The Millions Top Ten: November 2012

December 1, 2012 | 2 min read

We spend plenty of time here on The Millions telling all of you what we’ve been reading, but we are also quite interested in hearing about what you’ve been reading. By looking at our Amazon stats, we can see what books Millions readers have been buying, and we decided it would be fun to use those stats to find out what books have been most popular with our readers in recent months. Below you’ll find our Millions Top Ten list for November.

Title On List
1. 1. cover A Naked Singularity 6 months
2. 3. cover This Is How You Lose Her 3 months
3. 2. cover Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace 4 months
4. 6. cover Object Lessons: The Paris Review Presents the Art of the Short Story 2 months
5. 4. cover NW 3 months
6. 5. cover Telegraph Avenue 3 months
7. cover Both Flesh and Not 1 month
8. 7. cover Gone Girl 4 months
9. 10. cover A Hologram for the King 4 months
10. 9. cover The Patrick Melrose Novels 6 months


With our November list, A Naked Singularity by Sergio De La Pava is enjoying the final month of its miracle run at the top before graduating to our Hall of Fame next month (don’t miss Garth Hallberg‘s profile of De La Pava before it goes). A Naked Singularity will join Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies, as the Booker winner, which has just been inducted Mantel’s first Thomas Cromwell book, Wolf Hall, is now also a Hall of Famer.

Moving up to number two on the list, Junot Díaz’s This Is How You Lose Her (our review) continues its climb, surpassing D.T. Max’s biography Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace. Wallace looms large on our list as his posthumously published collection of essays Both Flesh and Not debuts at number seven. The book is the third by Wallace (after Infinite Jest and The Pale King) to appear on a Millions Top Ten list. The new Paris Review anthology is another big mover, hopping two spots in its second month on the list. We’ve got an interview with one of the editors.

Near Misses: The Fun Stuff: And Other Essays, The Fifty Year Sword, The Round House, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, and Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar. See Also: Last month’s list.

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