With more major laydowns than any other September in recent memory, the month peaks with Christopher Paolini's Brisingr, for kids (2.5 million copies), and Nicholas Sparks's The Lucky One, for adults (1.5 million). There's Thomas Friedman on the overheated global economy, Phil McGraw on life's worst moments, Alice Schroeder on Warren Buffett, and Bill O'Reilly's memoir. Not to mention Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond's If You Give a Cat a Cupcake and a novelization of High School Musical 3 on the kids' side. (All with million-copy printings.) Will Philip Roth, Annie Proulx and Francine Prose—or much-hyped newcomers like Kathleen Kent—get any airtime?

| September 1 |[c] Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox, illus. by Helen Oxenbury (Harcourt, $16). 150,000 copies.[c] Americaby Charlie Samuels (Little, Brown, $19.99). 125,000 copies.[c] Blissby Lauren Myracle (Abrams/Amulet, $16.95). 100,000 copies.[c] Rainbow Magic: Stella the Star Fairy by Daisy Meadows, illus. by Georgie Ripper (Scholastic, $6.99 paper). 100,000 copies.[c] Little Scholastic: Welcome Winter by Jill Ackerman, illus. by Nancy Davis (Scholastic/Cartwheel, $5.99). 100,000 copies.| SEPTEMBER 2 |
The Book of Lies by Brad Meltzer (Grand Central, $25.99). 500,000 copies.
Dark Curse by Christine Feehan (Berkley, $24.95). 250,000 copies.
They Must Be Stopped: Why We Must Defeat Radical Islam and How We Can Do It by Brigitte Gabriel (St. Martin's, $24.95). 250,000 copies.
*Sweetheart by Chelsea Cain (St. Martin's Minotaur, $24.95). 200,000 copies.
The Truth About You, Your Secret to Success by Marcus Buckingham (Thomas Nelson, $29.99). 200,000 copies.
[c] Warriors: Power of Three #4: Eclipse by Erin Hunter (HarperCollins, $16.99). 200,000 copies.
[c] The Juvie Three by Gordon Korman (Disney-Hyperion, $15.99). 150,000 copies.
A Team to Believe In by Tom Coughlin (Ballantine/ESPN Books, $26). 125,000 copies.
The Book of Animal Ignorance: Everything You Think You Know Is Wrong by John Mitchinson and John Lloyd (Harmony, $19.95). 125,000 copies.
The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood by Helene Cooper (Simon & Schuster, $25). 125,000 copies.
Sinner by Ted Dekker (Thomas Nelson, $24.99). 115,000 copies.
The Devil We Know: Dealing with the New Iranian Superpower by Robert Baer (Crown, $25.95). 100,000 copies.
The First Billion Is the Hardest: How Believing It's Still Early in the Game Can Lead to Life's Greatest Comebacks by T. Boone Pickens (Crown Business, $26.95). 100,000 copies.
Rough and Tumble by Mark Bavaro (St. Martin's, $24.95). 100,000 copies.
Wedding Belles by Haywood Smith (St. Martin's, $24.95). 100,000 copies.
[c] Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland by Jon Scieszka, illus. by Mary Blair (Disney, $16.99). 100,000 copies.
Icarus at the Edge of Time by Brian Greene (Knopf, $19.95). 75,000 copies.
| September 3 |
*The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent (Little, Brown, $24.99). 150,000 copies.
[c] Madeline and the Cats of Rome by John Bemelmans Marciano (Viking, $17.99). 150,000 copies.
Supreme Courtship: A Novel by Christopher Buckley (Hachette/Twelve, $24.99). 125,000 copies.
| September 8 |
Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution—and How It Can Renew America by Thomas L. Friedman (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $24). 1 million copies.
| September 9 |
Breakthrough: The Changing Face of Medicine by Suzanne Somers (Crown, $25.95). 600,000 copies.
21 Nights by Prince (Atria, $50). 500,000 copies.
[c] Big Words for Little People by Jamie Lee Curtis, illus. by Laura Cornell (HarperCollins/Cotler, $16.99). 500,000 copies.
[c] The 39 Clues #1: The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan (Scholastic Press, $12.99). 500,000 copies.
*[c] Thump, Quack, Moo: A Whacky Adventure by Doreen Cronin, illus. by Betsy Lewin (S&S/Atheneum, $16.99). 300,000 copies.
Anathem by Neal Stephenson (Morrow, $29.95). 250,000 copies.
