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By Kent Larsen

Mormon Books On National Bestseller Lists

NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- Its not unusual for books by or about Mormons to hit the bestseller lists in the U.S. Four such titles are currently on a number of bestseller lists, and several others have hit the lists during the past year. With this message, Mormon News is launching a periodic look at which titles by Mormons or about Mormons and their history are currently on various bestseller lists.

Mormon News has covered several titles that hit the best seller lists during the past year, including President Gordon B. Hinckley's book, "Standing for Something," which is likely to be the best selling Mormon-related title of the year. But other titles have been on the list, including books by highly regarded LDS authors Clayton Christensen, Orson Scott Card, Anne Perry and Richard Paul Evans.

The four current titles on bestseller lists are:

Nothing Like it in the World, by Stephen Ambrose
A history of the building of the transcontinental railroad in the US. Ambrose, a highly regarded historian, details the involvement of Mormons in building crucial portions of the road, including the driving of the "golden spike" in the heart of Mormon territory.

Currently on the following bestseller lists:

  • Wall Street Journal (Nov 10) Non-Fiction Hardcover #9
  • Publishers Weekly (Nov 8) Non-Fiction Hardcover #8
  • WordsWorth Independent Bookseller (Nov 7) Non-Fiction Hardcover #3
  • Barnes &Noble Top 100 #33
  • Knight Ridder Non-Fiction #6
  • BooksAMillion Non-Fiction Hardcover #12
  • Booksense (Nov 13) Non-Fiction Hardcover #1
  • New York Times (Nov 19) Non-Fiction Hardcover #6
  • USA Today (Nov 5) #56

Nothing Like It In The World
More about Stephen E. Ambrose's "Nothing Like It in the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad" at

The Carousel, by Richard Paul Evans
LDS author Evans writes about the love between a man and a woman, which is tested by the demands of family and work.

Currently on the following bestseller lists:

  • Publishers Weekly (Nov 8) Fiction Hardcover #13
  • Knight Ridder Fiction #10
  • BooksAMillion Fiction Hardcover #11
  • New York Times (Nov 19) Fiction Hardcover #11
  • USA Today (Nov 5) #70

The Carousel
More about Richard Paul Evans' "The Carousel" at

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R. Covey
This ten-year-old personal management classic is still selling strongly.

Currently on the following bestseller lists:

  • Barnes &Noble Top 100 #59
  • USA Today (Nov 5) #107

Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
More about Stephen R. Covey's "Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" at

Expecting Adam, by Martha Nibley Beck
A lapsed Mormon tells of her decision to have a downs-syndrome child in the face of opposition from her academic peers.

Currently on the following bestseller lists:

  • New York Times (Nov 19) Non-Fiction Paperback #34

Expecting Adam
More about Martha Nibley Beck's "Expecting Adam: A True Story of Birth, Rebirth, and Everyday Magic" at


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