It’s another fall crammed with big names. Mega-pastor Joel Osteen towers over the season with a 3-million—copy announced printing, while Michael F. Roizen and Mehmet Oz’s franchise rolls on with 1.25-million copies of YOU: Staying Young. We’ll see if ex-Fed head Alan Greenspan can make rain with his million-copy memoir. Whatever happens, the 500,000-copy debut by TV’s beloved empty suit, Stephen Colbert, should offer some comic relief.In fiction, warhorses Nicholas Sparks, Patricia Cornwell and James Patterson all top out at 1.5-million copies, with mystery maven Sue Grafton putting 1.2 million on letter “T.” Alice Sebold and Jan Karon are also back, both with 750,000 printings—followed by plenty of other favorites at every level.Among the rocker memoirs, Eric Clapton stands tall, along with Stones guitarist Ron Wood, while entertainers Rosie O’Donnell and Alan Alda shoot the moon again. Readers seeking the long view may enjoy history books from Joseph Ellis, Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns, Rick Atkinson and dearly departed David Halberstam.
September| September 1 |
Boots on the Ground by Dusk: The Remarkable Life and Death of Pat Tillman by Mary Tillman and Narda Zacchino (Hyperion, $24.95). 250,000 copies.
The Case for the Real Jesus: A Journalist Investigates Current Attacks on the Identity of Christ by Lee Strobel (Zondervan, $21.99). 200,000 copies.
When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box by John Ortberg (Zondervan, $19.99). 125,000 copies.
| September 4 |
Tree of Smoke by Denis Johnson (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $27.50). 100,000 copies.
Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself by Alan Alda (Random, $25.95).
| September 6 |
Twelve Mighty Orphans: The Inspiring True Story of the Mighty Mites That Ruled Texas Football by Jim Dent (St. Martin’s/Dunne, $24.95). 100,000 copies.
The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz (Riverhead, $24.95).
| September 10 |
You’ve Been Warned by James Patterson and Howard Roughan (Little, Brown, $27.99). 1 million copies.
| September 11 |
The War: An Intimate History, 1941—1945 by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns (Knopf, $50). 650,000 copies.
Pontoon: A Lake Wobegon Novel by Garrison Keillor (Viking, $25.95). 200,000 copies.
Broken Government: How Republican Rule Destroyed the Legislative, Executive and Judicial Branches by John Dean (Viking, $25.95). 150,000 copies.
The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature by Steven Pinker (Viking, $29.95). 100,000 copies.
| September 12 |
The Vixen Diaries by Karrine Steffans (Grand Central, $24.99). 200,000 copies.
| September 17 |
Dave Barry’s History of the Millennium (So Far) by Dave Barry (Putnam, $22.95). 175,000 copies.
Dead Heat by Dick Francis and Felix Francis (Putnam, $25.95). 350,000 copies.
| September 18 |
Celebrity Detox by Rosie O’Donnell (Grand Central, $23.99). 400,000 copies.
The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War by David Halberstam (Hyperion, $35). 300,000 copies.
The Bone Garden by Tess Gerritsen (Ballantine, $25.95). 225,000 copies.
When You Need a Lift: But Don’t Want to Eat Chocolate, Pay a Shrink, or Drink a Bottle of Gin by Joy Behar (Crown, $19.95). 100,000 copies.
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein (Metropolitan, $27.50). 100,000 copies.
I’ll Fly Away: Further Testimonies from the Women of York Prison by Wally Lamb (HarperCollins, $25.96). 75,000 copies.
Other Colors: Essays and a Story by Orhan Pamuk (Knopf, $26.95). 60,000 copies.
Fidel Castro: My Life—A Spoken Autobiography by Fidel Castro and Ignacio Ramonet (Scribner, $35). 60,000 copies.
A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions froma Free-Thinking Redneck by Trace Adkins (Villard, $23.95).
| September 20 |
What on Earth Have I Done?: Stories, Observations, and Affirmations by Robert Fulghum (St. Martin’s, $22.95). 100,000 copies.
| September 24 |
The Air We Breathe by Andrea Barrett (Norton, $24.95). 75,000 copies.
A Life Decoded: My Genome, My Life by J. Craig Venter (Viking, $25.95). 75,000 copies.
| September 25 |
The Choice by Nicholas Sparks (Grand Central, $24.99). 1.5 million copies.
Dark of the Moon by John Sandford (Putnam, $26.95). 500,000 copies.
Shoot Him if He Runs by Stuart Woods (Putnam, $25.95). 300,000 copies.
Run by Ann Patchett (HarperCollins, $25.95). 200,000 copies.
The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court by Jeffrey Toobin (Doubleday, $27.95). 150,000 copies.
Making Money by Terry Pratchett (HarperCollins, $25.95). 150,000 copies.
