Nonfiction Bestsellers; NYT (5/10) and USAT (4/30)


Columbine continues to climb the NYT Nonfiction list, now at #3, after 3 weeks, indicating that word of mouth continues beyond the media attention surrounding the 10th anniversary of the killings.

In paperback, the reprint of Mary Roach’s BonkThe Curious Coupling of Science and Sex appears at #19. Last year, it spent three weeks on the hardcover nonfiction list, reaching #10, and four on the extended list.

New to the Lists

# 5 NYT Nonfiction
#35 USA Today general

The co-author of The Last Lecture debuts on the list in his own right, with The Girls from Ames, after strong media attention.

Zaslow will also co-author Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger’s autobiography, Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters, coming from Morrow in December. Sullenberger, who saved hundreds of lives by landing an airplane in the Hudson River, will speak at BEA.

The Girls from Ames: A Story of Women and Friendship
Jeffrey Zaslow
Price: $26.00
Hardcover: 297 pages
Publisher: Gotham – (2009-04-21)
ISBN-10: 1592404456
ISBN-13: 9781592404452


# 16 NYT Nonfiction

Not Becoming My Mother: and Other Things She Taught Me Along the Way
Ruth Reichl
Price: $19.95
Hardcover: 128 pages
Publisher: Penguin Press HC, The – (2009-04-21)
ISBN-10: 1594202168
ISBN-13: 9781594202162


# 19 NYT Nonfiction, Extended

Getting a Grip: On My Body, My Mind, My Self
Monica Seles
Price: $26.00
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Avery – (2009-04-21)
ISBN-10: 1583333304
ISBN-13: 9781583333303


#26 NYT Nonfiction, Extended

Closing Time: A Memoir
Joe Queenan
Price: $26.95
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Viking Adult – (2009-04-16)
ISBN-10: 067002063X
ISBN-13: 9780670020638


#31 NYT Nonfiction, Extended

IN-N-OUT Burger, about the beloved California chain and the unusual family that owns it, has been featured widely in the business press:

In-N-Out Burger: A Behind-the-Counter Look at the Fast-Food Chain That Breaks All the Rules
Stacy Perman
Price: $24.99
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Collins Business – (2009-04-01)
ISBN-10: 0061346713
ISBN-13: 9780061346712


#6 NYT Advice, How-to

Curiously, the NYT has decided to put B Is for Beer, by Tom Robbins on the Advice list. The author of Even Cowgirls Get the Blues and Another Roadside Attraction, among others, here presents the history of beer as a child’s story for grownups.

B Is for Beer
Tom Robbins
Price: $17.95
Hardcover: 128 pages
Publisher: Ecco – (2009-05-01)
ISBN-10: 0061687278
ISBN-13: 9780061687273


#8 NYT Advice, How-to

Think Like a Champion: An Informal Education In Business and Life
Donald J. Trump
Price: $24.95
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Vanguard Press – (2009-04-14)
ISBN-10: 1593155301
ISBN-13: 9781593155308


#10 NYT Advice, How-to, PBK

Blue Zones was on the hardcover advice bestseller list when it was published last year. With the release of the trade paperback edition, author Dan Buettner reported last week on Anderson Cooper 360° from one of the “Blue Zones”; a Greek island where people routinely live to 90. One of their “secrets”?  Sex and sleep can make you live longer.

Buettner also appeared on NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday on May 2nd.

The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest
Dan Buettner
Price: $14.95
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: National Geographic – (2009-04-21)
ISBN-10: 1426204000
ISBN-13: 9781426204005


#74 USA Today general

Greater Than Yourself: The Ultimate Lesson of True Leadership
Steve Farber
Price: $19.95
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Broadway Business – (2009-03-03)
ISBN-10: 0385522614
ISBN-13: 9780385522618


#77 USA Today general
#2 NYT Hardcover Advice (second week)

The Ultimate Depression Survival Guide: Protect Your Savings, Boost Your Income, and Grow Wealthy Even in the Worst of Times
Martin D. Weiss
Price: $27.95
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Wiley – (2009-04-06)
ISBN-10: 0470393777
ISBN-13: 9780470393772


#94 USA Today general
#5 NYT Hardcover Advice (second week)

10-10-10: A Life-Transforming Idea
Suzy Welch
Price: $24.00
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Scribner – (2009-04-14)
ISBN-10: 1416591826
ISBN-13: 9781416591825


#115 USA Today general

The Power of Small: Why Little Things Make All the Difference
Linda Kaplan Thaler, Robin Koval
Price: $17.95
Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: Broadway Business – (2009-04-21)
ISBN-10: 0385526555
ISBN-13: 9780385526555

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