NY Times Bestsellers for 61409

June 14, 2009

skin-trade After spending just one week at the top of the NY Times Bestseller List, The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly slipped down to No. 3 this week. I wonder: does the NYT list include digital sales in its numbers? Because I purchased the Kindle Edition of The Scarecrow, and I’m sure many others did as well. Those sales should definitely count!

Anyway, the No. 1 hardcover fiction book this week is Skin Trade by Laurell K. Hamilton. This is another in the Anita Blake series. I’ve never read any of the books, but know that Hamilton has a pretty strong following. The subject matter just doesn’t sound like anything that would interest me in the least.

The No. 2 spot on the list belongs to Clive Cussler and Paul Kemprecos for their novel Medusa. This book is the eighth in the NUMA Files/Kurt Austin series.

As an aside, isn’t it kind of depressing how many sequels from firmly established authors routinely populate the NY Times list? That’s so boring to me! I personally love rags-to-riches author stories, like JK Rowling, who went from being rather poor to creating a franchise worth billions. Or John Grisham, who, though he wasn’t poor, plugged away as an attorney while pursuing his real love on the side. Can’t we get another story like this? Maybe some Plano Cosmetic Dentist who decides to chuck his practice and pen the next blockbuster that stays at the top of the list for a year. That would be great!

Anyway, here are the top sellers in some of the more popular categories:

Hardcover Fiction:
1. SKIN TRADE, by Laurell K. Hamilton
2. MEDUSA, by Clive Cussler and Paul Kemprecos
3. THE SCARECROW, by Michael Connelly
4. SHANGHAI GIRLS, by Lisa See
5. MATTERS OF THE HEART, by Danielle Steel

Hardcover Nonfiction:
1. LIBERTY AND TYRANNY, by Mark R. Levin
2. OUTLIERS, by Malcolm Gladwell
3. HORSE SOLDIERS, by Doug Stanton
4. RENEGADE, by Richard Wolffe
5. A BOLD FRESH PIECE OF HUMANITY, by Bill O’Reilly

Paperback Trade Fiction:
1. THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
2. THE SHACK, by William P. Young
3. MY SISTER’S KEEPER, by Jodi Picoult
4. VISION IN WHITE, by Nora Roberts
5. PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES, by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

Paperback Mass-Market Fiction:
1. RIGHT NEXT DOOR, by Debbie Macomber
2. MY SISTER’S KEEPER, by Jodi Picoult
3. SALVATION IN DEATH, by J.D. Robb
4. ANGELS AND DEMONS, by Dan Brown
5. THE FRONT, by Patricia Cornwell

Paperback Nonfiction:
1. THREE CUPS OF TEA, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
2. WHEN YOU ARE ENGULFED IN FLAMES, by David Sedaris
3. IN DEFENSE OF FOOD, by Michael Pollan
4. I HOPE THEY SERVE BEER IN HELL, by Tucker Max
5. LIBERAL FASCISM, by Jonah Goldberg

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