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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Nonfiction Top Sellers

While it is a fairly simple procedure to divide the bestselling fiction list into separate categories like thrillers, sci-fi and romance, the same cannot be said for non-fiction bestsellers which range from the obvious, to the eclectic to the downright bizarre.


For example, the top spot in a recent non-fiction bestseller list published in Book Review (Knizhnoye Obozrheniye) was taken up by Textbook on Fasting (Uchebnik po Golodaniyu) by Georgy Malakhov, published by Feniks in Rostov.


However, political memoirs continue to be an enduring popular sector. Most notable at the moment are the memoirs of Yeltsin's predecessor as first secretary of the Moscow Communist Party, Viktor Grishin, titled From Khrushchev to Gorbachev (Ot Khrushcheva do Gorbacheva) which is published by Aspol. Grishin's colleague and friend, former KGB head Viktor Kryutchkov, requires two volumes to contain all the aspects of his Personal File (Lichnoye Delo) published by Olimp. And the wildly popular Moscow mayor, Yury Luzhkov, has published his reminiscences about Moscow, illustrated with documentary old photographs, in We Are Your Children, Moscow (My Deti Tvoi, Moskva) issued by Vagrius.


It seems the combination of autobiography and animals is a winner. British authors and animal lovers Gerald Durrell (published by Armada) and James Herriot (published by Mir) have dominated the lists.


Then there are practical books like Teach Yourself to Work on Computers (Samouchitel Raboty na Komputere) by popular poet and computer buff Alexander Levin, which is published by AD&T in Moscow.


However if you are seeking to learn about more abstract matters, there are books on The Secret of Names (Taina Imeni) published by Ripol, and The Baptism Ceremony in the Russian Orthodox Church (Russki Pravoslavny Obryad Kreshcheniya) published by Bukmen. And finally, one for the ladies, Women in the Workplace (Zhenshchina Na Rabote) also from Feniks.


All of the books mentioned are priced at between 20,000 and 30,000 rubles ($4 to $6).