Private: Book stats by city, more

A friend happened upon an Amazon feature that lists the top ten books sold through the site to people in various cities. He forwards this information:

Williamsburg, VA
1) Pain-Free: A Revolutionary Guide to Chronic Pain
2) The Conquerors: Roosevelt, Truman and the Destruction of Hitler’s Germany, 1941-1945

Scarsdale, NY
1) The Misfits (about suburban kids considered outsiders)
3) Guide to Colleges
5) How Jewish Teachings Can Help You Raise Self-Reliant Children
7) Another Guide to Colleges

Details for a few other cities:

New York City
1) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5)
2) Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
3) The Da Vinci Code
4) An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963
5) A Short History of Nearly Everything
6) Positively Fifth Street: Murderers, Cheetahs, and Binion’s World Series of Poker

Northampton, MA
1) Middlesex: A Novel
2) Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
3) Jarhead: A Marine’s Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles
4) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5)
5) Stupid White Men …and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation

Jackson, MS
1) Tough-As-Nails Flowers for the South
2) The Sweet Potato Queens’ Big-Ass Cookbook (And Financial Planner)
3) Useful Idiots: How Liberals Got It Wrong in the Cold War and Still Blame America First
4) The King of Torts
5) Reversible Errors: A Novel

Boca Raton, FL
1) The Americanization of the Jews (Reappraisals in Jewish Social and Intellectual History)
2) Halfway Heaven: Diary of a Harvard Murder
3) A People Apart: A Political History of the Jews in Europe 1789-1939
4) Portrait of American Jews: The Last Half of the Twentieth Century (The Samuel and Althea Stroum Lectures in Jewish Studies)
5) Handbook on the Prophets: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Minor Prophets

Terry Teachout, one of the judges for this year’s National Book Awards, says the list of nominees will be announced a week from today.

The winner of the 2003 Nobel Prize for Literature will be announced on Thursday.

Last month the ALA provided a list of the most frequently challenged books of 2003. (Via Dust Congress.)