1. THE POSTCARD KILLERS, by James Patterson and Liza Marklund. (Little, Brown, $27.99.) An NYPD detective joins a Swedish reporter in a search for the killer of young couples in Europe, including his daughter and her boyfriend.
2. THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET'S NEST, by Stieg Larsson. (Knopf, $27.95.) The third volume of a trilogy about a Swedish hacker and a journalist.
3. THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett. (Amy Einhorn/Putnam, $24.95.) A young white woman and two black maids in 1960s Mississippi.
4. THE COBRA, by Frederick Forsyth. (Putnam, $26.95.) A former CIA operative is unleashed on the cocaine industry.
5. STAR ISLAND, by Carl Hiaasen. (Knopf, $26.95.) A paparazzo attempting to kidnap a drug-addled pop star grabs her stunt double by mistake.
6(x). TOUGH CUSTOMER, by Sandra Brown. (Simon & Schuster, $26.99.) A private investigator pursues a deranged killer.
7(x). THREE STATIONS, by Martin Cruz Smith. (Simon & Schuster, $25.99.) Inspector Arkady Renko faces corrupt Russian capitalists and bureaucrats.
8. THE RED QUEEN, by Philippa Gregory. (Touchstone/Simon & Schuster, $25.99.) More intrigue during the War of the Roses; by the author of "The Other Boleyn Girl."
9. LAST NIGHT AT CHATEAU MARMONT, by Lauren Weisberger. (Atria, $25.99.) A woman is challenged when her musician husband suddenly becomes a star.
10. THE REMBRANDT AFFAIR, by Daniel Silva. (Putnam, $26.95.) The art restorer and assassin Gabriel Allon discovers that there are deadly secrets behind a stolen painting.
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. COMMITTED, by Elizabeth Gilbert. (Viking, $26.95.) The author of "Eat, Pray, Love" wrestles with, and overcomes, her ambivalence about marriage.
3. OUTLIERS, by Malcolm Gladwell. (Little, Brown, $27.99.) Why some people succeed, from the author of "Blink."
4(x). 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.
5. THE OBAMA DIARIES, by Laura Ingraham. (Threshold Editions, $25.) A satirical fictional journal with commentary, by the conservative political commentator.
6(x). THE BIG SHORT, by Michael Lewis. (Norton, $27.95.) The people who saw the real estate crash coming and made billions from their foresight.
7. CHELSEA CHELSEA BANG BANG, by Chelsea Handler. (Grand Central, $25.99.) More humorous personal essays.
8. PACKING FOR MARS, by Mary Roach. (Norton, $25.95.) A humorous investigation of life without gravity in the space program, by the author of "Stiff" and "Bonk."
9. THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS, by Rebecca Skloot. (Crown, $26.) Race, poverty and science intertwine in the story of the woman whose cancer cells were cultured without her permission in 1951 and have supported a mountain of research undertaken since then.
10. ANGELINA, by Andrew Morton. (St. Martin's, $26.99.) A biography of Angelina Jolie, actress and humanitarian.
ADVICE, HOW-TO AND MISCELLANEOUS
1. THE POWER, by Rhonda Byrne. (Atria, $23.95.) Living the life of your dreams, from the author of "The Secret."
2. WOMEN, FOOD AND GOD, by Geneen Roth. (Scribner, $24.) How women can improve the relationship with food and their bodies.
3. DELIVERING HAPPINESS, by Tony Hsieh. (Business Plus, $23.99.) Lessons from business (pizza place, worm farm, Zappos) and life. (b)
4. THE SECRET, by Rhonda Byrne. (Atria/Beyond Words, $23.95.) The "Law of Attraction" as a key to getting what you want.
5. THROUGH A DOG'S EYES, by Jennifer Arnold. (Spiegel & Grau, $25.) Understanding dogs by understanding how they view the world.
Rankings reflect sales for the week that ended Aug. 21 at thousands of venues nationwide. An (x) indicates that a book's sales are barely distinguishable from those of the book above. A (b) indicates that some bookstores report receiving bulk orders.