Archive for January, 2008

Not Eligible for the NYT List

Friday, January 25th, 2008


Eat This Not That:

Thousands of Simple Food Swaps That Can Save You 10, 20, 30 Pounds-or More!

By David Zinczenko

  • Publisher: Rodale Books (December 10, 2007)
  • Paperback Original: $19.95
  • ISBN-10: 1594868549
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594868542

Eat This Not That is currently #1 on the Amazon bestseller list (beating out Stephen King’s Duma Key), but, as Publishers Weekly reports this week, (it just debuted on their Trade Paperback Bestsellers list at #14 last week and is now at #10), the book will not appear on the NY Times bestseller lists. Why? Because the NYT considers it a calorie counter book and they do not track books in that category.

As we mentioned earlier, there are no reviews for this title.

It’s Not Just Vanity

Friday, January 25th, 2008


How Not to Look Old: Fast and Effortless Ways to Look 10 Years Younger, 10 Pounds Lighter, 10 Times Better

by Charla Krupp

  • Hardcover:$26.95
  • Publisher: Springboard Press (January 2, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0446581143
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446581141

Currently, the eighth most-emailed NY Times article is from yesterday’s “Fashion & Style” section (“Nice Resume. Have You Considered Botox?”). It seems to take issue with How Not to Look Old, which hit the NYT Hardcover Advice Bestseller list last week at #8. But then the article goes on to examine the book’s claim that looking younger is crucial to women’s economic survival and finds studies that prove this is true. The article sums it all up with “Indeed, the real trend behind How Not to Look Old is the rebranding of aging from biological inevitability to outmoded lifestyle option.” You’ve said a mouthful there.

The Times “Fashion & Style” section seems obsessed with this book. This is the second time they have covered it.

It’s Not PBS

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

It’s as difficult to imagine Paul Giamatti playing John Adams as it is to imagine HBO doing a mini-series on the second president (isn’t this PBS territory?). Nevertheless, the HBO mini-series John Adams begins in March, based on David McCullough’s bestselling, Pulitzer Prize-winning biography. Produced by Tom Hanks it also stars Laura Linney as Abigail. Last Fall, the NY Times referred to it as “HBO’s most anticipated mini-series.”


Simon and Schuster is issuing a tie-in edition (the above is from S&S’s Summer catalog. The actual cover will be in color). It’s a good opportunity to replace worn-out copies.

On Sale: January 29, 2008

Paperback: $20

ISBN 13: 978-1-4165-7588-7

ISBN 10: 1-4165-7588-X

Bestseller Thursday: USA Today, 1/24

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

The new USA Today bestseller list (sales through 1/20) is now available in print and online. Stephen King does not appear on the list yet, because Duma Key was released after sales were totaled (it’s currently #2 on Amazon). The book isn’t overlooked, however. It gets a strong review (“a classic Gothic tale of terror…A life without King’s novels would be a parched one indeed”) in the same issue. King is also profiled by Bob Minzesheimer.

Eat, Pray Love returns to the #1 spot, after being knocked out by Janet Evanovich’s Plum Lucky last week. Lucky is now at #2. The “Book Buzz” column does a nice job of outlining the difference (second item) between Evanovich’s “by the numbers” titles (One for the Money through Lean Mean Thirteen) and the “between the numbers” books. Good background for anyone not familiar with her output.

Below are the new titles on the list that are not represented in library catalogs I checked (and seem to not have been reviewed in the prepub sources):



The Breakthrough Company:

How Everyday Companies Become Extraordinary Performers

Keith Mcfarland

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Business (January 15, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0307352188
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307352187

This was listed in PW‘s roundup of Fall ’07 titles, under Business & Personal Finance.



The Food You Crave:

Luscious Recipes for a Healthy Life

Ellie Krieger

  • Hardcover:$28.00
  • Publisher: Taunton (January 15, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1600850219
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600850219


  • Hardcover:$24.95
  • Publisher: Free Press (January 1, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 141654772X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416547723

Reviewed in PW‘s “Web Exclusive Reviews” 1/14/08.

This also appeared for the first time on the NYT Hardcover Advice bestseller list last week.



