Lynch book claims top spot on NY Times best seller list

Posted: Thursday, November 20, 2003

NEW YORK Reviews have been mixed and the facts are in question, but the authorized biography of Pfc. Jessica Lynch will still claim a cherished position in the publishing industry: No. 1 on The NY Times' list of nonfiction best sellers.

''Clearly, people are responding to her story,'' said Paul Bogaards, executive director of publicity at Alfred A. Knopf, which released ''I Am a Soldier, Too'' on Nov. 11, Veterans Day, with a first printing of 500,000. Bogaards said Wednesday that first-week sales were around 50,000.

Written by former New York Times reporter Rick Bragg, ''I Am a Soldier, Too'' will debut on the Times list that comes out Sunday, Nov. 30, reflecting the week the book went on sale.

Lynch, a former supply clerk, sustained broken bones and other injuries when her 507th Maintenance Company was ambushed in Nasiriyah, Iraq, on March 23.

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