.) Nutrition advice and workout tips from the edi- 6 SKINNY BITCH, by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin. (Run- 90 tors of Prevention magazine. ning Press, $13.95.) Vegan diet advice from the world of modeling. 6 PEAKS AND VALLEYS, by Spencer Johnson. (Atria, $19.95.) 3 7 SUZE ORMAN’S 2009 ACTION PLAN, by Suze Orman. 13 Making both good and bad times work for you personally and pro- (Spiegel & Grau, $9.99.) Managing your money in hard times. fessionally. 8 7 TWILIGHT, by Mark Cotta Vaz. (Little, Brown, $16.99.) A behind- THE TOTAL MONEY MAKEOVER, by Dave Ramsey. (Nelson, 24 10 the-scenes look at the film based on the vampire romance for $24.99.) Attaining financial fitness, not through quick fixes but young adults by Stephenie Meyer. with an honest approach to the way you handle money. 9 8 I WILL TEACH YOU TO BE RICH, by Ramit Sethi. (Workman, THE ULTRAMIND SOLUTION, by Mark Hyman. (Scribner, 1 6 $13.95.) A six-week program for personal-finance literacy, with $27.50.) How to pinpoint underlying biological problems to im- guidance on bank accounts, credit cards, student loans and more. prove brain performance and allay depression, anxiety and more. (†) 9 UNCOMMON, by Tony Dungy with Nathan Whitaker. (Tyndale, 9 10 THE BIGGEST LOSER 30-DAY JUMP START, by Cheryl 3 $24.99.) The former coach of the Indianapolis Colts discourses on Forberg, Melissa Roberson, Lisa Wheeler and others. (Rodale, living “a life of significance.” $21.95.) Experts and contestants from the “Biggest Loser” TV 10 WWE ENCYCLOPEDIA, by Brian Shields and Kevin Sullivan. show share weight-loss advice. 2 (DK, $45.) A reference guide to World Wrestling Entertainment. PAPERbACK EXTENDED HARDCOVER EXTENDED 11 11 THE PURPOSE-DRIVEN LIFE, by Rick Warren. (Zondervan) BAREFOOT CONTESSA BACK TO BASICS, by Ina Garten. (Clarkson Potter) 12 12 THE BIGGEST LOSER FAMILY COOKBOOK, by Devin Alex- NEVER GIVE UP, by Joyce Meyer. (FaithWords) ander with Melissa Roberson. (Rodale) 13 13 A NEW EARTH, by Eckhart Tolle. (Plume) MAGNIFICENT MIND AT ANY AGE, by Daniel G. Amen. (Harmony) 14 14 HE’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU, by Greg Behrendt and Liz THE GREAT DEPRESSION AHEAD, by Harry S. Dent Jr. Tuccillo. (Simon Spotlight Entertainment) (Free Press) 15 15 BROKEN OPEN, by Elizabeth Lesser. (Villard) FRACTAL TIME, by Gregg Braden. (Hay House) Rankings reflect sales, for the week ending March 28, at many thousands of venues where a wide range of general interest books are sold nationwide. These include hundreds of indepen- dent book retailers (statistically weighted to represent all such outlets); national, regional and local chains; online and multimedia entertainment retailers; university, gift, supermarket, discount department stores and newsstands. An asterisk (*) indicates that a book’s sales are barely distinguishable from those of the book above. A dagger (†) indicates that some book- stores report receiving bulk orders. Among those categories not actively tracked are: perennial sellers; required classroom reading; text, reference and test preparation guides; journals and workbooks; calorie counters; shopping guides; comics and crossword puzzles. Expanded rankings are available on the Web: nytimes.com/books.
