No one will argue with the obvious—2002 was not the best year for the economy. America was still reeling from the September 11 terror attacks; stock market numbers were heading downward and consumer confidence was abysmal. The year began with fighting terrorism, specifically Osama Bin Laden and his followers, and ended with talk of invading Iraq (at this writing, that event seems imminent).
On the book front, a lot of ink was spilled about lower unit sales for books, even for the veteran authors who dominate the charts year after year; most of this brouhaha was reserved for fiction. Meanwhile, judging from our annual collation of the year-end bestsellers, it does not appear that this evaluation is totally supported by the information publishers submitted, especially when it comes to fiction. There were eight fiction titles that went over the one-million mark—the highest number throughout the 1990s. In nonfiction, there were only two books with sales surpassing a million; the norm has been four to six nonfiction titles with sales of more than one million. The #1 nonfiction for 2001 was the Prayer of Jabez; it sold more than eight million copies last year.
Still, in 2002, more new hardcovers went over the 100,000 mark than in the previous year. There were 125 new hardcover fiction titles that claimed sales of more than 100,000 in 2002; 130 new nonfiction tomes did the same. The 2001 figure for fiction was 110; in 2000, the number was 109. For nonfiction, the 2001 tally was 123; in 2000, it was 117.
Last year, an unprecedented number of debut novels sold more than 100,000—a total of 15; in 2001, there were only four. Two were among the top 15 bestsellers. Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones sold more than 1.8 million copies in its first publication year; according to publisher Little, Brown, total sales are now over the two million mark. The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLauglin and Nicola Kraus, according to St. Martin's, racked up sales of about 850,000, and its tenure on our weekly charts was longer than any other novel, including John Grisham's The Summons, which was the #1-selling hardcover work last year, with about 2.6 million copies.
Even with the stellar performance of debut fiction, it is the veteran writers who continue to dominate these end-of-year charts. Grisham had two books on the top 15 list; James Patterson had three in the top 30, as did Danielle Steel. Stephen King, Janet Evanovich and Nora Roberts each landed two in the top 30. In fact, just about all the newcomers to this list were debut novelists.
Did some veteran megaselling novelists falter in their unit sales last year? If we examine the "shipped and billed" numbers submitted by publishers, there is some evidence that this is true for a few authors. Grisham seems to be holding steady over the last nine years, although back in 1994, TheChamber sold more than three million copies. King's sales have dropped below the one-million mark, while James Patterson's first hardcover million-copy seller is Four Blind Mice. HarperCollins's numbers for Michael Crichton's The Prey put him about 100,000 copies ahead of his 1999 bestseller, Timeline. Nicholas Sparks is up with Nights in Rodanthe. It's been 11 years since Jean Auel had a bestseller. Back in 1990, The Plains of Passage was the #1 bestseller for the year, with sales of more than 1.6 million; last year, sales of about 1.2 million for The Shelters of Stone made it the #7 fiction bestseller. (Keep in mind that all these figures are shipped and billed, meaning some of these books could wind up on the return shelves.) All the top 15 fiction titles enjoyed long tenures on the weekly charts, ranging from seven weeks for Attack of the Clones to 32 weeks for The Nanny Diaries.
In nonfiction, how-to and religion inspirational took up a large percentage of the top 15 slots—nine to be exact. The bestselling book to come out of 9/11 was Let's Roll; it did very well in all markets—general, Christian and discount stores. September 11 also made Rudy Giuliani a national hero and certainly was a factor in selling an impressive 800,000-plus copies of his book Leadership—placing it in the #6 slot on the year-end nonfiction list. It's the fourth year for Who Moved My Cheese? on these year-end lists; it sold about 850,000 copies in 2002, and its sales since publication in September 1998 total more than 6.8 million.
