January 5, 2012
McNally J’s Bestsellers of 2011

Here are McNally J’s bestselling books of 2011. It’s a list! 31 books long. Arbitrarily. I had to go get my laundry.

  1. Just Kids, Patti Smith (Now also the bestselling book in McNJ’s history.) 
  2. A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan
  3. On Booze, F. Scott Fitzgerald
  4. Bossypants, Tina Fey
  5. The Imperfectionists, Tom Rachman
  6. The ReadyMade 100 Project Manual (printed on our book machine!)
  7. Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson
  8. 1Q84, Haruki Murakami
  9. Go the Fuck to Sleep, Adam Mansbach
  10. Blood, Bones and Butter, Gabrielle Hamilton
  11. The Marriage Plot, Jeffrey “Salivagate" Eugenides
  12. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
  13. Tote! 
  14. The Help, Kathryn Stockett
  15. The Art of Fielding, Chad Harbach (This would be been higher if it hadn’t gone out of stock the week before Christmas.)
  16. Super Sad True Love Story, Gary Shteyngart
  17. Sense of an Ending, Julian Barnes
  18. All the public domain books from the Espresso Book Machine!
  19. Everything Beautiful Began After, Simon Van Booy
  20. Suicide, Edouard Leve
  21. Windup Girl, Paolo Bacigalupi
  22. The Tao of Wu, The Rza
  23. Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins
  24. One Day, David Nicholls
  25. Freedom, Jonathan Franzen
  26. Woolgathering, Patti Smith
  27. Blue Nights, Joan Didion
  28. Life, Keith Richards
  29. By Nightfall, Michael Cunningham
  30. You Deserve Nothing, Alexander Maksik
  31. We the Animals, Justin “Former McNJ Staffer” Torres

Other notables (i.e. books I like that were not far down the list): Rich People Things, The Ask, Emma Straub’s Other People We Married, which we had in stock way too infrequently. Leaving the Atocha Station is in the Top 100 (another title that would’ve been higher if it hadn’t fallen out of stock everywhere just before Christmas). Lydia Davis’ The Cows—a chapbook about literal cows—is just outside the 100. Actually, though, our bestselling item-type thing by far was the set-up fee to publish on our Book Machine.

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