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In January 1943 Philadelphia’s readers couldn’t get enough of Marcia Davenport’s second novel, The Valley of Decision, and Cecil Brown’s Suez to Singapore, the respective number one fiction and “non-fiction” (when the latter was still a hyphenated compound) bestsellers according to the New York Times, which then reported book sales regionally in a grid format, as pictured. Suez to Singapore is a CBS Radio war correspondent’s account of the sinking of the HMS Repulse in December 1941. Charting today’s New York Times nonfiction bestseller lists--no longer broken down regionally--in hardcover and paperback respectively are conservative TV and talk-radio host Glenn Beck’s An Inconvenient Book and Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love.

A New York Times best-seller list published January 10, 1943.
A New York Times best-seller list published January 10, 1943.
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