So why did HarperCollins give Anderson Cooper $1 million for his not particularly insightful and not particularly well-reviewed memoir? Because last week, the week it was published, at was the bestselling nonfiction hardcover book in the country, moving some 38,000 copies, according to Nielsen BookScan. Even that number, however, doesn't make Dispatches From the Edge the No. 1 overall book for the week. (It was No. 6.) And the anchor's memoir didn't even summit the nonfiction or biography sublists, both of which saw the paperback of Elie Wiesel's Night, recently Oprah-certfied, triumph. But we suspect Anderson is just fine with that: From what we understand, he prefers not to be on top.
Anderson Cooper Almost Comes Out on Top [Book Standard]