New to the USA Today (1/11) & NYT (1/25) Bestseller Lists

There’s more activity on the bestseller lists this week, with 29 debuts, but sales of most bestselling titles are down, as shown by the Wall Street Journal‘s sales index. The #1 title, Stephenie Meyer’s Eclipse went from a sales index of 352 last week to 268 this week and Tales of Beedle the Bard slipped preciptiously from 303 last week to 72 this week. Don’t jump to the conclusion that this is a reflection of the economy; it’s normal for this time of year, after the holiday rush.

Clearly, we’re in to a new season — The Official SAT Study Guide is back on the USA Today list (#92). Also returning are reading list and assignment favorites, To Kill a Mockingbird (#116) and The Great Gatsby (#129).

The number of diet books on the list is another indicator that the calendar has turned to January. How much of this is driven by New Year’s resolutions, or by the endless “New Year, New You” displays in stores, as well as those scolding articles in magazines (not to mention Oprah’s dragging her viewers back onto the wagon with her), is anyone’s guess.

Several titles new to the USA Today & New York Times lists are no surprise and libraries own, or have ordered multiple copies of each:

#1 NYT Fiction
#5 USA Today

Plum Spooky, Janet Evanovich, St. Martin’s Press, $27.95

#15 USA Today
#2 NYT Nonfiction

Guilty: Liberal `Victims’ and Their Assault on America, Ann Coulter, Crown Forum   $27.95

#47 USA Today
#5 NYT Advice, How-To and Miscellaneous Hardcover

Best Life Diet Cookbook: More than 175 Delicious, Convenient, Family-Friendly Recipes, Bob Greene, Simon & Schuster, $25.00

Oprah’s weight gain and pledge to go back on the wagon, plus her “Best Life Week” series has brought attention to this new title from her personal trainer, plus the second edition of his earlier title (also on the lists, see below). The NYT Fashion & Style section recently noted that this can put the author in a difficult position, “Mr. Greene is now trying to promote his diet books as the whole world marvels over how much weight his star client has gained.”  Greene see it in a positive light, “Everyone knows she follows my plan, but when she doesn’t, she gains weight, and when she does, it’s the only thing that works for her.”

#51 USA Today
#3 NYT Advice, How-To and Miscellaneous

The Best Life Diet Revised and UpdatedBob Greene, Simon & Schuster, $15.00

Some library catalogs are not showing the new edition.

#107 USA Today
#9 NYT Fiction

Eclipse, Richard North Patterson, Henry Holt, $26.00

Recently reviewed in the Washington Post

#121 USA Today

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw, Jeff Kinney, Amulet, $12.95

Uh, oh! did someone break the one-day laydown? This list reflects sales through two days before books were supposed to go on sale.

#133 USA Today
#1 NYT Children’s Series (series has been on the list for 47 weeks)

Forever Princess, Meg Cabot, HarperTeen,  $16.99

The final volume in the series! Meg Cabot has more books coming in her other series; book 3 in Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls series will be pubbed in March. Book 2 in her Airhead series, Being Nikki, is coming in May.

#146 USA Today

Firefly LaneKristin Hannah,  St. Martin’s Griffin, $14.95

Original paperback.

The following titles are owned more lightly in libraries:


#16 USA Today
#1 NYT Advice, How-to and Miscellaneous Hardcover


The Power of Soul: The Way to Heal, Rejuvenate, Transform, and Enlighten All LifeZhi Gang Sha, Atria, $26.00

USA Today notes in the “Book Buzz” column,

It’s the fifth book for Sha, 52, but the first to hit USA TODAY’s Top 50. Sha trained as a physician in the West and also is a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine. “The soul is boss,” he says from Toronto.


#6, NYT Advice, How-To and Miscellaneous Hardcover
#37, USA Today


What’s Age Got to Do with It?

McGraw, Robin 

  • Hardcover: $24.99; 240 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (December 30, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1400202140
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400202140


# 10 NYT Advice, How-To and Miscellenous Hardcover
#99 USA Today


Joy’s Life Diet
Bauer, Joy 

  • Hardcover: $25.99; 336 pages
  • Publisher: Collins Living; (December 23, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0061665746
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061665745


#4  NYT Advice, How-To and Miscellaneous Hardcover
#56 USA Today


The Ultramind Solution: Fix Your Broken Brain by Healing Your Body First by Mark Hyman

NYT annotation: “How to pinpoint underlying biological problems to improve brain performance and allay depression, anxiety and more.” New York Times list has a dagger, indicating bulk ordering.

