AbeBooks buyers came looking to buy both new and used books this past year. Some were driven by a need to learn, some a need to collect, and some by a need to read what everyone else was reading. Welcome to the overall AbeBooks bestseller list of 2006.

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1. The Da Vinci Code

Dan Brown
First Published in 2003


A Harvard symbologist joins forces with a gifted French cryptologist to solve the murder of a curator inside the Louvre - igniting a breathless race through Paris, London, and beyond, where they must match wits with a faceless powerbroker who seems to anticipate their every move.

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2. The World is Flat

Thomas Friedman
First Published in 2005; Updated in 2006


The Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist demystifies the brave new world. With his inimitable ability to translate complex foreign policy and economic issues, Friedman explains how the flattening of the world happened at the dawn of the twenty-first century; what it means to countries, companies, communities, and individuals; and how governments and societies can, and must, adapt.

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3. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

Stephen Covey
First Published in 1989


One of the most influential business books in modern history, Seven Habits presents a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach for solving personal and professional problems. Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity.

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4. The Purpose-Driven Life

Rick Warren
First Published in 2002


The Purpose-Driven Life is a blueprint for a lifestyle based on God's eternal purposes, not cultural values. Well-grounded in Scripture, Rick Warren offers fresh insights on worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry, and evangelism.

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5. Tuesdays with Morrie

Mitch Albom
First Published in 1997


Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher. Someone older who understood you when you were young and searching, who helped you see the world as a more profound place, and gave you advice to help you make your way through it. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago.

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6. In Cold Blood

Truman Capote
First Published in 1965


With the publication of this book, Capote permanently ripped through the barrier separating crime reportage from serious literature. As he reconstructs the 1959 murder of a Kansas farm family and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers, Capote generates suspense and empathy.

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7. Who Moved My Cheese?

Spencer Johnson
First Published in 1998


Sometimes simple problems require simple answers. In just 96 pages, this humorous story uses simple metaphors and characters to encourage readers to embrace change and to adapt to new situations with an open mind and a motivated spirit. It follows four fictional characters, Sniff, Scurry, Hem and Haw, as they search for fulfillment in the maze of life.

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8. I Feel Bad About My Neck

Nora Ephron
Published in 2006


With her disarming, intimate, completely accessible voice, and dry sense of humor, Nora Ephron shares with us her ups and downs in I Feel Bad About My Neck, a candid, hilarious look at women who are getting older and dealing with the tribulations of maintenance, menopause, empty nests, and life itself.

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9. How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild and Got a Life

Kaavya Viswanathan
Published (and Pulled) in 2006


Yanked from the shelves after accusations of plagiarism, this book consequently became a hot commodity in 2006. In the story, Opal's entire life has been geared towards getting accepted into Harvard. But when they ask her what she likes to do for fun she is stumped. Her parents take it in their stride and plan HOWGAL - How Opal Will Get A Life.

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10. Freakonomics

Steven Levitt
Published in 2005


Levitt dubs the material in this work "freakonomics" because Levitt uses analytical tools from economics to address a range of questions that, at first glance, might seem to be far removed from the discipline of the "dismal science." He considers questions such as how to determine if teachers are aiding in students' cheating on standardized tests, the impact of information asymmetry on the operation of the Ku Klux Klan, how the organizational structure of crack gangs resemble other businesses, and the influence of parents on child development.

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