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Monday, August 28, 2006



It's been interesting of late to watch the bestseller lists and what shows up on them.

Of course, there isn't a single bestseller list. Everyone seems to pull data from different places, so you get different results from The New York Times, USA Today, The Book Standard, etc. I also enjoy comparing those to the Amazon lists.

This has been an interesting summer as non-fiction books have dominated all the lists. There hasn't been a huge crop of summer blockbusters, though there have been a few. The Book Standard announced last week that Kim Edwards was back on top of the list with her The Memory Keeper's Daughter. That one doesn't surprise me much. It was perhaps the best read I had this summer and I read a lot of good books this summer.

I was also pleased to read that news this morning as I'd just completed an interview with Kim Edwards that will be up on Book Help Web in a couple weeks.

Another book that debuted on the lists last week was Dav Pilkey's Captain Underpants and the Preposterous Plight of the Purple Potty People. Pilkey is a favorite around our house with my 8-year-old son.

However, it's definitely been a summer for non-fiction. Coming up later this week, we have an interview with Alexandra Robbins, an investigative reporter who wrote one of this summer's non-fiction offerings.. I'll write more about that in the next day or so.

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