Best-selling books in Canada from October 6 to 12, 2022

Two long-awaited books involving conflict in high places debut on the nonfiction original bestseller list this week. At the top of the list is “Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America,” by The New York Times reporter and veteran Trump watcher. Maggie Haberman. And at No. 9 is “Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the War Between the Windsors,” by Tom Bowerthe British journalist known for his unauthorized biographies, including those on Boris Johnson, Conrad Black and Robert Maxwell.

The third original non-fiction book debuting this week, at #6, is “An Encyclopedia of Tolkien,” by a veteran Middle-earth scholar. david day. Released in 2019, it’s selling out fast thanks to Amazon Prime’s new Tolkien-inspired series, “The Rings of Power.”

—Sarah Murdoch

Bestseller lists are compiled by Toronto Star Newspapers Limited from information provided by BookNet Canada’s national sales tracking service, BNC SalesData.


1. Fairy TaleStephen King, Scribner (5)*

2. WinnersFredrik Backman, Simon & Schuster (2)

3. Mad HoneyJodi Picoult, Jennifer Finney Boylan, Random House Canada (1)

4. It Ends With UsColleen Hoover, Atria (58)

5. DreamlandNicholas Sparks, Doubleday Canada (3)

6. TruthColleen Hoover, Grand Central (41)

7. Next in lineJeffrey Archer, Harper Collins (2)

8. Our Missing HeartsCeleste Ng, Viking (1)

9. Healing with wordsRupi Kaur, Simon & Schuster (2)

10. Reminders of HimColleen Hoover, Montlake Romance (25)


1. Trustworthy manMaggie Haberman, Penguin (1)

2. I’m glad my mother is deadJennette McCurdy, Simon & Schuster (8)

3. Guinness World Records 2023Guinness World Records (6)

4. Live wireKelly Ripa, Dey Street (2)

5. A little brokenRoz Weston, Doubleday Canada (2)

6. An Encyclopedia of TolkienDavid Day, Canterbury Classics (1)

7. 12 rules for lifeJordan B. Peterson, Random House Canada (121)

8. The Girl from AuschwitzTova Friedman, Malcolm Brabant, Place Hanover (5)

9. RevengeTom Bower, Atria (1)

10. Sweetgrass BraidingRobin Wall Kimmerer, Milkweed (92)


1. Healing with wordsRupi Kaur, Simon & Schuster

2. Five little IndiansMichelle Good, Vivace Harper

3. Secret PathGord Downie, Jeff Lemire, Simon & Schuster

4. Witches of Moonshyne ManorBianca Marais, Mira

5. All I Want For ChristmasMaggie KnoxViking

6. We spreadIain Reid, Simon & Schuster

7. The Handmaid’s TaleMargaret Atwood, McClelland and Stewart

8. The Marrow ThievesCherie Dimaline, dancing cat

9. Bad Girl ReputationElle Kennedy, Saint Martin’s Griffon

10. Every Summer AfterCarley FortuneViking


1. A little brokenRoz Weston, Doubleday Canada

2. 12 rules for lifeJordan B. Peterson, Random House Canada

3. DucksKate Beaton, Drawn & Quarterly

4. The future is nowBob McDonaldViking

5. Namwayut: We are all oneChief Robert Joseph, Page Two

6. No bootstrap when barefootWes Hall, Random House Canada

7. Battle of the AtlanticTed Barris, Patrick Crean

8. 21 things you might not know about the Indian ActBob Joseph, Indigenous Relations

9. The SeriesKen Dryden, McClelland & Stewart

10. Laugh with the TricksterTomson Highway, Anansi House


1. Narwhalicorn and Jelly (Book #7)Ben Clanton, Tundra

2. Investigators: Heist and SeekJohn Patrick Green, first second

3. The little blue truck makes a friendAlice Schertle, Jill McElmurry, Clarion

4. The Babysitters Club: Jessi’s Secret LanguageAnn M. Martin, Chan Chau, Graphix

5. A Good Girl’s Guide to KillingHolly Jackson, Ember

6. Go!Robert Munsch, Michael Marchenko, Scholastic

7. The final betJennifer Lynn Barnes, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

8. Busy BettyReese Witherspoon, Xindi Yan, Flamingo

9. Realm of the DreadedKerri Maniscalco, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

10. Little Blue Truck HalloweenAlice Schertle, Jill McElmurry, Clarion


1. Fairy TaleStephen King, Scribner

2. TruthColleen Hoover, Grand Central

3. Next in lineJeffrey Archer, Harper Collins

4. The family staysLisa Jewell, earbuds

5. The Judge’s ListJohn Grisham, anchor

6. The silent patientAlex Michaelides, Celadon

7. Murders Coast to CoastJames Patterson, JD Barker, Grand Central

8. Oath of fidelityVince Flynn, Kyle Mills, Atria/Emily Bestler

9. Fear No EvilJames Patterson, Grand Central

10. Rising TideAnn Cleeves, Macmillan

* Number of weeks on the list


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