30 Popular and Best Selling Books in 2010

30 Popular and Best Selling Books in 2010

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Title: Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

<p>On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. &nbsp;Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. &nbsp;It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard.&nbsp; So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.</p> <p>The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini. &nbsp;In boyhood, he’d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails. &nbsp;As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile. &nbsp;But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown.</p> <p>Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. &nbsp;Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. &nbsp;His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.</p> <p>In her long-awaited new book, Laura Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in <i>Seabiscuit</i>. &nbsp;Telling an unforgettable story of a man’s journey into extremity, Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit.</p>
Author(s): Laura Hillenbrand
ISBN 13: 9781400064168
Pages: 473
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Title: To Kill a Mockingbird

"Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird." A lawyer's advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee's classic novel—a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with rich humor and unswerving honesty the irrationality of adult attitudes toward race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s. The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence, and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina and quiet heroism of one man's struggle for justice—but the weight of history will only tolerate so much. One of the best-loved classics of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has earned many dis-tinctions since its original publication in 1960. It has won the Pulitzer Prize, been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than forty million copies worldwide, and been made into an enormously popular movie. It was also named the best novel of the twentieth century by librarians across the country (Library Journal). HarperCollins is proud to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the book's publication with this special hardcover edition.
Author(s): Harper Lee
ISBN 13: 9780061743528
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Title: The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus Series #1)

After saving Olympus from the evil Titan lord, Kronos, Percy and friends have rebuilt their beloved Camp Half-Blood, where the next generation of demigods must now prepare for a chilling prophecy of their own: <p>Seven half-bloods shall answer the call,<br> To storm or fire the world must fall.<br> An oath to keep with a final breath,<br> And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death.<br> </p> <p>Now, in a brand-new series from blockbuster best-selling author Rick Riordan, fans return to the world of Camp Half-Blood. Here, a new group of heroes will inherit a quest. But to survive the journey, they?ll need the help of some familiar demigods.</p>
Author(s): Rick Riordan
ISBN 13: 9781423113393
Pages: 576
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Title: Broke

In a book timed for the midterm elections, the popular firebrand is back to tackle all the hot issues with his signature wit and confrontational, controversial style.
Author(s): Glenn Beck;Kevin Balfe
ISBN 13: 9781439187197
Pages: 406
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Title: The Girl who Kicked the Hornets Nest

While recovering in the hospital, Lisbeth Salander enlists the aid of journalist Mikael Blomkvist to prove her innocent of three murders and identify the corrupt politicians who have allowed her to suffer, and, on her own, Lisbeth plots ...
Author(s): Stieg Larsson
ISBN 13: 9780307269997
Pages: 563
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Title: Women Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything

No matter how sophisticated or wealthy or broke or enlightened you are, how you eat tells all.

After three decades of studying, teaching and writing about our compulsions with food, bestselling author Geneen Roth adds a powerful new dimension to her work in Women Food and God. She begins with her most basic concept: The way you eat is inseparable from your core beliefs about being alive. Your relationship with food is an exact mirror of your feelings about love, fear, anger, meaning, transformation and, yes, even God.

A timeless and seminal work, Women Food and God shows how going beyond the food and the feelings takes you deeper into realms of spirit and soul—to the bright center of your own life.

Author(s): Geneen Roth
ISBN 13: 9781416543084
Pages: 211
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Title: Full Dark, No Stars

In four previously unpublished short works, a man explores his dark nature, a writer confronts a stranger, a cancer patient makes a deal with the devil, and a woman makes a horrifying discovery about her husband.
Author(s): Stephen King
ISBN 13: 9781451650600
Pages: 386
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Title: Hot Rocks

<p>When her notorious past catches up with Laine Tavish, proprietor of the antique shop Remember When, it's up to her and an enigmatic stranger named Max Gannon to find out who's chasing her-and why. The answer lies in a hidden fortune that will change Laine's life...</p>
Author(s): Nora Roberts
ISBN 13: 9780515147995
Pages: 320
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Title: Private

The police can't help you
Former Marine helicopter pilot Jack Morgan runs Private, a renowned investigation company with branches around the globe. It is where you go when you need maximum force and maximum discretion. The secrets of the most influential men and women on the planet come to Jack daily—and his staff of investigators uses the world's most advanced forensic tools to make and break their cases.

The press will destroy you
Jack is already deep into the investigation of a multi-million dollar NFL gambling scandal and the unsolved slayings of 18 schoolgirls when he learns of a horrific murder close to home: his best friend's wife, Jack's former lover, has been killed. It nearly pushes him over the edge. Instead, Jack pushes back and devotes all of Private's resources to tracking down her killer.

Only one place to turn: Private
But Jack doesn't have to play by the rules. As he closes in on the killer and chooses between revenge and justice, Morgan has to navigate a workplace love affair that threatens to blow the roof off his plans. With a plot that moves at death-defying speeds, Private is James Patterson sleekest, most exciting thriller ever.