The Shack

William P. Young

  • Hardcover:$24.95
  • Publisher: Windblown Media (December 6, 2007)
  • ISBN-10: 0964729245
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964729247
  • Paperback:$14.99
  • Publisher: Windblown Media; (May 1, 2007)
  • ISBN-10: 0964729237
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964729230

One of the co-founders of the company that was formed to publish this book talks about why they did so on his blog.



Strong at the Broken Places:

Voices of Illness, a Chorus of Hope

Richard M. Cohen

  • Hardcover:$24.95
  • Publisher: Harper (January 2, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0060763116
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060763114

Reviewed in LJ’s 12/04/07 Express Reviews (online only). Cohen is married to Today Show‘s Meredith Vieria. He was interviewed by her in a three-part segment that concluded on Jan. 9.

I Can Haz Book Deel?

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008


O.K., I admit it, I was searching for an excuse to run this picture from I Can Haz Cheezburger. Galley Cat (who shares our fascination with felines) reports that the “insanely popular” site (currently #10 on Technorati’s list of most popular blogs in the world) is headed for the print world. Gotham Books, an imprint of Penguin, won a two-day auction for the book. No word on publication date.

I also admit that I stole the headline from Galley Cat, but as the NY Times recently reported, titles cannot be copywrited. Besides, it was too perfect.

That’s Stephenie, with Three “e’s”

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

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If you’re not already aware of the enormous popularity of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series, just ask a teenage girl. If you don’t have one handy, take a look at the books’ rankings on the current USA Today bestseller list:

#22 Twilight (book one), Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Oct, 2005

#25 New Moon (book two) Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Aug, 2006

#29 Eclipse (book three), Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Aug, 2007

Teenage girls aren’t the only fans. This is one of those books that crosses age groups (but not genders; the fan base is overwhelmingly female).

The final volume in the series, Breaking Dawn will release in late summer of ’08 (some fan sites give an August 10 release date, but the publisher says there is no definite laydown date yet). Breaking Dawn will be embargoed, so there will be no pre-publication reviews.

In May, Meyer releases her first adult title (with VERY strong crossover appeal, so you may want to buy it for both the adult and YA collections). It’s set in the future, when souls from other planets are taking over human bodies. In most cases, the original human soul disappears. But for one called “The Wanderer,” her host’s soul, Melanie, does not go quietly. The rivalry gets particularly dicey when they both fall for the same guy. The publisher’s blurb includes this quotable line, “featuring what may be the first love triangle involving only two bodies.” This one is not embargoed, so you can expect pre-publication reviews (it is mentioned in the 1/15 LJ “Prepub Alert” column).


  • Hardcover: $25.99
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (May 6, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0316068047
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316068048

Twilight, the movie is now in pre-production and, according to the Internet Movie Database, will be released in December, ’08.

The Entrepreneur Test

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008


  • Hardcover: $26.00
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (January 28, 2008 — this is the date from Amazon. Yale UP site shows Jan. 7)
  • ISBN-10: 0300113315
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300113310

Guy Kawasaki, author of many well-known business books also writes a blog. In it’s first year of existence, it has ranked between #35 and #45 in Technorati’s list of most popular blogs in the world. Recently, he ran a great little piece of viral marketing from the above book. It tests how much you know about entrepreneurship. Kawasaki admits he only scored 40%.

A search of Google Blogs indicates the test is showing up on other sites, so you can expect interest.

Two Heavies within Days of Each Other

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008


The Toronto Star points out that Stephen King’s Duma Key (out today) and John Grisham’s The Appeal (coming Tuesday) are releasing within days of each other. Predicting that people will watch bestseller lists to see how the authors stack up against each other, the Star compares them on issues like which candidate each supports (King is for Obama, Grisham for Clinton), estimated career sales, Amazon status and opening lines. One clear difference — Duma Key is 592 pages long and The Appeal is a relatively short 368 pages (the Star shows slightly different lengths, since they are comparing Canadian editions).

As far as appearances on the Today Show, they are neck in neck. King was interviewed by Matt Lauer on the Today Show this morning; Grisham is scheduled to appear on Tuesday.

