And the winner is......
Publishers Weekly just released its list of the bestselling books for 2010. Here is the list of the top 10 Hardbacks in fiction and nonfiction along with sales estimates for the year. (Disclaimer. The sales are for the year 2010 for domestic sales of hardback books only. E-book sales are not included. Nor are international sales.)
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, Stieg Larsson, 1,900,000
The Confession, John Grisham, 1,360,000
The Help, Kathryn Stockett, 1,317,397
Safe Haven, Nicholas Sparks, 929,397
Dead or Alive, Tom Clancy, 921,358
Sizzling Sixteen, Janet Evanovich, 903,000
Cross Fire, James Patterson, 902,906
Freedom, Jonathan Franzen, 761,701
Port Mortuary, Patricia Cornwell, 700,000
Full Dark, No Stars, Stephen King, 675,000
As usual, this list is very heavy on name brand commercial authors. ( If you are a literary snoot, one might even call some of these “franchises”. ) If you look at the 20 runner up titles, you will see that there are 5 more books by James Patterson and a co-author. This is sort of a dead giveaway that Patterson probably has little to do with the book other than providing his name as a marketing tool. Other authors who are perennial bestselling authors on the 20 book runner-ups are: Janet Evanovich (who also has book #6 above), Vince Flynn, David Baldacci, Nora Roberts, Clive Cussler, Robert Jordan, and Lee Child.
Decision Points, George W. Bush, 2,653,565
Broke: The Plan to Restore Our Trust, Truth, and Treasure, Glenn Beck, 860,002
Women, Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything, Geneen Roth, 850,000
Life, Keith Richards, 811,596
America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag, Sarah Palin
The Daily Show Presents Earth, Jon Stewart, 782,871
Sh*t My Dad Says, Justin Halpern, 761,000
Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That?, Ina Garten, 722,608
Pinheads and Patriots: Where You Stand in the Age of Obama, Bill O’Reilly, 662,950
Chelsea, Chelsea Bang Bang, Chelsea Handler, 653,321
As usual, public figures (usually conservative) top the list. Last year the best selling non-fiction book was Sarah Palin’s selling 2,600,000 copies. Glenn Beck and Bill O’reilly seem to reliably make the top ten every year. They are offset, just barely, by Jon Stewart far back in the pack.