Disclaimer: Net vs. Gross
As always, all our calculations are based on shipped and billed figures supplied by publishers for new books released in 2001 and 2002 (a few books issued earlier that continued their tenure on our 2002 weekly lists and/or our monthly religion lists are also included). These figures reflect only 2002 trade sales—publishers were specifically instructed not to include book club and overseas transactions. We also asked publishers to take into account returns through January 31. All sales figures in these pages should not be considered final net sales. For many of the books, especially those published in the latter half of the year, final returns are still to be calculated
Also note the tables "Who's on First?" and "What's on Second?," in which we compare PW's top 15 rankings with how these books fared at selected independents, chains and online booksellers. We lack information on how these titles fared at the price clubs, mass merchandisers and in the gift retail market.
The Fiction Runners-Up
This second tier on our annual list is made up of well-known list veterans with strong sales—several with reported sales that are even higher than for their previous books. But these higher unit sales could not place them among the top 15. Jan Karon, Sue Grafton and Mary Higgins Clark all slipped to the runners-up grouping. All the books in this group were on our weekly bestseller lists for four weeks or more.
16.In This Mountain by Jan Karon (Viking, 681,500)
17.Q Is for Quarry by Sue Grafton (Putnam, 665,558)
18.Daddy's Little Girl by Mary Higgins Clark (Simon & Schuster, *625,000)
19.Chesapeake Blue by Nora Roberts (Putnam, 616,000)
20.The Christmas Train by David Baldacci (Warner, 589,930)
21.Reversible Errors by Scott Turow (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, *581,000)
22.Visions of Sugar Plums by Janet Evanovich (St. Martin's, 580,321)
23.2nd Chance by James Patterson and Andrew Gross (Little, Brown, 575,992)
24.Sunset in St. Tropez by Danielle Steel (Delacorte, *525,000)
25.The Janson Directive by Robert Ludlum (St. Martin's, 511,290)
26.The Cottage by Danielle Steel (Delacorte, *510,000)
27.Esther's Gift by Jan Karon (Viking, 503,200)
28.Three Fates by Nora Roberts (Putnam, 500,000)
29.Hard Eight by Janet Evanovich (St. Martin's, 460,356)
30.Fire Ice by Clive Cussler with Paul Kemprecos (Putnam, 459,370)
More High Rollers Didn't Place
This year there were 15 novels with sales of more than 300,000 that did not make the top 30 list. That's more than the 10 books that shared the same state a year earlier. All but one—The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd—enjoyed runs on our weekly charts in 2002. Kidd's debut novel did very well at the independents and tracked for several weeks just below the top 15. The Last Promise by Richard Paul Evans appeared on the charts for one week, and The Crush by Sandra Brown had a three-week stint. The two Mattie J.T. Stepanek poetry collections and Stephen Carter's debut novel, The Emperor of Ocean Park, enjoyed double-digit runs on the weekly lists.
The three with 2002 sales of more than 400,000 copies are: Mortal Prey by John Sandford (Putnam); Quentins by Maeve Binchy (Dutton); and By the Light of the Moon by Dean Koontz (Bantam).
In ranked order, the 12 titles with 300,000+ sales that did not make the top 30 annual list are: Hornet Flight by Ken Follett (Dutton); Journey Through Heartsongs by Mattie J.T. Stepanek (Hyperion); Up Country by Nelson DeMille (Warner); The Last Promise by Richard Paul Evans (Dutton); Hope Through Heartsongs by Mattie J.T. Stepanek (Hyperion); Blessings by Anna Quindlen (Random House); A Thousand Country Roads by Robert James Waller (John M. Hardy); The Murder Book by Jonathan Kellerman (Ballantine); The Crush by Sandra Brown (Warner); The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (Viking ); Eleventh Hour by Catherine Coulter (Putnam); and The Emperor of Ocean Park by Stephen L. Carter (Knopf).
A Higher Tally for 200,000+ Level
A handful of first fiction titles, veteran list-makers and some Christmas novels make up the group of books with sales of more than 200,000 that didn't get a shot at the top 30 charts. There were 17 books in this group, two more than in 2001.
