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Glenn Beck debuts at No. 1 and 'Sh*t' hits its fans: This week's best-sellers

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Fox News acolytes came at the Beck and call of a certain teary-eyed pundit this week. Glenn Beck’s paranoid thriller The Overton Window, with 775,000 copies in print, rocketed to the top of the Publishers Weekly fiction best-seller chart, and kicked Stieg Larsson’s The Girl Who Kicked Hornet’s Nest out of the No. 1 spot. I’m sure that Beck is thrilled to triumph over a product of Sweden, that land of socialized everything. A little further down the list, Justin Cronin’s hot apocalypse summer novel, The Passage, continues to do well as a beach read despite the fact that it’s bigger and heavier than the cooler.

On the nonfiction side, the malcontent grumblings of a 74-year-old beat out a former First Lady, a former 90210 star, and a former disgruntled chef. Justin Halpern’s Twitter-based Sh*t My Dad Says proves that people actually do want to hear the elderly complain. And Halpern’s collection will likely get an even bigger boost once CBS starts airing $#*! My Dad Says, the grawlix-amended sitcom starring William Shatner that the network picked up for the fall. One spot down, Anthony Bourdain’s food-ography Medium Raw has quietly climbed two spaces from last week’s position, and further below that, Tori Spelling’s latest memoir, uncharted terriTORI (my autocorrect is not happy with that title), debuts at No. 9.

See below for this week’s full lists of bestsellers:


1. The Overton Window, Glenn Beck

2. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, Stieg Larsson

3. The Lion, Nelson DeMille

4. The Passage, Justin Cronin

5. Whiplash, Catherine Coulter

6. The Help, Kathryn Stockett

7. Frankenstein: Lost Souls, Dean Koontz

8. The Spy, Clive Cussler & Justin Scott

9. 61 Hours, Lee Child

10. Dead in the Family, Charlaine Harris

11. Lowcountry Summer, Dorothea Benton Frank

12. Spies of the Balkans, Alan Furst

13. Innocent, Scott Turow

14. Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Objective, Eric Van Lustbader

15. Imperial Bedrooms, Bret Easton Ellis


1. Sh*t My Dad Says, Justin Halpern

2. Medium Raw, Anthony Bourdain

3. Delivering Happiness, Tony Hsieh

4. Women Food and God, Geneen Roth

5. The Big Short, Michael Lewis

6. Spoken from the Heart, Laura Bush

7. War, Sebastian Junger

8. Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang, Chelsea Handler

9. uncharted terriTORI, Tori Spelling

10. The Last Stand, Nathaniel Philbrick

11. Steinbrenner, Bill Madden

12. The Pacific, Hugh Ambrose

13. The Last Lecture, Randy Pausch

14. Heroes for My Son, Brad Meltzer

15. Mike and Mike’s Rules for Sports and Life, Mike Greenberg & Mike Golic with Andrew Chaikivsky