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Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Well Ain't that Interesting

      It seems that Amazon has ten books by or about John Paul II in its Hundred Top Sellers.

      The New York Times counts differently, for example by separating fiction and non-fiction, but in its 35 best selling hardcover non-fiction list, the number of books by or about John Paul II is -- zero.

      Ok, maybe the list was made up a while ago.  Be interesting to see what it has next week, though.

Hardcover Nonfiction

Published: April 10, 2005

Week Last
Week Weeks
On List
1 BLINK, by Malcolm Gladwell. (Little, Brown, $25.95.) The author of "The Tipping Point" explores the importance of hunch and instinct to the workings of the mind. First Chapter 2 11
2 A DEADLY GAME, by Catherine Crier with Cole Thompson. (ReganBooks/HarperCollins, $27.95.) A former judge and current Court TV analyst looks at the Scott Peterson case. 1 3
3 BLOOD BROTHER, by Anne Bird. (ReganBooks/HarperCollins, $25.95.) The long-lost half sister of Scott Peterson explains why she is convinced he is guilty of murder. 3 4
4 CONSPIRACY OF FOOLS, by Kurt Eichenwald. (Broadway, $26.) The spectacular rise and fall of Enron, as reported by a correspondent for The New York Times. Excerpt 4 2
5 PLAN B, by Anne Lamott. (Riverhead, $24.95.) The author of "Traveling Mercies" meditates on personal and political matters and on the spiritual life. 5 4
6 ON BULL----, by Harry G. Frankfurt. (Princeton University, $9.95.) A philosopher attempts a theoretical understanding of a "vast and amorphous" phenomenon. 10 2
7 MEN IN BLACK, by Mark R. Levin. (Regnery, $27.95.) A lawyer and conservative commentator enumerates ways in which "the Supreme Court is destroying America." (+) 8 7
8 *JUICED, by Jose Canseco. (ReganBooks/HarperCollins, $25.95.) The former slugger talks about his life in baseball and, especially, his use of steroids. 6 6
9 COLLAPSE, by Jared Diamond. (Viking, $29.95.) A historical investigation, by the author of "Guns, Germs, and Steel," into why some societies succeed while others fail. First Chapter 9 13
10 GOD'S POLITICS, by Jim Wallis. (HarperSanFrancisco, $24.95.) An evangelical Christian argues that Democrats must "take back the faith" and not allow conservative Republicans to hijack the Bible. (+) First Chapter 11 11
11 AMERICA (THE BOOK), by Jon Stewart, Ben Karlin and David Javerbaum. (Warner, $24.95.) "The Daily Show" offers a lavishly illustrated parody of a civics textbook. 7 27
12 SECRETS & MYSTERIES OF THE WORLD, by Sylvia Browne. (Hay House, $19.95.) The self-proclaimed psychic tries to explain the inexplicable. 15 8
13 THE GLASS CASTLE, by Jeannette Walls. (Scribner, $25.) The author, a contributor to MSNBC.com, recalls a bizarre childhood during which she and her siblings were constantly being moved from one bleak place to another. First Chapter 12 2
14 THREE NIGHTS IN AUGUST, by Buzz Bissinger. (Houghton Mifflin, $25.) A three-game series in 2003 between the Cubs and the Cardinals, as seen through the eyes of Tony La Russa, the St. Louis manager. na 1
15 SMASHED, by Koren Zailckas. (Viking, $21.95.) A young woman remembers her excessive drinking throughout high school and college. na 5
16 *WITNESS, by Amber Frey. (ReganBooks/HarperCollins, $25.95.) A memoir by the California massage therapist who testified for the prosecution in the murder trial of Scott Peterson. 14 11

Also Selling
17 PERFECT MADNESS, by Judith Warner. (Riverhead, $23.95.)
18 CONFESSIONS OF AN ECONOMIC HIT MAN, by John Perkins. (Berrett-Koehler, $24.95.)
19 DISNEYWAR, by James B. Stewart. (Simon & Schuster, $29.95.)
20 ULTRAMARATHON MAN, by Dean Karnazes. (Jeremy P Tarcher/Penguin, $19.95.)
21 ANIMALS IN TRANSLATION, by Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson. (Scribner, $25.) First Chapter
22 KISS ME LIKE A STRANGER, by Gene Wilder. (St. Martin's, $23.95.)
23 THE END OF POVERTY, by Jeffrey Sachs. (Penguin Press, $27.95.)
24 NOTHING'S SACRED, by Lewis Black. (Simon Spotlight, $22.95.)
25 GOOD TO GREAT, by Jim Collins. (HarperBusiness, $27.50.)
26 TAKING HEAT, by Ari Fleischer. (Morrow, $26.95.)
27 THE SOCIOPATH NEXT DOOR, by Martha Stout. (Broadway, $24.95.) First Chapter
28 EATS, SHOOTS & LEAVES, by Lynne Truss. (Gotham, $17.50.)
29 BY MYSELF AND THEN SOME, by Lauren Bacall. (HarperEntertainment, $26.95.)
30 ASSASSINATION VACATION, by Sarah Vowell. (Simon & Schuster, $21.)
31 ONE MAGICAL SUNDAY, by Phil Mickelson with Donald T. Phillips. (Warner, $22.95.)
32 CHRONICLES: VOLUME ONE, by Bob Dylan. (Simon & Schuster, $24.)
33 HOW TO LOSE YOUR ASS AND REGAIN YOUR LIFE, by Kirstie Alley. (Rodale, $23.95.)
34 THE ROAD TO REALITY, by Roger Penrose. (Knopf, $40.)
35 THE ORIENTALIST, by Tom Reiss. (Random House, $25.95.) First Chapter


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