Only The Mitford Snowmen by Jan Karon (Viking) did not land a slot on the top-15 weekly charts for 2002, although it did track among the top 25 for several weeks around the holiday season. NBCC's 2002 best fiction choice, Atonement by Ian McEwan (Doubleday), was the only title in this group with a double-digit (12) run on the 2002 weekly charts.
Books in this group that appeared on the weekly charts for more than one month are: I Don't Know How She Does It by Allison Pearson (Knopf); Blackwood Farm by Anne Rice (Knopf); Dark Horse by Tami Hoag (Bantam); A Love of My Own by E. Lynn Harris (Doubleday); Standing in the Rainbow by Fannie Flagg (Random House); The Wailing Wind by Tony Hillerman (HarperCollins); City of Bones by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown); and The Cat Who Went Up the Creek by Lilian Jackson Braun (Putnam).
Books on the list four weeks or more at this level are: Chasing the Dime by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown); Killjoy by Julie Garwood (Ballantine); The Christmas Shoes by Donna VanLiere (St. Martin's); No One to Trust by Iris Johansen (Bantam); MissionCompromised by Oliver North with Joe Musser (Broadman & Holman); Mount Vernon Love Story by Mary Higgins Clark (Simon & Schuster); and Midnight Runner by Jack Higgins (Putnam).
The 150,000+ Group Is Also Big
The 2000 record of 24 books with sales over 150,000 that did not make the annual top 30 list still stands, but the 21 titles that did so this year is the second highest. Only two of these books—Confessions of a Sociopathic Social Climber by Adele Lang (St. Martin's) and The Glorious Cause by Jeff Shaara (Ballantine)—never made it to PW's weekly top 15 hardcover list. There were also two—The Dive from Clausen's Pier by Ann Packer (Knopf) and The Millionaires by Brad Meltzer (Warner)—that had double-digit runs on the weekly charts.
Eight had bestseller runs of more than one month on the 2002 charts. They are: The Little Friend by Donna Tartt (Knopf); The Life of Pi by Yann Martel (Harcourt); Widow's Walk by Robert B. Parker (Putnam); Basket Case by Carl Hiaasen (Knopf); Sea Glass by Anita Shreve (Little, Brown); Voyage of the Jerle Shannara: Morgawr by Terry Brooks (Del Rey); Light in Shadow by Jayne Ann Krentz (Putnam); and Charleston by John Jakes (Dutton).
Bestsellers in this category with runs of four weeks or less are: The Mulberry Tree by Jude Deveraux (Atria); Celebrate Through Heartsongs by Mattie J.T. Stepanek (Hyperion); Baudolino by Umberto Eco (Harcourt); The Short Forever by Stuart Woods (Putnam); Dying to Please by Linda Howard (Ballantine); Blood Orchid by Stuart Woods (Putnam); Body of Lies by Iris Johansen (Bantam); Tricky Business by Dave Barry (Putnam); and The Last Girls by Lee Smith (Algonquin).
The 125,000+ Level
There were 16 fiction titles with sales of more than 125,000 that did not make the top 30 list. Only four books in this group did not appear on the weekly charts. They are: The Rana Look by Sandra Brown (Bantam); The Old Ace in the Hole by Annie Proulx (Scribner); Cape Light by Thomas Kinkade (Berkley); and Hot Ice by Nora Roberts (Bantam). Both Brown's and Roberts's books were hardcover reissues of mass market originals published in the 1980s.
Only three books had runs of more than a month: The Last Jihad by Joel C. Rosenberg (Forge); The Stone Monkey by Jeffery Deaver (Simon & Schuster); and The Crimson Petal and the White by Michael Faber (Harcourt).