  • April 12, 2009 Copyright © 2009 The New York Times Book review by The New York Times Children’s Best Sellers PICTURE bOOKS This CHAPTER bOOKS Weeks This Weeks Week On List Week On List 1 1 TWILIGHT: DIRECTOR’S NOTEBOOK, by Catherine Hard- LISTEN TO THE WIND: THE STORY OF DR. GREG AND 2 10 “THREE CUPS OF TEA”, by Greg Mortenson and Susan L. wicke. (Little, Brown, $17.99.) The making of “Twilight,” the movie. (Ages 9 to 12) Roth. (Dial, $16.99.) A school grows in Pakistan. (Ages 4 to 8) 2 2 THE GRAVEYARD BOOK, written by Neil Gaiman. Illustrated THE HOUSE IN THE NIGHT, by Susan Marie Swanson. Illus- 26 8 by Dave McKean. (HarperCollins, $17.99.) To avoid a killer, a trated by Beth Krommes. (Houghton Mifflin, $17.) A key, a bed, a young boy lives in a cemetery. (Ages 10 and up) book, a light, the moon. (Ages 4 to 8) 3 3 MILES TO GO, by Miley Cyrus. (Disney-Hyperion, $24.95.) The BLUEBERRY GIRL, by Neil Gaiman. Illustrated by Charles 4 3 life of Miley Cyrus. (Ages 9 to 12) Vess. (HarperCollins, $17.99.) A book of wishes, addressed to a daughter. (All ages) 4 STARGAZER, by Claudia Gray. (HarperTeen, $16.99.) Vampire 1 4 THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR, written and illustrated love in school. (Ages 12 and up) 2 by Eric Carle. (Philomel, $29.99.) Still hungry after 40 years. A 5 THIRTEEN REASONS WHY, by Jay Asher. (Razorbill, $16.99.) 23 pop-up book. (Ages 3 and up) Before committing suicide a girl records and sends explanatory 5 GALLOP!, written and illustrated by Rufus Butler Seder. (Work- audiotapes to 13 people. (Ages 14 and up) 72 man, $12.95.) Animals seem to move when you flip the page. (Ages 6 THE HUNGER GAMES, by Suzanne Collins. (Scholastic, $17.99.) 29 4 to 8) In a dystopian future, a girl fights for survival on live TV. (Ages 12 6 NAKED MOLE RAT GETS DRESSED, written and illustrated and up) 12 by Mo Willems. (Disney-Hyperion, $16.99.) The rodent as indi- 7 WINTERGIRLS, by Laurie Halse Anderson. (Viking, $17.99.) A 2 vidualist. (Ages 3 and up) life-and-death story of anorexia. (Ages 12 and up) 7 THE COMPOSER IS DEAD, by Lemony Snicket. Illustrated by 4 8 CHRISTIAN THE LION, by Anthony Bourke and John Rendall. 2 Carson Ellis. Music by Nathaniel Stookey. (HarperCollins, $17.99.) (Delacorte, $14.99.) The book reissued and adapted for children A whodunit tour of the orchestra, with audio. (Ages 9 to 12) after a YouTube video attracted millions of hits. (Ages 9 to 12) 8 LADYBUG GIRL AND BUMBLEBEE BOY, by David Soman 4 9 SCAT, by Carl Hiaasen. (Random House, $16.99.) An eco-mystery, 9 and Jacky Davis. Illustrated by David Soman. (Dial, $16.99.) A with a dismal swamp and a cast of wild characters who are not dynamic duo’’s play-date. (Ages 3 to 5) always what they seem. (Ages 9 to 12) 9 SWING!, written and illustrated by Rufus Butler Seder. (Work- 24 10 FADE, by Lisa McMann. (Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster, $15.99.) 7 man, $12.95.) Children seem to move when you flip the page. Nightmares haunt Janie the dream-hopper. (Ages 14 and up) (Ages 4 to 8) 10 CAT, written by Matthew Van Fleet and photographed by Brian 7 Stanton. (Wiseman/Simon & Schuster, $16.99.) All kinds of cats, in motion and rhyme. (Ages 2 and up) Rankings reflect sales, for the week ended March 28, at many thousands of venues where a wide range of general interest books are sold nationwide. These include hundreds of indepen- dent book retailers (statistically weighted to represent all such outlets); national, regional and local chains; online and multimedia entertainment retailers; university, gift, supermarket, discount, department stores and newsstands. An asterisk (*) indicates that a book’s sales are barely distinguishable from those of the book above. A dagger (†) indicates that some book- stores report receiving bulk orders. Perennial sellers are not actively tracked. Expanded rankings are available on the Web: nytimes.com/books. All four children’s lists appear each week on the Book Review’s Web site. Publishers have provided the age designations for their best-selling children’s titles.
