Veteran authors and Mistletoe sneak into the bestseller list

spinning holiday every fall, Richard Paul Evans He churns out another holiday-themed novel, making it the author’s equivalent of the Christmas store where you can buy a box of candy canes in July—in other words, while the rest of us stock up on SPF, Evans has visions of sugar canes dancing in his head. This year’s message is “The Christmas Promise,” the story of polar identical twins whose relationship is forever changed by a homecoming mistake. The novel is currently at number seven on the list of hardcover fiction books, and joins a host of holiday bestsellers, including “All-American Christmas” by Rachel Campos Duffy and Sean Duffy (No. 5 on the hardcover factual book list); “The Christmas Bookshop” by Jenny Colgan (recent number 8 on the Paper Trade List); and J.K. Rowling’s “The Christmas Pig,” which was #1 on the hardcover kids’ list for middle grade for 7 weeks. Interestingly and somewhat baffling, there are no Hanukkah or Kwanzaa books on the bestseller list right now.

steel Danielle Steel lands on the list of encapsulated fantasy with “Flying Angels,” a novel about six young nurses during World War II. “I loved doing research for this book,” she writes on her website. Its subjects work on special details for the army, and join rescue missions to transport wounded soldiers from the front line. Steele continues, “They were American, British, and Australian women, with incredible camaraderie between them, and as brave as the men who saved them. … They carried out their mission, uncomplaining, risking their daily lives, like men, giving themselves, and recognized only by governments. which they served after more than two decades.” Some Goodreads reviews are alarmed by historical inaccuracies and “padding and fluff,” but these quirks don’t seem to stand in the way of sales.

patchwork Anne Patchett’s latest book, Dutch House, spent 32 weeks on the hardcover list, 30 weeks on the print and e-novel list, seven weeks on the paper-trade list and—perhaps thanks to a Tom Hanks novel—11 months on the audio list. Now Patchett migrates to the realist side with a collection of essays; These Precious Days are now ranked seventh. This time around, the audiobook is narrated by the author herself, and a quick sample notes her voice stacks respectably against Hanks.

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