1. Archive


Hardback bestsellers for the week ended Aug. 22, according to the New York Times.


1 South of Broad (Pat Conroy) An unlikely group's friendship from the '60s to the '80s.

2 The White Queen (Philippa Gregory) Palace intrigue during the War of the Roses.

3 Dreamfever (Karen Marie Moning) A woman under an erotic spell.

4 The Help (Kathryn Stockett) A white woman and two black maids in Mississippi.

5 That Old Cape Magic (Richard Russo) A long-married couple face dissatisfactions.

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1 Culture of Corruption (Michelle Malkin) President Barack Obama and his cronies.

2 In the President's Secret Service (Ronald Kessler) Agents and those they protect.

3 Outliers (Malcolm Gladwell) Why some people succeed - luck and opportunity.

4 Born to Run (Christopher McDougall) Secrets from a Mexican Indian tribe.

5 Liberty and Tyranny (Mark R. Levin) A conservative manifesto from a talk show host.

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Advice, how-to, miscellaneous

1 Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol. 1 (Julia Child, Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle) The book that launched Julia Child.

2 Flat Belly Diet! Cookbook (Liz Vaccariello with Cynthia Sass) Companion recipes.

3 Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man (Steve Harvey with Denene Millner) Relationship tips from the comedian and radio show host.

4 The Last Lecture (Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow) On "seizing every moment."

5 Flat Belly Diet! (Liz Vaccariello and Cynthia Sass) Nutrition advice and workout tips.