Today I learned about the Not Terribly Good Club of Great Britain which was founded in 1977 for people proud of their incompetence. The club was forced to closed when the founder sold a book which became a bestseller and the club receiving thousands of applications "Even as failures, we failed" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Not…
Today I learned of Looking Backward: 2000-1887, an 1888 science fiction novel by Edward Bellamy that predicted debit cards, streaming music and CostCo. The bestseller was so popular that a network of 'Bellamy Clubs' sprung up to make Bellamy's vision a reality. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loo…
Today I learned of Mildred Wirt Benson. She ghostwrote for heroine mystery book series including Nancy Drew and Dana Girls during the early 1900s. Benson contributed to 23 of the first 30 Nancy Drew mysteries, which became bestsellers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
During a 1983 court-case, the New York Times conceded that their 'Bestseller List' is not "objective factual content" or a comprehensive list of the country's best-selling books, but instead admitted it was 'editorial content'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
For four years a japanese man was challengened to stay locked up completely naked in an apartment for a tv show akin to the movie the Tru-man show. when he eventually got released his diary became a bestseller in Japan en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nas…
To generate interest in the movie "Summer of '42", its producers had the screenplay turned into a novel. The book quickly became a bestseller, so the film was billed as being "based on the national bestseller," despite the film having been completed before the book was written. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sum…
J.K. Rowling published several crime fiction books under the pseudonym "Robert Galbraith." The books topped the national and international bestseller lists and have been adapted for television. robert-galbraith.com/abou…
Today I learned of Iris Chang, whose 1997 bestseller "The Rape of Nanking" depicted that event's depraved brutality in detail. In 2004 while researching another brutal, depraved WWII event, the Bataan Death March, she was diagnosed with reactive psychosis and went into a major depression, and committed suicide. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iri…
Masaru Emoto, a Japanese author and pseudoscientist, wrote a book called The Hidden Messages in Water which claimed that water formed "pleasing" ice crystals if you said or thought nice things towards it and "ugly" ones if you insulted it. It quickly became a New York Times bestseller. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mas…
Bear, a Canadian bestiality novel, won a prestigious literary award and was a bestseller en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
Thomas Rockwell, author of children's bestseller How To Eat Fried Worms, is the son of beloved artist Norman Rockwell. He's also still alive and 86. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
The 1958 Latin Translation of Winnie the Pooh, Winnie ille Pu, became the first and only book ever published in Latin to make it to the New York Times Bestseller List. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Win…
Wendell Willke, 1940 Republican presidential nominee wrote a 1943 bestseller in which he advocated for an end to colonialism, one worldwide federalist government for the planet and equality for non-whites in the USA. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One…
When the government’s official Tower Commission Report (about Reagan’s involvement in the Iran Contra) was finished, it was published and became a bestseller in book stores across the nation. wikipedia.org/wiki/Tower_…
The World Almanac and Book of Facts , published yearly from 1886, was number 1 on the Washington Post bestseller list on November 27, 2011. In 1894, the Almanac claimed more than a half-million "habitual users" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wor…
The 1969 bestseller 'Naked Came the Stranger' was written by 25 authors whose intention was to write a book that was both deliberately terrible and contained a lot of descriptions of sex en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nak…
Few major publishers are interested in distributing Esperanto literature and sales of 500 books are considered a bestseller in this language indecs.eu/2015/indecs_13_…
Oliver Wolf Sacks, author & neurologist, known as a "poet laureate of contemporary medicine”, burned his first book due to self-doubt. But went on to write many bestsellers. Including β€˜Awakenings’ about his breakthrough work with survivors of the 1920s sleeping sickness encephalitis lethargica en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oli…
The Battle Royale novel, written in 1996, was entered into the 1997 Japan Horror Fiction Awards but was eventually rejected in the final round due to its content. Upon publication in 1999, the novel became a surprise bestseller. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
The Church of Scientology bought 50,000 copies of "Battlefield Earth" to make the book a bestseller. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
For 60 years Mother Theresa wrote letters to her confessors and spiritual advisors. Appealing to the secrecy of confessionals, she asked that these letters were to be destroyed. 10 years after her death all her letters were published in a book that became a NY Times Bestseller. christianitytoday.com/ct/…
Each of Mary Higgins Clark's 51 books has been a bestseller in the United States and various European countries. Her debut novel, a fictionalized account of the life of George Washington, did not sell well, and she decided to leverage her love of mystery/suspense novels en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
