- Associated Press - Monday, July 19, 2010

Rankings reflect sales, for the week that ended July 10, at many thousands of venues where 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, regional and local chains; online and multimedia entertainment retailers; university, gift, supermarket, discount department stores and newsstands. An (x) indicates that a book’s sales are barely distinguishable from those of the book above. A (b) indicates that some bookstores 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.

FICTION

1. THE SEARCH, by Nora Roberts. (Putnam, $26.95.)

The only survivor of a serial killer has found peace in the Pacific Northwest, but her life is shaken by the appearance of a new man and a copycat murderer.

THIS WEEK: 1

LAST WEEK: —

WEEKS ON LIST: 1

2. THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST, by Stieg Larsson. (Knopf, $27.95.)

The third volume of a trilogy about a Swedish hacker and a journalist.

THIS WEEK: 2

LAST WEEK: 3

WEEKS ON LIST: 7

3. PRIVATE, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. (Little, Brown, $27.99.)

The head of an investigation company pursues the murderer of his best friend’s wife.

THIS WEEK: 3

LAST WEEK: 1

WEEKS ON LIST: 2

4. SIZZLING SIXTEEN, by Janet Evanovich. (St. Martin’s, $27.99.)

Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum comes to the aid of a cousin with gambling debts.

THIS WEEK: 4

LAST WEEK: 2

WEEKS ON LIST: 3

5. THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett. (Amy Einhorn/Putnam, $24.95.)

A young white woman and two black maids in 1960s Mississippi.

THIS WEEK: 5

LAST WEEK: 5

WEEKS ON LIST: 67

6. THE OVERTON WINDOW, by Glenn Beck. (Threshold Editions/Mercury Radio Arts, $26.)

A public relations executive and the woman he loves expose a dangerous conspiracy.

THIS WEEK: 6

LAST WEEK: 4

WEEKS ON LIST: 4

7. THE PASSAGE, by Justin Cronin. (Ballantine, $27.)

More than a hundred years in the future, a small group resists the vampires who have taken over North America.

THIS WEEK: 7

LAST WEEK: 7

WEEKS ON LIST: 5

8. FOREIGN INFLUENCE, by Brad Thor. (Atria, $26.99.)

The covert operative Scott Harvath joins a new spy agency and investigates a bombing in Rome that killed American students.

THIS WEEK: 8

LAST WEEK: 6

WEEKS ON LIST: 2

9. THE LION, by Nelson DeMille. (Grand Central, $27.99.)

John Corey, now a federal agent, pursues a Libyan terrorist.

THIS WEEK: 9

LAST WEEK: 8

WEEKS ON LIST: 5

10. THE ISLAND, by Elin Hilderbrand. (Reagan Arthur/Little, Brown, $25.99.)

A woman, her daughters and her sister take refuge from life’s complications on a tiny island near Nantucket, but their time there is far from quiet.

THIS WEEK: 10

LAST WEEK: —

WEEKS ON LIST: 1

11. THE THOUSAND AUTUMNS OF JACOB DE ZOET, by David Mitchell. (Random House, $26.)

Forbidden love in Edo-era Japan.

THIS WEEK: 11

LAST WEEK: 14

WEEKS ON LIST: 2

12. ICE COLD, by Tess Gerritsen. (Ballantine, $26.)

A group of friends are murdered when they take refuge in a remote abandoned village in Wyoming.

THIS WEEK: 12

LAST WEEK: 10

WEEKS ON LIST: 2

13(x). FAMILY TIES, by Danielle Steel. (Delacorte, $28.)

A woman who raised her deceased sister’s three children must juggle their needs, her business and the new man in her life.

THIS WEEK: 13(x)

LAST WEEK: 9

WEEKS ON LIST: 3

14. DEAD IN THE FAMILY, by Charlaine Harris. (Ace, $25.95.)

Sookie Stackhouse is exhausted in the aftermath of a Fae war.

THIS WEEK: 14

LAST WEEK: 13

WEEKS ON LIST: 10

15. UNDEAD AND UNFINISHED, by MaryJanice Davidson. (Berkley Sensation, $24.95.)

Betsy Taylor, a suburban vampire queen, makes a deal with the devil that involves traveling to hell with her kid sister.

THIS WEEK: 15

LAST WEEK: —

WEEKS ON LIST: 1

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NONFICTION

1. –- MY DAD SAYS, by Justin Halpern. (It Books/HarperCollins, $15.99.)

A coming-of-age memoir organized around the musings, purveyed on Twitter, of the author’s father.

THIS WEEK: 1

LAST WEEK: 1

WEEKS ON LIST: 10

2. MEDIUM RAW, by Anthony Bourdain. (Ecco/HarperCollins, $26.99.)

Bourdain, the author of “Kitchen Confidential,” looks critically at changes in the food and restaurant cultures.

THIS WEEK: 2

LAST WEEK: 2

WEEKS ON LIST: 5

3. COMING BACK STRONGER, by Drew Brees with Chris Fabry. (Tyndale House, $26.99.)

The NFL quarterback recovered from an injury to play for the New Orleans Saints.

THIS WEEK: 3

LAST WEEK: —

WEEKS ON LIST: 1

4. SLIDING INTO HOME, by Kendra Wilkinson. (Gallery, $26.)

The life of the reality TV star and former Playboy cover model.

THIS WEEK: 4

LAST WEEK: —

WEEKS ON LIST: 1

5. THE BIG SHORT, by Michael Lewis. (Norton, $27.95.)

The people who saw the real estate crash coming and made billions from their foresight.

