Alexander McCall Smith's newest title in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, The Full Cupboard of Life, lands on our hardcover fiction list in the #8 spot, with more than 150,000 copies in print. Pantheon notes that the five books in the series have a total of more than 2.85 million copies in the U.S. alone (the series has been translated into 26 languages). Smith, a professor of medical law at the University of Edinburgh, is criss-crossing America on a 14-city book tour. Pantheon reports that his readings have drawn capacity crowds, as Smith "amuses audiences with his infectious laughter, tartan kilt and green socks, and charm and generous spirit."
Volume 251 Issue 18 05/03/2004