As promised here are the top 2010 bestsellers of hardcover non fiction thanks to Publishers Weekly. On this list you will find an eclectic group of writers from mostly outside of the publishing world. To name a few titles there are rock stars, media personalities, comedians, chefs, and politicians. Some you might hate, some you might love; either way they sold a ton of books. So, get ready, here it is the Top 10 Bestsellers of Hardcover Nonfiction.
1. Decision Points by George W. Bush
This memoir, which sold 2, 653, 565 copies, was the only nonfiction book to break a million copies sold. It was Random House’s biggest debut since 2007. The Bush family are no strangers to the best sellers list, Laura Bush also landed in the Top 15 Hardcover Non-Fiction List. This book rehashes George W. Bush’s eight years of presidency. Just a few things he touches on are: his decision to quit drinking, how he chose key officials, family relationships, and disappointment in not bringing Osama Bin Laden to justice.
2. Broke: The Plan to Restore Our Trust, Truth, and Treasure by Glenn Beck
This author feels that American has turned its back on the constitution. In Beck’s book he discusses his feelings that America is “broken.” Not only broken financially, but also broken spiritually and politically. Beck feels that he has the answers stating that we need a return to individual rights. Beck begins with the revolution and goes through 234 years of history, pointing out all the lies we’ve believed as he does so. The book sold 860,000 copies.
3. Women, Food, and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything by Geneen Roth
This book focuses on the obsession we can easily fall into with food. Geneen Roth, herself, has been plagued with eating issues, from weighing too little, to weighing too much. She states that to be a healthy weight, one must trust his/her body. Roth has written for many magazines and had a previous New York Times Bestseller with Food is Love. She states that the way we eat is affected by our core beliefs about being alive. This book sold 850,000 copies.
4. Life by Keith Richards with James Fox
When the world found out that Richards was penning a memoir many made jokes revolving around the question, “will he really be able to remember anything?” Well many reviewers have stated that “yes, he definitely can” and if you don’t believe them perhaps ask one of the 811, 596 people that bought his book. Richards’ book begins with his boyhood and delves into the formation of The Rolling Stones and their super fame. Richards is the founding member of the Stones and, with Mick Jagger, penned 14 songs that made Rolling Stones’ “500 Greatest Songs Of All Time” list. If you buy the audio version, you can hear the book read to you by Johnny Depp, Richards himself, and John Hurley.
5. America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag by Sarah Palin
With 797, 955 books sold, Sarah Palin makes this list for the 2nd time. Quoting Lincoln, Helen Keller, and even John Adams while discussing things like family and American Idol, Palin seems to once again be trying to cover all her bases. The theme of the book? How America is the greatest country in the world, except that politicians like Obama are trying to ruin it. Sarah Palin finds ways to tie all of these themes back to the importance of family. If you are a fan of Glenn Beck, you’ll probably want to check out this book. They both agree they have similar values.
6. The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Book):A Visitors Guide to the Human Race by Jon Stewart
This eight time Emmy award winner, should not have been surprised when his book sold 782, 871 copies. This year, not only did he continue to have a hit show, The Daily Show, but was even able to gather enough fans for a rally in DC. Fans of the show will appreciate that this book contains Stewart’s deadpan humor and we see illustrations to fill in those missing comedic sketches. It is a social satire written for the aliens that will one day find Earth. Just a couple subjects he touches on: Larry King, love, celebrities, and of course the history of Earth.
7. Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern
This author was just another comedic writer living in his parents’ house, when he decided to start a twitter account and tweet the funny things his dad says. Halpern states that he did it just so he could keep a log of the many hilarious things his father said, but then it became noticed by people like Jon Stewart. It was mentioned on The Daily Show and in less than a month it became a hit. By February of 2011, he had two million followers. Soon after his twitter became a hit, he published a book with the many quotes his father says. It debuted number eight on The New York Times’ Bestsellers List. CBS is currently producing a show based on the book and tweets. If you want a taste of the somewhat crude, but often hilarious sayings of Halpern’s father, just check out his twitter page.
8. Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That? by Ina Garten
Selling 722,608 copies, this illustrated book of recipes was and continues to be a hit. Garten starts with appetizers like guacamole, she doesn’t feel that anything is too simple to put into a cookbook. She then moves on to main dishes and deserts, letting the reader know that presentation counts, hence the illustrations. Garten even throws in some breakfast recipes. A Food Network television host and author, Garten has become popular for using fresh ingredients to make time saving meals. Garten has had no formal training in cooking, her career began when she opened a small gourmet grocery store titled, The Barefoot Contessa.
9. Pinheads and Patriots: Where You Stand in the Age of Obama by Bill O’Reilly
O’ Reilly, a conservative commentator, is no stranger to the best seller’s list. A popular television show host and author, this is O’Reilly’s fifth consecutive best seller, with 662,950 copies sold. In this book O’Reilly wants the people of America to question why we are in this “state.” He examines what changes have been made since Obama was elected and how we can fix them. O’Reilly defines who was a “pinhead” in the past and who was a “patriot.”
10. Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang by Chelsea Handler
Shockingly hilarious essays, practical jokes, and a lot of sarcasm are what you will find in Handler’s book, which sold 653,321 copies. Handler is always poking fun at the gullible so most stories are outlandish, much like her late night talk show on E! titled Chelsea Lately. Originally Handler moved to Los Angeles to become an actress, but soon after arriving she switched to comedy. With a column in Cosmo, a successful television show, and now another best seller, it looks like she made the right choice.