Though it didn't hit the book shelves until the middle of November, Sarah Palin's Going Rogue memoir was the top-selling hard cover non-fiction book of 2009, according to Publishers Weekly:
In nonfiction, can it be that Dick Morris almost outsold Chesley Sullenberger? (Yes.) And did Sarah Palin really outsell Ted Kennedy 3-1? You betcha.By PW's count, Gov. Palin's book sold 2,674,684 copies in just the last six weeks of 2009:
Harper's Going Rogue and Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, by Steve Harvey, copped the top two spots in nonfiction, followed by a couple of titles from S&S's Threshold imprint—Glenn Beck's and Mark R. Levin's.
What is also true and not to be overlooked is that all the hardcover books in these lists were successes. To sell a hundred thousand copies (the cutoff for this list) is to generate near a million dollars for a publisher—no small feat, especially in these times.
Hardcover Nonfiction Sales, 2009- JP
1. Going Rogue: An American Life. Sarah Palin. Harper (2,674,684).
2. Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man: What Men Really Think About Love, Relationships, Intimacy, and Commitment. Steve Harvey. Harper (1,735,219).
3. *Arguing with Idiots: How to Stop Small Minds and Big Government. Glenn Beck. Threshold.
4. *Liberty & Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto. Mark R. Levin..
5. True Compass: A Memoir. Edward M. Kennedy. Twelve (870,402).