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National Bestsellers: 2011

My Name is Not Isabella
by Jennifer Fosberry, Mike Litwin

New York Times Children's Picture Books, 2010, 2011
Publisher's Weekly, 2010
Southern Indie
Bestseller
, 2010

“This story…speaks frankly about self-identity and self affirmation as Isabella decides at the end that she is actually herself…because she possesses the best parts of all of the women she looks up to.”
—ForeWord Magazine

 

My Name is Not Alexander
by  Jennifer Fosberry, Mike Litwin

New York Times Children's Picture Books, 2011
Southern Indie Bestseller, 2011

Alexander takes a rip-roaring historical adventure! Through his imaginative journey, Alexander discovers how great men become heroes: the roughest rider can be surprisingly gentle, a strong leader is also the most peaceful, and sometimes, being brave about what makes you different will not only help you break records, but inspire others.

 

Dream Big, Little Pig
by Kristi Yamaguchi, Tim Bowers

New York Times Children's Picture Books, 2011
Publisher's Weekly Bestseller, 2011
Heartland Indie Bestseller
, 2011
Northern California Indie Bestseller
 , 2011

Poppy is a waddling, toddling pig with big dreams. She wants to be a star! But she soon discovers that’s not as easy as it sounds. It’s only when Poppy feels the magic of gliding and sliding, swirling and twirling on ice that our most persistent pig truly believes in herself: Poppy, star of the rink!

 

Miranda's Big Mistake
by Jill Mansell

New York Times eBook Fiction and Combined Print & eBook Fiction, 2011
USA Today Bestseller, 2011

Her most recent catastrophe is Greg. He seems perfect—gorgeous, witty, exciting. And he and Miranda are in love… until Miranda discovers he left his wife when he found out she was pregnant.

With the help of her friends, Miranda plans the sweetest and most public revenge a heartbroken girl can get. But will Miranda learn from her mistake, or move on to the next "perfect" man and ignore the love of her life waiting in the wings…

 

The Heir
by Grace Burrowes

New York Times eBook Fiction, 2011
USA Today Bestseller, 2011

Gayle Windham, earl of Westhaven, is the first legitimate son and heir to the duke of Moreland. To escape his father’s inexorable pressure to marry, he decides to spend the summer at his townhouse in London, where he finds himself intrigued by the secretive ways of his beautiful housekeeper...

Anna Seaton is a beautiful, talented, educated woman, which is why it is so puzzling to Gayle Windham that she works as his housekeeper

 

 

The Soldier
by  Grace Burrowes

New York Times eBook Fiction, 2011
USA Today Bestseller, 2011

Even in the quiet countryside he can find no peace...
His idyllic estate is falling down from neglect and nightmares of war give him no rest. Then Devlin St. Just meets his new neighbor...

Until his beautiful neighbor ignites his imagination...
With her confident manner hiding a devastating secret, his lovely neighbor commands all of his attention, and protecting Emmaline becomes Deviln’s most urgent mission.

 

The Winter Sea
by Susanna Kearsley

New York Times eBook Fiction and Combined Print & eBook Fiction, 2011
USA Today Bestseller, 2011

In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown.

Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next bestselling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write.

But when she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction, Carrie wonders if she might be dealing with ancestral memory, making her the only living person who knows the truth—the ultimate betrayal—that happened all those years ago, and that knowledge comes very close to destroying her…

 

The Naked Roommate
by Harlan Cohen

New York Times Paperback Advice, 2011
National Indie Trade Paperback Nonfiction Bestseller, 2011
Mountains & Plains
Bestseller
, 2011

From sharing a bathroom with 40 people to sharing lecture notes, The Naked Roommate is a behind-the-scenes look at everything students need to know about college. This essential guide is packed with expert advice, plus outrageous stories from students on over 100 campuses.

Through his advice column, college tour, and website, Harlan Cohen has reached thousands of students with his message of being yourself and making the most of the college years.

