Janet Evanovich and Stephen King kick off the new year, each with a million-plus printing, followed by John Grisham, pushing close to three million. In nonfiction, Nobel winner Muhammad Yunus envisions a world without poverty while former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright presents an agenda for the next U.S. president. In children's books, bestselling authors Jon Scieszka and Eoin Colfer return, while Chocolat author Joanne Harris makes her YA debut.
| January 1 |The Shooters by W.E.B. Griffin (Putnam, $26). 400,000 copies.* [c] Jon Scieszka's Trucktown: Smash! Crash! by Jon Scieszka, illus. by David Gordon, Loren Long and David Shannon (S&S, $16.99). 350,000 copies.People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks (Viking, $24.95). 150,000 copies.Living Well with Montel by Montel Williams (NAL, $23.95). 150,000 copies.[c] Poseur by Rachel Maude (Poppy, $9.99 paper). 150,000 copies.Are You Ready! To Take Charge, Lose Weight, Get in Shape, and Change Your Life Forever by Bob Harper (Broadway, $22.95). 125,000 copies.* Bleeding Kansas by Sara Paretsky (Putnam, $25.95). 125,000 copies.[c] Duck for President by Doreen Cronin, illus. by Betsy Lewin (Atheneum, $16.99 reissue). 100,000 copies.[c] Tunnels by Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams (Scholastic/Chicken House, $17.99). 100,000 copies.The Sweet Potato Queens' Guide to Raising Children for Fun and Profit by Jill Conner Browne (Simon & Schuster, $22.95). 50,000 copies.Her Last Death: A Memoir by Susanna Sonnenberg (Scribner, $24). 40,000 copies.| January 2 |
*[c] Airman by Eoin Colfer (Hyperion, $17.99). 250,000 copies.
Meatball Sundae: Is Your Marketing Out of Sync? by Seth Godin (Portfolio, $23.95). 75,000 copies.
| January 3 |
Homo Politicus: The Strange and Scary Tribes that Run Our Government by Dana Milbank (Doubleday, $26). 75,000 copies.
| January 7 |
Creating a World Without Poverty by Muhammad Yunus (Public Affairs, $26). 100,000 copies.
| January 8 |
Plum Lucky by Janet Evanovich (St. Martin's, $17.95). 1,250,000 copies.
Blasphemy by Doug Preston (Forge, $25.95). 300,000 copies.
Memo to the President Elect: How to Restore America's Reputation and Leadership by Madeleine Albright (HarperCollins, $25.95). 200,000 copies.
[c] Go, Diego, Go!: Diego Discovers by Kara McMahon, illus. by Warner McGee (Simon Spotlight, $12.99). 200,000 copies.
[c] Go, Diego, Go! #6: Diego's Springtime Fiesta by Lara Bergen, illus. by Brian Oesch (Simon Spotlight, $3.99 paper). 200,000 copies.
[c] Where Are Baby's Easter Eggs? by Karen Katz (Little Simon, $6.99). 150,000 copies.
[c] The Backyardigans #9: Follow That Egg! by Catherine Lukas (Simon Spotlight, $3.99 paper). 150,000 copies.
[c] The Backyardigans #11: The Mighty Egg Sitters by Alison Inches (Simon Spotlight, $3.99 paper). 150,000 copies.
[c] Disney Bunnies: Thumper's Fluffy Tail by Laura Driscoll, illus. by Lori Tyminski (Disney Press, $6.99). 150,000 copies.
[c] What's Up, Duck? by Tad Hills (Random/Schwartz & Wade, $6.99). 150,000 copies.
[c] SpongeBob SquarePants #17: Vote for SpongeBob! by Erica Pass, illus. by Harry Moore (Simon Spotlight, $3.99 paper). 125,000 copies.
[c] Ten Rubber Duckies by Dawn Bentley, illus. by Heather Cahoon (Random/Corey, $10.99). 125,000 copies.
[c] Disney Bunnies: Thumper Finds a Friend by Laura Driscoll, illus. by Lori Tyminski (Disney Press, $9.99). 100,000 copies.
[c] Dr. Seuss's Horton Hears a Who Pop-Up! by Dr. Seuss, pop-ups by David Carter (Random/Corey, $25.99). 100,000 copies.
*[c] Runemarks by Joanne Harris (Knopf, $18.99). 100,000 copies.
[c] We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball by Kadir Nelson (Hyperion/Jump at the Sun, $18.99). 100,000 copies.
The Senator's Wife by Sue Miller (Knopf, $24.95). 75,000 copies.
Homecoming by Bernhard Schlink (Pantheon, $24). 75,000 copies.
Discover Your Inner Wisdom: Using Intuition, Logic and Common Sense to Make Your Best Choices by Char Margolis with Victoria St. George. (Fireside, $24). 35,000 copies.
The Painter of Battles by Arturo Perez-Reverte (Random, $24.95).
| January 15 |
Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography by Andrew Morton (St. Martin's, $25.95). 400,000 copies.
Beverly Hills Dead by Stuart Woods (Putnam, $25.95). 300,000 copies.
Killer Heat by Linda Fairstein (Doubleday, $26). 150,000 copies.
| January 22 |
Duma Key by Stephen King (Scribner, $28). 1,500,000 copies.
*The Secret Between Us by Barbara Delinsky (Doubleday, $25.95). 225,000 copies.
Sword Song by Bernard Cornwell (HarperCollins, $25.95). 150,000 copies.
[c] Ma! There's Nothing to Do Here! A Word from Your Baby in Waiting by Barbara Park, illus. by Viviana Garofoli (Random, $15.99). 100,000 copies.
| JANUARY 24 |
Comrade J: The Untold Secrets of Russia's Master Spy in America After the End of the Cold War by Pete Earley (Putnam, $25.95). 80,000 copies.
| JANUARY 26 |
Betrayal by John Lescroart (Dutton, $26.95). 150,000 copies.
| January 29 |
The Appeal by John Grisham (Doubleday, $27.95). 2,800,000 copies.
The Killing Ground by Jack Higgins (Putnam, $25.95). 250,000 copies.
Light of the Moon by Luanne Rice (Bantam, $25). 200,000 copies.
Sizzle and Burn by Jayne Ann Krentz (Putnam, $24.95). 200,000 copies.
Iceman: My Fighting Life by Chuck Liddell (Dutton, $24.95). 150,000 copies.
[c] Disney's Baby Einstein: Touch and Feel Baby Animals and Touch and Feel Farm Animals, both by Julie Aigner-Clark, illus. by Nadeem Zaidi (Hyperion, $6.99 each). 150,000 copies each.
[c] Disney's Fairies: The Secret Fairy Garden by Lara Bergen (Disney Press, $14.99). 100,000 copies.
[c] Caterpillar to Butterfly: A Colorful Adventure by Sally Symes, illus. by Sharon Harmer (Little Simon, $8.99). 100,000 copies.
The Purrfect Murder by Rita Mae and Sneaky Pie Brown (Bantam, $25). 75,000 copies.
The Reserve by Russell Banks (HarperCollins, $24.95). 60,000 copies.
—With reporting by John Sellers
* = PW starred reviews
[c] = Children's titles