Fire in the Blood by Irène Némirovsky (Knopf, $22). 75,000 copies.
| September 28 |
Inside the Mind of BTK: The Story Behind Thirty Years of Hunting for the Wichita Serial Killer by John Douglas (Jossey-Bass, $26.95). 125,000 copies.
| October 1 |
Exit Ghost by Philip Roth (Houghton Mifflin, $26). 200,000 copies.
| October 2 |
I Am America (and So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert (Grand Central, $25.99). 500,000 copies.
1776: The Illustrated Edition by David McCullough (Simon & Schuster, $65). 250,000 copies.
The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943—1944 by Rick Atkinson (Holt, $35). 200,000 copies.
Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo (Knopf, $26.95). 200,000 copies.
Cook with Jamie: My Guide to Making You a Better Cook by Jamie Oliver (Hyperion, $37.50). 175,000 copies.
The Worst Thing I’ve Ever Done by Ursula Hegi (Touchstone, $25). 125,000 copies.
The Art of Simple Food: Notes and Recipes from a Delicious Revolution by Alice Waters (Clarkson Potter, $35). 150,000 copies.
A Skating Life by Dorothy Hamill (Hyperion, $24.95). 100,000 copies.
Life’s a Campaign: Everything I’ve Learned from the Big Shots by Chris Matthews (Random, $24.95).
| October 4 |
Incredible Journey by Ron Wood (St. Martin’s, $25.95). 200,000 copies.
The Bond: Three Young Men Learn to Forgive and Reconnect with Their Fathers by Drs. Sampson Davis, George Jenkins and Rameck Hunt, with Margaret Bernstein (Riverhead, $24.95).
The Kite Runner: Illustrated Edition by Khaled Hosseini (Riverhead, $29.95).
| October 9 |
The Gift by Richard Paul Evans (Simon & Schuster, $19.95). 500,000 copies.
Clapton: The Autobiography by Eric Clapton (Broadway, $26). 350,000 copies.
A Family Christmas by Caroline Kennedy (Hyperion, $24.95). 350,000 copies.
Mark’s Story by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins (Putnam, $24.95). 300,000 copies.
The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs (Simon & Schuster, $25). 175,000 copies.
A Lifetime of Secrets by Frank Warren (Morrow, $27.95). 200,000 copies.
Fall of the House of Bush: How a Group of True Believers Put America on the Road to Armageddon by Craig Unger (Scribner, $27). 200,000 copies.
The Conscience of a Liberal by Paul Krugman (Norton, $25.95). 150,000 copies.
Heaven and Hell: My Life as an Eagle by Don Felder (Hyperion, $24.95). 100,000 copies.
Fatal Revenant: The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by Stephen R. Donaldson (Putnam, $27.95). 100,000 copies.
| October 10 |
Blonde Faith by Walter Mosley (Little, Brown, $25.99). 125,000 copies.
| October 15 |
Become a Better You: 7 Keys to Improving Your Life by Joel Osteen (Free Press, $25). 3 million copies.
| October 16 |
The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold (Little, Brown, $24.99). 750,000 copies.
If Democrats Had Any Brains, They’d Be Republicans: Ann Coulter at Her Best, Funniest, and Most Outrageous by Ann Coulter (Crown Forum, $19.95). 600,000 copies.
Certain Girls by Jennifer Weiner (Atria, $26). 500,000 copies.
Kids Are Americans, Too by Bill O’Reilly (Morrow, $25.95). 400,000 copies.
My Grandfather’s Son: A Memoir by Clarence Thomas (HarperCollins, $26.95). 250,000 copies.
The Biggest LoserFitness Program: Fast, Safe, and Effective Workouts to Target and Tone Your Trouble Spots byThe Biggest LoserExperts and Cast (Rodale, $21.95). 200,000 copies.
Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks (Knopf, $25). 100,000 copies.
Dirty Diplomacy: The Rough and Tumble Adventures of a Scotch-Drinking, Skirt-Chasing, Dictator-Busting and Thoroughly Unrepentant Ambassador Stuck on the Frontline of the War by Craig Murray (Scribner, $26). 25,000 copies.
| October 18 |
Pandora’s Daughter by Iris Johansen (St. Martin’s, $25.95). 500,000 copies.
The Abstinence Teacher by Tom Perrotta (St. Martin’s, $24.95). 200,000 copies.
| October 22 |
Richard M. Nixon: A Life in Full by Conrad Black (Public Affairs, $35).
| October 23 |
Book of the Dead by Patricia Cornwell (Putnam, $26.95). 1.5-million copies.
Home to Holly Springs by Jan Karon (Viking, $26.95). 750,000 copies.
No Chance by Janet Evanovich and Stephen J. Cannell (Grand Central, $26.99). 400,000 copies.
Where Angels Go by Debbie Macomber (Mira, $16.95). 300,000 copies.
Now and Then by Robert B. Parker (Putnam, $25.95). 250,000 copies.
The Ghost by Robert Harris (Simon & Schuster, $26). 250,000 copies.
