Best-selling books in Canada for the week ending September 17, 2022

Perhaps the most interesting newcomer to the bestseller lists this week is “Namwayut: We Are All One,” in which Chief Robert Joseph, the hereditary chief of the Gwawaenuk people, takes readers from his childhood at residential school to his current role as one of the country’s most effective Indigenous ambassadors. He is the father of Bob-Joseph who wrote “21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act,” which has been on the Original and Canadian Non-Fiction charts since its release in 2018. “Namwayut” comes in at No. 8 on the original list and at No. 3 on the Canadian list. “21 Things” is number 7 this week on the Canadian chart.

Also of note on the original non-fiction list: “The Daughter of Auschwitz”, written by Tova Friedman, one of the youngest living survivors of Birkenau, part of the Auschwitz complex of 40 camps. Friedman, 84, co-wrote the book with a veteran foreign correspondent Malcolm Brabant. It’s the highest ranked non-fiction book in Canada this week.

In Original Fiction there is a new Stephen King (“Fairy Tale”, at n° 1) and a JD Robb (“Desperation in Death,” at No. 6) but the list continues to be dominated by romances in the New Adult category, accounting for seven of the 10 titles ranked.

—Sarah Murdoch

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


1. Fairy TaleStephen King, Scribner (1)*

2. TruthColleen Hoover, Grand Central (37)

3. Carrie Soto is backTaylor Jenkins Reid, Doubleday Canada (2)

4. It Ends With UsColleen Hoover, Atria (54)

5. The American roommate experienceElena Armas, Atria (1)

6. Despair in DeathJD Robb, Saint Martin (1)

7. Ugly LoveColleen Hoover, earbuds (27)

8. Love in the BrainAli Hazelwood, Berkeley (3)

9. Reminders of HimColleen Hoover, Montlake (22)

10. Family StaysLisa Jewell, earbuds (5)


1. The Girl from AuschwitzTova Friedman, Malcolm Brabant, Place Hanover (1)

2. Guinness World Records 2023Guinness World Records (2)

3. I’m glad my mother is deadJennette McCurdy, Simon & Schuster (4)

4. The SeriesKen Dryden, McClelland and Stewart (3)

5. Atlas of the HeartBrene Brown, Random House (39)

6. Sweetgrass braidingRobin Wall Kimmerer, Milkweed (88)

7. 12 rules for lifeJordan B. Peterson, Random House (120)

8. Namwayut: We are all oneChief Robert Joseph, Page Two (1)

9. Make love to the earthJoshua Whitehead, Knopf Canada (3)

10. All signs point to ParisNatasha Sizlo, Sailor (2)


1. Five little IndiansMichelle Good, Vivace Harper

2. Every summer afterCarley FortuneViking

3. Witches of Moonshyne ManorBianca Marais, Mira

4. The Marrow ThievesCherie Dimaline, Cormorant

5. HousekeeperJoy Fielding, Doubleday Canada

6. HavenEmma Donoghue, Harper Avenue

7. DucksKate Beaton, Drawn & Quarterly

8. The Handmaid’s TaleMargaret Atwood, McClelland and Stewart

9. StrangersKatherena Vermette, Penguin Canada

10. The marketElle Kennedy, Bloom


1. The seriesKen Dryden, McClelland & Stewart

2. 12 rules for lifeJordan B. Peterson, Random House Canada

3. Namwayut: We are all oneChief Robert Joseph, Page Two

4. Make love to the earthJoshua Whitehead, Knopf Canada

5. Permanent astonishmentTomson Highway, Anchor Canada

6. AshesJesse Thistle, Simon & Schuster

7. Find the mother treeSuzanne Simard, Penguin Canada

8. Freedom ConvoyAndrew Lawton, Sutherland House

9. 21 things you might not know about the Indian ActBob Joseph, Indigenous Relations

10. The Long Way BackDebra Thompson, Simon & Schuster


1. The Babysitters Club: Jessi’s Secret LanguageAnn M. Martin, Chan Chau, Graphix

2. The final betJennifer Lynn Barnes, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

3. Keep Dragons InvisibleTracey West, Matt Loveridge, Scholastic

4. A Good Girl’s Guide to KillingHolly Jackson, Ember

5. The Legacy GamesJennifer Lynn Barnes, Little Brown for Young Readers

6. With our orange heartsPhyllis Webstad, Emily Kewageshig, Medicine Wheel

7. The Summer I Became PrettyJenny Han, Simon & Schuster Kids

8. If I Were Saint NickThe Cat in the Hat, Random House Books for Young Readers

9. Spy School Project XStuart Gibbs, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

10. Villains in Open Wide and Say Arrrgh!, Aaron Blabey, Scholastic Paperbacks


1. Atomic HabitsJames Clear, Avery

2. Rich dad poor dadRobert T. Kiyosaki, Plata

3. Principles for dealing with the changing world orderRay Dalio, avid reader

4. Moved towards utopiaJ. Bradford DeLong, Basic

5. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective PeopleStephen R. Covey, Sean Covey, Jim Collins, Simon & Schuster

6. The Smart Investor (Rev. Ed.)Benjamin Graham, Harper Business

7. The psychology of moneyMorgan House, Harriman House

8. Dare to leadBrené Brown, Random House

9. Start with whySimon Sinek, Wallet

10. TractionGino Wickman, Ben Bella

* Number of weeks on the list

* Number of weeks on the list

Colin L. Johnson