The Keepsake by Tess Gerritsen (Ballantine, $26). 200,000 copies.
Bob Schieffer's America by Bob Schieffer (Putnam, $24.95). 175,000 copies.
*Fine Just the Way It Is by Annie Proulx (Scribner, $25). 150,000 copies.
Straight from the Source: An Exposé from the Former Editor in Chief of the Hip-Hop Bible by Kim Osorio (Pocket/VH-1, $24.95). 125,000 copies.
[c] Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out by the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance (Candlewick, $29.99). 100,000 copies.
| September 11 |
[c] Gingerbread Friends by Jan Brett (Putnam, $17.99). 300,000 copies.
[c] Enigma: A Magical Mystery by Graeme Base (Abrams, $19.95). 100,000 copies.
Real Life: Preparing for the 7 Most Challenging Days of Your Life by Dr. Phil McGraw (Free Press, $26). 1 million copies.
[c] Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles: A Giant Problem by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi (Simon & Schuster, $10.99). 350,000 copies.
[c] The 7 Habits of Happy Kids by Sean Covey, illus. by Stacy Curtis (Simon & Schuster, $19.99). 350,000 copies.
*The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory (Touchstone, $25.95). 300,000 copies.
Paul of Dune by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson (Tor, $27.95). 250,000 copies.
Think BIG: Make it Happen in Business and Life by Donald J. Trump (Collins, $14.95). 150,000 copies.
Star Wars: Order 66 by Karen Traviss (Del Rey, $27). 150,000 copies.
*Acedia & Me: A Marriage, Monks, and a Writer's Life by Kathleen Norris (Riverhead, $25.95). 150,000 copies.
*The Forever War by Dexter Filkins (Knopf, $25). 150,000 copies.
*The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (Knopf, $24.95). 150,000 copies.
[c] Private: Revelationby Kate Brian(S&S/Simon Pulse, $9.99 paper). 150,000 copies.
Liberty: A Lake Wobegon Novel by Garrison Keillor (Viking, $25.95). 115,000 copies.
Goldengrove by Francine Prose (HarperCollins, $24.95). 100,000 copies.
*Indignation by Philip Roth (Houghton Mifflin, $26). 100,000 copies.
Downtown Owl by Chuck Klosterman (Scribner, $24). 100,000 copies.
| September 20 |
[c] Brisingr by Christopher Paolini (Knopf, $27.50). 2.5 million copies.
| September 23 |
A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity: A Memoir by Bill O'Reilly (Broadway, $26). 1 million copies.
[c] Disney High School Musical 3 Junior Novel by N.B. Grace (Disney, $4.99 paper). 1 million copies.
Before You Do by T.D. Jakes (Atria, $25). 500,000 copies.
Heat Lightning by John Sandford (Putnam, $26.95). 500,000 copies.
[c] Magic Tree House #40: Eve of the Emperor Penguin by Mary Pope Osborne, illus. by Sal Murdocca (Random, $11.99). 500,000 copies.
*The Given Day by Dennis Lehane (Morrow, $27.95). 400,000 copies.
Hot Mahogany by Stuart Woods (Putnam, $25.95). 350,000 copies.
[c] Louise, the Adventures of a Chicken by Kate DiCamillo, illus. by Harry Bliss (HarperCollins/Cotler, $17.99). 300,000 copies.
A Promise to Ourselves: Fatherhood, Divorce, and Family Law by Alec Baldwin (St. Martin's, $24.95). 200,000 copies.
[c] Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Special Anniversary Edition by J.K. Rowling, illus. by Mary GrandPré (Scholastic/Levine, $30). 180,000 copies.
Tsar by Ted Bell (Atria, $26.95). 175,000 copies.
Pieces of My Heart by Robert Wagner (Harper Entertainment, $25.95). 150,000 copies.
Night of Thunder by Stephen Hunter (Simon & Schuster, $26). 150,000 copies.
The Pritikin Edge: 10 Essential Ingredients for a Long and Delicious Life by Dr. Robert Vogel and Paul Tager Lehr (Simon & Schuster, $25). 125,000 copies.
[c] Disney Fairies: Tinkering Tink by Laura Driscoll (Disney, $12.99). 125,000 copies.
[c] Hate That Cat by Sharon Creech (HarperCollins/Cotler, $15.99). 125,000 copies.
