Last week’s top 5 bestsellers on AbeBooks.com
For the week of November 11-18
- The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
- The Everlasting Stream: A True Story of Rabbits, Guns, Friends, and Family by Walt Harrington
- Romiette and Julio by Sharon M. Draper
- Straw Into Gold by Gary Schmidt
- Dropping Your Guard: The Value of Open Relationships by Charles Swindoll
Despite opinion to the contrary television does encourage reading, well sometimes anyway. The top two bestsellers on AbeBooks.com were assisted by national television syndication.
Oprah and her book club pushed Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth, which is of course the predecessor to World Without End and is not at all surprising.
The second bestselling title of the week, however, was a memoir written by Washington Post reporter and editor Walt Harrington in 2002. The book jumped back onto the bestselling charts when PBS ran the Emmy Award-winning documentary based on the memoir nationally on November 15, and was helped additionally when a number of newspapers plugged the airing.