There was a musical version of War of the Worlds created by Jeff Wayne in 1978. It was not only successful, but remains a bestseller in the UK. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jef…
Today I learned of Daisy Ashford, who wrote β€œThe Young Visiters”, a Bestseller in the 19th. Century with a misspelled Title at the age of nine. theparisreview.org/blog/2…
L. Ron Hubbard's book "Battlefield Earth" stayed on bestseller lists despite being critically panned because The Church of Scientology had members purchase thousands of copies, some going so far as to repeatedly buy the same copies en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
A cookbook published in the 1700's was a bestseller for over a century. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Hitler's "Mein Kampf" is a current bestseller in India, and many Indians believe him to be a more respectable role-model than Gandhi. thedailybeast.com/article…
There are only 7 authors to hit #1 on the NYT Bestsellers list for both Fiction and Nonfiction, among them Hemingway, Steinbeck, Wallace and Jimmy Buffett buffettnews.com/resources…
The Peace Corps was created in part to improve America’s image abroad after the novel β€œThe Ugly American” became a bestseller. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In 1985 members of the staff of a "Bestseller" book, placed coupons redeemable for $5 cash inside 70 books that were selling well, and none of them were sent in, proving that they were most likely not read. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bes…
The film Showgirls was panned by critics and bombed at the box office but went on to make more than $100 million from video rentals and is in the top 20 of MGM's bestsellers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sho…
Jimmy Buffett is one of eight authors in the New York Times Bestsellers list's history to have reached number one on both the fiction and nonfiction lists en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim…
In the late 1960s, a group of journalists conspired to write a deliberately terrible novel as a commentary on the state of popular literature at the time. It became a bestseller. museumofhoaxes.com/hoax/a…
The film Showgirls generated more than $100 million from video rentals and became one of MGM's top 20 all-time bestsellers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sho…
In 2003 a Moldovan-Romanian dictionary published in Moldova has become a bestseller even though Moldovan and Romanian are basically the same language. It was described by leading scholars as an absurdity. listserv.linguistlist.org…
Hitler's famous "Mein Kampf" was a bestseller in Turkey in 2005. theguardian.com/world/200…
Halo books have been NY Times Bestsellers four times. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/L…
The New York Times 'Bestseller List' is legally considered opinion-based and uses a secret method for determining so-called 'best sellers' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
There are only seven authors in history to have a #1 bestseller in both the fiction and non-fiction categories. Among the list are Hemingway, Steinbeck and Jimmy Buffet. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/J…
The book 'Who Moved My Cheese' became a '90s bestseller in part because many companies laid off workers at the time, needed "downsizing propaganda" and bought the book in bulk for those left in the company. books.google.com/books?id…
For the last four months the top book on the New York Times bestseller list for children's picture books is The Book with No Pictures nytimes.com/best-sellers-…
A christian book about the authors experience in hell is on the New York Times bestseller list for "nonfiction"... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/23_…
In response to "Uncle Tom's Cabin" a Southern writer published "Aunt Phillis's Cabin" in 1852 and it was an immediate bestseller. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aun…
Writer Jean Shepard, known for "A Christmas Story", while working for WOR radio, convinced fans to request copies of a non-existent book at bookstores. Fans created so much demand for the fictional "I, Libertine", that it was listed on the New York Times Bestsellers list. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/J…
The Chinese translation of James Joyce's "Finnegans Wake" was a surprise bestseller with the first print run selling out in a little over a month bbc.com/news/world-asia-c…
One of the writers of the relationship self help bestseller "The Rules: Time-tested Secrets for Capturing the Heart of Mr. Right" was in the middle of divorce proceedings when the follow up "The Rules for Marriage: Time-Tested Secrets for Making Your Marriage Work" was released en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The New York Times considers the selection process for its Bestseller list to be a 'trade secret' and will not release details for fear of authors and publishers rigging the system. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/T…
There is a New York Times bestseller book which teaches the basics of Taoism using characters from Winnie the Pooh en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Morgan Freeman was set to star in an adaption to Arthur C. Clarke's bestseller Rendevous with Rama...to be directed by David Fincher en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren…
In the 1920's a book that portrayed Jesus as a businessman was a nationwide bestseller. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…

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