NY Times Bestsellers for 51009

May 11, 2009

vision-in-white I’m a day late with my NY Times Bestseller list update, but that’s because I was out celebrating Mother’s Day with my wonderful family. I hope you can overlook my tardiness just this once!

Anyway, I’ve gotten a few emails asking why I only talk about the Hardcover Fiction books in these posts. It’s because those are the titles I’m most interested in personally, but I guess it would be better to discuss some others every once in a while. Count today as that “once in a while”!

In Paperback Trade Fiction, Nora Roberts’ Vision in White has supplanted The Shack by William P. Young as the top seller. The Shack had been No. 1 for as long as I’ve been reprinting the list here on my blog, and certainly a lot longer than that as well, so it was interesting to see some movement there.

And in Paperback Nonfiction, three of the top five titles mention food or drink in their titles: Three Cups of Tea, In Defense of Food, and I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell. I don’t know what any of them are about, but I feel like I should have a bottle of weight loss pills on hand before trying to read any of them, as I might be tempted to indulge in some eating or drinking along the way!

Well, see this is why I don’t talk about books on the other NY Times lists… all I end up saying is I don’t know what they’re about! Anyway, here are the top sellers from a few of the more popular categories.

Hardcover Fiction:

1. THE 8TH CONFESSION, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
2. LOVER AVENGED, by J. R. Ward
3. FIRST FAMILY, by David Baldacci
4. SUMMER ON BLOSSOM STREET, by Debbie Macomber
5. TEA TIME FOR THE TRADITIONALLY BUILT, by Alexander McCall Smith

Hardcover Nonfiction:

1. LIBERTY AND TYRANNY, by Mark R. Levin
2. OUTLIERS, by Malcolm Gladwell
3. THE GIRLS FROM AMES, by Jeffrey Zaslow
4. ALWAYS LOOKING UP, by Michael J. Fox
5. COLUMBINE, by Dave Cullen

Paperback Trade Fiction:

1. VISION IN WHITE, by Nora Roberts
2. THE SHACK, by William P. Young
3. CITY OF THIEVES, by David Benioff
4. 7TH HEAVEN, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
5. PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES, by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

Paperback Mass-Market Fiction:

1. BURNING WILD, by Christine Feehan
2. AT LAST COMES LOVE, by Mary Balogh
3. SAIL, by James Patterson and Howard Roughan
4. ANGELS AND DEMONS, by Dan Brown
5. DARK SUMMER, by Iris Johansen

Paperback Nonfiction:

1. THREE CUPS OF TEA, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
2. LONE SURVIVOR, by Marcus Luttrell with Patrick Robinson
3. IN DEFENSE OF FOOD, by Michael Pollan
4. THE MIDDLE PLACE, by Kelly Corrigan
5. I HOPE THEY SERVE BEER IN HELL, by Tucker Max

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