Fiction Bestsellers

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle continues to rise on the NYT Fiction Bestseller list. In three weeks, it’s gone from #14 to #9 and now to #6.  Holds are building; consider adding more copies.

Meanwhile, the other Harper “dog book”, The Art of Racing in the Rain, has slid just off the list to #17 (#15 and #16 are tied) so it’s now on the extended list. On the other hand, it’s gone on the San Francisco Chronicle list for the first time, at #6 (Sawtelle is at #2 on that list, after two weeks). Its popularity is clearly not over yet and word of mouth may continue.

It’s no surprise that Catherine Coulter’s Tailspin and Danielle Steel’s Rogue (with quite a different cover for Ms. Steel, black and white, retro-modern) both hit the NYT list during their first week on sale, at #3 and #4 respectively. The Wall Street Journal‘s Book Index confirms that Coulter is handily outselling Steel by almost 1/3, but they are both still far below Evanovich’s Fearless Fourteen, is outselling Tailspin by over 2 to 1. Library holdings and reserves reflect these sales ratios.

America America, Ethan Canin’s book that’s been featured on most of the summer preview lists and has received a string of very strong reviews (the Washington Post calls it Canin’s best novel to date) and a few not so good (Geoffrey Wolff in Sunday’s New York Times Book Review, seems to find it unsatisfying and frustrating, even though, frustratingly, he doesn’t say it directly).

Meg Cabot’s new book, The Queen of Babble Gets Hitched, appears at #20 on the Times extended fiction list. It’s showing as still on order in most libraries, with heavy reserves.

The Queen of Babble Gets Hitched

Meg Cabot

  • Hardcover: $22.95
  • Publisher: Morrow (June 24, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 006085202X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060852023
  • Unabridged Audio: $80.00
  • Publisher: Books on Tape, July1
  • Narrator: Justine Eyre (Amer.)
  • CD: 9781415955321

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