Author(s): James Patterson
ISBN 13: 9780446572569
Pages: 398
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Title: Dear John

An angry rebel, John dropped out of school and enlisted in the Army, not knowing what else to do with his life--until he meets the girl of his dreams, Savannah. Their mutual attraction quickly grows into the kind of love that leaves Savannah waiting for John to finish his tour of duty, and John wanting to settle down with the woman who captured his heart. But 9/11 changes everything. John feels it is his duty to re-enlist. And sadly, the long separation finds Savannah falling in love with someone else. "Dear John," the letter read...and with those two words, a heart was broken and two lives were changed forever. Returning home, John must come to grips with the fact that Savannah, now married, is still his true love--and face the hardest decision of his life.
Author(s): Nicholas Sparks
ISBN 13: 9781606863626
Pages: 335
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Title: Full Dark, No Stars

In four previously unpublished short works, a man explores his dark nature, a writer confronts a stranger, a cancer patient makes a deal with the devil, and a woman makes a horrifying discovery about her husband.
Author(s): Stephen King
ISBN 13: 9781451650600
Pages: 386
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Title: Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia

This beautifully written, heartfelt memoir touched a nerve among both readers and reviewers. Elizabeth Gilbert tells how she made the difficult choice to leave behind all the trappings of modern American success (marriage, house in the country, career) and find, instead, what she truly wanted from life. Setting out for a year to study three different aspects of her nature amid three different cultures, Gilbert explored the art of pleasure in Italy and the art of devotion in India, and then a balance between the two on the Indonesian island of Bali. By turns rapturous and rueful, this wise and funny author (whom Booklist calls “Anne Lamott’s hip, yoga- practicing, footloose younger sister”) is poised to garner yet more adoring fans.
Author(s): Elizabeth Gilbert
ISBN 13: 9780670034710
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Title: The Search

Author(s): Nora Roberts
ISBN 13: 9780399156571
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Title: The Girl who Played with Fire

Two reporters responsible for a sex-trafficking exposâe are murdered, and the fingerprints on the murder weapon belong to Lisbeth Salander, prompting the magazine's publisher, Mikael Blomkvist, to launch his own investigation to vindicate ...
Author(s): Stieg Larsson
ISBN 13: 9780307454553
Pages: 642
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Title: Decision Points

The former president offers a candid journey through the defining decisions of his life and presidency, discussing the 2000 election, 9/11, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and Hurricane Katrina, as well as his decision to quit drinking, ...
Author(s): George Walker Bush
ISBN 13: 9780307590619
Pages: 497
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Title: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Forty years after the disappearance of Harriet Vanger from the secluded island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger family, her octogenarian uncle hires journalist Mikael Blomqvist and Lisbeth Salander, an unconventional young hacker, ...
Author(s): Stieg Larsson
ISBN 13: 9780307454546
Pages: 600
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Title: Fly Away Home

A politician's wife retreats with her grown daughters to a Connecticut beach house after a painful public betrayal, an escape marked by new beginnings and her younger daughter's pregnancy.
Author(s): Jennifer Weiner
ISBN 13: 9780743294287
Pages: 401
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Title: The Last Song

<p>Seventeen year old Veronica "Ronnie" Miller's life was turned upside-down when her parents divorced and her father moved from New York City to Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. Three years later, she remains angry and alientated from her parents, especially her father...until her mother decides it would be in everyone's best interest if she spent the summer in Wilmington with him. Ronnie's father, a former concert pianist and teacher, is living a quiet life in the beach town, immersed in creating a work of art that will become the centerpiece of a local church.</p> <p>The tale that unfolds is an unforgettable story of love on many levels—first love, love between parents and children — that demonstrates, as only a Nicholas Sparks novel can, the many ways that love can break our hearts...and heal them.</p>
Author(s): Nicholas Sparks
ISBN 13: 9780446547550
Pages: 413
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Title: Autobiography of Mark Twain: The Complete and Authoritative Edition, Volume 1

<p>"I've struck it!" Mark Twain wrote in a 1904 letter to a friend. "And I will give it away—to you. You will never know how much enjoyment you have lost until you get to dictating your autobiography." Thus, after dozens of false starts and hundreds of pages, Twain embarked on his "Final (and Right) Plan" for telling the story of his life. His innovative notion—to "talk only about the thing which interests you for the moment"—meant that his thoughts could range freely. The strict instruction that many of these texts remain unpublished for 100 years meant that when they came out, he would be "dead, and unaware, and indifferent," and that he was therefore free to speak his "whole frank mind." The year 2010 marks the 100th anniversary of Twain's death.<br> In celebration of this important milestone and in honor of the cherished tradition of publishing Mark Twain's works, UC Press is proud to offer for the first time Mark Twain's uncensored autobiography in its entirety and exactly as he left it. This major literary event brings to readers, admirers, and scholars the first of three volumes and presents Mark Twain's authentic and unsuppressed voice, brimming with humor, ideas, and opinions, and speaking clearly from the grave as he intended.<br> Editors:<br> Harriet E. Smith, Benjamin Griffin, Victor Fischer, Michael B. Frank, Sharon K. Goetz, Leslie Myrick</p> <p>A classic of American letters to be ranked with the autobiographies of Benjamin Franklin and Henry Adams. </p>
Author(s): Mark Twain
ISBN 13: 9780520267190
Pages: 760
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Title: The Help

