USA Today Bestsellers, 7/24

Edgar Sawtelle has not peaked yet; it’s at it’s highest point to date on the USA Today list, rising from #41 last week to #26, after 6 weeks.  It’s also been rising steadily on the New York Times list, hitting #4 last week.

USA Today‘s “Book Buzz” column notes the rise in sales of Batman books, as a result of the movie The Dark Knight and gives insight to why Batman; the Killing Joke, of all the various Batman titles, got the second largest boost in sales;

Published 20 years ago, Killing offers a terrifying back story for The Joker. (It also influenced Heath Ledger’s performance.) In March, DC Comics released a hardcover edition ($17.99) recolored by Brian Bolland. Says publisher Paul Levitz, “We’ve had spotty instances where particular retailers have run out, but we just keep printing and shipping them as fast as we can.”

There’s just a couple of surprises among hardcover debuts on the list:

#42 The Winners Manual: For the Game of LifeJim Tressel

  • Hardcover: $24.99
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers (July 15, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 141432569X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414325699
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#99 Six Disciplines Execution Revolution: Solving the One Business Problem That Makes Solving All Other Problems Easier 
Gary Harpst
This is the second in the Six Disciplines series, published by Six Disciplines Publishing. It has been riding high on Amazon for the past week, rising to #2. The earlier title, Six Disciplines For Excellence, never rose above #6,602 on Amazon.
  • Hardcover: $12.95
  • Publisher: Six Disciplines Publishing (July 1, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0981641105
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981641102
Below are the debuts that are not so surprising:
#18 Life with My Sister Madonna
Christopher Ciccone and Wendy Leigh
This unauathorized biography has received plenty of prepub press attentionEntertainment Weekly reviewed it, giving  it a C+. 
  • Hardcover:  $26.00
  • Publisher: Simon Spotlight Entertainment (July 14, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1416587624
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416587620
  • Audio CD: Abridged, $29.95
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; (July 14, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0743580044
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743580045
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#25 Just Too Good to Be True
E. Lynn Harris 
This was one of USA Today’s six picks of the summer (David Sedaris, on the bestseller list for most of the summer so far, was also one of their picks).
  • Hardcover: $24.94
  • Publisher: Doubleday; (July 15, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0385492723
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385492720
  • Audio CD: Unabridged; $29.95
  • Publisher: Random House Audio; (July 15, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0739366351
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739366356
  • Hardcover:  $31.95
  • Publisher: Gale Cengage; Lrg edition (July 8, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1410406415
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410406415
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#28 Say Goodbye
Lisa Gardner

  • Hardcover: $25.00
  • Publisher: Bantam (July 15, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0553804332
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553804331
  • Audio CD; Unabridged, $39.95
  • Publisher: Random House Audio; (July 15, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0739321579
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739321577
  • Audio CD: Abridged, $29.95
  • Publisher: Random House Audio;  (July 15, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0739321587
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739321584
  • Large Print Hardcover : $33.95
  • Publisher: Center Point Large Print;  (August 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1602852359
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602852358
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#30 Rules of Deception
Christopher Reich
  
         

Received a strong review in the New York Times.

  • Hardcover:  $24.95
  • Publisher: Doubleday (July 15, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0385524064
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385524063
  • Audio CD: Abridged, $39.95
  • Publisher: Random House Audio; (July 15, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0739358006
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739358009
  • Large Print Paperback: $24.95
  • Publisher: Random House Large Print; (July 15, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0739327941
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739327944
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#80 The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How The War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals
Jane Mayer
Has been receiving strong reviews and media attention.
  • Hardcover: $27.50
  • Publisher: Doubleday (July 15, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0385526393
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385526395
  • CD: Unabridged, $100.00
  • Publisher: Books on Tape,  July15
  • Narrator: Richard McGonagle (Amer.)
  • ISBN-10: 1-4159-5799-1
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-4159-5799-8

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#113 Killer View
Ridley Pearson 
           

 

  • Hardcover: $24.95
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult (July 15, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0399155058
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399155055
  • Audio CD: Unabridged, $34.95
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio, (July 15, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1423321359
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423321354
  • Large Print Hardcover: $35.95
  • Publisher: Gale Cengage; (July 15, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1410406091
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410406095
  • Audio Cassette: Unabridged, $87.95
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio, Library edition (July 15, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1423321340
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423321347
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#120 Last Kiss

Luanne Rice 

  • Hardcover: $26.00
  • Publisher: Bantam (July 15, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0553805126
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553805123
  • Audio CD: Abridged, $39.95
  • Publisher: Random House Audio; (July 15, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0739343629
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739343623
  • Large Print Paperback: $25.00
  • Publisher: Random House Large Print; Lrg edition (July 29, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0739327895
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739327890

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