  • April 12, 2009 Copyright © 2009 The New York Times Book review by The New York Times Children’s Best Sellers PAPERbACK bOOKS This SERIES Weeks This Weeks Week On List Week On List 1 1 THE TWILIGHT SAGA, by Stephenie Meyer. (Megan Tingley/ EVERMORE, by Alyson Noël. (St. Martin’s Griffin, $9.95.) Im- 86 8 Little, Brown, hardcover and paper) Vampires and werewolves in mortals in school. (Ages 12 and up) high school. (Ages 12 and up) 2 THE BOOK THIEF, by Markus Zusak. (Knopf, $11.99.) A girl 81 2 DIARY OF A WIMPY KID, written and illustrated by Jeff Kin- 11 saves books from Nazi burning and shares them with a Jewish ney. (Abrams, hardcover only) A boy records the hazards of ado- man in hiding. (Ages 14 and up) lescent life. (Ages 9 to 12) 3 THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS, by John Boyne. 21 3 HOUSE OF NIGHT, by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast. (St. Martin’s, 31 (Random House, $8.99.) A boy’s innocence is eroded in evil times. hardcover and paper) Vampires in school. (Ages 14 and up) (Ages 12 and up) 4 4 THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS, by Cassandra Clare. THREE CUPS OF TEA: YOUNG READERS EDITION, by 1 10 (McElderry/Simon & Schuster, hardcover and paper) A girl Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin. (Puffin, $8.99.) A former battles the forces of darkness. (Ages 14 and up) climber builds schools in Pakistani and Afghan villages. (Ages 9 to 12) 5 MAXIMUM RIDE, by James Patterson. (Little Brown, hard- 47 5 TWEAK, by Nic Sheff. (Atheneum, $9.99.) The addiction memoir cover and paper) Winged children try to save the world. (Ages 10 10 and up) of the “Beautiful Boy.” (Ages 14 and up) 6 6 FABLEHAVEN, by Brandon Mull. (Shadow Mountain/Aladdin, CORALINE, by Neil Gaiman. Illustrated by Dave McKean. 5 11 hardcover and paperback) Evil is afoot in a sanctuary for magical (HarperFestival, $6.99.) A movie tie-in. (Ages 9 to 12) creatures. (Ages 9 to 12) 7 THE MYSTERIOUS BENEDICT SOCIETY, by Trenton Lee 32 7 THE 39 CLUES, by various authors. (Scholastic, hardcover 4 Stewart. Illustrated by Carson Ellis. (Megan Tingley/Little, only) A brother and sister travel the world in search of the key to Brown, $6.99.) Gifted kids on a mission. (Ages 9 to 12) their family’s power. (Ages 9 to 12) 8 THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME IN- 1 8 MAGIC TREE HOUSE, by Mary Pope Osborne. Illustrated by DIAN, written by Sherman Alexie. Illustrated by Ellen Forney. 204 Sal Murdocca. (Stepping Stone/Random House, hardcover and (Little, Brown, $8.99.) A boy leaves his reservation for an all-white paper) Winged children try to save the world. (Ages 6 to 9) school. (Ages 12 and up) 9 9 NIGHT WORLD, by L. J. Smith. (Simon Pulse, paper only) Su- THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX, by Kate DiCamillo. Illustrated 17 61 pernatural races form secret societies. (Ages 14 and up) by Timothy Basil Ering. (Candlewick, $7.99.) A mouse, a rat and a girl on a magic trip. (Ages 10 and up) 10 HARRY POTTER, by J. K. Rowling. (Arthur A. Levine/Scholas- 217 10 SLAM, by Nick Hornby. (Riverhead, $14.) A skateboarder gets tic, hardcover and paper) A young wizard hones his skills while 22 fighting evil. (Ages 10 and up) his girlfriend pregnant. What would Tony Hawk do? (Ages 12 and up) Rankings reflect sales, for the week ended March 28, at many thousands of venues where a wide range of general interest books are sold nationwide. These include hundreds of indepen- dent book retailers (statistically weighted to represent all such outlets); national, regional and local chains; online and multimedia entertainment retailers; university, gift, supermarket, discount, department stores and newsstands. An asterisk (*) indicates that a book’s sales are barely distinguishable from those of the book above. A dagger (†) indicates that some book- stores report receiving bulk orders. Perennial sellers are not actively tracked. Expanded rankings are available on the Web: nytimes.com/books. All four children’s lists appear each week on the Book Review’s Web site. Publishers have provided the age designations for their best-selling children’s titles.
