The bestselling books in Canada for the week ending March 22



In publishing circles, it’s accepted wisdom that short stories are a tougher sell than novels. It takes a literary star like Margaret Atwood to propel a collection onto the bestseller list — and that success may be fleeting. Last week her “Old Babes in the Wood” was No. 1 on the Star’s Original Fiction list. This week it languished at No. 13, and therefore didn’t crack our Original list. It ranks No. 3 on the Canadian list.

It’s been a great period for the celebrity memoir. This week, Prince Harry, Matt Perry and Pamela Anderson are joined by Paris Hilton, the canny businesswoman and tabloid magnet who has amplified the family fortune through brilliant self-branding over the past quarter-century. The book debuts at No. 2 on the Original Non-Fiction list. Amusingly, publisher HarperCollins, through its Dey Street imprint, has categorized the memoir as MUSIC/Individual Composer & Musician, which is just about her least significant talent.

While Paris might not be known primarily for her pipes, Canada’s Tara MacLean is, with a number of albums to her credit and a performance background with the Atlantic Canada group Shaye. Her new memoir, “Song of the Sparrow,” debuted at No. 6 on the Original List and No. 4 on the Canadians list.

— Sarah Murdoch

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


1. I Will Find You, Harlan Coben, Grand Central (1)

2. A Death at the Party, Amy Stuart, Simon & Schuster (2)

3. It Starts with Us, Colleen Hoover, Atria (21)

4. Worthy Opponents, Danielle Steel, Delacorte (2)

5. It’s One of Us, J.T. Ellison, MIRA (4)

6. Pineapple Street, Jenny Jackson, Viking (1)

7. It Ends with Us, Colleen Hoover, Atria (10)

8. Hello Beautiful, Ann Napolitano, Dial (1)

9. 3 Days to Live, James Patterson, Grand Central (4)

10. The London Séance Society, Sarah Penner, Park Row (2)


1. Spare, Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, Random House Canada (10)

2. Paris, Paris Hilton, Dey Street (1)

3. The Watchmaker’s Daughter, Larry Loftis, William Morrow (3)

4. Love, Pamela, Pamela Anderson, Dey Street (7)

5. 12 Rules for Life, Jordan B. Peterson, Random House Canada (139)

6. Song of the Sparrow, Tara MacLean, Harper Avenue (1)

7. Ducks, Kate Beaton, Drawn & Quarterly (15)

8. Braiding Sweetgrass, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Milkweed (103)

9. Rez Rules, Chief Clarence Louie, McClelland & Stewart (1)

10. True Reconciliation, Jody Wilson-Raybould, McClelland & Stewart (12)


1. A Death at the Party, Amy Stuart, Simon & Schuster

2. Women Talking, Miriam Toews, Vintage Canada

3. Old Babes in the Wood, Margaret Atwood, McClelland & Stewart

4. The Book of Rain, Thomas Wharton, Random House Canada

5. Birnam Wood, Eleanor Catton, McClelland & Stewart

6. Murder at Haven’s Rock, Kelley Armstrong, Minotaur

7. Greenwood, Michael Christie, McClelland & Stewart

8. Pure Colour, Sheila Heti, Vintage Canada

9. The Story of Us, Catherine Hernandez, Harper Avenue

10. Eight Strings, Margaret DeRosia, Simon & Schuster


1. Run Towards the Danger, Sarah Polley, Penguin Canada

2. Love, Pamela, Pamela Anderson, Dey Street

3. 12 Rules for Life, Jordan B. Peterson, Random House Canada

4. Song of the Sparrow, Tara MacLean, Harper Avenue

5. Ducks, Kate Beaton, Drawn & Quarterly

6. Rez Rules, Chief Clarence Louie, McClelland & Stewart

7. True Reconciliation, Jody Wilson-Raybould, McClelland & Stewart

8. Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing, Matthew Perry, Flatiron

9. The Menopause Manifesto, Jen Gunter, Random House Canada

10. Finding the Mother Tree, Suzanne Simard, Penguin Canada


1. InvestiGators: Agents of S.U.I.T., John Patrick Green, Christopher Hastings, Pat Lewis, First Second

2. Cat Kid Comic Club: Collaborations (Cat Kid Comic Club #4), Dav Pilkey, Scholastic

3. The Adventures of Captain Underpants, Dav Pilkey, Scholastic

4. Big Nate: Nailed It!, Lincoln Pierce, Andrews McMeel

5. Mary Anne’s Bad Luck Mystery (The Baby Sitter Club #13), Ann M Martin, Cynthia Yuan Cheng, Graphix

6. One of Us Is Lying, Karen M. McManus, Delacorte

7. Diper Överlöde (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 17), Jeff Kinney, Amulet

8. Moon Rising, Tui T. Sutherland, Graphix

9. Karen’s Birthday (Baby Sitters Little Sister #6), Ann M. Martin, Katy Farina, Graphix

10. Curse of the Shadow Dragon: a Branches Book (Dragon Masters #23), Tracey West, Graham Howells, Scholastic


1. 8 Rules of Love, Jay Shetty, Simon & Schuster

2. The 48 Laws of Power, Robert Greene, Joost Eiffers, Penguin

3. The Mountain is You, Brianna Wiest, Thought Catalog

4. 101 Essays That Will Change the Way You Think, Brianna Wiest, Thought Catalog

5. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, Mark Manson, Harper

6. Mind over Mood, Dennis Greenberger, Christine A. Padesky, Aaron T. Beck, Guilford

7. The Creative Act, Rick Rubin, Pocket

8. How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie, Pocket

9. Attached, Amir Levine, Rachel Heller, Tarcher Perigee

10. Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Advice That Changed My Life, Amy Newmark, Chicken Soup for the Soul1

* Number of weeks on list


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