THIS WEEK: 5

LAST WEEK: 3

WEEKS ON LIST: 17

6. CHELSEA CHELSEA BANG BANG, by Chelsea Handler. (Grand Central, $25.99.)

More humorous personal essays from the comedian.

THIS WEEK: 6

LAST WEEK: 4

WEEKS ON LIST: 18

7. WAR, by Sebastian Junger. (Twelve, $26.99.)

The intense lives of American soldiers in a lethal corner of Afghanistan, by the author of “The Perfect Storm.”

THIS WEEK: 7

LAST WEEK: 7

WEEKS ON LIST: 9

8. EMPIRE OF THE SUMMER MOON, by S.C. Gwynne. (Scribner, $27.50.)

The story of Quanah Parker, the last and greatest chief of the Comanches.

THIS WEEK: 8

LAST WEEK: 6

WEEKS ON LIST: 3

9(x). HOME TEAM, by Sean Payton and Ellis Henican. (NAL, $24.95.)

The head coach of the New Orleans Saints describes the team’s Super Bowl victory, which raised the city’s spirits four years after Hurricane Katrina.

THIS WEEK: 9(x)

LAST WEEK: 8

WEEKS ON LIST: 2

10. OUTLIERS, by Malcolm Gladwell. (Little, Brown, $27.99.)

Why some people succeed, from the author of “Blink.”

THIS WEEK: 10

LAST WEEK: 9

WEEKS ON LIST: 85

11(x). SPOKEN FROM THE HEART, by Laura Bush. (Scribner, $30.)

A memoir from the former first lady.

THIS WEEK: 11(x).

LAST WEEK: 5

WEEKS ON LIST: 10

12. THE LAST STAND, by Nathaniel Philbrick. (Viking, $30.)

Custer, Sitting Bull and the Battle of the Little Bighorn.

THIS WEEK: 12

LAST WEEK: 10

WEEKS ON LIST: 10

13. FIFTH AVENUE, 5 A.M., by Sam Wasson. (Harper/HarperCollins, $19.99.)

The making of the movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and its cultural influence.

THIS WEEK: 13

LAST WEEK: —

WEEKS ON LIST: 1

14. THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS, by Rebecca Skloot. (Crown, $26.)

The story of the woman whose cancer cells were cultured without her permission in 1951.

THIS WEEK: 14

LAST WEEK: 12

WEEKS ON LIST: 21

15. BORN TO RUN, by Christopher McDougall. (Knopf, $24.95.)

Secrets of distance running from a Mexican Indian tribe.

THIS WEEK: 15

LAST WEEK: 14

WEEKS ON LIST: 22

16(x). CHANGE YOUR BRAIN, CHANGE YOUR BODY, by Daniel G. Amen. (Harmony, $25.99.)

Using the brain-body connection to lose weight and avoid depression.

THIS WEEK: 16(x)

LAST WEEK: 13

WEEKS ON LIST: 14

+++

1. WOMEN FOOD AND GOD, by Geneen Roth. (Scribner, $24.)

How women can free themselves from the tyranny of fear and hopelessness surrounding their bodies.

THIS WEEK: 1

LAST WEEK: 1

WEEKS ON LIST: 17

2. DELIVERING HAPPINESS, by Tony Hsieh. (Business Plus, $23.99.)

Lessons from business (pizza place, worm farm, Zappos) and life. (b)

THIS WEEK: 2

LAST WEEK: 2

WEEKS ON LIST: 5

3. THE LAST LECTURE, by Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow. (Hyperion, $21.95.)

Thoughts on “seizing every moment,” from a Carnegie Mellon University professor who died of cancer at age 47.

THIS WEEK: 3

LAST WEEK: 3

WEEKS ON LIST: 95

4. THE SECRET, by Rhonda Byrne. (Atria/Beyond Words, $23.95.)

The “Law of Attraction” as a key to getting what you want.

THIS WEEK: 4

LAST WEEK: 5

WEEKS ON LIST: 165

5. COME TO WIN, by Venus Williams with Kelly E. Carter. (Amistad/HarperCollins, $25.99.)

Highly successful people in many walks of life discuss lessons from their time as athletes.

THIS WEEK: 5

LAST WEEK: —

WEEKS ON LIST: 1

6. SWITCH, by Chip Heath and Dan Heath. (Broadway, $26.)

How everyday people can effect transformative change at work and in life. (b)

THIS WEEK: 6

LAST WEEK: 4

WEEKS ON LIST: 20

7. THE 4-HOUR WORKWEEK, by Timothy Ferriss. (Crown, $22.)

Reconstructing your life so that it’s not all about work.

THIS WEEK: 7

LAST WEEK: 8

WEEKS ON LIST: 73

8. THE TOTAL MONEY MAKEOVER, by Dave Ramsey. (Nelson, $24.99.)

Attaining financial fitness with an honest approach to the way you handle money.

THIS WEEK: 8

LAST WEEK: —

WEEKS ON LIST: 26

9. ACT LIKE A LADY, THINK LIKE A MAN, by Steve Harvey with Denene Millner. (Amistad/HarperCollins, $23.99.)

Tips on relationships from the comedian and host of “The Steve Harvey Morning Show.”

THIS WEEK: 9

LAST WEEK: —

WEEKS ON LIST: 60

10. REWORK, by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson. (Crown Business, $22.)

Counterintuitive rules for small-business success, like “Ignore the details early on” and “Good enough is fine.”

THIS WEEK: 10

LAST WEEK: —

WEEKS ON LIST: 5

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