As we noted in a post last night, Mike Seely's softcover debut, Seattle's Best Dive Bars, recently cracked the Northwest bestseller list. Seely's book was #10 among nonfiction paperbacks for the week ending May 24, according to sales reports from indie booksellers.
But what a difference a week makes. Sales figures for the seven-day period ending May 31 were released today (PDF). And they reveal that Seely has been displaced by this man:
Behold Steve Solomon. The sixth edition of his work, Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades, published by Seattle's Sasquatch Books, has now assumed the #10 slot formerly occupied by Dive Bars.
What makes Solomon's incursion the more remarkable is that he is in all ways the very antithesis of Seely. Where Seely is known for his gregarious nature, his disregard for exercise, nutrition, and sunlight, and his love for discovering the very worst food available in the city, Solomon has fled civilization for the island of Tasmania, where he tends a 3,000 square-foot vegetable garden and maintains an online catalog of rare libertarian-esque literature with four major subject areas: Radical Agriculture, The Restoration and Maintenance of Health, Achieving Personal Sovereignty, and Achieving Personal Freedom.
"To fend off old age I have taken up yoga, in addition to eating a lot of vegetables," Solomon writes, in the About Me section of his site. "As I age I seem to become more hermitish...I prefer my garden to most people." Also, he says, "I understand plants." He might as well just write: "I am the opposite of everything you associate with Dive Bars author Mike Seely."
Could there be any clearer proof of the fickleness of the Northwest book reader that in one week, their favor could shift between Seely and this man?