Published: July 30, 2010
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.
2 THE OBAMA DIARIES, by Laura Ingraham. (Threshold Editions, $25.) A satirical fictional journal with commentary, by the conservative political commentator.
3 THE BIG SHORT, by Michael Lewis. (Norton, $27.95.) The people who saw the real estate crash coming and made billions from their foresight. Excerpt
4 MEDIUM RAW, by Anthony Bourdain. (Ecco/HarperCollins, $26.99.) Bourdain looks critically at changes in the food and restaurant cultures in the 10 years since the publication of “Kitchen Confidential.”
5 SLIDING INTO HOME, by Kendra Wilkinson with Jon Warech. (Gallery, $26.) The life of the reality TV star and former Playboy cover model.
6 COMING BACK STRONGER, by Drew Brees with Chris Fabry. (Tyndale House, $26.99.) The N.F.L. quarterback recovered from an injury to play for the New Orleans Saints.
7 CHELSEA CHELSEA BANG BANG, by Chelsea Handler. (Grand Central, $25.99.) More humorous personal essays.
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. Excerpt
9 OUTLIERS, by Malcolm Gladwell. (Little, Brown, $27.99.) Why some people succeed, from the author of “Blink.” Excerpt
10 THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS, by Rebecca Skloot. (Crown, $26.) The the story of the woman whose cancer cells were cultured without her permission in 1951. Excerpt
11 IN A HEARTBEAT, by Leigh Anne Tuohy and Sean Tuohy with Sally Jenkins. (Holt, $24.) The couple featured in “The Blind Side” tell their story and promote “cheerful giving.”
12 THE DISAPPEARING SPOON, by Sam Kean. (Little, Brown, $24.99.) Stories of human interest and history connected with the elements of the periodic table.
13 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.”
14 BORN TO RUN, by Christopher McDougall. (Knopf, $24.95.) Secrets of distance running from a Mexican Indian tribe.
15 SPOKEN FROM THE HEART, by Laura Bush. (Scribner, $30.) A memoir from the former first lady.