The bestselling books in Canada for the week ending Nov. 2, 2022


Newcomers to the bestseller lists this week represent every bookish taste.

In fiction, there are thrillers by Lee Child and his brother Andrew Child (“No Plan B,” at No. 4) and Linwood Barclay (“Look Both Ways,” at No. 10); literary superstar Cormac McCarthy’s first novel in 16 years (“The Passenger,” at No. 7); and for “Game of Thrones” obsessives, a visual history of the House Targaryen by George R.R. Martin in collaboration with Westeros fansite principals Elio M. Garcìa and Linda Antonsson (“The Rise of the Dragon,” at No. 5).

In non-fiction, “All Roads Home,” at No. 2 on the Original list and No. 1 on the Canadian list, brings together two major Canadian publishing categories: hockey and First Nations issues. It’s by the Cree-Chippewa-Métis-Irish hockey star Bryan Trottier, a seven-time Stanley Cup champion, and veteran sports writer Stephen Brunt.

And if hard science enthralls you, there’s “The Song of the Cell,” at No. 6, by Siddhartha Mukherjee, who explores modern medicine’s new frontier, the ability to manipulate cells to save lives. Mukherjee is best known for the Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Emperor of All Maladies.”

— 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. It Starts with Us, Colleen Hoover, Atria (2)*

2. The Boys from Biloxi, John Grisham, Doubleday (2)

3. It Ends with Us, Colleen Hoover, Atria (61)

4. No Plan B, Lee Child, Andrew Child, Delacorte (1)

5. The Rise of the Dragon, George R.R. Martin, Elio García, Linda Antonsson, Ten Speed (1)

6. Fairy Tale, Stephen King, Scribner (8)

7. The Passenger, Cormac McCarthy, Knopf (1)

8. The Winners, Fredrik Backman, Simon & Schuster (5)

9. Verity, Colleen Hoover, Grand Central (44)

10. Look Both Ways, Linwood Barclay, William Morrow (1)


1. Guinness World Records 2023, Guinness World Records (9)

2. All Roads Home, Bryan Trottier, Stephen Brunt, McClelland & Stewart (1)

3. I’m Glad My Mom Died, Jennette McCurdy, Simon & Schuster (11)

4. Beyond the Wand, Tom Felton, Grand Central (2)

5. The Escape Artist, Jonathan Freedland, Harper (2)

6. 12 Rules for Life, Jordan B. Peterson, Random House Canada (123)

7. The Song of the Cell, Siddhartha Mukherjee, Scribner (1)

8. Ducks, Kate Beaton, Drawn & Quarterly (4)

9. Live Wire, Kelly Ripa, Dey Street (6)

10. Confidence Man, Maggie Haberman, Penguin (4)


1. Look Both Ways, Linwood Barclay, William Morrow

2. Healing Through Words, Rupi Kaur, Simon & Schuster

3. Fayne, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Knopf Canada

4. The Last Chairlift, John Irving, Knopf Canada

5. Five Little Indians, Michelle Good, Harper Perennial

6. Things We Do in the Dark, Jennifer Hillier, Minotaur

7. The Theory of Crows, David A. Robertson, Harper Perennial

8. All I Want for Christmas, Maggie Knox, Viking

9. The End of Her, Shari Lapena, Seal

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


1. All Roads Home, Bryan Trottier, Stephen Brunt, McClelland & Stewart

2. 12 Rules for Life, Jordan B. Peterson, Random House Canada

3. Ducks, Kate Beaton, Drawn & Quarterly

4. Hockey Moms, Theresa Bailey, Terry Marcotte, Collins

5. Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing, Matthew Perry, Flatiron

6. Namwayut: We Are All One, Chief Robert Joseph, Page Two

7. A Little Bit Broken, Roz Weston, Doubleday Canada

8. Indian in the Cabinet, Jody Wilson-Raybould, HarperCollins Canada

9. 21 Things You May Not Know about the Indian Act, Bob Joseph, Indigenous Relations

10. The Series, Ken Dryden, McClelland & Stewart


1. Diper Överlöde (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #17), Jeff Kinney, Amulet

2. Jessi’s Secret Language (The Babysitter’s Club #12), Ann M. Martin, Chan Chau, Scholastic

3. The Bad Guys in the Others?! (Bad Guys #16), Aaron Blabey, Scholastic Paperbacks

4. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J.K. Rowling, Jim Kay, Neil Packer, Bloomsbury Children’s Books

5. The First to Die at the End, Adam Silvera, Quill Tree

6. The Bad Seed Presents: the Good, the Bad, and the Spooky, Jory John, Pete Oswald, HarperCollins

7. Bluey 5-Minute Stories, Penguin Young Readers Group

8. InvestiGators: Heist and Seek, John Patrick Green, First Second

9. Leaves!, Robert Munsch, Michael Martchenko, Scholastic Canada

10. Narwhalicorn and Jelly (Book #7), Ben Clanton, Tundra


1. The Myth of Normal, Gabor Maté, Daniel Maté, Knopf Canada

2. The Body Keeps Score, Bessel van der Kolk, Penguin

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

4. Medical Medium Brain Saver Protocols, Cleanses and Recipes, Anthony William, Hay House

5. Medical Medium Brain Saver, Anthony William, Hay House

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

7. What Happened to You?, Oprah Winfrey, Bruce Perry, Flatiron

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

9. In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts, Gabor Maté, Vintage

10. Expecting Better, Emily Oster, Penguin

* Number of weeks on list


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