*Planet Google: How One Company's All-Encompassing Vision Is Transforming Our Lives by Randall Stross (Free Press, $26). 100,000 copies.
The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday by Alexander McCall Smith (Pantheon, $22.95). 100,000 copies.
T.O.'s Finding Fitness: Making the Mind, Body, and Spirit Connection for Total Health by Terrell Owens with Buddy Primm and Courtney Parker; intro. by Jerry Rice (Simon & Schuster, $26). 100,000 copies.
Mother Warriors: A Nation of Parents Healing Autism Against All Odds by Jenny McCarthy (Dutton, $24.95). 100,000 copies.
[c] The Whistle on the Train by Margaret McNamara, illus. by Richard Egielski (Disney-Hyperion, $18.99). 100,000 copies.
[c] Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories Party Edition by Dr. Seuss (Random, $14.95). 100,000 copies.
[c] Magic Tree House Research Guide #18: Penguins and Antarctica by Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce, illus. by Sal Murdocca (Random, $4.99 paper). 100,000 copies.
[c] Bolt Read-Aloud Storybook (Random/Disney, $8.99). 100,000 copies.
[c] Bolt Little Golden Book (Random/Disney, $2.99). 100,000 copies.
| September 29 |
The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder (Bantam, $30). 1 million copies.
| September 30 |
The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks (Grand Central, $24.99). 1.5 million copies.
[c] If You Give a Cat a Cupcake by Laura Numeroff, illus. by Felicia Bond (HarperCollins/Geringer, $16.99). 1 million copies.
Giada's Kitchen: New Everyday Favorites by Giada De Laurentiis (Clarkson Potter, $32.50). 600,000 copies.
A Cedar Cove Christmas by Debbie Macomber (Mira, $16.95). 350,000 copies.
[c] Fancy Nancy Sees Stars by Jane O'Connor, illus. by Robin Preiss Glasser (Harper Trophy, $3.99 paper). 300,000 copies.
[c] The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, illus. by Dave McKean (HarperCollins, $17.99). 250,000 copies.
[c] A Very Marley Christmas by John Grogan, illus. by Richard Cowdrey (HarperCollins, $17.99). 250,000 copies.
The Letters by Luanne Rice and Joseph Monninger (Bantam, $22). 200,000 |copies.
[c] Charlie Bone and the Shadow by Jenny Nimmo (Scholastic/Orchard, $12.99). 200,000 copies.
[c] Tea for Ruby by Sarah Ferguson, illus. by Robin Preiss Glasser (S&S/Wiseman, $16.99). 200,000 copies.
[c] Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Clubhouse Christmas by Susan Amerikaner (Disney, $6.99). 175,000 copies.
[c] Marley & Me: Marley to the Rescue! by M.K. Gaudet (Harper Trophy, $3.99 paper). 175,000 copies.
[c] Marley & Me: Meet Marley by Natalie Engel (Harper Trophy, $3.99 paper). 175,000 copies.
Resilience: Faith, Focus, Triumph by Alonzo Mourning with Dan Wetzel (Ballantine, $26). 150,000 copies.
Rebound Rules by Rick Pitino (Collins, $25.95). 150,000 copies.
Toxic Fat, When Good Fat Turns Bad by Dr. Barry Sears (Thomas Nelson, $24.95). 150,000 copies.
This I Believe II: More Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman (Holt, $23). 150,000 copies.
[c] Christmas Cookies by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illus. by Jane Dyer (HarperCollins, $12.99). 150,000 copies.
[c] The Lump of Coal by Lemony Snicket, illus. by Brett Helquist (HarperCollins, $12.99). 150,000 copies.
In Step with God: Understanding His Ways and Plans for Your Life by Charles F. Stanley (Thomas Nelson, $19.99). 125,000 copies.
The Legs Are the Last to Go: Aging, Acting, Marrying, and Other Things I Learned the Hard Way by Diahann Carroll (Amistad, $24.95). 100,000 copies.
[c] Nation by Terry Pratchett (HarperCollins, $16.99). 100,000 copies.
[c] Lincoln and Douglass: An American Friendship by Nikki Giovanni, illus. by Bryan Collier (Holt, $16.95). 100,000 copies.
[c] Jon Scieszka's Trucktown: Snow Trucking! by Jon Scieszka, illus. by David Gordon, Loren Long and David Shannon (S&S/Aladdin, $3.99 paper). 100,000 copies.

* = PW starred review


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