Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Bookstore Bestsellers

Happy New Year! To welcome in 2010, I would like to present our top 20 bestsellers of 2009 and top 20 bestsellers overall. In sets of ten.

Top 20 Bestsellers at Big Blue Marble in 2009:

1) The Wisdom to Know the Difference by Eileen Flanagan (local author)
2) The Soloist by Steve Lopez (onetime local author)
3) The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
4) Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout (reviewed here on our blog)
5) Pig Candy by Lise Funderburg (local author, mentioned here on our blog)
6) Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
7) On the Day You Were Born by Debra Frazier
8) A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel
9) Netherland by Joseph O'Neill
10) Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama

11) The People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
12) Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson
13) In Defence of Food by Michael Pollan
14) The First 1000 Days by Nikki McClure
15) The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
16) The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
17) The Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney
18) Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
19) Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows
20) Kinky Gazpacho by Lori Tharps (local author)

Top 20 Bestsellers at Big Blue Marble to Date:

1) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
2) Body Trace by D.H. Dublin (local author)
3) Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (local author)
4) The Daring Book for Girls by Miriam Peskowitz (local author) and Andrea Buchanan
5) Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama
6) Blood Poison by D.H. Dublin (local author)
7) Philadelphia Chickens by Sandra Boynton (onetime local author)
8) Good Night Philadelphia by Adam Gamble and Cooper Kelly
9) Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson
10) Flotsam by David Wiesner (local author)

11) Green Jobs Philly by Paul Glover (local author)
12) Freezer Burn by D.H. Dublin (local author)
13) The Paper Bag Princess by Robert N. Munsch
14) America Beyond Capitalism by Gar Alperovitz
15) The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
16) The First 1000 Days by Nikki McClure
17) Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
18) The Soloist by Steve Lopez (onetime local author)
19) Philly Joe Giraffe's Jungle Jazz by Andy Blackman Hurwitz (local author)
and tied for spot 20:
a) Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver (locavore)
b) Growing Girls by Susan Miller (local author)

Nice to be a neighborhood bookstore!


Jon Mcgoran (aka D.H.Dublin) said...

Nice to be in a neighborhood with a neighborhood bookstore, especially a wonderful, supportive place like Big Blue Marble. You are the best!

Brook Stableford said...

This is truly inspiring. Barbara Kingsolver will be presenting writers' workshops at the San Miguel Writers Conference in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico February 19-23 2010. I just signed up. It looks like a rare opportunity to meet her. Are you going?

Eileen Flanagan said...

Great news! Good to have an independent bookstore, especially one that's promoting local authors. Hope you get all the business from Chestnut Hill Borders in 2010.