NYT Fiction Bestsellers, 4/5

For the week ending 3/21.

Two first novels we’ve been tracking are moving up the list:

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
Jamie Ford
Price: $24.00
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books – (2009-01-27)
ISBN-10: 0345505336
ISBN-13: 9780345505330

Hotel moves from sweet to even sweeter, arriving at #14 on the main list from #21 on the extended list. It’s showing very heavy reserves in some libraries, particularly in the NorthWest (it’s set in Seattle).

Previous EarlyWord coverage — First Novel a Hit with Booksellers


The Help
Kathryn Stockett
Price: $24.95
Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: Putnam Adult – (2009-02-10)
ISBN-10: 0399155341
ISBN-13: 9780399155345

The Help is in its second week on the list, moves to #14, tied with Terminal Freeze by Lincoln Child at #13. It is also showing heavy reserve lists in some libraries.

Getting ‘The Help’

And remember, the audio has won strong praise from AudioFile:

Audio of ‘The Help’

The Help
Stockett Kathryn
Retail Price: 39.95
Audio CD: Unabridged
Publisher: Penguin Audio




Also moving up, with heavy reserves:

#17 (from #28)

Life Sentences
Laura Lippman
Price: $24.99
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: William Morrow – (2009-03-01)
ISBN-10: 0061128899
ISBN-13: 9780061128899


New to the extended list:

#19 THE TOURIST, by Olen Steinhauer (St. Martin’s Minotaur)

The last in a five-book series (correction: Thanks to an alert EarlyWord reader — this is not the last book in Steinhauer’s series set somewhere in the Soviet Union. That series actually finished with Victory Square in 2007. The Tourist, a contemporary international thriller, is separate from that series).  Variety reports that George Clooney has acquired the rights to this new title. Reserves are heavy.

Stellar reviews:

  • LA Times, “A new thriller from a writer whose stories are as rich as any by Greene, Deighton or Le Carre.”
  • Washington Post, “first-rate popular fiction”
The Tourist
Olen Steinhauer
Price: $24.95
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Minotaur – (2009-03-03)
ISBN-10: 0312369727
ISBN-13: 9780312369729


#25 THE LAST DICKENS, by Matthew Pearl (Random House)

Reserves light so far.

The Last Dickens
Matthew Pearl
Price: $25.00
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Random House – (2009-03-17)
ISBN-10: 1400066565
ISBN-13: 9781400066568


#31 DEAD SHOT, by Jack Coughlin with Donald A. Davis (St. Martin’s)

Reserves light

Dead Shot (A Sniper Novel)
Jack Coughlin, Donald A. Davis
Price: $24.95
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press – (2009-03-03)
ISBN-10: 0312379129
ISBN-13: 9780312379124


#35 GRAVE GOODS, by Ariana Franklin (Putnam)

Comfortable reserve ratios

Grave Goods (Mistress of the Art of Death)
Ariana Franklin
Price: $25.95
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Putnam Adult – (2009-03-19)
ISBN-10: 0399155449
ISBN-13: 9780399155444

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