  • Hardcover: $27.50; 464 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; (December 30, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1416549714
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416549710


#86 USA Today
#12 NYT Advice, How-to, Miscallenous Hardcover, Extended


People Are Idiots and I Can Prove It!The 10 Ways You Are Sabotaging Yourself and How You Can Overcome ThemLarry Winget,  Gotham Books

  • Hardcover: $25; 224 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham (December 30, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1592404375
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592404377

#13  NYT Nonfiction


 Animals Make us Human, Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson

  • Hardcover: $26; 352 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt;  (January 6, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0151014892
  • ISBN-13: 978-0151014897


#21  NYT Nonfiction, Extended


Moments of Clarity, by Christopher  Kennedy Lawford. 

Featured in the New Yorker “Talk of the Town” section this week — Cuz. It was mentioned in People

#23 NYT NonFiction, Extended


The Invention of Air, by Steven Johnson. 

Recently reviewed in the NYT

  • Hardcover: $25.95; 272 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover (December 26, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1594488525
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594488528


#25  NYT Nonfiction, Extended


With Wings Like Eagles:  A History of the Battle of Britain, Michael Korda

Getting wide review coverage, including the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal

  • Hardcover: $25.99; 336 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (January 6, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0061125350
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061125355


#27 NYT Nonfiction, Extended

Things I’ve Been Silent About: Memories, by Azar Nafisi
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Random House (December 30, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1400063612
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400063611


#32 NYT Nonfiction, Extended


Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street, by Michael Justin Davis

  • Hardcover: $27.95; 384 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Adult (December 26, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0670019968
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670019960

Very light ordering, with high reserves to copy ratios in some areas.

Reviewed in the Sunday  NYT Book Review as well as the daily NY Times.

#144 USA Today
#11 NYT Advice, How-To and Miscellaneous Hardcover, Extended


The 4 Day Diet,  St. Martin’s Press

USA Today annotation: “A program of dieting modules lasting four days each from the author of Fat Smash.” 

Light ordering. Reserves 4 to 1 in some libraries.

#135 USA Today
#14 NYT Advice, How-To and Miscellaneous Hardcover, Extended


Strengths-Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Teams, and Why People Follow 

By the authors of the best-selling StrenghtsFinder 2.0 

Many libraries are not showing it on order.

Paperback Originals

#88 USA Today
#27 NYT Paperback Mass-Market Fiction


Stay the Night: A Novel of the Darkyn

Lynn Viehl, Onyx

USA Today annotation: “Paranormal romance: A vampire outlaw falls for the agent sent to catch him.”

  • Paperback: $7.99; 336 pages
  • Publisher: Onyx (January 6, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0451412664
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451412669


#5 NYT Paperback Trade Fiction
#95 USA Today


Still Alice, Lisa Genova

NYT annotation: “The story of a 50-year-old woman’s sudden descent into early onset Alzheimer’s.”

  • Paperback: $15;  320 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket (January 6, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 1439102813
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439102817

Medium ordering (2 copies for largest branches); reserves 2 to 1.

#6 (tied with #5) NYT Paperback Trade Fiction
#72 USA Today


Only Pleasure, Lora Leigh

Heavy reserve ratios in some libraries.

  • Paperback: $14.95; 368 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin (January 6, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0312368739
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312368739


#14 (tied with #13) NYT Paperback Trade Fiction
#71 USA Today


This Side of Heaven, Karen Kingsbury

  • Paperback: $14.99; 352 pages
  • Publisher: Center Street (January 6, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 1599956780
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599956787


#12 NYT Paperback Mass-Market Fiction
#20 USA Today (after 2 weeks; from #114 last week)


Star Bright, by Catherine Anderson

  • Paperback: $7.99; 432 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (January 6, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0451225716
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451225719



#4 NYT Children’s Picture Books


Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed, written and illustrated by Mo Willems.

  • Reading level: Ages 9-12
  • Hardcover: $16.99; 40 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (January 6, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 142311437X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423114376


#6 NYT Children’s Paperback Books


Barack Obama: United States President: Updated and Expanded, by Roberta Edwards. Illustrated by Ken Call

  • Reading level: $4.99; Ages 4-8
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap; Upd Exp edition (January 8, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0448452340
  • ISBN-13: 978-0448452340

An update of Barack Obama: An American Story, which has been on the NYT Children’s Paperback Books list for 20 weeks.

#7 NYT Children’s Series  

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Morganville Vampires
Rachel Caine.( NAL Jam, paper only; Ages 14 and up)
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