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By Kent Larsen

Railroad History Continues Advance On Bestseller Lists

NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- Stephen Ambrose's history of the construction of the transcontinental railroad, which tells about the involvement of Mormon pioneers in the project, continues rising on best seller lists in the US, while Richard Paul Evans' Carousel continues to drop. Unfortunately, the new paperback of Martha Beck's "Expecting Adam," which won an award last year from the Association for Mormon Letter's award, has dropped from the lists.

Last week's new title, the pop-lit book about the recent season of MTV's "The Real World," which featured a Mormon, former BYU student Julie Stoffer, dropped on the few lists in which it appeared, but added the prestigious New York Times' Advice, How To and Miscellaneous list, probably a reflection of the delay in the Times' publication.

The 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: This Last List 9 9 Non-Fiction Hardcover 19 23 100 27 34 Barnes &Noble Top 100 10 11 BooksAMillion Non-Fiction Hardcover 5 3 Booksense (Nov 27) Non-Fiction Hardcover 5 6 Knight Ridder Non-Fiction 4 5 New York Times (Dec 3) Non-Fiction Hardcover 9 10 Publishers Weekly (Dec 4) Non-Fiction Hardcover 42 55 USA Today (Nov 26) 8 8 Wall Street Journal (Nov 24) Non-Fiction Hardcover 5 2 WordsWorth Independent Bookseller (Nov 28) Non-Fiction Hardcover

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: This Last List 17 14 BooksAMillion Fiction Hardcover 14 11 Knight Ridder Fiction 15 14 New York Times (Dec 3) Fiction Hardcover 75 73 USA Today (Nov 26)

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: This Last List 15 15 Non-Fiction Paperback 93 - 100 74 61 Barnes &Noble Top 100 141 125 USA Today (Nov 26) 5 ? Wall Street Journal (Nov 24) Business

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

MTV's The Real World: New Orleans Unmasked, by Alison Pollet

Inside story of Mormon Julie Stoffer and the rest of the New Orleans cast.

Currently on the following bestseller lists: This Last List 5 5 Non-Fiction Paperback 10 - New York Times (Dec 3) Advice, How To &Misc. 109 95 USA Today (Nov 26)

New Orleans Unmasked
More about Alison Pollet's "MTV's The Real World: New Orleans Unmasked" at


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