Bestseller Stat Shot

Most weeks, a look at the most popular books, region by region, yields little in the way of surprises. This week is no exception: the bestselling book in the country—Mark R. Levin’s The Liberty Amendments (S&S/Threshold)—is the top-selling book in every region except the Northeast, where Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling) is holding strong. That sort of uniformity does not a nice chart make. So instead, we looked at the top-selling fiction titles regionally, which gives quite a different picture: six different books take regional honors this week, with Debbie Macomber owning the middle and James Patterson (with coauthor David Ellis) dominating most of the East Coast.

Northeast The Cuckoo’s Calling Robert Galbraith
Middle Atlantic Mistress Patterson/Ellis
East North Central The Inn at Rose Harbor Debbie Macomber
West North Central The Inn at Rose Harbor Debbie Macomber
South Atlantic Mistress Patterson/Ellis
South Central Low Pressure Sandra Brown
Mountain The Last Man Vince Flynn
Pacific The Casual Vacancy J.K. Rowling

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