The other books that sold more than 125,000 were on the lists from one to four weeks. They are: Thieves' Paradise by Eric Jerome Dickey (Dutton); Sin Killer by Larry McMurtry (Simon & Schuster); An Accidental Woman by Barbara Delinsky (Simon & Schuster); December 6 by Martin Cruz Smith (Simon & Schuster); Stone Kiss by Faye Kellerman (Warner); Shrink Rap by Robert B. Parker (Putnam); Three Weeks in Paris by Barbara Taylor Bradford (Doubleday); Grave Secrets by Kathy Reichs (Scribner); and Star Wars: The Approaching Storm by Alan Dean Foster (Del Rey/ LucasBooks).
A Look at the 100,000+
In 2002, there were 23 books with sales of more than 100,000 that did not make a top 30 list, two fewer that the record-setting 25 in 2001. Nine titles in this group have not landed on the weekly PW charts; two—If Looks Could Kill by Kate White (Warner) and Hunting Season by Nevada Barr (Putnam)—were on the list six and five weeks, respectively.
Books with four weeks or less were: Enemy Women by Paulette Jiles (Morrow); The Oath by John Lescroart (Dutton); The Apprentice by Tess Gerritsen (Ballantine); Dune: The Butlerian Jihad by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson (Tor); Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Destiny's Way by Walter Jon Williams (Del Rey/LucasBooks); Thursday's Child by Sandra Brown (Bantam); Deadly Embrace by Jackie Collins (Simon & Schuster); McNally's Alibi by Lawrence Sanders and Vincent Lardo (Putnam); You Are Not a Stranger Here by Adam Haslett (Doubleday); Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk (Doubleday); Partner in Crime by J.A. Jance (Morrow); and Courting Trouble by Lisa Scottoline (HarperCollins).
The nine that did not appear on the weekly charts were: Three Junes by Julia Glass (Pantheon); Child of My Heart by Alice McDermott (FSG); I, Richard by Elizabeth George (Bantam); Miracle at St. Anna by James McBride (Riverhead); The Good Sister by Diana Diamond (St. Martin's); Wings of Fire by Dale Brown (Putnam); Jinxed by Carol Higgins Clark (Scribner); Sleep No More by Greg Iles (Putnam); and Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer (Houghton Mifflin). Several of these books, including those by Glass, McDermott, Iles and Foer, spent several weeks in the top 25.
The Nonfiction Runners-Up
Memoirs and self-help titles dominate these bestselling nonfiction runners-up. Two—Way to Be and In Search of America—have yet to hit PW's weekly charts. All the others were on the charts for at least a month, and five had double-digit runs.
16.Lucky Man by Michael J. Fox (Hyperion, 476,493)
17.Fish! by Stephen Lundin, Harry Paul and John Christensen (Hyperion, 463,986 in 2002; total sales: 1,085,596)
18.A Long Way from Home by Tom Brokaw (Random House, 443,955)
19.The Purpose-Driven Life by Rick Warren (Zondervan, 438,749)
20.My Losing Season by Pat Conroy (Doubleday/Talese, **425,000)
21.The Perricone Prescription by Nicholas Perricone (HarperResource, 413,8530)
22.Shadow Warriors by Tom Clancy with Gen. Carl Stiner (Ret.) and Tony Koltz (Putnam, 404,089)
23.Who Says Elephants Can't Dance? by Louis Gerstner (HarperBusiness, 401,666)
24.The Healthy Kitchen by Andrew Weil and Rosie Daley (Knopf, 400,000)
25.Way to Be by Gordon B. Hinckley (Simon & Schuster, **394,000)
26.Let Freedom Ring by Sean Hannity (ReganBooks, 393,464)
27.Journals by Kurt Cobain (Riverhead, 385,000)
28.The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle (New World Library, 381,423 in 2002; total sales: 679,000)
29.The Sopranos Family Cookbook by Artie Bucco (Warner, 374,376)
30.In Search of America by Peter Jennings and Todd Brewster (Hyperion, 369,059)
Big Numbers for 300,000+
While the seven nonfiction books with sales of more than 300,000 that did not make the top 30 annual bestseller list was not a record (there were nine in 1999), this was the first time books with sales of more than 350,000 did not get to the top 30.
