USA Today, 1/29 (Sales thru 1/25)

On the new USA Today bestseller list, the latest installment of Diary of a Wimpy Kid continues in the #1 spot after two weeks, pushing the Twilight series to the the number 2 through 5 spots. The fact that the first title in the Twilight series continues to be in the top five indicates that, amazingly after its long run, new readers are still flocking to the series. Earlier titles in the Wimpy Kid series are on the rise, indicating that series is also garnering new readers.

  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid — now at #30; was at #98 two weeks ago
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules — now at #36; was at #91 two weeks ago 


‘Middle Place’ Continues to Climb

In adult, Kelly Corrigan’s The Middle Place is doing much better in trade paperback than it did in hardcover. It’s now at #47 from #80, after 2 weeks on the list. As we reported earlier (“A Viral Hit” ), many are crediting a video of Corrigan reading from the book for the renewed interest. Libraries are showing strong reserve activity for both the book and the audio.


The Middle Place Corrigan, Kelly 

  • Paperback: $14.95; 288 pages
  • Publisher: Voice (Hyperion);  December 23, 2008
  • ISBN-10: 1401340938
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401340933
  • Audio Publisher: Blackstone
  • 6 tapes: $54.95; 1-433212710
  • 1 MP3CD: $29.95; 1-433212758
  • 6 CD’s: $63; 1-433212727
  • OverDrive: available as both eBook and eAudio

Obama Bump

This list reflects sales from the week of the Inauguration, so many Obama titles moved up the list; Obama’s own books are back in the top ten. Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals, which many read as a blueprint for how Obama will lead, rose to #22 from #89.


New to the list, at #25 is Barack Obama: 44th President Collector’s Vault by Avery Krut, (Whitman, $49.95), described as “scrapbook,” from Whitman, a company that produces such books for college teams (this is their first non-sports book). It includes loose items like campaign buttons and a copy of Obama’s birth certificate, making it inappropriate for circulation, so libraries have not ordered it. 


At #96 is President Obama Election 2008The Poynter Institute, (Andrews McMeel, $14.99), a collection of election-day newspaper front pages from around the world, including international, campus, and ethnic newspapers. According to WorldCat, very few public libraries have bought it.

Recently, the San Francisco Chronicle listed new books about Obama, including this forthcoming title, which is getting press coverage. According to WorldCat, it’s on order in just two libraries:


Thanks and Have Fun Running the Country: Kids’ Letters to President ObamaJory John (Editor)  

  • Paperback: $12; 144 pages
  • Publisher: McSweeney’s (February 1, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 1934781576
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934781579

New Hardcover Fiction


#55 AgincourtBernard Cornwell,  Harper, $27.99 “A British outlaw receives royal command to join the army and fight the French.” 

New Hardcover Nonfiction


#81 High Voltage TattooKat Von D, Collins Design, $29.95

You might not guess it from my demure exterior, but I am a huge fan of Kat Von D’s reality show set in her tattoo shop, L.A. Ink, on the Learning Channel. According to World Cat, just a few libraries own this title. Is it because of what the publisher describes as “a knockout ten-page full-body spread of Kat—clad in a yellow bikini and seven-inch, rhinestone-studded red stilettos—that catalogs in detail all her personal tattoos,” or because the book was not reviewed prepub?


#141 The Great Depression Ahead: How to Prosper in the Crash Following the Greatest Boom in HistoryHarry S. Dent, Free Press, $27.00

Original Paperbacks

Still the top original mass market paperback on the list, despite moving from #15 to #24 is Star Bright, by Catherine Anderson, (Signet, $7.99), after 4 weeks. Anderson’s next title is coming in June:


Comanche Heart Anderson, Catherine

  • Paperback: $7.99; 448 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (June 2, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0451226739
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451226730

Titles new to the list:


#28 Kiss of a Demon King, (Immortals After Dark Series #6),  Kresley Cole, Pocket, $7.99

“An entrapped demon king makes his enchantress captor his own captive.”


#146 Kitty and the Dead Man’s HandCarrie Vaughn,  Grand Central,  $6.99

“Werewolf couple find trouble when they elope to Las Vegas.”

Movie tie-in


#18 Confessions of a Shopaholic, Sophie Kinsella,  Dell, $7.99

The movie opens 2/13.


Chidren’s Valentine’s Day books are back on the list (get those display out, if you haven’t already!):

#147 Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentine, Barbara Park, art by Denise Brunkus, Random House, Children, $3.99

#150 Dora Loves Boots, Alison Inches, art by Zina Saunders, Simon Spotlight/Nickelodeon, $3.99

Two children’s titles also benefit from the Obama bump:


#84 Barack Obama, Roberta Edwards, Ken Call, Grosset & Dunlap, $4.99 — second week on list, up from #127 last week.


#142 BarackJonah Winter, AG Ford, Collins, $17.99 — on list for two weeks (non-consecutive). It debuted on the list at #115.

The following is new to the list:


#111 Bone: Crown of HornsJeff Smith,  Scholastic,  $9.99

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