Amazon Customers' Bestsellers: Top 10 Books of 2008

Who says the kids today don't read? After the phenomenon of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows topped our year-end bestseller list (and then some) last year, two of our top three bestselling books for 2008 are, like Harry's, fantastic stories written for younger readers that have found an eager audience among grown-ups too: the final volume in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series, Breaking Dawn, and Christopher Paolini's third Eragon book, Brisingr.
See our complete top 100 bestsellers for 2008 below. (Ranked according to customer orders through October. Only books published for the first time in 2008 are eligible.) Find many more customers favorites and editors' picks in our Best of 2008 Store.
Here we just list the top 10.
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Author: David Wroblewski
Publisher: Ecco
Keywords: book, club, oprah, novel, edgar, sawtelle, story
Number of Pages: 576
Published: 2008-09-19
List price: $25.95
ISBN-10: 0061768065
ISBN-13: 9780061768064

Amazon Best of the Month, June 2008: It’s gutsy for a debut novelist to offer a modern take on Hamlet set in rural Wisconsin--particularly one in which the young hero, born mute, communicates with people, dogs, and the occasional ghost through his own mix of sign and body language. But David Wroblewski’s extraordinary way with language in The Story of Edgar Sawtelle immerses readers in a living, breathing world that is both fantastic and utterly believable. In selecting for temperament and a special intelligence, Edgar’s grandfather started a line of unusual dogs--the Sawtell

Author: J. K. Rowling
Publisher: Children’s High Level Grou
Keywords: standard, bard, beedle, tales
Published: 2008-12-04
List price: $12.99
ISBN-10: 0545128285
ISBN-13: 9780545128285

The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Standard Edition In December 2007, J.K. Rowling unveiled The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a very special book of five fairy tales illustrated by the bard herself, embellished with silver ornaments and mounted moonstones. Amazon was fortunate to come into possession of one of the original copies, and it was our privilege to share images and reviews of this incredible artifact. Now J.K. Rowling is giving millions of Harry Potter fans worldwide cause for celebration with a new edition of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, available December 4, 2008. Offering the trademark wi

Author: David Sedari
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Keywords: flames, engulfed
Number of Pages: 336
Published: 2008-06-03
List price: $25.99
ISBN-10: 0316143472
ISBN-13: 9780316143479

"David Sedaris’s ability to transform the mortification of everyday life into wildly entertaining art," (The Christian Science Monitor) is elevated to wilder and more entertaining heights than ever in this remarkable new book. Trying to make coffee when the water is shut off, David considers using the water in a vase of flowers and his chain of associations takes him from the French countryside to a hilariously uncomfortable memory of buying drugs in a mobile home in rural North Carolina. In essay after essay, Sedaris proceeds from bizarre conundrums of daily life-having a lozenge fall f

Author: Stephenie Meyer
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Reader
Keywords: book, saga, twilight, dawn, breaking
Number of Pages: 756
Published: 2008-08-02
List price: $22.99
ISBN-10: 031606792X
ISBN-13: 9780316067928

Great love stories thrive on sacrifice. Throughout The Twilight Saga (Twilight, New Moon, and Eclipse), Stephenie Meyer has emulated great love stories--Romeo and Juliet, Wuthering Heights--with the fated, yet perpetually doomed love of Bella (the human girl) and Edward (the vampire who feeds on animals instead of humans). In Breaking Dawn, the fourth and final installment in the series, Bella’s story plays out in some unexpected ways. The ongoing conflicts that made this series so compelling--a human girl in love with a vampire, a werewolf in love with a human girl, the generations-long

Author: Ron Paul
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Keywords: manifesto, revolution
Number of Pages: 192
Published: 2008-04-01
List price: $21.00
ISBN-10: 0446537519
ISBN-13: 9780446537513

This Much Is True: You Have Been Lied To.The government is expanding. Taxes are increasing. More senseless wars are being planned. Inflation is ballooning. Our basic freedoms are disappearing.The Founding Fathers didn’t want any of this. In fact, they said so quite clearly in the Constitution of the United States of America. Unfortunately, that beautiful, ingenious, and revolutionary document is being ignored more and more in Washington. If we are to enjoy peace, freedom, and prosperity once again, we absolutely must return to the principles upon which America was founded. But finally, t

Author: Stephenie Meyer
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Keywords: novel, host
Number of Pages: 619
Published: 2008-05-06
List price: $25.99
ISBN-10: 0316068047
ISBN-13: 9780316068048

Amazon Best of the Month, May 2008: Stephenie Meyer, creator of the phenomenal teen-vamp Twilight series, takes paranormal romance into alien territory in her first adult novel. Those wary of sci-fi or teen angst will be pleasantly surprised by this mature and imaginative thriller, propelled by equal parts action and emotion. A species of altruistic parasites has peacefully assumed control of the minds and bodies of most humans, but feisty Melanie Stryder won’t surrender her mind to the alien soul called Wanderer. Overwhelmed by Melanie’s memories of fellow resistor Jared, Wanderer
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