 

Love Drunk Cowboy
by Carolyn Brown

New York Times eBook Fiction, 2011
USA Today Bestseller, 2011

She’s a self-made city girl…
High-powered career woman Austin Lanier suddenly finds herself saddled with an inherited watermelon farm deep in the countryside. She’s determined to sell the farm, until her new, drop-dead sexy neighbor Rye O’Donnell shows up…

He’s as intoxicating as can be…
Rancher Rye O’Donnell thinks he’s going to get a good deal on his dream property—until he meets the fiery new owner. Rye is knocked sideways when he realizes that not only is Granny Lanier’s city-slicker granddaughter a savvy businesswoman, she’s also sexy as hell…

 

The Grand Sophy
by Georgette Heyer

New York Times eBook Fiction, 2011

 When Lady Ombersley agrees to take in her young niece, no one expects Sophy, who sweeps in and immediately takes the ton by storm. Sophy discovers that her aunt's family is in desperate need of her talent for setting everything right: Ceclia is in love with a poet, Charles has tyrannical tendencies that are being aggravated by his grim fiancee, her uncle is of no use at all, and the younger children are in desperate need of some fun and freedom. By the time she's done, Sophy has commandeered Charles's horses, his household, and finally, his heart.

 

Forever Queen
by Helen Hollick

USA Today Bestseller, 2011

Saxon England, 1002. Not only is Æthelred a failure as King, but his young bride, Emma of Normandy, soon discovers he is even worse as a husband. When the Danish Vikings, led by Swein Forkbeard and his son, Cnut, cause a maelstrom of chaos, Emma, as Queen, must take control if the Kingdom—and her crown—are to be salvaged. Smarter than history remembers, and stronger than the foreign invaders who threaten England’s shores, Emma risks everything on a gamble that could either fulfill her ambitions and dreams or destroy her completely.

 

 

Perfect Timing
by Jill Mansell

USA Today Bestseller, 2011

In this fresh and funny contemporary romance by bestselling author Jill Mansell, Poppy Dunbar’s whole life gets turned upside down after a chance encounter with a handsome stranger...

Never a troublemaker, Poppy had always been content with the way things were supposed to be done—which included marrying predictable Rob McBride. But that was before she met Tom Kennedy the night before her wedding. Could she really be falling in love with a stranger?

 

 

Awaken the Highland Warrior
by Anita Clenney

USA Today Bestseller, 2011

A man from another time...

Faelan is from an ancient clan of Scottish Highland warriors, charged with shielding humanity from demonic forces. Betrayed and locked in a time vault, he has been sleeping for nearly two centuries when spunky historian Bree Kirkland inadvertently wakes him. She’s more fearsome than the demon trying to kill him, and if he’s not careful, she’ll uncover the secrets his clan has bled and died to protect...

 

National Bestsellers: Past Titles

Hip Hop Speaks to Children
by Nikki Giovanni

New York Times Children's Picture Books, 2008, 2009

Hip Hop Speaks to Children is a celebration of poetry with a beat. Like Poetry Speaks to Children, the classic book and CD that started it all, it's meant to be the beginning of a journey of discovery.

Together, this book is a treasure of which you cannot get enough.
We shall accomplish much this year. Children will be encouraged to put their words to poetry and beats. Teachers will be encouraged to allow the artists to speak to children.
—Diane Chen, School Library Journal blog "Practically Paradise"

 

I Love You More
by Laura Duksta

New York Times Children's Picture Books, 2006

“I cannot get enough of I Love You More. I actually first saw it under the Christmas tree at The White House during a Christmas party over a year ago. It is, by far, my favorite book to read to my boys. It truly touches my heart every time I read it and wanted to thank you writing and illustrating this book.” —Carly Glazier

 

Poetry Speaks to Children
by Elise Paschen

New York Times Children's Picture Books, 2006
Booksense Bestseller, 2006
Publisher's Weekly Bestseller, 2006

More than 90 poems, for children ages six and up, celebrate the written word and feature a star-studded lineup of beloved poets, including: Roald Dahl; J. R. R. Tolkien; Robert Frost; Gwendolyn Brooks; Ogden Nash; John Ciardi; Langston Hughes; Sonia Sanchez; Seamus Heaney; Canada's best-loved children's poet, Dennis Lee; Rita Dove; Billy Collins; Nikki Giovanni and X. J. Kennedy.