  • The New York Times Book review April 12, 2009 Copyright © 2009 by The New York Times Editor’s Choice THE LETTERS OF SAMUEL BECKETT. LICENTIOUS GOTHAM: Erotic Publishing and Its DEAR HUSBAND, by Joyce Carol Oates. (Ecco/ Volume I: 1929-1940. Edited by Martha Dow Fehsen- Prosecution in Nineteenth-Century New York, by Donna HarperCollins, $24.99.) These 14 noirish narratives feld and Lois More Overbeck. (Cambridge University, Dennis. (Harvard University, $29.95.) A Rutgers law imply that American family life is no protection against $50.) The publication of the letters, both brilliant and professor examines the so-called fancy books and flash the horrors lurking a block, a click, a phone call away. humanly forthcoming, is an elating cultural moment. papers that thrived in the era. THE GLISTER, by John Burnside. (Nan A. Talese/ JUDAS: A Biography, by Susan Gubar. (Norton, $27.95.) THE FORBIDDEN APPLE: A Century of Sex and Doubleday, $22.95.) In this novel, teenage boys start vanishing in the infected woods of a Scottish town. A rich account of the ways — many grim and nauseat- Sin in New York City, by Kat Long. (Ig, $18.95.) Less a ing — that the Christian imagination has vented its catalog of vice than an analysis of attempts to evade its THE MISSING, by Tim Gautreaux. (Knopf, $25.95.) As wrath on the disciple who betrayed Jesus. suppression, from the Gilded Age to Giuliani’s ’90s. a child, Gautreaux’s protagonist survived his family’s massacre, and now he searches for a missing girl. TUNNELING TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH: A DAUGHTER’S LOVE: Thomas More and His Dear- Stories, by Kevin Wilson. (Ecco/Harper Perennial, pa- est Meg, by John Guy. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $30.) The full reviews of these and other recent per, $13.99.) Things explode in Wilson’s stories: parents, The Catholic martyr and his remarkably accomplished books are on the Web: nytimes.com/books. body parts, cows, emotions, expectations. eldest daughter, considered as a pair. Paperback Row HUMAN SMOKE: The Beginnings of World War before the battle of Vukovar in 1991 shows up at the Goodison’s mother, a matriarch known as Mama II, the End of Civilization, by Nicholson Baker. home of the now-retired Spanish photographer and Goodie, and her extended family as well as the (Simon & Schuster, $16.) Baker, pictured below, threatens to kill him. He describes the hardship history of Jamaica. The village of Harvey River, the author of seven novels, turns an unorthodox that befell him as a result of becoming “the face of named for her great-grandfather, an Englishman, hand to history in this pacifist interpretation of the defeat” — Serbian torture, the murder of his wife would “shape my imagination for the rest of my events leading to World War II. Vignettes, each and son — in this intellectual thriller. life,” Goodison, a poet, recalls. containing a fact or quotation from one of the main participants or from someone’s diary, develop FUGITIVE DENIM: A Moving Story of People THE CRAFTSMAN, by Richard Sennett. (Yale Uni- Baker’s themes: British and American racism and and Pants in the Borderless World of Global versity, $18.) “Making is thinking,” Sennett writes, the missed opportunities to keep those countries Trade, by Rachel Louise Snyder. (Norton, $16.95.) and in this ambitious book, he explores what he out of war with Germany. He