USA Today Bestseller List, 1/21 (Sales thru 1/18)

After the brisk activity of the past two weeks, this week’s bestseller list is remarkably quiet, with only a handful of debuts.

Other than the Wimpy Kid at #1, you have to go to #25 before you hit a new title and it’s not really new. The hardcover was published in 2004. The 2005 paperback reprint hits the list for the first time, thanks to the magic of the author’s appearing on Oprah’s Best Life Week series. Of all the books that were featured during that week, this one has the highest position on the current list. Libraries are showing heavy reserves.

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Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow 
Lesser, Elizabeth

  • Paperback: $14.95; 352 pages
  • Publisher: Villard (June 14, 2005)
  • ISBN-10: 0375759913
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375759918

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It’s not until #50 that a new hardcover appears:

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Mounting Fears
Stuart Woods

  • Hardcover: $25.95; 304 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult (January 13, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0399155473
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399155475

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After that, the next new title is at #128,

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The Best of Everything
Roby, Kimberla Lawson

  • Hardcover: $23.99; 288 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (January 13, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0061443069
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061443060

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Among books-to-movies, Revolutionary Road is climbing the list. It’s now at #9, its highest point after 4 weeks on the list. The Reader at #25, is also at its peak after 5 weeks.

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Most  mass market paperback originals hit the list and then slide down precipitously. Not so for Star Bright which is at #15, its highest point after 3 weeks. Some libraries are showing very heavy holds.

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Star Bright, by Catherine Anderson

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

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A new YA series debuts at #97 from a familiar name, 

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 3 Willows: The Sisterhood Grows 
Brashares, Ann

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: $18.99; 336 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (January 13, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0385736762
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385736763

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