 

Healing the Addicted Brain
by Harold Urschel, M.D.

New York Times Paperback Advice, 2009

The Proven Scientific Approach to Conquering Addiction and Defeating the Disease

Healing the Addicted Brain is a breakthrough work that focuses on treating drug and alcohol addiction as a biological disease—based on the Recovery Science program that has helped thousands of patients defeat their addictions over the past 10 years. It combines the best behavioral addiction treatments with the latest scientific research into brain functions, providing tools and strategies designed to overcome the biological factors that cause addictive behavior along with proven treatments and medications.

 

Why a Daughter Needs a Mom
by Gregory Lang

New York Times Hardcover Advice, 2004

The third book in the Family Matter series, Why a Daughter Needs a Mom inspires mothers to empower their daughters to become strong, purposeful, independent women and reminds daughters that their mothers are some of the strongest, most reliable sources from which they can draw strength and wisdom.

 

Why a Daughter Needs a Dad
by  Gregory Lang

New York Times Hardcover Advice, 2004

The first book in the Family Matters series, Why a Daughter Needs a Dad celebrates the love fathers have for their daughters, inspiring them to embrace the important role they hold in their daughters' lives and to provide the love, nurture, and emotional support that only they can give.

 

And the Crowd Goes Wild
by Joe Garner

New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction, 1999
USA Today Bestseller, 1999
Wall Street Journal Bestseller, 1999

In words and images--and on two audio CDs narrated by award-winning sports journalist Bob Costas--And The Crowd Goes Wild brings to life the spine-tingling moments that brought us to our feet.

 

And the Fans Roared
by Joe Garner

New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction, 2000
USA Today Bestseller, 2000

Featuring the riveting stories that bring you back to the moment, acclaimed sports photographs and two audio CDs narrated by award-winning sports journalist Bob Costas, And The Fans Roared delivers more than forty of the most spine-tingling sports moments ever broadcast.

 

Greatest Moments in Sports
by Len Berman

New York Times Children's Chapter Books, 2009

The best thing about sports is that you never know when a great moment is going to happen. And everyone has a different opinion about what the greatest moments are. Sportscaster Len Berman reveals his favorite moments in sports and offers this challenge—what are yours?

 

Conscious Cuisine
by Cary Neff

New York Times Hardcover Advice, 2003
Wall Street Journal Bestseller, 2003

Conscious Cuisine provides you with recipes and techniques that will help you discover new healthful foods, cooking methods and nutritional awareness. Cooking terminology is explained to help you better understand how professional chefs adapt new recipes with ease. You too will learn to cook with confidence, creating sinfully delicious foods without the use of excessive fats and calories.

 

First Lady
by Michael Malone

New York Times Hardcover Fiction, 2001

Critically acclaimed novelist and award-winning short story writer Michael Malone is the smart, literate, compassionate voice of the American south. His gift for crafting the great American comedy, as he did in Handling Sin, is matched only by his ability to create mystery novels ripped with tension, twists and humanity.

A woman’s body has been found—murdered, mutilated, tagged and addressed to Lt. Justin Savile V and Police Chief Cuddy R. Mangum. Dubbed the "Guess Who Killer" by a voracious press, Hillston, North Carolina, has a serial killer on its hands. The media and the mayor demand answers while the city lives in fear. Savile and Mangum are being taunted and stalked. Worse, they have no leads.

