reading the New York Times Book Review
i have discovered a terrifying fact: Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code has been on the NYTimes best seller list for 107 weeks. at 52 weeks per year, that is more than two years on the best seller list, with no end in sight. this week and last week, it's been in first place.
Mitch Albom's Tuesdays with Morrie has been on the paperback best seller list for 121 weeks, while The Five People You Meet In Heaven has been on the list for 80 weeks. oddly enough, Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond has been on the nonfiction paperback best seller list for 135 weeks, which is more than Dan Brown's effort. i'm not sure if i'm reassured, because according to the Times, the book is "An argument that Western dominance is due to geographic advantages."
out of the 15 books reported on the Times's paperback best seller list, six of them -or a little over a third- are romance novels, written by honest-to-goodness romance writers like Amanda Quick and Julie Garland. in other words, being a romance novel writing in America is a very good deal, as well as being, say, John Grisham, or Mary Higgins Clark, or Sue Grafton.