Best-selling books in Canada for the week ending January 26, 2022


The most interesting corner of the bestseller list this week is the original non-fiction list, with three books that are the subject of much discussion and controversy.

The first is the Toronto writer Rosemary Sullivan‘s “The Betrayal of Anne Frank”, which concludes that the Frank family was likely betrayed by a Jewish notary to save his own family. The story was featured on “”60 Minutes” in mid-January, garnering intense media buzz – and, predictably, some dissenting voices from experts in the field. The book is #1 on the Non-fiction list.

Second, “The Real Anthony Fauci: Bill Gates, Big Pharma, and the Global War on Democracy and Public Health” has been a Culture Wars favorite since its release in November. This week, he makes his first appearance at #3. His central thesis: that Fauci (“America’s doctor”) has abused his power over the past three decades, starting with the AIDS crisis and ending through its support for vaccines during the pandemic. Author Robert F. Kennedy Jr.. is the son of the murdered senator Robert Kennedy and a leading anti-vaxxer. Paradoxically, as an activist lawyer, Kennedy has been on the right (i.e. politically left) side of many struggles involving race and the environment.

Finally, in “Bitcoin Widow: Love, Betrayal & the Missing Millions,” Jennifer Robertsonwith editorial assistance from Halifax’s Stephen Kimber, is breaking her silence on her role in QuadrigaCX, Canada’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, which imploded following the 2019 death of her husband, Gerald Cotton. Didn’t she know that he was scamming his many investors and that QuadrigaCX was essentially a Ponzi scheme? And what about the conspiracy theories that he faked his death? The book has received abundant media attention since its publication in mid-January and debuts this week at No. 6 on the Nonfiction list.

-Sarah Murdoch

Bestseller lists are compiled by Toronto Star Newspapers Limited from information provided by BookNet Canada’s national sales tracking service, BNC SalesData.


1. Reminders of HimColleen Hoover, Montlake Romance (1)*

2. The MaidNita Prose, Viking (3)

3. It Ends With UsColleen Hoover, earbuds (21)

4. TruthColleen Hoover, Grand Central (4)

5. Ugly LoveColleen Hoover, earbuds (4)

6. The Love HypothesisAli Hazelwood, Berkeley (4)

7. The Midnight LibraryMatt Haig, Harper Avenue (27)

8. Something to HideElizabeth George, viking (2)

9. Mirror ManLars Kepler, McClelland and Stewart (2)

10. November 9Colleen Hoover, earbuds (2)


1. The betrayal of Anne FrankRosemary Sullivan, Harper Collins (1)

2. Atlas of the HeartBrené Brown, Random house (7)

3. The real Anthony FauciRobert F. Kennedy, Jr., Skyhorse (1)

4. Find the mother treeSuzanne Simard, Allen Alley (8)

5. Dawn of EverythingDavid Graeber, David Wengrow, Signal (3)

6. Bitcoin WidowJennifer Robertson, Stephen Kimber, HarperCollins Canada (1)

7. WillWill Smith, Mark Manson, Penguin (10)

8. Sweetgrass braidingRobin Wall Kimmerer, Milkweed (56)

9. 12 rules for lifeJordan B. Peterson, Random House (105)

10. Talk to CanadiansRick Mercer, Doubleday Canada (11)


1. The maidNita Prose, Viking

2. State of TerrorHillary Rodham Clinton, Louise Penny, Simon & Schuster

3. Find yourself firstLinwood Barclay, William Morrow

4. LuckyMarissa Stapley, Simon & Schuster

5. Five little IndiansMichelle Good, HarperCollins Canada

6. StrangersKatherena Vermette, Hamish Hamilton

7. The Apollo MurdersChris Hadfield, Random House

8. What a strange paradiseOmar El Akkad, McClelland & Stewart

9. The Marrow ThievesCherie Dimaline, dancing cat

10. Station ElevenEmily St. John Mandel, Perennial Harper


1. The betrayal of Anne FrankRosemary Sullivan, HarperCollins Canada

2. Find the mother treeSuzanne Simard, Allan Lane

3. Bitcoin WidowJennifer Robertson, Stephen Kimber, HarperCollins Canada

4. 12 rules of lifeJordan B. Peterson, Random House Canada

5. Talk to CanadiansRick Mercer, Doubleday Canada

6. No one wins aloneMark Messier, Jimmy Roberts, Simon & Schuster

7. 21 things you might not know about the Indian ActBob Joseph, Indigenous Relations

8. No time like the futureMichael J. Fox, Flatiron

9. AshesJesse Thistle, Simon & Schuster

10. Off the RecordPeter Mansbridge, Simon & Schuster


1. Wings of Fire: The Brightest NightTui T. Sutherland, Mike Holmes, Graphix

2. Cat Kid Cartoon Club InsightsDav Pilkey, Graphix.

3. Karen’s school photo (Baby-Sitters Little Sister #5)Ann M. Martin, Katy Farina, Graphix

4. Comics will break your heartFaith Erin Hicks, square fish

5. Big Shot (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 16)Jeff Kinney, Abrams

6. A Good Girl’s Guide to KillingHolly Jackson, Ember

7. CogGreg van Eekhout, Beatrice Blue, HarperCollins

8. They both die at the endAdam Silvera, Feather Tree

9. Mobs rule! (Minecraft Stonesword Saga)Random House, Random House

10. Goodbye Stacey, goodbyeAnn M. Martin, Gabriela Epstein, Graphix


1. What to expect when you are pregnantHeidi Murkoff, worker

2. When the body says noGabor Mate, Vintage

3. The Obesity CodeJason Fung, Greystone

4. Come As You Are (revised and updated)Emily Nagoski, Simon & Schuster

5. Cleanse to Heal Medical MediumAnthony William, Hay House

6. JoyDebbie Travis, Random House Canada

7. The 17 Day Starter DietMike Moreno, Atria

8. Go sugar-freeJulie Daniluk, Penguin Canada

9. The wisdom of your bodyHillary McBride, Collins

10. Muscles for lifeMichael Matthews, Gallery

* Number of weeks on the list


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