Veteran Authors and Mistletoe Descend on the Best-Seller List

By Elisabeth Egan

HOLIDAY YARN Every fall, Richard Paul Evans churns out yet another holiday-themed novel, making him the authorial equivalent of a Christmas store where you can buy a box of candy canes in July — in other words, while the rest of us are stocking up on SPF, Evans has visions of sugarplums dancing in his head. This year’s dispatch is “The Christmas Promise,” a story of polar opposite identical twins whose relationship is forever altered by a holiday homecoming gone wrong. Currently at No. 7 on the hardcover fiction list, the novel joins a bevy of other holiday best sellers, including “All-American Christmas,” by Rachel Campos-Duffy and Sean Duffy (No. 5 on the hardcover nonfiction list); “The Christmas Bookshop,” by Jenny Colgan (recently No. 8 on the trade paperback list); and J. K. Rowling’s “The Christmas Pig,” which has been in the No. 1 slot on the children’s middle grade hardcover list for 7 weeks. Interestingly and somewhat perplexingly, there are no Hanukkah or Kwanzaa books on the best-seller list at the moment.

STEELWORK Danielle Steel lands on the hardcover fiction list with “Flying Angels,” a novel about six young flight nurses during World War II. “I LOVED doing the research for this book,” she writes on her website. Her subjects work on special detail for the Army, joining rescue missions to transport wounded soldiers from the front line. Steel goes on, “They were American, British and Australian women, with an incredible camaraderie between them, as brave as the men they saved. … They carried out their mission, uncomplaining, risking their lives daily, like the men, giving of themselves, and only acknowledged by the governments they served more than two decades later.” Some Goodreads reviews gripe about historical inaccuracies and “filler and fluff,” but these quibbles don’t appear to be standing in the way of sales.

PATCHWORK Ann Patchett’s last book, “The Dutch House,” spent 32 weeks on the hardcover fiction list, 30 weeks on the combined print and e-book fiction list, seven weeks on the trade paperback list and — perhaps thanks to Tom Hanks’s narration — 11 months on the audio list. Now Patchett migrates over to the nonfiction side with an essay collection; “These Precious Days” is now at No 7. This time, the audiobook is narrated by the author herself, and a quick sample indicates that her voice stacks up respectably against Hanks’s.

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