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Satire: The New York Times Bestseller List, Week of June 13

From paperbacks to a waste of paper, hardcovers to hard-to-believe-it-was-even-published, and non-fiction full of fictitiousness to fiction that’s real in somebody’s world, the bestseller list has them all! Sometimes you just have to read between the lines.


The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest: Anaphylactic Shock and You, by Stieg Larsson

61 Hours: Staring at a Clock for Two and a Half Days Rendered me Incapable of Coming Up with a Better Title, by Lee Child

The Burning Wire: Electricity is Not Our Friend, by Jeffery Deaver

Heart of the Matter: Cardiovascular Anecdotes, by Emily Giffin

The 9TH Judgment: The First 8 Were No Good, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

Blockade Billy and His Construction Crew Band, by Stephen King

The Imperfectionists, Procrastinators and Other Lazy Types, by Tom Rachman

My Name is Memory, My Middle Name is Loss, by Ann Brashares

Lover Mine, Get Her Shaft, by J. R. Ward

The Double Comfort Safari Club: African Quiltmakers, by Alexander McCall Smith

Tell-All and Other Ethics Violations That Sell Books, by Chuck Palahniuk

The Shadow of Your Smile: Nightmares of Orthodontia, by Mary Higgins Clark

The Scent of Rain and Lightning is Only Smelled Once, by Nancy Pickard

Supreme Justice Would Make a Great Name for a Sandwich, by Phillip Margolin

Little Bee, Big Shoe, by Chris Cleave

South of Broad, North of the Free Clinic, by Pat Conroy

The Forgotten Garden: Sponsored by Roundup Weed Killer, by Kate Morton

The Last Child, “Thank God,” said the Parents of Seven, by John Hart

Let the Great World Spin: Vertigo and There You Are, by Colum McCann

The Doomsday Key to a Door You Shouldn’t Touch, Ever!, by James Rollins

The Darkest Passion is Often Bottled and Comes with a Warning Label, by Gena Showalter

Skin Trade: When Two People Exchange Looks, by Laurell K. Hamilton

The House on Olive Street Comes With Salad, by Robyn Carr

Magic Bleeds When the Trick Fails, by Ilona Andrews

Blown Away: When the Winds of Change is Your Best Travel Agent, by Sharon Sala

Over the Edge: Crying Over Spilt Milk on Your New Carpet, by Jonathan Kellerman


Spoken From the Heart: It’s a Gusher, by Laura Bush

To Save America I Should Stop Writing About it, by Newt Gingrich with Joe DeSantis

Change Your Brain, Change Your Body, But for Cryin’ Out Loud Do it Over There!, by Daniel G. Amen

Operation Mincemeat: Pies Like Us, by Ben Macintyre

Chords of Strength: Piano Wire and Basic Home & Auto Repair, by David Archuleta with Monica Haim

Rush Limbaugh (An Army of One is Easy to Conquer), by Zev Chafets

Somewhere Inside: When Sex Games Go Awry, by Laura Ling and Lisa Ling

The Glass Castle Holds my Stone Collection, by Jeannette Walls


Women, Food and God Help Me When I Can’t Find the Chocolate, by Geneen Roth

Switch To Decaf, by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

Life is What You Make It, Said the Lemons, by Peter Buffett

If You’re Not First You’re Last, If You’re Not With Us You’re Against Us: Extremism and You and You, But Not You or You, by Grant Cardone

This is Why You’re Fat (and How to Get Thin Forever): Yet Another Way to Kill Time Instead of Burning More Calories Than You Consume, by Jackie Warner

Heroes for my Son (Not You, Tiger), by Brad Meltzer


The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working So Let’s Quit and Go Play, by Tony Schwartz with Jean Gomes and Catherine McCarthy

13 Bankers Sitting in a Tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G, by Simon Johnson and James Kwak

Rework and Other Words to Use to Distract Attention From Your Mistakes, by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

The End of Wall Street: Where Bankers Fear to Tread, by Roger Lowenstein

Too Big to Fail or Move or Get Your Own Breakfast or Breathe or Live Much Longer, by Andrew Ross Sorkin

The Black Swan: British Petroleum’s New Logo, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Children’s Books

Star Wars: When Constellations Just Won’t Get Along, by Rufus Butler Seder

Ladybug Girl at the Beach, Dung Beetle Boy in the Meadow, by David Soman and Jacky Davis

Marley and the Kittens: An Animal Shelter Breakout, by John Grogan

Shark Vs. Train: A Fish Out of Water, by Chris Barton

The Quiet Book: Made of Cloth and Feathers, by Deborah Underwood

Catching Fire and Other Things That Happen to Unsupervised Children, by Suzanne Collins

Spells and Grammars: Unchecked, by Aprilynne Pike

Pinkalicious and the Pink Drink: Kool-Aid for Generation Y, by Victoria Kann

About Diana Hartman

Diana is a USMC (ret.) spouse, mother of three and a Wichita, Kansas native. She is back in the United States after 10 years in Germany. She is a contributing author to Holiday Writes. She hates liver & motivational speakers. She loves science & naps.

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