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BOOK BUZZ–What’s New on USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books List

McLEAN, VA, March 18, 2009 — Here’s the latest book buzz from USA TODAY with a sneak peek at the highlights of tomorrow’s Best-Selling Books list:

• Teen vampires again reign over USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list, but this week the No. 1 spot doesn’t belong to Stephenie Meyer. It goes to mother-daughter team P.C. and Kristin Cast and their novel Hunted, which went on sale March 10. It’s the fifth book but first hardcover in their House of Night series about fledgling vampire Zoey Redbird — and their first debut at No. 1

• Clive Cussler’s latest best seller, Corsair, which lands at No. 11, features modern-day Libyan pirates. Cussler, 77, says he wasn’t surprised by the news last November of real-life Somalian pirates hijacking a supertanker. “It’s pretty much a coincidence,” he says, “but we did our research and knew there have been pirates for years and years in places like Indonesia, even Nicaragua.” Corsair, Cussler’s 37th novel, was written with his collaborator Jack Du Brul.

For all the news from this week’s Best-Selling Books list, see Thursday’s editions of USA TODAY for the top 50 books or log onto www.top150.usatoday.com for the complete list of 150 best-selling books from last week.

USA TODAY’s list differs from other lists because the rankings are based solely on retail sales data from major chain and independent bookstores across the USA. Included are more than one million volumes from approximately 3,000 large-inventory, diverse-content bookstores. USA TODAY’s list shows readers what is selling across the whole range of books, not just what is selling by category. Hardcover, paperback, fiction and non-fiction are pooled together. USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list has been published each Thursday in the newspaper’s Life section since October 28, 1993.

USA TODAY is the nation’s top-selling newspaper with a total average daily circulation of 2.3 million. Published at more than 30 locations in the USA and abroad, USA TODAY is available worldwide. USA TODAY is published by Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI). The USA TODAY brand also includes: USATODAY.com, an award-winning news and information Web site that is updated 24 hours per day; USA TODAY Sports Weekly, a magazine for enthusiasts of college and professional football and baseball; USA TODAY Mobile, offering up-to-the minute news and information on a variety of mobile platforms and devices; and USA TODAY LIVE, the television arm of the USA TODAY brand that brings the spirit and quality of the newspaper to television.

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