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A composite list of bestseller titles based on The New York Times Book Review, The Times of London, and The Toronto Globe & Mail. Presented in no particular order...

(Navigation Updated 3/29/2011)


1. 1. THE BULLY PULPIT by Doris Kearns Goodwin; AGENT: Amanda Urban at ICM and film rights have just gone to Dreamworks, also through ICM.

2. KILLING JESUS by Bill O'Reilly; AGENT: Eric Simonoff at Wm Morris Endeavor.

3. THINGS THAT MATTER by Charles Krauthammer; AGENT: Robert Barnett at Williams & Connolly This DC attorney represents the biggest political and newspaper names. Charges a one time (very large) fee but not an ongoing 15% of sales.

4. DAVID AND GOLIATH, by Malcolm Gladwell; AGENT: Tina Bennett at Janklow & Nesbit.

5. DOUBLE DOWN, by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann; AGENT: Andrew Wylie and film rights option went to HBO who did their GAME CHANGE.

6.I AM MALALA, by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb; AGENT: Karolina Sutton at Curtis Brown, London and Amanda Urban at ICM New York. Word is these two powerhouse ladies got Malala $3million. Well deserved.

7. THE DEATH OF SANTINI, by Pat Conroy; AGENT: Marly Rusoff
A memoir about the abusive father who inspired the novel, THE GREAT SANTINI

8. LEAN IN, by Sheryl Sandberg with Nell Scovell; AGENT: Jennifer Rudolf Walsh at Wm Morris Endeavor

9. ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, by Piper Kerman; AGENT: Stuart Krichevsky

10.HUMANS OF NEW YORK, by Brandon Stanton; AGENT: Brian DeFiori This one started as a website.


1. SYCAMORE ROW, by John Grisham; AGENT: David Gernert These two built a career in tandem. Gernert was J.G.'s editor, then - when Grisham's agent first cheated him then died - D.G. opened an agency to represent him. And a very few others.

2. THE LONGEST RIDE, by Nicholas Sparks; AGENT: Theresa Park Another agency built on the one huge client who can keep the lights on. Nothing wrong in that. It's smart business.

3.IDENTICAL, by Scott Turow; AGENT: Gail Hochman

4. S., by Doug Dorst; AGENT: Jay Mandel at Wm Morris Endeavor. Mandel does mostly narrative non-fiction and this is a quirky project rather than a straight-forward novel.

5. THE HUSBAND'S SECRET, by Liane Moriarty; AGENT: Faye Bender in the US and Fiona Inglis at Curtis Brown in Australia. Movie rights have just gone to CBS via Jerry Kalajian at Intellectual Property Group.

6. THE LUMINARIES, by Eleanor Catton; AGENT: Caroline Dawnay at United Artists in London. Winning the Booker makes a US sale a lot easier to get for a New Zealander.

7. THE GOLDFINCH, by Donna Tartt; AGENT: Amanda Urban at ICM.

8. THE VALLEY OF AMAZEMENT, by Amy Tan; AGENT: Sandra Dijkstra.

9. MIRAGE, by Clive Cussler with Jack Du; AGENT Peter Lampack.

10. IS THIS TOMORROW, by Caroline Leavitt; AGENT: Gail Hochman


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