Trade Pbks on the Rise

Some titles really hit their stride when they are released in trade paperback; often because that’s the preferred format for book clubs. Loving Frank by Nancy Horan is a good example. In hardcover, it was on the USA Today bestseller list for just 4 weeks, but in trade paper, it has been on for 21 weeks. Libraries are continuing to show reserves on the hardcover, with long lists in some areas.

Keeping an eye on new trade paperback bestsellers is a good way to identify titles that are headed for a long life as well as books that are working for clubs.

Two titles new to this week’s USA Today list may fit both categories:

#132 The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War StoryDiane Ackerman, W.W. Norton 

The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story  

Diane Ackerman

  • Paperback: $14.96; 368 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton; (September 8, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 039333306X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393333060

Ackerman’s true story of a couple who were unable to save the animals in the Warsaw zoo from the Nazi’s, but managed to rescue over 200 Jews is still on reserve in most libraries. Ackerman is doing an author tour in October and November (L.A. Public Library is one of the stops. In April, she appears at the Cleveland Public Library). A reading group guide is included in the trade paperback edition (also available at Norton’s Web site).

#146 Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s,  John Elder Robison, Three Rivers Press

Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s 

John Elder Robison

The book was on the USA Today list in hardcover for 5 weeks. Robison has an active speaking schedule. A Teacher’s Guide to the book is available. 

  • Paperback: $14.96; 320 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; Reprint edition (September 9, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0307396185
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307396181

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