Tuesday, February 20, 2007

The Bestseller List -- Stormin' Norman Mailer

Norman Mailer's latest tome -- a look at the life of Hitler -- typically received tons of press but doesn't seem to be gaining a hold on the charts. After debuting high, it has dropped two weeks in a row and is at #11 and looks likely to drop off completely in a week or two. Heck, even Thomas Pynchon -- one of the most mysterious writers around -- couldn't make more than a brief appearance on the charts with his latest tome. On the nonfiction charts, Obama is still on top and I still can't figure out how "Born On A Blue day" debuted so strongly. On the children's list, the Newberry winner "The Higher Power Of Lucky" is at #4. Next week, it should get a boost from all the fuss over the book's use of the word "scrotum." Finally, Tavis Smiley brings "The Covenant In Action" to #14 on the nonfiction paperback list. It's his latest step in the movement to effect positive change in the black community.

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