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By Carl Lennertz

Tip of the Week:

Like the Car Guys and their Puzzler, Tip Guy is still on hiatus.

Full blurbs are up for the two latest 76s at

The fall Kids' 76 is off press and mailing now; the September/October 76 is a week late (mea culpa) and will get to you soonest. This may be a blessing in disguise, due to the large number of books scheduled to reach stores in September. We will send you a checklist of those later arrivals soon.

NOTE: We're extending the reporting time for the Book Sense Bestseller list, but just for this coming week! The deadline for this upcoming week will be Tuesday night, September 3. Please report your sales! Thank you!

Sales news from data gathered this week from 350 indies:

That 1993 kids' book you all like so much debuts on our list at #11:

  • The Kissing Hand, Audrey Penn, Ruth E. Harper, Nancy M. Leak (Illus.), Ruth E. Harper (Illus.), Child Welfare League of America, $16.95, 0878685855

Hardcover fiction:

  • On the Rise: #34 The Book of Illusions, Paul Auster, Holt, $24, 0805054081 -- a Top Ten Book Sense 76 pick.

To watch:

  • #29 The First Billion, Christopher Reich, Delacorte, $26.95, 0385333676
  • #48 Versailles, Kathryn Davis, Houghton Mifflin, $21, 0618221360 -- a Book Sense 76 pick.
  • And a July/August Top Ten pick, noted as On the Rise two weeks ago at #37, is now up to #19 -- Life of Pi, Yann Martel, Harcourt, $25, 0151008116

Hardcover nonfiction:

  • On the Rise: #21 Age of Gold: The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream, H.W. Brands, Doubleday, $29.95, 0385502168

Trade paper fiction:

  • Debut: Yay!! With just five days in stores, #3 Peace Like a River, Leif Enger, Grove, $13, 0802139256

Trade paper nonfiction:

  • Debut: #12 Ava's Man, Rick Bragg, Vintage, $13, 0375724443
  • On the Rise: #48 Forbidden Truth: U.S.-Taliban Secret Oil Diplomacy and the Failed Hunt for Bin Laden, Jean-Charles Brisard, Guillaume Dasquie, Thunder's Mouth Press, $12.95, 1560254149

And On the Rise in kids' fiction:

  • #22 The Thief Lord, Cornelia Funke, Chicken House/Scholastic, $16.95, 0439404371 -- #1 Fall Children's 76 Pick! Just out and soon to be all the rage.

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