 

Poetry Speaks
by Elise Paschen and Rebekah Presson Mosby

New York Times Hardcover Fiction, 2002
Los Angeles Times Bestseller, 2002

Poetry Speaks features the work of the most influential writers in modern poetry—written and performed—from 1892 to 1997. This book combines their most significant poems in print with the authors themselves reading their poetry on audio CD. Poets range from Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Walt Whitman, T.S. Eliot and Dorothy Parker to Langston Hughes, Allen Ginsberg, Sylvia Plath and Gwendolyn Brooks.

 

We Interrupt this Broadcast
by  Joe Garner

New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction, 1998, 1999
Wall Street Journal Bestseller, 1998, 1999

Few phrases garner as much attention as "We Interrupt This Broadcast..."

In words and images--and on two audio compact discs--We Interrupt This Broadcast brings to life the famous and infamous moments of the twentieth century that were announced to us with those four chilling words.

 

Jefferson's Great Gamble
by Charles Cerami

New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction, 2003

Jefferson’s Great Gamble is an extraordinary work that redefines one of the most important and overlooked events in American history. Charles A. Cerami reveals the untold thrusts and parries of the Louisiana Purchase, an event that was not just a land sale, but thirty months of high drama, blandishment, posturing and secret maneuvers by some of the most powerful and crafty men of their time. Utilizing original correspondence and firsthand accounts, Cerami paints a vivid and engrossing narrative enriched by the words of the men whose talents and weaknesses kept the negotiations alive during the most unsure moments.

 

4th and Fixed
by Reggie Rivers

Denver Post, 2004

4th and Fixed is a stunning novel about a pair of memorable wiseguys who, against all odds, fix a season's worth of NFL games. Written with an authentic voice that could only come from a former NFL player, Reggie Rivers bursts into fiction with a force and style reminiscent of Peter Gent's classic bestseller North Dallas Forty.

4th and Fixed is as riveting as the last moments of a tied Super Bowl game.

 

Daughter's Keeper
by Ayelet Waldman

San Fransisco Chronicle, 2003

How much would you sacrifice to save someone you love?

When Olivia, wild-haired and headstrong, makes a terrible mistake, she must turn to the person least likely to help--her mother, Elaine. Motherhood was a role that Elaine never embraced and her best never amounted to much. But now Olivia faces prosecution for a naïve connection to a drug deal and she needs Elaine more than ever. As the days count down and Olivia’s future hangs in the balance, Elaine must decide just how much she is willing to give for a second chance with her daughter.

 

Fraud
by Paul Waldman

San Fransisco Chronicle, 2004

In Fraud, leading political and media analyst Paul Waldman exposes the truth behind the rise of George W. Bush. What is revealed is more shocking than just a pattern of lies and incompetence. It is the story of how a clever political machine built a high-stakes game of deception, a policy of lies to capture the highest office in the free world, a fraud that continues to this day.

The power of the fraud lies in the ability of the Bush machine to manipulate the press, and thereby avoid having the truth exposed. Waldman’s findings reveal an astonishing record of how the nation’s media has not only given Bush a pass again and again, but have failed to follow up on even the most openly dishonest parts of the Bush agenda.

 

God-Shaped Hole
by Tiffanie DeBartolo

San Fransisco Chronicle, 2002

When I was twelve, a fortune teller told me that my one true love would die young and leave me all alone.
Everyone said she was a fraud, that she was just making it up.
I’d really like to know why the hell a person would make up a thing like that.

Written with the snap, glitter and wit of The Girl’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing, God-Shaped Hole is a memorable, poignant love story that will leave you weeping with laughter. It is told in the wry, vulnerable voice of Beatrice "Trixie" Jordan who replies to a personal ad, "If your intentions are pure I am seeking a friend for the end of the world."

 

The Entitled
by Frank Deford

Booksense, 2007

Howie Traveler never made it as a player—his one major league hit and .091 batting average attest to that. He was
cursed with that worst of professional maladies, the ill fortune of almost.

Now after years of struggling up the coaching ladder, Howie’s finally been given his shot: as manager of the Cleveland Indians. But America’s pastime has changed. Whether Howie can spot a small flaw in a batter’s swing won’t matter if he can’t manage his superstar outfielder Jay Alcazar, a slugger with enormous talent (and an ego to match).