Two books with reported sales of more than 300,000 did not make PW's weekly charts; they are Prescription for Nutritional Healing by Phyllis A. Balch and James F. Balch, M.D. (Avery) and The Bible Code II by Michael Drosnin (Viking). Three enjoyed double-digit runs on the weekly charts: Slander by Ann Coulter (Crown); A Mind at a Time by Mel Levine (Simon & Schuster); and The Right Words at the Right Time by Marlo Thomas and Friends (Atria). One Nation by Life Magazine Editors (Little, Brown) was on our weekly list three times. Everyday Grace by Marianne Williamson (Riverhead) and A Love Worth Giving by Max Lucado (W Publishing) appeared on PW's monthly religion lists several times.
The 200,000+ Tally
Just 10 years ago, selling more than 165,000 copies was enough to garner a slot among the top 30 nonfiction bestsellers; one year later, there were seven books that sold more than 200,000 and still did not make the top 30. In 2001, the record-setting number was 27; last year's tally was 23.
Three with reported sales of more than 200,000 did not make PW's weekly charts. They are: Kitchen Privileges by Mary Higgins Clark (Simon & Schuster); Stand Up for Your Life by Cheryl Richardson (Free Press); and The New Sugar Busters! Cut Sugar to Trim Fat by H. Leighton Steward et al. (Ballantine).
Most of these 200,000+ performers enjoyed runs of a month or more on PW's weekly lists, and five had double-digit runs. Bernard Goldberg's Bias, from Regnery, turned in the strongest performance, with a 17-week run on last year's nonfiction list. The others with long tenure were: Sacred Contracts by Caroline Myss (Harmony); Execution by Larry Bossidy (Crown Business); Sandy Koufax by Jane Leavy (HarperCollins); and Master of the Senate by Robert A. Caro (Knopf).
Ten books had runs of four to nine weeks: Report from Ground Zero by Dennis Smith (Viking); Find Me by Rosie O'Donnell (Warner); Longitudes and Attitudes by Thomas L. Friedman (FSG); What We Saw by CBS News with an introduction by Dan Rather (Simon & Schuster); Sylvia Browne's Book of Dreams by Sylvia Browne (Dutton); You Cannot Be Serious by John McEnroe (Putnam); Live from New York by Tom Shales and James Miller (Little, Brown); Shakedown by Ken Timmerman (Regnery); Suzanne Somers' Fast and Easy by Suzanne Somers (Crown); and Knight by Bob Knight with Bob Hammel (St. Martin's). Wild at Heart by John Eldredge (Thomas Nelson) was on PW's monthly religion list 10 times in 2002.
Four landed just once on the weekly list. They are: The Sea Hunters II by Clive Cussler (Putnam); To America by Stephen E. Ambrose (Simon & Schuster); Hollywood Hulk Hogan by Hulk Hogan (Pocket); and 10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer (Hay House).
A Record 26 for 150,000+
In 2002, the tally for books with sales of 150,000 or more broke the 1999 record—26 books versus 23. In 2001, there were 18 books with sales at this level that didn't make the top 30.
Ten are no-shows on PW's weekly lists. They are: What About the Big Stuff? by Richard Carlson (Hyperion); Anyway (The Paradoxical Commandments: Finding Personal Meaning in a Crazy World) by Kent M. Keith and Spencer Johnson, M.D. (Putnam); 100 Years of Harley-Davidson by Willie Davidson (Bulfinch); Fish! Tales by Stephen C. Lundin (Hyperion); Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton (Free Press); Dilbert and the Way of the Weasel by Scott Adams (HarperBusiness); Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors by Tim McGraw (Atria); American: Beyond Our Grandest Notions by Chris Matthews (Free Press); Freedom: A History of US by Joy Hakim (Oxford UP); and George and Laura by Christopher Andersen (Morrow).
