Steve Jobs Biography, Tina Fey Memoir Top Amazon's Best-Selling Books of 2011
Amazon announced its top 10 best-selling books overall of 2011 (including Kindle sales) and not surprisingly, Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs biography took the No. 1 spot after hitting bookshelves in late October following Jobs' death.
Originally scheduled for publication in March 2012, the bio release was then moved up to late November 2011 due to Job's declining health and actually debuted on Oct. 24. The Apple CEO and chairman personally selected Isaacson, the former Time editor and author of best-selling biographies of Ben Franklin and Albert Einstein, to write the only authorized take on his life.
Tina Fey's Bossypants, released in April, was a close second with Jaycee Dugard's A Stolen Life. In 1991, Dugard was abducted from a school bus stop and for the following 18 years, she was held captive by her kidnappers Philip Craig and Nancy Garrido, giving birth to two daughters.
Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin's latest installment in the fantasy epic A Dance With Dragons, published in July, took the sixth spot.
Amazon's best-selling books in print also include Chelsea Handler's Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me, James A. Miller's Those Guys Have All The Fun: Inside the World of ESPN, Steven Tyler's memoir Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?, Rob Lowe's Stories I Only Tell My Friends, Ellen DeGeneres' Seriously ... I'm Kidding, Mindy Kaling's Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns and the third RIchard Castle (a fictional character on ABC's Castle) entitled Heat Rises.
“After the year of recommending books to our customers, it’s always fun to see what books really resonated with them,” said Chris Schluep, senior editor of books, Amazon.com. “We chose Steve Jobs as one of the Top 10 best books of the year, and even though it was published in October, the sales have been phenomenal in both formats.”
The top 10 best-selling books overall as follows:
- “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson
- “Bossypants” by Tina Fey
- “A Stolen Life” by Jaycee Dugard
- “The Mill River Recluse” by Darcie Chan
- “In the Garden of the Beasts” by Erik Larson
- “A Dance with Dragons” by George R.R. Martin
- “The Paris Wife” by Paula McLain
- “The Litigators” by John Grisham
- “The Abbey” by Chris Culver
- “Inheritance (The Inheritance Cycle)” by Christopher Paolini