Best Sellers

February 2 2010

best sellers

On January 31, 2010, the New York Times Book Review posted The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Shaffer and Barrows, as number eight on the Trade Fiction list of best sellers.

Olive Kitteridge, the debut novel by Elizabeth Strout, sat two slots above “Guernsey” at number six. 

In third place was The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, by Stief Larsson, (a book that had me hooked from page one).   Each novel had been on the NYT list for more than thirty weeks.

Meanwhile, back in my home town of Mequon, Wisconsin, Next Chapter Book Shop keeps track of its own list of best-selling fiction and non-fiction books.  For Christmas I had given my grandchildren gift certificates to Next Chapter, knowing how much the little ones loved to make their own book choices. 

When my daughter and grandaughters arrived at the shop last week, they had an extra surprise. “Look,” my daughter said to the girls, “There’s a sign about Nana’s book!”

Bless her, she took a photo of the arrangement, proof that Guernsey was in second place. Olive Kitteridge was in third place. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was in fourth place.  And, Nana’s Book was in FIRST PLACE!

Can’t keep the smile off my face.