Vampires, Obama and Oprah: Hits of 2008

December 9, 2008 11:41:47 AM PST
"Breaking Dawn," Stephenie Meyer. The finale of Meyer's million-selling vampire series, and the year's favorite teen scream.

-"The Story of Edgar Sawtelle," David Wroblewski. A debut novel that became a word-of-mouth hit in the summer, then a mega-selling smash in the fall, thanks to the megaphone power of Oprah Winfrey.

-"Dreams From My Father," Barack Obama. First published in 1995, when Obama was best known as the first black president of ... the Harvard Law Review.

-"The Audacity of Hope," Barack Obama. First published in 2006, when Obama was best known as a senator, speechmaker and potential presidential candidate ... in the distant future.

-"The Shack," William P. Young. A Christian novel originally self-published with a printing of 15 copies for friends of the author. He now has at least a million such "friends."