What were Petalumans reading this year?
If sales at Copperfield’s are any indication, local readers went nuts for erotica, at least the type supplied by Fifty Shades of Gray, and the post-apocalyptic The Hunger Games, with the titles placing first and second respectively in the bookseller’s list of top selling books.
“The Hunger Games and Fifty Shades of Grey are vastly different books but they deal with the need to restore one’s power in whatever way seems to work, sometimes without regard to the moral implications,” said Copperfield’s Book Buyer, Sheryl Cotleur.
The Fifty Shades of Gray trilogy tells the story of a young woman and her older lover, and accounted for nearly half of all sales from the Top 10 list. The Hunger Games tells the story of 16-year-old Katniss who must compete in gladiator-like Olympics that are also a reality show.
Other books on the Top 10 list include State of Wonder, a novel by Ann Patchett and The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht, both made the list in positions 6 and 10 respectively. Also making the list and representing the only nonfiction was Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed.
Glee star Chris Colfer captured the number 8 spot with his children’s book The Land of Stories, primarily amassing sales in one day during his appearance in Copperfield’s Petaluma store this summer.
That was followed by Bossypants, a memoir from funny lady Tina Fey.
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