Two different bestseller lists hint at a reddish wave in November

Two bestseller lists — one local and one national — hint that there may be, if not a red wave, at least a reddish wave nationwide in November.

Stack of books bestseller listsMy local paper ran an article with bestsellers for Northern California and for the nation as a whole. As the article explains, the former list comes from “the American Booksellers Association from independent bookstore sales” while the latter list is from Publisher’s Weekly.

I don’t follow fiction much, so have nothing to offer about the two fiction bestseller lists. However, I found the non-fiction lists fascination. Here’s my breakdown, with political orientation referring either to the book’s strict political content or to the author’s manifest orientation, whether the book is an autobiography or a self-improvement manual:

Northern California versus National Non-Fiction Bestsellers

California Non-Fiction BestsellersPolitical OrientationNational Non-Fiction BestsellersPolitical Orientation
David Sedaris's
Calypso
Non-politicalGregg Jarrett's
The Russia Hoax: The Illicit Scheme to Clear Hillary Clinton and Frame Donald Trump
Conservative
Mark Manson's
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
Non-politicalRachel Hollis's
Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be
Non-political
Neil deGrasse Tyson's
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
Non-politicalJeanine Pirro's
Liars, Leakers, and Liberals: The Case Against the Anti-Trump Conspiracy
Conservative
Tara Westover's
Educated: A Memoir
Non-politicalJoanna Gaines's and Marah Stets's
Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering
Non-political
Michael Pollan's
How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence
Non-politicalGreg Gutfeld's
The Gutfeld Monologues: Classic Rants from the Five
Conservative
Jon Meacham's
The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels
ProgressiveThe Daily Show's
The Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library
Progressive
Gary John Bishop's
Unfu*k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and into Your Life
Non-politicalDinesh D’Souza's
Death of a Nation: Plantation Politics and the Making of the Democratic Party
Conservative
Michiko Kakutani's
The Death of Truth: Notes on Falsehood in the Age of Trump
ProgressiveJordan B. Peterson's
12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
Conservative
Trevor Noah's
Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
ProgressiveTara Westover's
Educated: A Memoir
Non-political
Zora Neale Hurston's
Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo"
Non-political

If the national bestsellers are anything to go by, conservatives are going to do poorly in Northern California this coming November, which is no surprise because that’s perfectly in keeping with Northern California voting patterns.

The list’s consistency with Northern California voting patterns makes the national list more interesting. If it too is a an indication about political trends, it hints that conservatives may do quite well nationally in November. So, for now, my motto is, “Who needs polls when you can have bestseller lists?”