Bestsellers; USA Today, 2/19 and NYT, 3/2

The following are titles new to the lists:


#23 USA Today General

#4 NYT Fiction


Fool: A NovelChristopher Moore,  William Morrow,  $26.99

Has received strong newsstand reviews as well as prepub reviews.


#62 USA Today General

#32 NYT Fiction


Dog on It: A Chet and Bernie MysterySpencer Quinn, Atria

Quinn is a first novelist with ambition; with this book, he begins a whole new series of detective stories told from a dog’s point of view. Libraries are showing 5 to 1 reserve ratios.

Sarah Weinman recently included it in a roundup of mysteries featuring animals in the L.A. Times (suggesting that bookstores might want to begin “Anthropomorphic Noir” sections). Universal recently acquired the rights for a movie. 

It is also a B&N Recommends selection (“Marley Stole Your Heart, but Chet Will Make You Howl”), with a readers guide and recently went to #9 on B&N’s bestseller list. It appears that the B&N promotion works — it’s at a much lower #836 on Amazon’s sales rankings.


#94 USA Today General

#12 NYT Fiction


The WomenT.C. Boyle,  Viking,  $27.95


#105 USA Today General

#21 NYT Fiction (Extended)


Lethal Legacy, Linda Fairstein, Doubleday, $26.00


#113 USA Today General

#18 NYT Fiction (Extended)


Drood: A NovelDan Simmons, Little, Brown, $26.99


#137 USA Today General
#22 NYT Fiction (Extended)


The Silent ManAlex Berenson, Putnam, $25.95


#29 NYT Fiction (Extended)
The Help, Kathryn Stockett, Putnam
This first novel has been getting consistently strong newsstand reviews. In yesterday’s NYT, however, Janet Maslin was less enthusiastic, even though (or maybe precisely because), she said it’s “soon to be wildly popular.” Perhaps she had an early look at the bestseller list?
As we mentioned earlier, Robin Whitten at AudioFile is uncharacteristically gushing over the audio version. The publisher has made copies available for EarlyWord readers (to find out how to enter the drawing, click here.)


#30 USA Today General


Ten Prayers God Always Says Yes To: Divine Answers to Life’s Most Difficult Problems, Anthony DeStefano, Image, $11.95


#82 USA Today General

#6 NYT Nonfiction


The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008Thomas E. Ricks, Penguin Press, $27.95


#118 USA Today General

#10 NYT Nonfiction


A. LincolnRonald C. White Jr.,  Random House,  $35.00


#15 NYT Nonfiction


No Angel: My Harrowing Undercover Journey to the Inner Circle of the Hells Angels, Jay Dobyns and Nils Johnson-Shelton. (Crown, $25.95.)


#16 NYT Nonfiction (tied with #15); With a dagger, indicating bulk sales


Meltdown:  A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse , Thomas E. Woods Jr.


#41 USA Today General (second week)


The Three Laws of Performance: Rewriting the Future of Your Organization and Your Life

Steve Zaffron, Dave Logan

  • Hardcover: $27.95; 256 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass (February 3, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0470195592
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470195598

We’re including ordering information, because it was not reviewed prepub and it looks like most libraries have not ordered it. It is also on the Wall Street Journal Nonfiction list for the second week, at #4 from #8 last week. According to the WSJ sales index, it is selling nearly at the same rate as Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers (which, of course, has been on the list for many weeks, so is falling off in sales). 

This is first book by Steve Zaffron, who is the head of the Vantro Group, a consulting company that “advises firms on their performance strategies, translating the abstract ideas of organizational transformation into tools to create economic value and new levels of success.”

#112 USA Today General


Get Motivated!: Overcome Any Obstacle, Achieve Any Goal and Accelerate Your Success with Motivational DNA, Tamara Lowe, Doubleday Business

This title also went on the WSJ Nonfiction bestseller list at #8 this week (it is not the NYT list). It also was not reviewed prepub and, according to WorldCat, just 200 libraries own the book. Lowe describes herself on her site as a “former drug addict and dropout,” who now is a motivational speaker. 


#30 NYT Nonfiction (Extended)


Angels and Ages, by Adam Gopnik. (Knopf) 


#35 NYT Nonfiction (Extended)


Somewhere Towards the End, by Diana Athill. (Norton) 


Childrens and YA

#11 USA Today General

#4 NYT Childrens Series


The Clique: P.S. I Loathe You, Lisi Harrison, Poppy,  $9.99


#66 USA Today General

#7 NYT Childrens Series


Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Demigod Files


#68 USA Today General
#3 NYT Childrens Chapter Books


Seekers: Great Bear Lake, Erin Hunter, HarperCollins, $16.99


#95 USA Today General

#10 NYT Childrens Series (series has been on for 3 weeks)


Vampire Diaries The Return: Nightfall, L.J. Smith, HarperTeen, $17.99


#146 USA Today General


Fancy Nancy: Poison Ivy Expert, Jane O’Connor, art by Robin Preiss Glasser, HarperCollins, $3.99


#8 NYT Childrens Picture Books


Love, Splat, written and illustrated by Rob Scotton. (HarperCollins, $16.99.) 


#10 NYT Childrens Picture Books


Cat, written by Matthew Van Fleet and photographed by Brian Stanton.. (Simon & Schuster, $16.99.) — a pop-up book


#10 NYT Childrens Chapter Books


Fade, by Lisa McMann. (Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster, $15.99.) 

Sequel to Wake.

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