Hardcover Bestsellers, Week of 3/2

We predicted that the controversial novel, The Kindly Ones by Jonathan Littell would hit the NYT bestseller list and so it has, but on the extended fiction list, at #27, after its first week on sale. It’s been moving down the Amazon sale ranks — it’s currently at #111 from a high of #52 — indicating that it will not go any higher on next week’s NYT list. It’s not in the new USA Today top 150 list.

New #1 and 2 on USA Today!

             lady   watchmen

For months, we’ve become accustomed to seeing the Twilight series at the top of the USA Today bestseller list, but this week BOTH the #1 and #2 spots are taken by other books.  Steve Harvey’s book of retro relationship advice, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, moves into the #1 slot after 6 weeks on the list; it’s at #1 on the NYT Hardcover Advice list, where it’s been for the last 6 weeks. Libraries are showing heavy reserves on moderate ordering; as high as 15 to one. Harvey appeared on Oprah recently. USA Today says a second show is being taped and that Harvey is planning a followup to Think…, based on questions women have asked him during his book tour.

At #2 is Watchmen, the classic 1986 comic. It’s been on the list for 34 weeks, ever since the trailer for the movie, now #1 at the box office, first appeared. 

As for Twilight, the series is still in the top ten. The longest-running title in the series is the second one, New Moon at #3 after 130 weeks.


#1  NYT Fiction
#8 USA Today, general


Going right to #1 on the NYT Fiction list after its first week on sale is Jodi Picoult’s Handle with Care, (Atria, $27.95)


#12  NYT Fiction
#104 USA Today, general


Storm From the Shadows
David Weber, Baen, $27

In July, the prolific Weber begins a new series [update: thanks to sharp-eyed librarian and Weber fan, Jessica Moyer, who points out that I misread the Tor’s catalog; this is NOT a new series, but the third in a series that began with Off Armageddon Reef and By Schism Rent Asunder. Thanks, Jessica!)

By Heresies Distressed
David Weber
Retail Price: $27.99
Hardcover: 496 pages
Publisher: Tor Books – (2009-07-21)
ISBN / EAN: 0765315033 / 9780765315038



#13 NYT Fiction
(Not on USA Today)


Paths of Glory, Jeffrey Archer, St. Martin’s, $27.95


Goodbye, Edgar

           sawtelle   dont-look-twice

The bestseller lists begin to bid adieu this week to an old friend; The Story of Edgar Sawtelle leaves the USA Today list after 38 weeks and comes close to slipping off the main NYT fiction list, coming in at #16, tied with #15, Don’t Look Twice, by Andrew Gross, which makes its debut. 


#35 NYT Fiction, extended


At the very end of the NYT extended fiction list is Oolong Dead, the 10th in Laura Childs’s Tea Shop series. Some libraries are showing very high holds on moderate ordering.

Childs’s next book is the second in her new series, Crackleberry Club — Eggs Benedict Arnold, coming in December. Hennepin already shows 81 holds. 


Nonfiction — Congratulations, Dewey and Vicky!

Dewey marks his 25th week on the NYT Nonfiction list, now at #5

Further congrats; we hear Little, Brown Books for Young Readers will publish a childrens picture book about Dewey, also written by his librarian pal, Vicky Myron, in September.


Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World 
Vicki Myron with Bret Witter, Grand Central, $19.98


New Nonfiction Bestsellers

#8 NYT Nonfiction 


Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible (And Why We Don’t Know About Them), by Bart Ehrman, is the followup to Ehrman’s 2005  NYT bestseller, Misquoting Jesus (six weeks in the top 15, reaching a high of #5; fourteen on the extended list).


#8 NYT Advice, How-to


Emotional Freedom, Judith Orloff, Harmony, $24.95


#11 NYT Advice, How-to
#131 USA Today, general


Peaks and Valleys: Making Good And Bad Times Work For You–At Work And In Life, Spencer Johnson, Atria, $19.95


Heavy Reserves

The following titles have been near the top of the NYT Nonfiction lists for two weeks and are showing heavy reserves on light ordering:

#3 NYT, from #5 last week 
#96 USA Today, first week


Out of Captivity: Surviving 1,967 Days in the Colombian Jungle 
Marc Gonsalves, Keith Stansell, Tom Howes, Gary Brozek, William Morrow, $26.99


#4 NYT,  same position as last week
#140 USA Today, from #139 last week


The Lost City of Z 
David Grann, Doubleday, $27.50


#10 NYT, from #12 on 3/8


How We Decide
Jonah Lehrer, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $25

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