Walker Surprise

Monday, January 21st, 2008


  • Hardcover: $24.95
  • Publisher: Touchstone (August 12, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1416537481
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416537489

Breaking book news over the weekend is that Herschel Walker, 1982 Heisman Trophy winner, has multiple personality disorder, which he reveals in his upcoming book, Breaking Free. Several people close to Walker are quoted in the Atlanta Journal Constitution saying the news comes as a complete surprise to them. His former coach, Vince Dooley, added, “All I know is whatever personality he had when he had the football was the one I liked.”

Simon and Schuster is not releasing advance copies. A publicist is quoted by ABC News, saying “Everyone’s questions will be answered when the book comes out,” indicating that the it will be embargoed.

The above image is from p26 and 27 of the Summer ’08 Touchstone/Fireside catalog, available on the Simon and Schuster Web site.

The Dark and Lighter Sides of Mysteries

Saturday, January 19th, 2008


  • Hardcover:$23.95
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA (December 26, 2007)
  • ISBN-10: 1596913975
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596913974

We just learned why spy novels are back — because they reflect our uncertain world. Today, Walter Mosley says in an interview in the Wall Street Journal that the mystery genre has become more dark in recent years because it “is there to help us deal with what’s going on in our world socially and politically. We’re in a time where Americans feel that the world they know is falling apart.” dirty.jpg

  • Hardcover: $23.95
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s/Thomas Dunne (February 5, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0312369670
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312369675

But, don’t despair, there are still plenty of cozies for your customers who want to escape our shaky world. LJ’s Mystery column recently highlighted debut author Rosemary Harris’s new book as an example of a new strain of cozies, with “likable female amateur sleuths who are smarter, less nosey, and able to work their investigations plausibly into their daily routines.” Having read the galley of Pushing Up Daisies, I heartily agree. I look forward to spending more time with Harris’s main character Paula Holliday and, happily, this is the first in a planned series of “Dirty Business Mysteries.” Harris and her heroine are both avid gardeners, so the release of the book was carefully planned for February, when gardeners begin to get itchy to get their hands in the dirt. Her book tour includes the Connecticut and Philadelphia flower shows as well as several Connecticut libraries.

The Return of Spy Fiction

Saturday, January 19th, 2008

On the Barnes & Noble Review this week, Sarah Weinman writes about the return of spy fiction. Why the comeback? Her theory is that during a time of uncertainty and cynicism, spy fiction’s “tonic of shadows and fog can at least temper the wolves enough to provide what the reader wants — be it a sliver of hope or confirmation of the world’s continuing absence of order.” She describes the books that have brought about the comeback, including the following new titles (in order by pub date). I’ve included links to the PW and LJ columns in which the titles were reviewed (scroll down, or do a page search to find the specific review). Weinman also writes a popular and respected blog, Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind. Her “Picks of the Week” (left side of the home page) is a great source for RA. The short descriptions can spark ideas on how to present titles to customers. ordinary.jpg An Ordinary Spy Joseph Weisberg PW 10/01

  • Hardcover: $23.95
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA (December 26, 2007)
  • ISBN-10: 1596913762
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596913769

pavel1.jpg Pavel & I Dan Vyleta PW 9/24/07 LJ 12/15/07

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA (January 22, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1596914513
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596914513

ghost2.jpg The Ghost War Alex Berenson PW 12/10/07 LJ 1/15/08

  • Hardcover: $24.95
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult (February 12, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0399154531
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399154539

amateur.jpg The Amateur Spy Dan Fesperman PW 1/07/08 LJ 1/15/08

  • Hardcover: $24.95
  • Publisher: Knopf (March 4, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1400044677
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400044672

prince.jpg The Prince of Bagram Prison Alex Carr PW 1/07/08

  • Paperback: $14.00
  • Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks (Original; March 11, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0812977092
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812977097

orpheus.jpg The Orpheus Deception David Stone No reviews in LJ or PW yet

  • Hardcover: $25.95
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult (March 27, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0399154639
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399154638

furst.jpg The Spies of Warsaw Alan Furst No reviews yet

  • Hardcover: $25.00
  • Publisher: Random House (June 3, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1400066026
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400066025

Something Fishy in Your Background?