 

1001 Ways to Be Romantic
by Gregory Godek

Booksense, 2008

Sure, you could buy some roses.
Yes, you could cook an elegant romantic dinner.
Of course, you could give a heart-shaped box of chocolates.

But sometimes you want to do more than that. Sometimes you want to show just how much you really care, how much passion you really feel, and how much more your partner means to you than absolutely anything else.

 

Churchill's Triumph
by Michael Dobbs

Boston Globe, 2008

“The drama and despair of this momentous meeting are captured perfectly and Dobbs shows rare talent for reading between the lines of official history.”
--Northern Echo

For eight days, beginning on Saturday, February 3, 1945, the most powerful men in the world – Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin – met at the Black Sea Resort of Yalta, where in the most momentous conference of the century, they preceded to divide up Europe. This novel, told from Churchill’s point of view, takes you behind the scenes and brings you into the minds and hearts of the big three leaders.

 

Do You Know the Boston Red Sox?

Indie October Baseball Bestseller List, 2008

Test your expertise with these fastball questions (and a few curves) about your favorite team's hurlers, sluggers, stats and most memorable moments.

Questions to challenge and entertain both casual and die-hard fans.
--Great players and legendary characters of the game
--Argument-settling stats and records you should know
--Players’ nicknames, managers’ advice, the best baseball movies, and other odd trivia
…and much, much more!

 

The Give-Back Solution
by Susan Skog

Denver Post, 2009

An unprecedented surge of ordinary people are using their time, talents, and travel to make a better world.

What's Your Part of the Give-Back Solution?

Reaching out and supporting others brings out the best in all of us. Giving back strengthens America—but the under-appreciated secret is that it lifts us up, too. Part call-to-action, part inspiration, part practical research guide to make-a-difference opportunities, The Give-Back Solution captures the idealism and generosity sweeping our country, even in the face of serious challenges.

 

My Hippo Has the Hiccups
by Kenn Nesbitt

Shelf Awareness Chicagoland, 2009

Kenn Nesbitt's hilarious poetry is adored by kids. They just can't get enough of the great beats, wonderful imagery, and good ol' belly laughs his poetry contains! With over a hundred poems included, most of them new but some old favorites too, My Hippo Has the Hiccups is a laugh-out-loud good time. The audio CD features lots of the great poem readings and zany humor that make Kenn one of the most widely sought school speakers in the country.

 

The Four Corners of the Sky
by Michael Malone

IndieBound, 2009

In small towns between the North Carolina Piedmont and the coast the best scenery is often in the sky. On flat sweeps of red clay and scrub pine the days move monotonously, safely, but above, in the blink of an eye, dangerous clouds can boil out of all four corners of the sky…The flat slow land starts to shiver and anything can happen. In such a storm, on Annie Peregrine's seventh birthday, her father gave her the airplane and minutes later drove out of her life.

Twenty years is a long time to be without a father, and, for Navy pilot Annie Peregrine-Goode, the sky has become a home the earth has never been. So when her father calls out of the blue to ask for a dying wish—one both absurd and mysterious—no is the easiest of answers. Until she hears that the reward is the one thing she always wanted …

 

Horrid Henry
by Francesca Simon, Tony Simon

IndieBound, 2009
New England Independent Booksellers, 2009

Horrid Henry and his neighbor Moody Margaret decide to make the most sloppy, slimy, sludgy, sticky, smelly, gooey, gluey, gummy, greasy, gloppy glop possible. Is it the best glop in the world or the worst thing that's ever happened to them? Plus three other stories so funny we can't even mention them here.

Francesca Simon is one of the world's best-loved children's authors. She is the only American to have ever won the Galaxy Book Award, and her creation, Horrid Henry, is the #1 bestselling chapter book series in the UK—with a hit TV show and over fifteen million copies sold! Each book contains four easy-to-read stories and hilarious illustrations by the one and only Tony Ross, so even the most reluctant of readers won't be able to resist Henry's amazing talent for trouble!

