Bestseller Stat Shot

Heaven, meet hell: the two bestselling books of 2013 to date are about as far apart as you can get. Dan Brown’s Dante-inspired hellish thriller, Inferno (Doubleday), is on top, with 699,495 print copies sold to date. Just behind it, with 559,303 print sales, is Eben Alexander’s Proof of Heaven (Simon & Schuster), in which Alexander, a neurosurgeon, recounts his own brush with death and his experience with the afterlife.

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A very (not at all) scientific study of Saul Bellow’s The Adventures of Augie March concludes that the story is 4% lifeboat and 1% Trotsky. But what of the remaining 95%?


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