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Best Seller List a Cakewalk for Moonwalk

May 5, 1988 GMT

NEW YORK (AP) _ Michael Jackson’s autobiographical ″Moonwalk″ has floated to the top of The New York Times non-fiction best seller list less than a month after it reached bookstores, its publisher said Thursday.

The $15.95 hard cover book will debut at No. 2 on the list May 8 and hit No. 1 on the May 15 list, Doubleday announced. The Times issues its placings 10 days in advance on a recorded telephone message.

The list is based on sales in a sampling of bookstores around the nation. ″Moonwalk″ had an initial printing of 300,000 copies and is going into a second printing of 150,000 more, said Doubleday spokeswoman Jacqueline Deval.

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The book will debut at No. 1 on The Los Angeles Times best seller list Sunday and was No. 1 on the Sunday Times of London list May 1, she said.

″Moonwalk″ includes 19 color photos and 78 black and white photos of its entertainer author. Ms. Deval said she understood from bookstores and articles that it was being bought largely by teen-agers, who have been targeted by the publisher through radio promotions and giveaways.