Four books in this group were on the weekly lists for less than a month: One Minute Millionaire by Mark Victor Hansen (Harmony); Above Hallowed Ground by David Fitzpatrick (Viking Studio); The Fat Flush Plan by Ann Louise Gittleman (McGraw-Hill); and Last Man Down by FDNY Battalion Chief Richard Picciotto with Daniel Paisner (Berkley).
The rest spent a month or more on the weekly charts, or at least two months on PW's religion list. This group is: Driver #8 by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and J. Gurss (Warner); Rich Dad's Prophecy by Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter (Warner); Abraham by Bruce Feiler (Morrow); Ten Stupid Things Couples Do to Mess Up Their Relationship by Dr. Laura Schlessinger (HarperCollins); The Conquerors by Michael Beschloss (Simon & Schuster); The Death of the West by Patrick Buchanan (St. Martin's); Indisputable Laws of Teamwork by John Maxwell (Thomas Nelson); Night Light for Parents by James and Shirley Dobson (Multnomah); The Road to Wealth by Suze Orman (Riverhead); The Wisdom of Menopause by Christiane Northrup, M.D. (Bantam); God's Leading Lady by T.D. Jakes (Putnam); and Odd Girl Out by Rachel Simmons (Harcourt).
The 125,000+ Level
Sixteen books with sales of 125,000 and more did not make our top 30 list, four fewer than the 2001 tally. Only six made the weekly lists and only two in this group had runs of more than a month—Satisfaction by Kim Cattrall and Mark Levinson (Warner) was on the charts for nine weeks, one more than The Lobster Chronicles by Linda Greenlaw (Hyperion).
Four others spent a month or less on the weekly 2002 charts: I May Be Wrong, but I Doubt It by Charles Barkley (Random House); What Went Wrong? by Bernard Lewis (Oxford UP); Demon in the Freezer by Richard Preston (Random House); and Nothing Is Impossible by Christopher Reeve (Random House).
The 10 books that didn't make a PW weekly list in 2002 are: Whale Done!, edited by Ken Blanchard with Thad Lacinak, Chuck Tompkins and Jim Ballard (Free Press); A Man, a Can, a Plan by David Joachim and the Men's Health Magazine Editors (Rodale); Rolling with the Stones by Bill Wyman and Richard Havers (DK); Living Yoga by Christy Turlington (Hyperion); Barefoot Contessa Family Style by Ina Garten (Clarkson Potter); Primal Leadership by Daniel Goleman (Harvard Business School); Worth the Fighting For by John McCain (Random House); Top 10 of Everything 2003 by Russell Ash (DK); The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Visual Companion by Jude Fisher (Houghton Mifflin); and Complete Home Bartender's Guide by Salvatore Calabrese (Sterling).
A Record for 100,000+
In 2002, 36 books had with reported 2002 sales of more than 100,000, just one less than the record set in 2000. In 2001, there were 28 books with sales of 100,000 or more that did not make the top 15.
About one-third (13 in all) of the titles in the 100,000+ group made one of PW's weekly bestseller lists or our monthly religion charts. They are: A Song Flung Up from Heaven by Maya Angelou (Random House); How to Practice by The Dalai Lama (Atria); Breakdown by Bill Gertz (Regnery); Traveling Light by Max Lucado (W Publishing); Our Story by the Quecreek Miners as told to Jeff Goodell (Hyperion); Take on the Street by Arthur Levitt (Pantheon); Dr. Shapiro's Picture Perfect Weight Loss 30-Day Plan by Dr. Howard Shapiro (Rodale); Firehouse by David Halberstam (Hyperion); The Universe in a Nutshell by Stephen Hawking (Bantam); Al Roker's Big Bad Book of Barbecue by Al Roker (Scribner); Small Wonder by Barbara Kingsolver (HarperCollins); Love, Greg & Lauren by Greg Manning (Bantam); and New York September 11 by Magnum Photographers (powerHouse).
