NYT Fiction Bestsellers — 6/21

What with all the summer previews and the fall picks from BEA, we’ve neglected the best seller lists for a few weeks and NONE OF YOU HAVE COMPLAINED.

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Here’s a roundup of what’s been happening in fiction.

The following authors are reaching new levels in sales; it may be time to examine your automatic orders for their titles.

Lisa See, a long-time book club favorite, reaches new levels with her new novel, Shanghai Girls. Her 2007 novel, Peony in Love spent five weeks on the NYT fiction hardcover list, rising to #6 for one week. Shanghai Girls went on at #4 last week and continues in that position on the 6/21 list.

It was one of Janet Maslin’s picks for summer in the New York Times today.

Shanghai Girls
Lisa See
Retail Price: $25.00
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Random House – (2009-05-26)
ISBN / EAN: 1400067111 / 9781400067114

It is also available in unabridged audio:

Publisher: Random House Audio;  (May 26, 2009); $39.95
ISBN-10: 0739359339
ISBN-13: 978-0739359334

And in large type:

Publisher: Random House, $25
ISBN-10: 0739328255
ISBN-13: 9780739328255

And on Overdrive in both downloadable audio and eBook.

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Lee Child’s 13th Jack Reacher novel, Gone Tomorrow, is the second in the series to hit the NYT hardcover fiction list at #1 (after last year’s Nothing to Lose). Reviews have been strong. It’s now at #6 after 3 weeks.

Gone Tomorrow (Jack Reacher, No. 13)
Lee Child
Retail Price: $27.00
Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press – (2009-05-19)
ISBN / EAN: 0385340575 / 9780385340571

The audiobook is available from Books on Tape (May 18, 2009)

  • Unabridged; 12 CDS; $100
  • ISBN: 9781415962886

And, in downloadable audio from OverDrive.

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Laurell K. Hamilton hits the top spot for the second time in a row with the 17th volume in her Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series.

Skin Trade (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 17)
Laurell K. Hamilton
Retail Price: $26.95
Hardcover: 496 pages
Publisher: Berkley Hardcover – (2009-06-02)
ISBN / EAN: 0425227723 / 9780425227725

Also available in unabridged audio:

  • Publisher: Penguin Audio; Unabridged edition (June 11, 2009); $39.95
  • ISBN-10: 0143145177
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143145172

And on Overdrive in both downloadable audio and eBook.

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A new vampire series joins the hardcover list. Undead and Unwelcome, #8 in the Queen Betsy series by MaryJanice Davidson arrives on the list at#14. Several of the previous titles in the series have appeared on the extended Fiction Hardcover list.

Undead and Unwelcome (Queen Betsy, Book 8)
MaryJanice Davidson
Retail Price: $24.95
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley Hardcover – (2009-06-02)
ISBN / EAN: 0425227731 / 9780425227732

Also available as a downloadable eBook from OverDrive.

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As for debut authors,

The Strain, a novel by film director Guillermo del Toro and co-author Chuck Hogan, hits the list this week at #9, after much consumer media attention.

The Strain: Book One of The Strain Trilogy
Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
Retail Price: $26.99
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: William Morrow – (2009-06-02)
ISBN / EAN: 0061558230 / 9780061558238

It is also available in unabridged audio:

Publisher: HarperAudio; Unabridged edition (June 2, 2009); $39.99
ISBN-10: 0061715204
ISBN-13: 978-0061715204

and as a downloadable eBook from OverDrive.

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Paula Froelich, NY Post “Page Six” editor’s first novel, Mercury in Retrograde, kicked off the Today Show’s “Hot Summer Reads” series last week. It is on the extended list at #26.

Mercury in Retrograde
Paula Froelich
Retail Price: $24.00
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Atria – (2009-06-02)
ISBN / EAN: 1416598936 / 9781416598930

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One Response to “NYT Fiction Bestsellers — 6/21”

  1. Brian Says:

    I like the bestseller rundown, especially when the titles have been neglected by the professional journals. I pay attention to the heavy reserves/few titles notes.