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Story last updated at 6:01 PM on Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Larsson novels top Homer Bookstore bestsellers list

By Michael Armstrong
Staff Writer


While "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," the first book in Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander mystery series, topped the Homer Bookstore's annual bestseller list for 2010, books by local authors or of Alaska interest dominated the list.

Two local books made the top five: "Kachemak Bay Alaska," by the Homer Foundation, and "Kachemak Bay Communities," by Janet Klein.

Not every book was first published last year.

"Some are not new books at all, but they continue to be popular," said Sue Post, a partner in the Homer Bookstore. "'Winterdance' and 'Tisha' have stayed up on the list for years, just because we like them so much," she said.

Counting books tied for several places, 29 books made the list, including six books by Kachemak Bay area authors and nine books by Alaska authors or about Alaska topics. The top Alaska book published in 2010 is Anchor Point writer Rich Chiappone's collection of fiction, essays and poems on fishing, "Opening Days." It tied at eighth place with "Going Rouge: The Sarah Palin Coloring and Activity Book," by Micheal Stinson and Julie Sigwart.

The Homer Bookstore reports to the American Booksellers Association IndieBound best seller list. Larsson's last Lisbeth Salander book, "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest," also appeared on the Homer list, the IndieBound list and national lists like the New York Times. Post said it's not every year that a national best seller also appears on independent bookseller lists.

Post said the popularity of older Alaska titles can be attributed to visitors looking for good Alaska books.

"These are a lot of our favorite Alaska books. It's the hand selling aspect of the Bookstore," Post said, referring to the staff's personal recommendations.

The Homer Bookstore has been releasing its annual best seller list since 2003.

Homer Bookstore 2010 Best Seller List

[1] The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson

[2] The Girl Who Played with Fire, by Stieg Larsson

[3] Heart Stones, by Josie Iselin

[4] Kachemak Bay Alaska, by The Homer Foundation*

[5] Kachemak Bay Communities, by Janet Klein*

[6] The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, by Stieg Larsson

[7] Alaska's Seashore Creatures, by Conrad Field*

[8] tie: Opening Days, by Rich Chiappone*, and Going Rouge: The Sarah Palin Coloring and Activity Book, by Micheal Stinson and Julie Sigwart**

[9] Tisha, by Robert Specht**

[10] Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson

[11] tie: A Reliable Wife, by Robert Goolrick, and 2010 Milepost, by Morris Communications**

[12] A Long Trek Home, by Erin McKittrick*

[13] tie: Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert, and Snapshots at Statehood, by the Kenai Peninsula Historical Society*

[14] Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese

[15] The Eagle Lady, by Cary Anderson*

[16] tie: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, by Jamie Ford, and Winterdance, by Gary Paulsen**

[17] Field Guide to the Seaweeds of Alaska, by Lindeberg and Lindstrom**

[18] tie: City of Thieves, by David Benioff; Clam Gulch, by Scott Ransom**; and Little Bee, by Chris Cleave

[19] tie: The Fate of Nature, by Charles Wohlforth**; Feather from a Stranger, by Marianne Schlegelmilch*; Guardians of Being, by Eckhart Tolle; and Hunt for Justice, by Lucinda Schroeder*

[20] tie: River of Doubt, by Candice Millard, and Baby Beluga, by Raffi

*Kachemak Bay author **Alaska author or Alaska interest

Michael Armstrong can be reached at michael.armstrong@homernews.com.