BookFinder.com Report Fall 2009
Out-of-print and in demand

BookFinder.com tracks the most sought-after out-of-print titles in America.  The newly-released seventh annual edition is based on aggregate reader demand between July 2008 and June 2009.  This year’s list was influenced by both pop culture and financial chaos, each driving readers to seek out-of-print books ranging from a saucy memoir revealing a real housewife of New Jersey to nearly forgotten exposes on the Wall Street and the US Federal Reserve.

The dominant news story from the past 12 months has been the worldwide economic recession, which influenced every aspect of society including the book world.  This year’s Society and Culture category has a heavy slant toward economic theory as people try to predict the future for our finances.

Wall St. Under Oath; the story of our modern money changers by Ferdinand Pecora
An insider's look at the "Pecora Investigation" into stock market irregularities during the 1920s written by the Counsel to the United States Committee on Banking and Currency.

Secrets of the Federal Reserve: The London Connection by Eustace Mullins
Originally commissioned by Ezra Pound, this conspiracy theory book suggests a group of international bankers, headquartered in London, secretly met on Jekyll Island, Georgia, in 1910 and founded the Federal Reserve Act to gain control of American financial systems, before buying up shares in the Federal Reserve Bank, appointing themselves to its Board of Governors, and then launching World War I, financing the Russian Revolution, the Soviet Union, Hitler's rise to power, and causing the Great Depression.

The Future of Money by Bernard Lietaer
Published in 2001, this book is an overview of how money and the financial systems operate.  Written for the layperson, it explains the effects of modern money paradigms especially relating to debt and interest.

The following books have been out-of-print for years, but media interest in the past 12 months helped to create a surge of interest in each title.

Cop without a badge: the extraordinary undercover life of Kevin Maher by Charles Kipps
It wasn’t the life of Kevin Maher that cased demand for Cop Without a Badge to spike, but the hi-jinks of his ex-wife, and star of The Real Housewives of New Jersey TV show, Daniel Staub.  For the show’s entire season, Staub's co-stars had been alluding to her appearance in the book (where she is portrayed in a less than positive light) until the final episode when Cop Without a Badge was flashed on screen.  Since that time, the book has gone from flea market fodder, to an out-of-print collectible, to being re-printed in August 2009.

Indigo Blue by Catherine Anderson
Having been publishing since 1988, romance writer Catherine Anderson only reached the New York Times bestseller list in the last few years. There is now a massive demand for her early works.  In 2008, Comanche Moon was reissued and made its way onto the NY Times bestseller list and this year Indigo Blue, her 1992 romance novel, is among the most sought-after out-of-print books in America.

The recently deflowered girl; the right thing to say on every dubious occasion by Edward Gorey
In January 2009, a blogger with a LiveJournal account found a copy of this long forgotten Edward Gorey gem and posted scans online.  The post became an Internet sensation with hundreds of thousands of people viewing the post, crashing the LiveJournal blog.  The book, which is an etiquette book parody that instructs young ladies on what to say after losing their virginity, will be republished in November 2009 by Bloomsbury.

Top 10 Lists

Arts and Music
Artists and art history; painting, photography, dance; architecture and design, etc.
1 Harry Twyford Peters Currier & Ives: Printmakers to the American people
2 Madonna Sex
3 William Cullen Bryant Picturesque America or The Land We Live in
4 Thomas Craven, editor A Treasury of American Prints
5 Salvador Dali, illustrator The Jerusalem Bible
6 Ted Saucier Bottoms Up
7 Walt Kelly I Go Pogo
8 Helen Levitt A Way of Seeing
9 Henry W. Simon A Treasury of Grand Opera
10 John D. Green Birds of Britain

Biography
Includes autobiography and memoir; biographies of athletes, politicians, artists, public figures, etc.
1 Aimee Crocker And I'd Do It Again
2 Charles M. Russell Good Medicine; The Illustrated Letters of Charles M. Russell
3 Norman Mailer Marilyn: A Biography
4 Desmond Young Ship Ashore; Adventures in Salvage
5 Rubin "Hurricane" Carter The Sixteenth Round: from Number 1 Contender to #45472
6 Charles Kipps Cop Without a Badge: The Extraordinary Undercover Life of Kevin Maher
7 Arthur Guptill Norman Rockwell, Illustrator
8 Frank Meier Up For Air; Diving for a Living
9 Elmer Keith Hell, I Was There!
10 Christopher Hailey Franz Schreker, 1878-1934: A Cultural Biography

Children's
Fiction and nonfiction; books for toddlers through adolescents
1 Anne Alexander The Pink Dress
2 Christine Noble Govan The Pink Maple House
3 Holling Clancy Holling The Book of Indians
4 Laura Bannon The Wonderful Fashion Doll
5 Watt Piper The Bumper Book; a Harvest of Stories and Verses
6 Holling Clancy Holling The Book of Cowboys
7 Anna Elizabeth Bennett Little Witch
8 Eloise Jarvis McGraw Sawdust in His Shoes
9 Madeleine L'Engle Ilsa
10 Nan Gilbert 365 Bedtime Stories

