Several titles have been rising quickly on Amazon in the last few days.

The media blitz for Mistaken Identity: Two families One Survivor, Unwavering Hope began with appearances on NBC’s Today show and a special two-hour Dateline on Friday. The book has already zoomed up to #2 on Amazon.

The book recounts the aftermath of a terrible accident. Five young people die and one is in a coma. Slowly, the family watching over the young woman who is emerging from her coma realize she is not their daughter. Meanwhile, the family that is mourning their daughter’s death, will soon find she is actually alive. The identities have been mistaken.

Because of the families’ strong Christian faith, which is central to the book, it’s being published by Simon and Schuster’s religion imprint, Howard Books. Previously an independent publisher, the former Howard Publishing was acquired by S&S in 2006.

The book was released on Tuesday and the families will appear again on Wednesday on Oprah. One of the libraries I checked shows 4 copies on order and 98 holds. That one is atypical, however; most other libraries show a comfortable number of holds to copies (that’s likely to change after the Oprah appearance), while a few have not ordered it.


Mistaken Identity: Two families One Survivor, Unwavering Hope

  • Hardcover: $21.99
  • Publisher: Howard Books, S&S, (March 25, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1416567356
  • ISBN-13: 978-141656735
  • Audio CD: $39.95
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; Unabridged, (April 1, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0743577035
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743577038


At #3 is A Civilization of Love: What Every Catholic Can Do to Transform the World, which has not been reviewed in the pre-pub media and is not on order widely.


  • Hardcover: $19.95
  • Publisher: HarperOne (March 25, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0061335312
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061335310

The following is the annotation from the HarperCollins Web site:

Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, surveys the exciting and history-changing ideas of Pope John Paul II in A Civilization of Love. By popularizing not only John Paul’s vision but also that of his successor, Benedict XVI, Anderson hopes to inspire Christians to work toward creating a civilization of love. In such a civilization every person is a child of God. We are all intrinsically valuable. The battle today is between the culture of death (where people are judged by their social or economic value) and the culture of life. Anderson pushes aside religious differences in order to spread a message of hope to those who are weary of the constant turmoil of modern society. While he does specifically challenge Christians to take an active role in their faith, you do not have to be a Christian to participate in the movement toward a civilization of love.

By embracing the culture of life and standing with those most marginalized and deemed “useless” or a “burden” on modern society, Christians can change the tone and direction of our culture. Anderson demonstrates that regardless of our differences, we can come together on the centrality of loving and caring for others. He brings a message of inclusion and hope in the midst of a clash of civilizations and provides a road map for helping Christians understand their role in the world.


At #16, a book that will be released on Tuesday, by the Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri. It is reviewed this week in the L.A Times Book Review and is People magazine’s Pick of the Week. She was also profiled in New York Magazine. The book is on order in quantity in all libraries I checked, with holds building.


  • Hardcover:$25.00
  • Publisher: Knopf (April 1, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0307265730
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307265739
  • Audio CD: $39.95
  • Publisher: Random House Audio; Unabridged edition (April 1, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0739341790
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739341797


At #24 is Small Favor, the 10th Harry Dresden adventure from bestseller Jim Butcher (after 2007’s White Night). This is on order or just received in most libraries, with holds building.


  • Hardcover: $23.95
  • Publisher: Roc (Penguin) Hardcover (April 1, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0451461894
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451461896
  • Audio CD:$44.95
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio; Unabridged (April 1, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0143143395
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143143390


At #25 is a book that went to #2 earlier this week. It was recently covered in the LA Times. This is on order or recently received in most libraries. A significant number of holds building in some areas.


Earth: The Sequel:

The Race to Reinvent Energy and Stop Global Warming

  • Hardcover:$24.95
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton (March 12, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0393066908
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393066906
  • Audio CD: $34.99
  • Publisher: Tantor Media; Unabridged (January 1, 2001)
  • ISBN-10: 1400107083
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400107087

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