The bestselling books in Canada for the week ending May 4, 2022

The biggest publishing event in the English-speaking world has got to be Tina Brown’s lip-smacking guilty pleasure, “The Palace Papers” (No. 1 on the Original Non-Fiction list), her first Royal foray since 2007’s “The Diana Chronicles.” Brown’s steely gaze is trained on the new generation of Windsor women — Liz, Camilla, Kate and Meghan, because women, as in Britain’s Coronation Street, are the locus of all the fun.

Viola Davis’ memoir, “Finding Me,” at No. 3 on the Original Non-Fiction list, follows her from her hardscrabble beginnings in a Rhode Island town to the success she has seen as an actor, the first African American to win the Triple Crown of Acting — an Oscar, an Emmy and a Tony (in fact, two Tonys).

Finally, “The Boy in the Woods,” No. 5 on the Original Non-Fiction list, is one of those bestsellers that appears seemingly out of nowhere. It is a gripping Holocaust survival memoir by a Montreal writer, Maxwell Smart, 91, who as an 11-year-old boy hid in the woods after his family were killed by the Nazis. Born Oziac Fromm, he adopted the name Maxwell Smart when he arrived in Canada in 1948.

-Sarah Murdoch

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


1. The Diamond Eye, Kate Quinn, William Morrow (6)*

2. It Ends with Us, Colleen Hoover, Atria (35)

3. Watch Out for Her, Samantha M. Bailey, Simon & Schuster (1)

4. Death of the Black Widow, James Patterson, J.D. Barker, Grand Central (2)

5. The Paris Apartment, Lucy Foley, William Morrow (10)

6. Verity, Colleen Hoover, Grand Central (17)

7. Lessons in Chemistry, Bonnie Garmus, Doubleday Canada (3)

8. Dream Town, David Baldacci, Grand Central (2)

9. Five Little Indians, Michelle Good, Harper Perennial (24)

10. Kingdom of Bones, James Rollins, William Morrow (2)


1. The Palace Papers, Tina Brown, Doubleday Canada (2)

2. Freezing Order, Bill Browder, Simon & Schuster (4)

3. Finding Me, Viola Davis, HarperOne (1)

4. Atlas of the Heart, Brené Brown, Random House (20)

5. The Boy in the Woods, Maxwell Smart, HarperCollins (1)

6. 22 Murders, Paul Palango, Random House Canada (4)

7. My Mother’s War, Eva Taylor, Hanover Square (4)

8. Braiding Sweetgrass, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Milkweed (69)

9. This Is Assisted Dying, Stefanie Green, Scribner (5)

10. The Power of Teamwork, Brian Goldman, Collins (1)


1. Watch Out for Her, Samantha M. Bailey, Simon & Schuster

2. Five Little Indians, Michelle Good, Harper Perennial

3. Bluebird, Genevieve Graham, Simon & Schuster

4. Looking for Jane, Heather Marshall, Simon & Schuster

5. Sea of Tranquility, Emily St. John Mandel, HarperCollins Canada

6. Daughters of the Occupation, Shelly Sanders, Patrick Crean

7. The Vanished Days, Susanna Kearsley, Simon & Schuster

8. Scarborough, Catherine Hernandez, Arsenal Pulp

9. The Maid, Nita Prose, Viking

10. Daughters of the Deer, Danielle Daniel, Random House


1. The Boy in the Woods, Maxwell Smart, HarperCollins Canada

2. 22 Murders, Paul Palango, Random House Canada

3. If I Knew Then, Jann Arden, Vintage Canada

4. This is Assisted Dying, Stefanie Green, Scribner

5. The Power of Teamwork, Brian Goldman, Collins

6. Extraordinary Canadians, Peter Mansbridge, Mark Bulgutch, Simon & Schuster

7. Run Towards the Danger, Sarah Polley, Hamish Hamilton

8. If I Cry I’ll Fill the Ocean, Ida Linehan Young, Flanker

9. Cat and Nat’s Mom Secrets, Catherine Belknap, Natalie Telfer, Penguin Canada

10. 12 Rules for Life, Jordan B. Peterson, Random House Canada


1. Cat Kid Comic Club: On Purpose (Cat Kid Comic Club #3), Dav Pilkey, Graphix

2. Heartstopper, Alice Oseman, Graphix

3. The Flames of Hope (Wings of Fire #15), Tui T. Sutherland, Scholastic

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

5. Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot (Captain Underpants #12), Dav Pilkey, Scholastic

6. CoComelon Let’s All Sing Together, Board book/Sound book, Cottage Door

7. InvestiGators: Braver and Boulder (InvestiGators #4), John Patrick Green, First Second

8. Goldilocks, Fairy Tale Pop-Up Books, North Parade

9. The Inheritance Games, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

10. Animals: a Touch-And-Feel Playbook, Ladybird


1. 101 Essays That Will Change the Way You Think, Brianna Wiest, Thought Catalog

2. The Mountain is You, Brianna Wiest, Thought Catalog

3. The Gifts of Imperfection, Brené Brown, Hazelden

4. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, Mark Manson, Harper

5. When You’re Ready, This Is How You Heal, Brianna Wiest, Thought Catalog

6. Chicken Soup for the Soul: Believe in Angels, Amy Newmark, Chicken Soup for the Soul

7. The 48 Laws of Power, Robert Greene, Joost Elffers, Penguin

8. The Untethered Soul, Michael A. Singer, New Harbinger

9. Start with Why, Simon Sinek, Portfolio

10. Think Like a Monk, Jay Shetty, Simon & Schuster

* Number of weeks on list


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