With no plans in the works to publish a paperback edition of Tuesdays with Morrie, we may be a bit premature in marking the end of an amazingly long run on the national charts. But on PW's hardcover list, it has been two weeks without Morrie. The phenomenal bestseller racked up a total (so far) of 183 weeks. The only other hardcover that beat that tenure on our charts was John Grey's Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, published by HarperCollins; its stay was 237 weeks. The current total in print after 94 trips to press is 5.3 million. Back in November 1997, we called this book "a sleeper with a valuable lesson," noting that the first printing was 25,000 and within two months that number had climbed to 155,000.
The book hit the million mark on its first anniversary. For almost all of 1998, 1999 and 2000, Morrie remained in the top third of the weekly charts and it enjoyed a 21-week run at #1.
With reporting by Dick Donahue.