Hardback bestsellers for the week ended Sept. 5, according to the New York Times.
1 Dark Slayer (Christine Feehan) A slayer frees a Dragonseeker from prison and falls in love.
2Alex Cross's Trial (James Patterson and Richard DiLallo) The detective writes a novel about his great-uncle, who fought the Klan.
3 South of Broad (Pat Conroy) An unlikely group's friendship from the '60s to the'80s.
4 Spartan Gold (Clive Cussler with Grant Blackwood) Treasure hunters search for bottles of wine from Napoleon's "lost cellar."
5 The Help (Kathryn Stockett) A white woman and two black maids in 1960s Mississippi.
1 Culture of Corruption (Michelle Malkin) President Barack Obama and his cronies.
2 Outliers (Malcolm Gladwell) Why some people succeed: luck, talent and opportunity.
3 In the President's Secret Service (Ronald Kessler) Agents and the presidents they serve.
4 Strength in What Remains (Tracy Kidder) A medical student survives civil war and genocide then flourishes in the United States.
5 Born to Run (Christopher McDougall) Secrets of distance running.
Advice, how-to, miscellaneous
1 Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol. 1 (Julia Child, Simone Beck, Louisette Bertholle) A reissue of the book that launched a career.
2 Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man (Steve Harvey with Denene Millner) Relationship tips from the comedian and radio show host.
3 The Last Lecture (Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow) Seizing every moment.
4 The Secret (Rhonda Byrne) The law of attraction as a key to getting what you want.
5 Flat Belly Diet! Cookbook (Liz Vaccariello with Cynthia Sass) Companion recipes.