Top Selling books in the US - what is America interested in?
“ What is curious is that six of the books are about the demise of America or the troubles of America or the fictional metaphorical stories of an
America after greatness. Now I know you’d say – well the US has had a hard time so it isn’t surprising. I challenge you on that…why? There is always something – 70’s was about Vietnam and the oil crisis but there weren’t books in the top 10 then about the demise of America.
Let’s take a surface look 6 of the top 10 books are about the demise of America.”
Do you see the difference?
Don’t read ahead, no cheating….
Now let’s have a look courtesy of
USA today. http://www.usatoday.com/life/books/booksdatabase/2011-05-11-about-usa-todays-top-150-books-list_n.htm
Let’s go for a surface look. The answer is America is interested in, herself. 6 of the top 10 books are about America.
Any great nation tends to become self centred. America is an amazing place but to visitors from Europe or other parts of the world incredibly ignorant of how she is viewed. What is interesting is that if you are truly on top of your game, you don’t care. What is interesting is that six of the books are a the demise of America or the troubles of America or the fictional metaphorical stories of an America after greatness.
America it seems is starting to care and question herself. Is China? Is China reading about the demise of China? Or is she enjoying stories about herself which is what book lists in America used to look like in the 1970’s.
Next week, we’ll look at China – right now look at what Suzanne Collins books are about. Is this prophetic or merely reflective of a country worries about the economy?
Suzanne Collins’ series is according to amazon.com :
“In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, “The Hunger Games,” a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed” Cheerie stuff then.
TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list ranks the 150 top-selling titles each week based on an analysis of sales from U.S. booksellers. Contributors represent a variety of outlets: bookstore chains, independent bookstores, mass merchandisers and online retailers.
by Suzanne Collins
Youth: Girl takes sister’s place in a real-world survivor game in a post-apocalyptic
USA. (P, Scholastic Press)
GENRE: Youth | DEBUTED: October 02, 2008
by Suzanne Collins
Youth: Katniss and Peeta are targeted as rebels after winning the Hunger Games; second in series. (E, Scholastic)
GENRE: Youth | DEBUTED: September 10, 2009
by Suzanne Collins
Youth: Katniss must give herself completely to the rebellion for it to succeed; last in series. (E, Scholastic)
GENRE: Youth | DEBUTED: September 02, 2010
by Stephen R. Covey
Management expert writes about setting goals for success. (E, RosettaBooks)
GENRE: Business | DEBUTED: October 28, 1993
by Jonathan Safran Foer
Oskar Schell, 9, must find a lock that matches a key that belonged to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on 9/11; movie. (E, Houghton
GENRE: General fiction | DEBUTED: January 05, 2012
by Kathryn Stockett
A young white woman tells the story of black maids in 1960s Mississippi; movie. (E, Penguin Group)
GENRE: General fiction | DEBUTED: May 28, 2009
by Robert Crais
A wealthy industrialist hires Elvis Cole and Joe Pike to find her missing son. (E, Putnam Adult)
GENRE: General fiction | DEBUTED: February 02, 2012
by Stieg Larsson
Journalist is hired to investigate the disappearance of an heir to a wealthy family. (E, Vintage)
GENRE: General fiction | DEBUTED: September 25, 2008
by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent
Subtitle: “A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back”. (P, Thomas Nelson)
GENRE: Religion/Inspiration | DEBUTED: November 25, 2010
by Mark Levin
Subtitle: “The Unmaking of America”. (H, Threshold Editions)
GENRE: Current affairs | DEBUTED: January 26, 2012
This blog and book references are taken from http://www.usatoday.com/life/books/booksdatabase/2011-05-11-about-usa-todays-top-150-books-list_n.htm