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Books of 1978

By Patrick Mondout

What a great year for non-fiction! Our top-ten list reveals a book on running by an author who would soon drop dead while doing the same, the long-awaited memoirs by a disgraced ex-president (sans an apology to the American people), a book on the "calamitous" 14th century, a book about alcoholic actress Joan Crawford by her allegedly abused adopted daughter, and a book by the Muppets! All this in the non-fiction section and I haven't even mentioned the pair of books on faeries and gnomes that round out this all-time top-ten list!

Here's a list of the top ten bestsellers for 1978:

1978 Fiction Bestsellers
1 Chesapeake  James A. Michener
2 War and Remembrance  Herman Wouk
3 Fools Die  Mario Puzo
4 Bloodlines  Sidney Sheldon
5 Scruples  Judith Krantz
6 Evergreen  Belva Plain
7 Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah  Richard Bach
8 The Holcroft Covenant  Robert Ludlum
9 Second Generation  Howard Fast
10 Eye of the Needle Ken Follett
  Source: Publisher's Weekly


1978 Non-Fiction Bestsellers
1 If Life Is a Bowl of Cherries - What Am I Doing in the Pits?  Erma Bombeck
2 Gnomes  Wil Huygen and Rien Poortvliet
3 The Complete Book of Running  James Fixx
4 Mommie Dearest  Christina Crawford
5 Pulling Your Own Strings  Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
6 RN: The Memoirs of Richard Nixon  Richard Nixon
7 A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous Fourteenth Century  Barbara Tuchman
8 Faeries  Brian Froud and Alan Lee
9 In Search of History: A Personal Adventure  Theodore H. White
10 The Muppet Show Book the Muppet People
  Source: Publisher's Weekly



James Michener: Chesapeake

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