Bestseller Thursday: USA Today, 1/24

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.

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