NY Times Best Sellers

Paperback Trade Fiction
Published: September 10, 2009

Books in purple I have read.

1 THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE, by Audrey Niffenegger. (Harvest/Harcourt, $14.95.) Life with a dashing librarian who travels back and forth through time.
2.   THE SHACK, by William P. Young. (Windblown Media, $14.99.) A man whose daughter was abducted receives an invitation to an isolated shack, apparently from God.
3 THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson. (Vintage, $14.95.) A hacker and a journalist investigate the disappearance of a Swedish heiress.
4 THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. (Dial, $14.) A journalist meets the island’s old Nazi-resisters.
5 OLIVE KITTERIDGE, by Elizabeth Strout. (Random House, $14.) A seventh-grade math teacher is the link in 13 stories set on the Maine coast; a 2009 Pulitzer winner.
6 THE LUCKY ONE, by Nicholas Sparks. (Grand Central, $13.99.) A Marine returning home sets out to track down the woman whose photo he found in Iraq.
7 THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN, by Garth Stein. (Harper Paperbacks, $14.99.) An insightful Lab-terrier mix helps his owner, a struggling race car driver.
8 THE WEIGHT OF SILENCE, by Heather Gudenkauf. (Mira, $13.95.) When a selectively mute girl and her best friend vanish, family secrets come to the fore.
9 PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES, by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith. (Quirk, $12.95.) The classic story, retold with “ultraviolent zombie mayhem.”
10 HOME, by Marilynne Robinson. (Picador, $14.) The events of the novel “Gilead,” revisited from another perspective.
11 THE ELEGANCE OF THE HEDGEHOG, by Muriel Barbery. (Europa, $15.) A young girl and a widowed concierge, both closet intellectuals, become friends.
12 THE ALCHEMIST, by Paulo Coelho. (HarperOne, $13.95.) A Spanish shepherd boy travels to Egypt in search of treasure.
13* THE LOVELY BONES, by Alice Sebold. (Back Bay/Little, Brown, $14.99.) A girl looks down from heaven as she describes the aftermath of her murder.
14 SARAH’S KEY, by Tatiana de Rosnay. (St. Martin’s Griffin, $13.95.) A contemporary American journalist investigates what happened to a little girl and her family during the roundup of Jews in Paris in 1942.
15 THE KITE RUNNER, by Khaled Hosseini. (Riverhead, $15.95 and $14.) An Afghan-American returns to Kabul to learn how a childhood friend has fared.
16 THE HOUR I FIRST BELIEVED, by Wally Lamb. (Harper Perennial, $15.99.) A couple flee to a Connecticut farm after the trauma of the Columbine shootings.
17 UNACCUSTOMED EARTH, by Jhumpa Lahiri. (Vintage Contemporaries, $15.) Stories about the anxiety and transformation experienced by Bengali parents and their American children.
18 MUST LOVE HELLHOUNDS, by IIona Andrews, Charlaine Harris, Nalini Singh and Meljean Brook. (Berkley, $15.) Novellas with devils, angels and more.
19* THE SHADOW OF THE WIND, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. (Penguin, $16.) In 1945 Barcelona, a boy learns that someone is trying to destroy everything written by the author of a book that he loves.
20 A MERCY, by Toni Morrison. (Vintage International, $15.) In 17th-­century America, a slave mother urges a Northern farmer to buy her daughter so the girl can have a better life.

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3 thoughts on “NY Times Best Sellers

  1. It seems like some of those books have been on the list forever. How is The Lovely Bones still a best seller. And the Kite Runner?

    I’ve read The Art of Racing in the Rain and The Shadow of the Wind. Most best sellers don’t appeal to me very much.

  2. CB- Lovely Bones is back on the best seller list because the movie is coming out soon.

    I loved The Kite Runner, but it is surprising that it is still on the bestseller list, I agree.

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