Friday, January 18th, 2008


  • Hardcover: $24.00
  • Publisher: Pantheon (January 15, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0375424474
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375424472

One of the most unusual titles currently on the Amazon Bestseller List (in the #60’s) is Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin.

The major library pre-pub review media seem to be late on this one, so many libraries may not have it yet. It was just reviewed (scroll down, almost to the end) in the January 15th issue of Library Journal. It was also covered in Booklist on January 1st (right now, it’s the “review of the day” on the site) where it received a star.

The review in today’s New York Observer gives helpful background, “When the renowned paleontologist Neil Shubin announced in 2006 that he’d discovered an ancient fossil with an uncanny resemblance to a ‘missing link’ between fish and land-dwellers, creationists responded with all the fury of pissed off-apes.” So, of course, given the “pissed off apes” response, he has also received the Colbert Report treatment. If you ever wondered how it would feel to face Stephen Colbert, Neil Shubin writes about it on the science blog “Pharyngula.”

The book is also available in audio from Books on Tape.

Controversy Sells Books (Again)

Friday, January 18th, 2008


  • Hardcover: $27.95
  • Publisher: Doubleday (January 8, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0385511841
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385511841

For the past few days, a book by Lucianne Goldberg’s son Jonah (Lucianne was the scary literary agent who was involved with Linda Tripp, “friend” of Monica Lewinsky) Liberal Fascism, has been on the Amazon Top Ten. On Wednesday night, Goldberg appeared on the Comedy Central’s “Daily Show” with Jon Stewart. According to the trade magazine, Editor & Publisher, Goldberg is livid over the editing of the show, claiming that it put him in a bad light.

The book was reviewed (scroll down to the end of the page) by Publishers Weekly, which said that “The book’s tone suffers as it oscillates between revisionist historical analyses and the application of fascist themes to American popular culture; nonetheless, the controversial arc Goldberg draws from Mussolini to The Matrix is well-researched, seriously argued—and funny.”

Salon interviewed Goldberg last Friday.

The book just debuted on the 1/27 New York Times nonfiction list at #10.

Other titles new to the nonfiction list:

#4 Memo to the President Elect, Madeleine Albright (Harper)

#8 Geography of Bliss, Eric Weiner (Twelve)

#12 Strong at the Broken Places, Richard M. Cohen (Harper)

Bestseller Thursday: USA Today’s List

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

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USA Today’s “Inside Buzz” column celebrates the rise of Geraldine Brooks’s People of the Book from #55 to #17 on the Jan 17 list. The book may have been helped by their own review, which called it “an erudite Da Vinci Code“). It also makes it’s first appearance on the NYT fiction bestseller list at #7, the Washington Post list at #4 and the San Francisco Chronicle list at #1.

Hailed earlier by USA Today as an early hit of the new year, the trade paperback of Friday Night Knitting Club climbed the USA Today list from #20 to #14 and also appears at #12 on the NYT Trade Paperback” list, #6 on the SF Chronicle “Quality Paperback” list and at #5 on the Washington Post paperback list.

Paretsky Switches Genres

Thursday, January 17th, 2008


  • Hardcover: $25.95
  • Publisher: Putnam (January 1, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0399154051
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399154058

After establishing the model for the tough female detective in 12 V.I. Warshawski novels, Sara Paretsky has left the genre and big-city Chicago for a saga set in small-town eastern Kansas. What do you say to customers who may not be ready for the shift?

The Chicago Tribune review includes some comments that might be helpful — “Devotees of her Warshawski novels will be fascinated to see the roots of the author’s social consciousness, which, fanned to life in the Chicago of the 1960s, had its roots in rural Kansas, where her family bought a farmhouse in 1958.”

For those customers who are interested, you may also want to recommend Paretsky’s 2007 book of essays, Writing in an Age of Silence, in which she talks about the development of her social consciousness.

For more on why Paretsky decided to write Bleeding Kansas, check out the recent Minnesota Public Radio interview (click on the first listing under “Audio” on the right — the one in the text is a truncated version).

Paretsky is currently on tour. Her Web site gives locations (including Cincinnati Public Library and Collier County Public Library, Florida).