The 23 no-shows are: Sex and the City: Kiss and Tell by Amy Sohn and Melcher Media (Pocket); From Conception to Birth by Alexander Tsiaris (Doubleday); The Merciful God of Prophecy by Tim LaHaye (Warner); My Heart's Cry by Anne Graham Lotz (W Publishing); Lidia's Italian-American Kitchen by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich (Knopf; an additional 70,000 were sold in 2001); The New Revelations by Neale Donald Walsch (Atria); Something Worth Leaving Behind by Brett Beavers and Tom Douglas (Rutledge Hill); Prescription for Herbal Healing by Phyllis Balch (Avery); A Family Christmas by James Dobson (Multnomah); I'm Just Here for the Food by Alton Brown (Stewart, Tabori & Chang); Secrets of the Baby Whisperer for Toddlers by Tracy Hogg with Melinda Blau (Ballantine); What's So Great About America by Dinesh D'Souza (Regnery); When I Was a Kid, This Was a Free Country by G. Gordon Liddy (Regnery); Happy Days with the Naked Chef by Jamie Oliver (Hyperion); Racing to Win by Joe Gibbs (Multnomah); Oh! The Things I Know! by Al Franken (Dutton); Mysterious Stranger by David Blaine (Villard); Common Sense by Andy Rooney (Public Affairs); Practicing the Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle (New World Library; total with 2001 sales is about 147,000); Jorge Cruise's 8 Minutes in the Morning by Jorge Cruise (Rodale); A Peanuts Christmas by Charles M. Schulz (Ballantine); Six Days of War by Michael B. Oren (Oxford UP); and Bobbi Brown Beauty Evolution by Bobbi Brown (HarperResource).
Publishers Weekly 2002 Bestsellers
|Note: Rankings are determined by sales figures from publishers; the numbers generally reflect reports of copies "shipped and billed" in calendar year 2002 and publishers were instructed to adjust sales figures to include returns through Janurary 31, 2003. Publishers did not at that time know what their total returns would be—indeed, the majority of returns occur after that cut-off date—so none of these figures should be regarded as final net sales. (dates in parentheses indicate month and year of publication.) |
*Sales figures reflect books sold only in calendar year 2002.
|1.||The Summons by John Grisham. Doubleday (2/02) **2,625,000|
|2.||Red Rabbit by Tom Clancy. Putnam (8/02) 1,970,932|
|3.||Remnant by Jerry B. Jenkins & Tim LaHaye. Tyndale (6/02) 1,880,549|
|4.||The Lovely Bones by Alice Seybold. Little, Brown (6/02) 1,841,825|
|5.||Prey by Michael Crichton. Harper-Collins (11/02) 1,496,807|
|6.||Skipping Christmas by John Grisham. Doubleday (11/01) **1,225,000|
|7.||The Shelters of Stone by Jean M. Auel. Crown (4/02) 1,223,105|
|8.||Four Blind Mice by James Patterson. Little, Brown (11/02) 1,060,470|
|9.||Everything's Eventual by Stephen King. Scribner (3/02) **925,000|
|10.||The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus. St. Martin's (3/02) 852,021|
|11.||From a Buick 8 by Stephen King. Scribner (9/02) **840,000|
|12.||The Beach House by James Patterson & Peter de Jonge. Little, Brown (6/02) 835,723|
|13.||Star Wars: Attack of the Clones by R.A. Salvatore. Del Rey/LucasBooks (4/02) 784,750|
|14.||Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks. Warner (9/02) 744,543|
|15.||Answered Prayers by Danielle Steel. Delacorte (10/02) **725,000|