makes a “conscien- Pants labeled “Made in Peru,” Snyder writes, calls “the link between hand and head” among the tious contribution to the debate about pacifism,” “might have cotton from Texas, weaving from practitioners of several crafts. Seeking to rescue the our reviewer, Colm Toibin, said, calling the book North Carolina, cutting and sewing from Lima, “working human animal” from scholarly contempt, “an eloquent and passionate assault on the idea washing and finishing from Mexico City, and dis- he argues that craftsmen are the symbols of the that the deliberate targeting of civilians can ever tribution from Los Angeles.” In this accessible and Enlightenment, who learn through dialogue with be justified.” Baker might recognize Alfred Day, lively book, she uses the jeans industry to examine the material world how to develop an “intelligent the protagonist of A. L. Kennedy’s fifth novel, DAY issues of agriculture, free trade, environmental hand.” (Vintage, $14.95). He is a depressed former R.A.F. safety and workers’ lives. tail gunner and German-held P.O.W. who returns to THE END OF THE JEWS, by Adam Mansbach. Germany to confront his demons. This excellently SOMEBODY SCREAM!: Rap Music’s Rise to (Spiegel & Grau, $14.) A grandfather and grandson, written novel reveals “the ways war can damage Prominence in the Aftershock of Black Power, both writers, borrow from each other’s experience both its victims and its victors nearly beyond re- by Marcus Reeves. (Faber & Faber, $16.) Beginning in in this smart and cynical novel. Other forms of bor- pair,” Francine Prose wrote in the Book Review. 1971 and ending with Eminem, this readable history rowing — the appeal of African-American music for of hip-hop emerges from the stories of a dozen cel- the Jewish grandson, the give-and-take of artistic SHAKESPEARE’S WIFE, by Germaine Greer. ebrated acts and their sociopolitical context. partnership — are also explored. (Harper Perennial, $14.99.) Greer, the author of “The Female Eunuch,” who earned a doctorate in Eliza- BASTARD TONGUES: A Trailblazing Linguist FOUNDING FAITH: How Our Founding Fathers bethan drama at Newnham College, Cambridge, Finds Clues to Our Common Humanity in the Forged a Radical New Approach to Religious has “both a polemicist’s vision and a scholar’s World’s Lowliest Languages, by Derek Bickerton. Liberty, by Steven Waldman. (Random House, $16.) patience,” our reviewer, Katie Roiphe, said. In (Hill & Wang, $16.) Bickerton has been studying pid- America’s national origins are neither Christian, this “lively, rigorous, fiercely imagined” book, she gins and Creoles for four decades. In this entertain- as some insist, nor secular, as others claim. Rather, shows how little evidence there is for earlier (read: ing memoir, he describes both his career and his Waldman, a founder of Beliefnet.com, writes as he male) biographers’ assumptions about Ann Hatha- search for an explanation of the origins of Creole makes a full and fair survey of the founders’ reli- way and the Shakespeares’ unhappy marriage. languages. “The evidence from bastard tongues gious views, their faith “was religious liberty — a shows beyond doubt that a major part of language revolutionary formula for promoting faith by leav- THE PAINTER OF BATTLES, by Arturo Pérez- learning comes from the brain rather than experi- ing it alone.” Reverte. Translated by Margaret Sayers Peden. ence,” he concludes. (Random House, $14.) In this novel — one of the top FROM HARVEY RIVER: A Memoir of My Moth- 10 international best sellers for 2006 — a Croatian Elsa DixlEr er and Her Island, by Lorna Goodison. (Amistad/ soldier immortalized in a photograph taken just HarperCollins, $13.99.) This loving memoir describes