Monday, November 30, 2009
Governor Palin's Going Rogue: An American Life has lived up to the hype.
The New York Times reports (emphasis added):
“Going Rogue,” the newly released memoir by Sarah Palin, the former Alaskan governor and Republican nominee for vice president, sold 469,000 copies in its first week of release, according to sales figures released Wednesday by Nielsen BookScan. That made “Going Rogue” the top-selling book of the week on Nielsen BookScan’s chart, putting it ahead of new releases from authors like James Patterson (whose novel “I, Alex Cross” was No. 2) and Stephen King (whose novel “Under the Dome” placed at No. 3), as well as Dan Brown’s best-selling potboiler “The Lost Symbol.” The book will also make its debut at No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list for nonfiction on Dec. 6.
Ms. Palin’s book also had the second-best first-week sales of any memoir by a current or past president, or vice presidential or presidential contender, Nielsen BookScan said.
HarperCollins, which released “Going Rogue,” said the book’s overall first-week sales totaled 700,000 copies. Nielsen BookScan does not record sales at some mass-market retailers, like Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club.