|1.||Self Matters by Phillip C. McGraw. Simon & Schuster Source (11/01) **1,350,000|
|2.||A Life God Rewards by Bruce Wilkinson with David Kopp. Multnomah (9/02) 1,186,000|
|3.||Let's Roll! by Lisa Beamer with Ken Abraham. Tyndale (8/02) 958,208|
|4.||Guinness World Records 2003 by Guinness World Records Ltd. Guinness Publishing (8/02) 919,953|
|5.||Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson. Putnam (9/98) *850,000|
|6.||Leadership by Rudolph W. Giuliani Miramax (10/02) 801,470|
|7.||Prayer of Jabez for Women by Darlene Wilkinson. Multnomah (9/02) 704,626|
|8.||Bush at War by Bob Woodward. Simon & Schuster (11/02) **690,000|
|9.||Portrait of a Killer by Patricia Cornwell. Putnam (11/02) 683,340|
|10.||Body for Life by Bill Phillips. HarperCollins (5/99) *676,464|
|11.||I Hope You Dance by Mark D. Sanders and Tia Sillers. Rutledge Hill (10/00) *648,021|
|12.||Stupid White Men by Michael Moore. ReganBooks (3/02) 634,711|
|13.||Bringing Up Boys by James Dobson. Tyndale (9/01) *612,109|
|14.||Good to Great by Jim Collins. HarperBusiness (9/01) *528,031|
|15.||Get with the Program by Bob Greene. Simon & Schuster (1/02) **490,000|
FICTION: Who's on First?
How Publishers Weekly's bestsellers compared with the rankings in major chains, wholesalers and independents
|PW Rankings||Sales Outlets*|
|4.||The Lovely Bones||1||1||1||3||2||1||1||17||1||1||1||1|
|7.||The Shelters of Stone||5||4||3||13||29||17||9||2||9||8||6||4|
|8.||Four Blind Mice||8||9||7||31||14||45||28||13||18||—||10||5|
|10.||The Nanny Diaries||3||3||14||2||3||2||3||38||2||5||2||3|
|11.||From a Buick 8||23||25||5||—||—||—||—||6||37||—||26||15|
|12.||The Beach House||6||6||13||9||—||14||16||25||5||—||11||6|
|13.||Attack of the Clones||24||24||19||—||—||—||—||10||13||—||—||—|
|14.||Nights in Rodanthe||10||22||11||40||—||39||39||12||15||—||—||24|
|BN Barnes & Noble, B Borders, W Waldenbooks, I Ingram, O Olsson's, DK Davis Kidd, S Harry W. Schwartz, H Hastings, WS Waterstone's, TC Tattered Cover, AM.C Amazon.com, BN.C Barnes & Noble.com |
NONFICTION: What's on Second
How Publishers Weekly's bestsellers compared with the rankings in major chains, wholesalers and independents?
|PW Rankings||Sales Outlets*|
|2.||A Life God Rewards||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||5||53||—||—||—|
|4.||Guinness World Records 2003||—||—||22||—||—||—||41||—||—||—||—||—|
|5.||Who Moved My Cheese?||2||2||2||2||26||37||23||4||1||4||2||1|
|7.||Prayer of Jabez for Women||—||—||—||29||—||—||—||15||64||—||—||—|
|8.||Bush at War||9||7||6||17||16||17||11||34||19||24||16||22|
|9.||Portrait of a Killer||17||17||8||35||—||41||24||25||—||—||41||23|
|10.||Body for Life||3||3||4||22||—||21||35||3||23||10||15||15|
|11.||I Hope You Dance||31||10||7||46||—||—||25||40||—||—||—||—|
|12.||Stupid White Men||5||4||18||3||1||27||1||21||2||1||4||11|
|13.||Bringing Up Boys||38||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|14.||Good to Great||7||11||49||12||—||18||16||—||4||3||1||2|
|15.||Get with the Program!||10||12||10||7||—||—||22||7||—||—||14||13|
|BN Barnes & Noble, B Borders, W Waldenbooks, I Ingram, O Olsson's, DK Davis Kidd, S Harry W. Schwartz, H Hastings, WS Waterstone's, TC Tattered Cover, AM.C Amazon.com, BN.C Barnes & Noble.com |