Our Alphabet Book by Steve Martin and Roz Chast (Doubleday/Flying Dolphin, $17.95). 200,000 copies.
Basic Black: Make Passion Your Strategy and Other Lessons for Work and Life by Cathleen Black (Crown Business, $24.95). 100,000 copies.
| October 24 |
I Live for This!: Baseball’s Last True Believer by Bill Plaschke with Tommy Lasorda (Houghton Mifflin, $25). 75,000 copies.
| October 30 |
Amazing Grace by Danielle Steel (Delacorte, $27). 800,000 copies.
American Creations: Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic by Joseph J. Ellis (Knopf, $26.95). 650,000 copies.
Protect and Defend by Vince Flynn (Atria, $26.95). 500,000 copies.
The Christmas Promise by Donna VanLiere (St. Martin’s, $14.95). 400,000 copies.
The Race by Richard North Patterson (Holt, $26). 300,000 copies.
Christmas with Paula Deen by Paula Deen (Simon & Schuster, $22). 250,000 copies.
The Star Wars Vault by Stephen Sansweet and Peter Vilmur (Harper Entertain—ment, $85). 200,000 copies.
A War of Gifts: An Ender Story by Orson Scott Card (Tor, $12.95). 200,000 copies.
Write It When I’m Gone: Remarkable Off-the-Record Conversations with Gerald R. Ford by Thomas DeFrank (Putnam, $24.95). 150,000 copies.
The Terror Dream: Fear and Fantasy in Post-9/11 America by Susan Faludi (Metropolitan, $26). 125,000 copies.
The Bible: A Biography by Karen Armstrong (Atlantic Monthly, $21.95). 100,000 copies.
Everlasting by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss (Morrow, $24.95). 350,000 copies.
All Through the Night: A Troubleshooter Christmas by Suzanne Brockmann (Ballantine, $16.95). 100,000 copies.
Redneck Dictionary III: Learning to Talk More Gooder Fastly by Jeff Foxworthy (Villard, $16.95).
Dreamsongs: Volumes 1 and 2 by George R.R. Martin (Random/Spectra, $27). 35,000 copies.
| November 1 |
If I Only Knew Then... Learning from Our Mistakes by Charles Grodin and Friends and Friends of Friends (Grand Central/Springboard, $24.99). 125,000 copies.
Tom Petty by Tom Petty (Chronicle, $35). 100,000 copies.
Nigella Express by Nigella Lawson (Hyperion, $35). 100,000 copies.
Greed Kills by Joe McGinniss (Simon & Schuster, $25). 100,000 copies.
A Contract with the Earth by Newt Gingrich and Terry L. Maple (Johns Hopkins, $20). 50,000 copies.
| November 2 |
The Heir by Barbara Taylor Bradford (St. Martin’s, $25.95). 350,000 copies.
| November 3 |
The Ultrametabolism Cookbook by Mark Hyman, M.D. (Scribner, $28). 125,000 copies.
| November 6 |
YOU: Staying Young by Michael F. Roizen, M.D., and Mehmet C. Oz, M.D. (Free Press, $26). 1.25-million copies.
Stone Cold by David Baldacci (Grand Central, $26.99). 1-million copies.
The Chase by Clive Cussler (Putnam, $26.95). 750,000 copies.
Creation in Death by Nora Roberts writing as J.D. Robb (Putnam, $25.95). 550,000 copies.
Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You by Judith McNaught (Ballantine, $25.95). 500,000 copies.
Third Degree by Greg Iles (Scribner, $25.95). 400,000 copies.
Angela and the Baby Jesus by Frank McCourt, illus. by Loren Long, children’s illustrations by Raul Colon (Scribner, $14.95). 300,000 copies.
Sage-ing While Age-ing by Shirley MacLaine (Atria, $26). 200,000 copies.
Grip It and Sip It: The Only Way to Play Golf by John Daly (HarperCollins, $15.95). 250,000 copies.
A New America: Awakening the National Spirit by Lou Dobbs (Viking, $24.95). 150,000 copies.
Them by Nathan McCall (Atria, $25). 125,000 copies.
BOOM! by Tom Brokaw (Random, $27.95).
| November 13 |
Double Cross by James Patterson (Little, Brown, $27.99). 1.5 million copies.
Confessor by Terry Goodkind (Tor, $29.95). 600,000 copies.
| November 27 |
The Darkest Evening of the Year by Dean Koontz (Bantam, $27). 850,000 copies.
| December 4 |
T Is for Trespass by Sue Grafton (Putnam, $26.95). 1.2 million copies.
Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life by Steve Martin (Scribner, $22). 350,000 copies.
| December 18 |
Hand of Evil by J.A. Jance (Touchstone, $25.95). 200,000 copies.
| December 26 |
It’s Just a Freakin’ Date: A Guide to a Sane Dating Life by Greg Behrendt and Amiira Ruotola-Behrendt (Broadway, $19.95). 250,000 copies.
—With reporting by Raya Kuzyk