The Week’s Nonfiction Bestsellers


It was amazing and gratifying (full disclosure — I am a Harper fan) to see that the CBS Sunday Morning segment on Charley Harper sent the $200 (discounted to $120 on Amazon) Illustrated Life to #11 on Amazon’s list. It stayed in the Top 150 for most of the week and is now at #169. It’s running neck and neck with Harper’s Beguiled by the Wild, ($49.95, discounted to $29.97) which is now at #168.

The mystery business book, Compassionate Samurai, which showed up at #1 on the Wall Street Journal business list last week, has now disappeared from the list as quickly and mysteriously as it appeared. A call to the publisher revealed they are as mystified as we are. The business list has returned to normal, with no surprises.


  • Hardcover:$25.95
  • Publisher: Hay House (January 29, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1401917453
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401917456

Appearing on both the WSJ Nonfiction list (#13) and the USA Today Top 150 list (at #84) is Temples On The Other Side, subtitle: “How Wisdom from Beyond the Veil Can Help You Right Now” by Sylvia Browne. The WSJ list shows it selling at the same rate as Deceptively Delicious (Jessica Seinfeld), I Am America (Stephen Colbert), and (Jonah Goldberg). Those titles, have been on the list for many weeks, so they are falling off in sales. Browne is about to begin her “Farewell Tour” (is this the first author farewell tour?)


  • Mass Market Paperback: $7.99
  • Publisher: Dell (May 11, 1998)
  • ISBN-10: 0440226198
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440226192
  • Trade Paperback: $15.00
  • Publisher: Dell (May 11, 1999)
  • ISBN-10: 0440508835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440508830

At #13 on the USA Today top 150 list is The Gift of Fear by Gavin De Becker. The author appeared on Oprah two weeks ago (he’s a regular on the show) and the book instantly went to #1 on Amazon. The mass market paperback is now at #28 and the trade paperback is at #129.


  • Paperback:$16.95
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (December 26, 2007)
  • ISBN-10: 0071496661
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071496667

On Amazon, Zero to One Million rose to #2 on Feb. 6th and is now in the 30’s. It has not yet shown up on any print lists and has not been reviewed.

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