Brazilian Bestseller List May 2011

In PublishNews Brazil by Carlo Carrenho

By Carlo Carrenho

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A brief look at the Brazilian bestselling list for May 2011 will reveal that very little has changed from the previous month. The bestselling title in the country is still Ágape, by Marcelo Rossi, published by Globo Livros. Mr. Rossi is a famous priest in Brazil who owns his celebrity status to his contestable singing abilities and to the constant coverage he gets from the Brazilian radio and TV. His book has sold over 2.5 million copies since its launch last September -– an amazing performance for the Brazilian market.

Two other titles by Brazilian authors deserve some consideration, both published by Record. A riqueza do mundo is bringing Lya Luft back to the bestselling charts. Mrs. Luft has been a very successful author in Brazil, in both fiction and non-fiction. Her main bestseller was Perdas e Ganhos, a collection of memoirs and short essays published in 2003. She is represented by the Riff Agency.

The second book is A Saga Brasileira, written by the journalist Miriam Leitão. It is the number one bestselling business book in Brazil at the moment and brings an economic historical overview of Brazil, from hyperinflation to stabilization, describing the failures and successes of all the economic plans that were implemented by different governments. It is actually a perfect way to understand the economic challenges the Brazilian society has faced during the last years and decades.

Bestsellers by Brazilian Authors – May 2011

  1. Ágape by Marcelo Rossi (Globo Livros) — Religion / Self-Help
  2. Mulheres Inteligentes, Relações Saudáveis by Augusto Cury (Planeta) — Self-Help
  3. Guia Politicamente Incorreto da História do Brasil by Leonardo Narloch (LeYa) — Brazilian History
  4. 1822 by Laurentino Gomes (Ediouro) — Brazilian History
  5. A Riqueza do Mundo by Lya Luft (Record) — Essays
  6. 1808 by Laurentino Gomes (Planeta) — Brazilian History
  7. Minha Mãe, Meu Mundo by Anderson Cavalcante & Simone Paulino (Gente) — Self-Help
  8. Histórias Íntimas – Sexualidade e erotismo na história do Brasil by Mary Del Priore (Planeta) — Brazilian History
  9. 50 Anos A Mil by Lobão (Ediouro) — Biography
  10. Chef em Casa by Ana Maria Braga (Ediouro) — Cooking
  11. 20 Passos para a Paz Interior by Reginaldo Manzotti (Ediouro) — Self-help
  12. Mentes Perigosas – O psicopata mora ao lado by Ana Beatriz Silvia (Objetiva) — Psychology
  13. O Semeador de Ideias by Augusto Cury (Planeta) — Fiction / Motivational
  14. Restart: Coração na Mão by Fátima Gigliotti (Saraiva) — Non-fiction
  15. A Saga Brasileira by Miriam Leitão (Record) — Brazilian Business
  16. De Frente com a Verdade by Monica de Castro (Vida e Consciência) — Spirituality
  17. 51 Atitudes para Vencer na Vida e na Carreira by Carlos Hilsdorf (Clio Editora) — Business
  18. As Mais Belas Preces de João Paulo Ii by João Carlos de Almeida (Ediouro) — Religion
  19. Se Abrindo para a Vida by Zibia Gasparetto (Vida e Consciência) — Spirituality
  20. 12 Meses para Enriquecer by Marcos Silvestre (Leya) — Personal finance

Bestsellers by Foreign Authors

  1. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (Sextante) — Fiction
  2. Make Every Man Want You by Mary Forleo (Universo dos Livros) — Self-help
  3. Dear John by Nicholas Sparks (Novo Conceito) — Fiction
  4. Dog Days by Jeff Kinney (Vergara & Riba) — Young Adult
  5. The Little Prince by Antoine Saint-Exupéry (Agir) — Children’s
  6. The Shack by William P. Young (Sextante) — Fiction
  7. A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin (Leya) — Fiction
  8. The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks (Novo Conceito) — Fiction
  9. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (Objetiva) — Biography
  10. Why Men Love Bitches by Sherry Argov & Andrea Holcbeg (Sextante) — Self-help
  11. Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin (Novo Conceito) — Fiction
  12. A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin (Leya) — Fiction
  13. Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright (Santillana) — Young Adult
  14. The Servant by James Hunter (Sextante) — Business
  15. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney (Vergara & Riba) — Young Adult
  16. Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood (Novo Conceito) — Fiction
  17. Torment by Lauren Kate (Record) — Fiction
  18. The King’s Speech by Peter Conradi & Mark Logue (Record) — History
  19. Cleopatra: a Life by Stacy Schiff (Zahar) — Biography
  20. Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks (Novo Conceito) — Fiction

Bestselling Brazilian Publishers

  • Sextante
  • Record
  • Ediouro
  • Intrínseca
  • Santillana
  • LeYa
  • Novo Conceito
  • Planeta
  • Vergara & Riba
  • Companhia das Letras
About the Author

Carlo Carrenho

Carlo Carrenho is a Brazilian publishing consultant and journalist. In 2001, he founded PublishNews, a daily electronic newsletter in Portuguese that covers the Brazilian publishing market. He’s also worked for several Brazilian publishing houses, including Thomas Nelson Brasil, which he launched in 2007.