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J.D. Robb, of course, is no stranger to bestseller lists, but her colleagues in this quartet have enjoyed time on the charts as well. Gaffney's Saving Graces was a PW hardcover and mass market bestseller, and Blayney and Langan have contributed, with Robb, to two other bestselling mass market anthologies: last year's Suite 606, and Dead of Night, in 2007.

According to, "The Blind Side juggernaut pressed on, giving up 25% for a $15.1 million gross in its fourth weekend [Dec. 11-13]. In the process, the football-themed drama hit $149.8 million in just 24 days, a remarkable feat for a sports movie and for a picture that's not a special effects extravaganza or sequel." And it gets better: in a mere 17 days, the film became the highest-grossing sports drama on record.

Paperback Bestsellers/Mass Market

Last Weeks
December 21, 2009 week on list

1 Dear John. Nicholas Spark. 2 4
Grand Central, $7.99
ISBN 978-0-446-56733-6

2 The Associate. John Grisham. 3 12
Dell, $9.99 ISBN 978-0-440-24382-3

3 The Road. Cormac McCarthy. 7 3
Vintage, $7.99 ISBN 978-0-307-47631-9

4 Cross Country. James Patterson. 12 11
Vision, $9.99 ISBN 978-0-446-53630-1

5 Arctic Drift. Clive Cussler fr Dirk Cussler. 5 3
Berkley, $9.99 ISBN 978-0-425-23145-6

6 The Charlemagne Pursuit. Steve Berry. 4 3
Ballantine, $9.99
ISBN 978-0-345-48580-9

7 7th Heaven. James Patterson & Maxine 6 3
Paetro. Vision, $7.99
ISBN 978-0-446-53624-0

8 Born of ICe. Sherrilyn Kenyon. 1 2
St. Martin's, $7.99
ISBN 978-0-312-94232-8

9 Lavender Morning. Jude Deveraux. 10 4
Pocket, $7.99 ISBN 978-0-7434-3721-9

10 Worth the Risk. Nora Roberts. 9 3
Silhouette, $7.99
ISBN 978-0-373-28583-9

11 Loitering with Intent. Stuart Woods. 8 3
Signet, $9.99 ISBN 978-0-451-22856-7

12 Mrs. MiraCle. Debbie Macomber. 11 2
Avon, $7.99
ISBN 978-0-06-108346-4

13 The Lovely Bones. Alice Sebold. 15 7
Little, Brown, $7.99
ISBN 978-0-316-04440-0
14 The Lost.J.D. Robb, Patricia Gaffney, 14 3
Mary Blayney, fr Ruth Ryan Langan.
Jove, $7.99 ISBN 978-0-515-14718-6

15 Fairy Tale Weddings. Debbie Macomber. 13 3
Mira, $7.99 ISBN 978-0-778-32702-8

Compiled from data received from independent and chain bookstores.

Source Citation
Donahue, Dick. "Paper bestsellers/mass market." Publishers Weekly 256.51 (2009): 14. Academic OneFile. Web. 3 Jan. 2010. .

Gale Document Number:A215249317

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