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The Best-Seller Babe: Funny People Find Chart Success

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As I was compiling the list of recommended reads from magazines last week, I noticed how many memoirs were on the list.  I wanted to see how well the memoirs fared on best-seller lists and found that people like funny people.  After examining four best-seller lists from The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and Washington Post newspapers, every memoir included was written by someone with a little funny in them.

Carol Burnett’s This Time Together, which details the actress’ time in show business, is number nine on the Los Angeles Times Best-Seller List, number five on the Chicago Tribune’s list and number four on The New York Times. Not surprising since she’s a major actress whose show ran for 11 seasons.

The next person with a memoir on multiple lists is Sarah Silverman, an actress and comedian frequently featured on Comedy Central.  Her book, The Bedwetter, is ranked ninth on the Chicago Tribune’s list, number six on the Washington Post’s list and number nine on The New York Times’ list.

The Los Angeles Times‘ list also featured Betrothed, the follow-up to Elizabeth Gilbert’s novel Eat, Pray, LoveBetrothed is ranked 15th.

Also interesting to note is that Chelsea Handler’s most recent collection of essays, Chelsea, Chelsea, Bang, Bang, was on all four best-seller lists.  She is eighth in Los Angeles, third in Chicago, fourth in Washington and third in New York. Apparently, people liked her memoir, Are you there Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea, enough to pick up the essays.

Do you like memoirs?  What memoirs are you reading?

-Sarah Morris

Sarah is a senior journalism major at the University of Missouri. She can be found on Twitter at @smorris198888.

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Written by whitney teal

May 3, 2010 at 2:21 pm

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  1. I don’t think I’ve ever read a memoir by a comedian. At least not yet. I usually read biographies when I want to read non-fiction but I wouldn’t mind reading a memoir by a favorite actor or comedian (like Chris Rock maybe).


    May 6, 2010 at 1:56 pm

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