 

Bran Hambric
by Kaleb Nation

IndieBound, 2009
Mountains & Plains Indie Bestsellers, 2009

“The Farfield Curse is a story you’ll want to pick up, but not put down!” —Kaza Kingsley, author of the bestselling Erec Rex series.
“A sinisterly good read.” —The Children’s Book Review
“A world vastly different from our own, where magic sits next to cell phones and gnomes really do travel.” —Kim Harrison, author of Once Dead, Twice Shy

What if your mother was a criminal?
What if her crime was magic?
What if magic ran in the family?

 

Publish This Book
by Stephen Markley

Shelf Awareness Chicagoland, 2010

Dear Reader-
This is called the “back cover copy,” and you are no doubt familiar with its purpose. It describes what the book is about, so you can decide if you want to read it.
Here’s the problem, though: I can’t even describe this book, and I wrote the damn thing.(1)
Basically, it’s like this: fed up with the Byzantine quest of trying to publish a novel, I decide instead to cut to the chase and write a memoir about trying to publish a book—this book, to be precise.
Of course, now you’re saying to yourself, “That is stupid,” which is fair. But then you’ll read it, and you’ll say, “Damn, that was actually pretty good.”

 

The Aristobrats
by Jennifer Solow

NCIBA, 2010

It’s all about the Attitude

Parker Bell knows the secret to beauty is pretty simple–wearing the right clothes isn’t as important as how you feel in them. Popularity is like that too. It’s all about attitude. You have to picture who you want to be and then just imagine that’s who you already are.

This year Parker and her three best friends have made their way to the top of the populadder at Wallingford Academy. And they’re ready to use their Aristobrat status to help spread positive vibes throughout the school. But when the girls are assigned to produce the seriously lame school webcast, their popularity plummets! Will this tragedy destroy the girls' status? Or their friendship? Or both?

 

Fiske Guide to College
by Edward B. Fiske

SoCal Regional Indie, 2011

This #1 guide to 300+ colleges and universities is the most trusted source for college-bound students and their parents. Fiske delivers an insider’s look at the academic, social, and extracurricular climates at the “best and most interesting” schools in the U.S., plus Canada and the UK.

  • Exclusive academic, social, and quality-of-life ratings
  • 40+ schools that deliver the best education at a great price
  • Each school’s strongest majors and programs
  • Tips from students
  • How to apply

 

If I Could Keep You Little
by Marianne Richmond

St. Louis, 2011

IF I COULD KEEP YOU LITTLE exemplifies Marianne’s real insights into the human spirit and her beautiful illustrations that will touch children and adults and that are sure to be cherished for generations to come. Taking the reader on a journey of memory and expectation, IF I COULD KEEP YOU LITTLE showcases the fleeting little moments that reveal how a child changes and grows.

 

Sins of the House of Borgia
by Sarah Bower

Globe & Mail Historical Fiction (Canada), 2011

A Notorious Duke
An Infamous Duchess
An Innocent Girl

Violante isn’t supposed to be here, in one of the grandest courts of Renaissance Italy. She isn’t supposed to be a lady-in-waiting to the beautiful Lucrezia Borgia. But the same secretive politics that pushed Lucrezia’s father to the Vatican have landed Violante deep in a lavish landscape of passion and ambition.

 

Lydia
by Tim Sandlin

Denver Post, 2011
Boulder Sunday Camera, 2011

“Sandlin understands that the best black comedy is only a tiny slip away from despair, and he handles this walk without a misstep.”
—Dallas Morning News

Managing the Virgin Birth Home for Unwed Mothers means the women in Sam Callahan’s life keep his world interesting. But it’s his family members that really take the cake. His daughter may be having a nervous breakdown, and his mother’s just out of prison for attempting to poison the president’s dog. And when they hit the road with a geriatric, an adoptive son trying to discover his parentage, and an enraged psychopath on their tails, all hell may break loose.

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