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The 2010 Bestseller Feature

By (October 1, 2010) No Comment

Another publishing season rolls around, and Open Letters puts aside our usual weighty tomes and turns to the venerable New York Times bestseller list. For the last two years we’ve reviewed the Fiction lists—this year we cast a collective cold eye on the Nonfiction list (specifically from the week of August 1, 2010). Exactly what kind of nonfiction is America reading these days? Join us as we take a tour of the top ten bestsellers.


1. Sh*t My Dad Says
By Justin Halpern

Reviewed by Tuc Macfarland


2. The Obama Diaries
By Laura Ingraham

Reviewed by Greg Waldmann


3. The Big Short
By Michael Lewis

Reviewed by John Cotter


4. Medium Raw
By Anthony Bourdain

Reviewed by Amanda Bragg


5. Sliding into Home
By Kendra Wilkinson

Reviewed by Rita Consalvos


6. Coming Back Stronger
By Drew Brees with Chris Fabry

Reviewed by Jeffrey Eaton


7. Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang
By Chelsea Handler

Reviewed by Sam Sacks


8. Empire of the Summer Moon
By S.C. Gwynne

Reviewed by Steve Donoghue


9. Outliers
By Malcolm Gladwell

Reviewed by Steve Donoghue


10. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
By Rebecca Skloot

Reviewed by Maureen Thorson