USA Today Bestsellers, 7/17

USA Today‘s “Book Buzz” column today makes much of the fact that Nora Roberts finally moved Stephenie Meyer from the top spot on their bestseller list. This is not true at Amazon, however, which counts orders for books not yet published. The forthcoming fourth title in the Twilight series, Breaking Dawn continues to reign at #1, while Tribute is at #69.

Book Buzz also affirms that Oprah still has power, even in reruns. The rerun last week of a show with Jessica Seinfeld sent her book Deceptively Delicious back on USA Today‘s list at #6. But what’s more amazing, it also caused a bump in sales for rival book The Sneaky Chef by Missy Chase Lapine. Naturally, Ms. Lapine’s book was not mentioned on the show, but the books are linked in the public’s mind; Lapine feels Seinfeld stole her ideas and is pursuing a well-publicized lawsuit against her.

No surprises in fiction; the two hardcover fiction debuts are:

#27 Swan Peak: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, James Lee Burke

#56 Silent Thunder, Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen, St. Martin’s Press

Iris Johansen’s most recent book, Quicksand hit the NYT list at #7. Here, she teams up with her mystery-writing son Roy who won an Edgar for best TV feature in 1992.

The only surprise on the list is a business book, now at #22, Perfect Selling: Open the Door, Close the Deal. The publisher says it’s no surprise, however; the author launched an effective campaign with chain stores, which sent it up their lists. It’s on order for only two of the ten libraries I checked.

Perfect Selling

Linda Richardson

  • Paperback: $19.95
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; (June 16, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0071549897
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071549899

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