The Short Story Rules

Of course you expect a new John Grisham title to top bestseller lists, but could Grisham work the same magic with a book of short stories?

No problem; Ford County debuts on the USA Today list at #2 (it takes a lot to beat the Wimpy Kid), making it a shoe-in for #1 on the upcoming NYT Hardcover Fiction list.

Ford County: Stories
John Grisham
Retail Price: $24.00
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Doubleday – (2009-11-03)
ISBN / EAN: 0385532458 / 9780385532457

Random House Audio; UNAB; 9780307702104; $35
Random House Large Print; 9780739377383; pbk; $24
Audio downloadable from OverDrive

At #5 on USA Today‘s list is Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol, which held the #1 position for 4 weeks, before being knocked down by the not-so-Wimpy Kid and then slipping to #5 last week.

USA Today’s “Book Buzz” column says Grisham’s next legal thriller, as yet untitled, will be published next fall. His first bestseller, The Firm, was published in February, to take advantage of a period that traditionally did not feature big-name competition. In the 20 years since, you could count on a Grisham legal thriller to appear as the calendar turned to February; it seems that will not longer be the case.

Entering the list at #15 is Barbara Kingsolver’s The Lacuna, making it the sixth bestselling adult hardcover fiction title on the list.

The Lacuna
Barbara Kingsolver
Retail Price: $26.99
Hardcover: 528 pages
Publisher: Harper – (2009-11-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0060852577 / 9780060852573

HarperAudio; 9780060853563; $44.99
HarperLuxe; 780061927560; pbk; $26.99
Audio and eBook downloadable from OverDrive

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