USA Today Bestsellers, 8/21

As USA Today points out in this week’s “Book Buzz” column, the three top spots on their bestseller list are occupied by books 1, 2 and 4 in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series (book #3 is in the #5 position, after The Last Lecture). Her other title, The Host, is at #20.

Among the debuts on this week’s list is a title that began appearing on Amazon’s top ten recently (currently, it’s at #20). Called Killing Sacred Cows, it’s an investment self-help book published by the Greenleaf Book Group, a publisher and distributor in Austin, TX. Greenleaf was profiled in Inc. magazine’s 500 fastest-growing small companies in 2006 (where they ranked #224, with 562% three-year growth) and, according to the Austin Business Journal, are “turning the publishing world on its ear.”

I’ve been told that they’ve run full-page ads for the book in the New York Times (since I don’t read the NYT in print, I haven’t seen them myself). The book got a strong review in PW;

…In the vein of The Secret and the classic Think and Grow Rich, Gunderson suggests that prosperity is a state of mind from which value and wealth flow. Readers will find his assault on traditional financial nostrums fresh, eye-opening and emboldening.

It’s owned in small quantities by most, but not all, of the libraries I checked.

Greenleaf is also the distributor for the self-pubbed Six Disciplines, which hit the lists (USA Today and the Wall Street Journal) a few weeks ago and just went back up on Amazon to #7.


Killing Sacred Cows: Overcoming the Financial Myths That Are Destroying Your Prosperity

Garrett B. Gunderson and Stephen Palmer

  • Hardcover: $21.95
  • Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group LLC (July 1, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1929774516
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929774517


Debut hardcover titles:

#12 Smoke Screen, Sandra Brown, S&S

#22 Money and the Law of Attraction, Esther Hicks, Jay Hicks, Hay House

#59 Killing Sacred Cows, Garrett B. Gunderson, Stephen Palmer, Greenleaf Book Group

#66 Mercedes Coffin, Faye Kellerman, Morrow

#75 Off Season, Anne Rivers Siddons, Grand Central Publishing

#92 The 19th Wife, David Ebershoff, Random House

#149 Generation Kill, Evan Wright, Berkley


Moving up:

#8 (after 3 weeks) Obama Nation, Jerome Corsi, S&S (from #12 last week) 

#13 (after 5 weeks) WatchmenAlan Moore, Dave Gibbons,  DC Comics (from #18 last week) 

#30 (after 2 weeks) The Case Against Barack Obama (#47 last week) 


Moving Down:

After rising for many weeks, the surprise bestseller of the season, Edgar Sawtelle, looks like it has peaked. The other talked-about debut novels are beginning to decline, as well, with the exception of The Gargoyle, which stays at #111 after two weeks.

#44 (after 3 weeks) The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel SocietyMary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows, The Dial Press (#34 last week)

#65 (after 10 weeks) The Story of Edgar Sawtelle (#50 last week)

#86 (after 3 weeks) The Lace ReaderBrunonia Barry, William Morrow (#55 last week)

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