USA Today Bestsellers, 8/28

Backlash? What backlash? Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” series now holds all four top spots on the USA Today bestseller list. Amazing as it seems, there must still be new people discovering the series, since the first title, Twilight, is in the #2 spot.

It’s clear from the list that we’re into the school season, with To Kill a Mockingbird, 1984, Of Mice and Men, Lord of the Flies and the Merriam-Webster Dictionary rising or reappearing on the list (which makes it a smart idea to do mid-summer classics replacement list each year).

As USA Today‘s Book Buzz column points out, books related to upcoming movies are on the rise:

  • #8 Nights in Rodanthe, Nicholas Sparks,  (movie opens Sept. 26).
  • #34 The Road, Cormac McCarthy (the movie, with Viggo Mortensen, opens Nov. 26)

But the movie-related title that’s been on the list the longest is for a movie that doesn’t actually open until next year, The Watchmen, at #14 after 6 weeks. RH announced in its library marketing newsletter yesterday that the title will be re-released in hardcover on Nov. 8 (ISBN: 978-1-4012-1926-0 (1-4012-1926-8).

Debut Hardcover Titles:

  • #15 Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, Del Rey
  • #33 Eat This Not That! For Kids! David Zinczenko, Rodale; the Monday Today show appearance was too late to affect this list, which reflects sales through Sunday, so we might expect this to move higher next week. In addition to this new version of the bestselling title for adults, Eat This, Not That! Supermarkets! comes out in late December. None of the titles are eligible for the NYT list, because they are considered calorie counting books, which the Times does not track.
  • #135 Rough Justice, Jack Higgins, Putnam

Moving Up:

Back on:

  • #56 The Gift of Fear, Gavin De Becker, Dell; Oprah’s Jan. 29 show featuring De Becker re-ran on Monday, 8/18
  • #60 Six Disciplines Execution Revolution, Gary Harpst, Six Disciplines Publishing
  • #75 The Purpose-Driven Life, Rick Warren, Zondervan

Moving Down:

Big-name, repeat authors hit the list high, but then move down very quickly. Meanwhile, the slow-building Story of Edgar Sawtelle, has hung on for 11 weeks (it could move up next week; author Wroblewski was interviewed by Meredith Viera on the Today Show this morning.)

  • #28 Acheron, Sherrilyn Kenyon, St. Martin’s from #17 last week, after 3 weeks
  • #58 Dangerous Days of Daniel X, James Patterson, Little, Brown, from #38, after 5 weeks
  • #63 Moscow Rules, Daniel Silva, Putnam, from #33 after 5 weeks
  • #70 The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, David Wroblewski, Ecco from #65, after 11 weeks
  • #88 Money and the Law of Attraction, from #22, after 2 weeks
  • #93 Tribute, Nora Roberts, Putnam, from #52, after 7 weeks
  • #95 Mercedes Coffin, Faye Kellerman, Morrow, from #66, after 2 weeks
  • #96 Foreign Body, Robin Cook, Putnam, from #74 after 3 weeks
  • #115 Love the One You’re With, Emily Griffin, St. Martin’s Press, from #88 after 15 weeks
  • #134 Fearless Fourteen, Janet Evanovich, St. Martin’s Press, from #15 after 10 weeks

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