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Q: Ny Times bestseller ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Ny Times bestseller
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Books and Literature
Asked by: alma51-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 21 Nov 2005 23:20 PST
Expires: 21 Dec 2005 23:20 PST
Question ID: 596103
Who wrote the only book on the NY Times bestseller list to be moved
from fiction to nonfiction (and what was the title)?
Subject: Re: Ny Times bestseller
Answered By: juggler-ga on 21 Nov 2005 23:37 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars

The book was "Maus II" (1991) by Art Spiegelman.

"The New York Times Book Review listed MAUS II in its hardcover
fiction bestseller list. Spiegelman wrote to the Times, pointing out
that it was by no means fiction: "It's not as though my passages on
how to build a bunker and repair concentration camp boots got the book
onto your 'Advice, How-to and Miscellaneous' list. It's just that I
shudder to think how David Duke - if he could read - would respond to
seeing a carefully researched work based closely on my father's
memories of life in Hitler's Europe and in the death camps, classified
as fiction."
 In an unprecedented move, the Review published Spiegelman's letter
and then shifted the book to its non-fiction list."

"Maus II, was on the NY Times lists for both hardcover fiction and
non-fiction (it was originally mis-classified as fiction), back in

search strategy:
"originally * classified as fiction"
"maus ii" fiction "new york times"
alma51-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $10.00
If this answer is correct, and I think it must be, it arrived within
moments of my asking. Amazing!

Subject: Re: Ny Times bestseller
From: juggler-ga on 22 Nov 2005 00:12 PST
Thank you for the tip.

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