Limited and persecuted by racial divides in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, three women, including an African-American maid, her sassy and chronically unemployed friend and a recently graduated white woman, team up for a clandestine project ...
Author(s): Kathryn Stockett
ISBN 13: 9780425232200
Pages: 534
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Title: The Lovely Bones

In the hands of a brilliant novelist, this story of seemingly unbearable tragedy is transformed into a suspenseful and touching story about family, memory, love, heaven, and living.
Author(s): Alice Sebold
ISBN 13: 9780316168816
Pages: 352
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Title: The Confession

Author(s): John Grisham
ISBN 13: 9780385528047
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Title: Hell's Corner (Camel Club)

An attack on the heart of power ...In sight of the White House ...At a place known as ...HELL'S CORNER Oliver Stone -- once the country's most skilled assassin -- stands in front of the White House, perhaps for the last time. The president has personally requested that Stone serve his country again on a high-risk, covert mission. Though he's fought for decades to leave his past career behind, Stone has no choice but to say yes. But Stone's mission changes drastically before it even begins. It's the night of a state dinner honouring the British prime minister. As he watches the prime minister's motorcade leave the White House, a bomb is detonated in an apparent terrorist attack against both leaders. It's in the chaotic aftermath that Stone takes on a new, more urgent assignment: find those responsible for the bombing. Stone's opponents are elusive, capable, and increasingly lethal. Worst of all, it seems that the park bombing may just have been the opening salvo in their plan. With nowhere else to turn, Stone enlists the help of the only people he knows he can trust: the Camel Club. Yet that may be a big mistake. In the shadowy worlds of politics and intelligence, there is no one you can really trust. And Hell's Corner truly lives up to its name. This may be Oliver Stone's and the Camel Club's last stand.
Author(s): David Baldacci
ISBN 13: 9780330456555
Pages: 624
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Title: Cross Fire (Alex Cross Series #17)

Detective Alex Cross and Bree's wedding plans are put on hold when Alex is called to the scene of the perfectly executed assassination of two of Washington D.C.'s most corrupt: a dirty congressmen and an underhanded lobbyist. Next, the elusive gunman begins picking off other crooked politicians, sparking a blaze of theories--is the marksman a hero or a vigilante? As Alex contends with the sniper, Siegel, and the wedding, he receives a call from his deadliest adversary, Kyle Craig. The Mastermind is in D.C. and will not relent until he has eliminated Cross and his family for good. With a supercharged blend of action, deception, and suspense, Cross Fire is James Patterson's most visceral and exciting Alex Cross novel ever.
Author(s): James Patterson
ISBN 13: 9780316036177
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Title: The Ugly Truth (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series #5)

Greg Heffley has always been in a hurry to grow up. But is getting older really all it’s cracked up to be?

 

Greg suddenly finds himself dealing with the pressures of boy-girl parties, increased responsibilities, and even the awkward changes that come with getting older—all without his best friend, Rowley, at his side. Can Greg make it through on his own? Or will he have to face the “ugly truth”?

Author(s): Jeff Kinney
ISBN 13: 9780810984912
Pages: 224
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Title: Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

<p>On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. &nbsp;Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. &nbsp;It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard.&nbsp; So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.</p> <p>The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini. &nbsp;In boyhood, he’d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails. &nbsp;As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile. &nbsp;But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown.</p> <p>Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. &nbsp;Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. &nbsp;His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.</p> <p>In her long-awaited new book, Laura Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in <i>Seabiscuit</i>. &nbsp;Telling an unforgettable story of a man’s journey into extremity, Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit.</p>
Author(s): Laura Hillenbrand
ISBN 13: 9781400064168
Pages: 473
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Title: Worst Case

est case: Survival: The son of one of New York's wealthiest families is snatched off the street and held hostage. But this kidnapper isn't demanding money. Instead, he quizzes his prisoner on the price others pay for his life of luxury . . . and wrong answers are fatal. Worst case: Death: Detective Michael Bennett heads the investigation. With ten kids of his own, he can't understand what could lead someone to target anyone's children. When another student from a powerful family disappears, the FBI sends in its top abduction specialist: Agent Emily Parker. Bennett's job and love life suddenly get even more complicated. This case: Detective Michael Bennett is on it: Before Bennett has a chance to protest the FBI's intrusion on his case, the killer mastermind changes his routine. His plan leads up to the most devastating demonstration yet-one that could bring cataclysmic ruin to every inch of New York City.
Author(s): James Patterson
ISBN 13: 9780446574730
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