Crafts, Hobbies & How-To
Includes cooking and gardening, sports and hunting, etc.
1 Charles Harold Hayward Carpentry for Beginners: How to Use Tools, Basic Joints, Workshop Practice, Designs for Things to Make
2 June Hiatt The Principles of Knitting: Methods and Techniques of Hand KnittingAran Knitting
3 Alice Starmore Aran Knitting
4 Creighton Lee Calhoun Old Southern Apples
5 Mary and Vincent Price A Treasury of Great Recipes
6 Andrew Loomis Creative Illustration
7 Emily Post The Personality of a House; The Blue Book of Home Charm
8 Charles Hayward Woodwork Joints
9 Rebecca Purcell Interior Alchemy: Secrets to Creating Expressive Ambience
10 Kate Holmes Too Good to Be threw: The Complete Operations Manual for Consignment Shops

Fiction and Literature
Current and classic titles, essays and criticism,  literary nonfiction, etc.
1 Dennis Potter Ticket To Ride
2 Nora Roberts Promise Me Tomorrow
3 Hyacinthe Phypps & Edward Gorey, Illustrator The Recently Deflowered Girl; The Right Thing to Say On Every Dubious Occasion
4 Roy Jay Cook One Hundred and One Famous Poems
5 Donald Hamilton The Big Country
6 Susan Mallery The Sparkling One
7 Kyle Onstott Mandingo
8 Jean Lartéguy The Centurions
9 Lynne Cheney Sisters
10 Catherine Anderson Indigo Blue

History
US and international, from ancient to modern
1 Violet Morgan Folkore of Highland County
2 Eliot Porter A Survey of the History of Israel
3 Tom Lea The King Ranch
4 Associated Press The Torch Is Passed: The Associated Press Story of the Death of a President
5 R.P. Hunnicutt Stuart: A History of the American Light Tank
6 Evelyn Guard Olsen Indian Blood
7 Willis J. Abbot The Nations at War
8 Mathew Carey The Olive Branch, or, Faults on Both Sides, Federal and Democratic
9 Donald George Tewksbury The Founding of American Colleges and Universities before the Civil War, with Particular Reference to the Religious Influences Bearing upon the College Movement,
10 Bob Burke Like a Prairie Fire: A History of the Assemblies of God in Oklahoma

Mysteries and Thrillers
Classic as well as modern titles; whodunits, detectives and spies; noir and true crime
1 John K. Hahn with Harold C. Mckenney Legally Sane
2 Paul Hoffman To Drop a Dime
3 David Mac When Money Grew on Trees
4 John Blaine The Magic Talisman
5 James W. English Border Adventure
6 Margaret Frazer The Murderer's Tale
7 William S. Baring-Gould, editor The Annotated Sherlock Holmes
8 John Armstrong Harvey and Lee: How the CIA framed Oswald
9 David Ellsworth Smith County Justice
10 Frances Parkinson Keyes Dinner at Antoine's

Popular Science & Technology
Scientific titles directed at a general audience; includes personal finance and health
1 Carl Sagan Murmurs of Earth: The Voyager Interstellar Record
2 Roger C. Rule The Rifleman's Rifle Winchester's Model 70, 1936-1963
3 R.S.J. Sparkes; et al Volcanic Plumes
4 Philip Sharpe The Rifle in America
5 B. Frank Scholl Library of Health: Complete Guide to Prevention and Cure of Disease
6 William Buchan Buchan's Domestic Medicine: Or The Family Physician
7 Arthur Koestler The Act of Creation
8 W.J. Holland The Butterfly Book
9 James Virgil Howe The Modern Gunsmith
10 Elmer L. Towns Theology for Today

Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror
Novels, short story collections; ghosts, aliens, romance; movie and TV tie-ins; reference and criticism, etc.
1 Patricia Briggs Masques
2 Stephen King (as Richard Bachman) Rage
3 Glenn Cook She Is The Darkness: Book Two of Glittering Stone
4 Ray Winninger The Watchmen Sourcebook
5 Ben Bova The Star Conquerors
6 Ray Bradbury Dark Carnival
7 Luigi Serafini Codex Seraphinianus
8 John Christopher No Blade of Grass
9 Stephen King My Pretty Pony
10 Peggy Bacon The Ghost of Opalina; or Nine lives

Society and Culture
Philosophy and anthropology; politics and sociology; entertainment, travel, current events, etc.
1 Ray Garton In a Dark Place: The Story of a True Haunting
2 Ferdinand Pecora Wall St. Under Oath; The Story of our Modern Money Changers
3 Eustace Mullins Secrets of the Federal Reserve: The London Connection
4 Lindsey Williams The Energy Non-Crisis
5 Eustace Mullins The World Order: Our Secret Rulers
6 Bernard Lietaer The Future of Money
7 Cameron Crowe Fast Times at Ridgemont High
8 Jacob Milgrom Cult and Conscience: The Asham and the Priestly Doctrine of Repentance
9 Allan D. Richter Eve of the End
10 J. Frazer Smith White Pillars The Architecture of the South