The bestselling books in Canada for the week ending May 11, 2022


The bestselling books in Canada for the week ending May 11, 2022

Politics intersects with sports in “1972: The Series that Changed Hockey Forever,” which celebrates the 50th anniversary of Canada’s victory over the USSR in the tense eight-game Summit Series. Veteran hockey commentator Scott Morrison couldn’t have picked a better time for a story of Canada besting Russia. It debuts at No. 3 on the Non-Fiction list. Bonus: a lively foreword by the great Phil Esposito.

The Holocaust has long been a book category unto itself, and there are currently three such books on the lists. “Daughters of the Occupation,” by Oakville writer Shelly Sanders bases her novel on a true story about a young woman named Miriam who escapes the 1941 Latvian massacre when 30,000 Jews were killed over two days. The story alternates between Miriam’s story and her granddaughter’s in 1976. It is enjoying a run on the Canadian Fiction list, this week at No. 9. Another story of intergenerational trauma is “Kiss the Red Stairs: The Holocaust, Once Removed,” by Globe and Mail arts writer Marsha Lederman. It debuts this week at No. 8 on the Canadian Non-Fiction list. And 91-year-old Montreal writer Maxwell Smart’s “The Boy in the Woods,” about hiding in the Polish (now Ukraine) woods as an 11-year-old. In moves up in the Canadian Non-Fiction list from No. 5 last week to No. 1 this week.

-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. Book Lovers, Emily Henry, Berkley (1)*

2. It Ends with Us, Colleen Hoover, Atria (36)

3. The Diamond Eye, Kate Quinn, William Morrow (7)

4. Verity, Colleen Hoover, Grand Central (18)

5. 22 Seconds, James Patterson, Maxine Paetro, Little Brown (1)

6. Watch Out for Her, Samantha M. Bailey, Simon & Schuster (2)

7. The Paris Apartment, Lucy Foley, William Morrow (11)

8. Book of Night, Holly Black, Tor (1)

9. The Last Summer, Karen Swan, Macmillan (1)

10. The Book of Lost Words, Pip Williams, Ballantine (1)


1. The Palace Papers, Tina Brown, Doubleday Canada (3)

2. The Boy in the Woods, Maxwell Smart, HarperCollins (2)

3. Freezing Order, Bill Browder, Simon & Schuster (5)

4. Atlas of the Heart, Brené Brown, Random House (21)

5. Finding Me, Viola Davis, HarperOne (2)

6. 22 Murders, Paul Palango, Random House Canada (5)

7. 1972: The Series that Changed Hockey Forever, Scott Morrison, Simon & Schuster (1)

8. Braiding Sweetgrass, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Milkweed (70)

9. Out of the Corner, Jennifer Grey, Ballantine (1)

10. Outdoor Kids in an Inside World, Steven Rinella, Random House (1)


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

2. Five Little Indians, Michelle Good, Harper Perennial

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

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

5. Bluebird, Genevieve Graham, Simon & Schuster

6. Scarborough, Catherine Hernandez, Arsenal Pulp

7. The Maid, Nita Prose, Viking

8. The Darkness in the Light, Daniel Kalla, Simon & Schuster

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

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


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

2. 22 Murders, Paul Palango, Random House Canada

3. 1972: The Series that Changed Hockey Forever, Scott Morrison, Simon & Schuster

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

5. 12 Rules for Life, Jordan B. Peterson, Random House Canada

6. 21 Things You May Not Know about the Indian Act, Bob Joseph, Indigenous Relations

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

8. Kiss the Red Stairs, Marsha Lederman, McClelland & Stewart

9. This is Assisted Dying, Stefanie Green, Scribner

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


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

2. Heartstopper (Vol. 1), Alice Oseman, Graphix

3. Heartstopper (Vol. 3), Alice Oseman, Graphix

4. Heartstopper (Vol. 2), Alice Oseman, Graphix

5. Remarkably Ruby, Terri Libenson, HarperCollins

6. Heartstopper (Vol. 4), Alice Oseman, Graphix

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

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

9. National Geographic Kids Almanac 2023 (Canadian. edition), National Geographic, National Geographic Society

10. I Kissed Shara Wheeler, Casey McQuiston, Wednesday


1. Good for Your Gut, Desiree Nielsen, Penguin Canada

2. Life Force, Tony Robbins, Peter H. Diamandis, Robert Hariri, Simon & Schuster

3. When the Body Says No, Gabor Maté, Vintage

4. Glucose Revolution, Jessie Inchauspe, Simon & Schuster

5. What to Expect When You’re Expecting, Heidi Murkoff, Workman

6. Sit Up Straight, Vinh Pham, Jeff O’Connell, Scribner

7. Come as You Are (revised and updated), Emily Nagoski, Simon & Schuster

8. Super Gut, William Davis, Collins

9. The Obesity Code, Jason Fung, Timothy Noakes, Greystone

10. Medical Medium Cleanse to Heal, Anthony William, Hay House

* Number of weeks on list


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