The two most popular books that year were The Song of Bernadette, by Franz Werfel, which made the list for fifteen weeks; and The Robe, by Lloyd Douglas, which would dominate the list for the final six weeks of 1942 and most of 1943.
|January 4||The Keys of the Kingdom||A. J. Cronin|
|January 11||Windswept||Mary Ellen Chase|
|February 8||Dragon Seed||Pearl S. Buck|
|February 15||Frenchman's Creek||Daphne du Maurier|
|February 22||Dragon Seed||Pearl S. Buck|
|March 22||The Moon Is Down||John Steinbeck|
|June 14||And Now Tomorrow||Rachel Field|
|July 19||The Song of Bernadette||Franz Werfel|
|August 2||And Now Tomorrow||Rachel Field|
|August 16||The Song of Bernadette||Franz Werfel|
|September 6||Drivin' Woman||Elizabeth Chevalier|
|September 13||The Song of Bernadette||Franz Werfel|
|November 22||The Robe||Lloyd Douglas|
- 1942 in literature
- Lists of The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers
- Publishers Weekly list of bestselling novels in the United States in the 1940s
- Miller, Laura J. (2000). "The Best-Seller List as Marketing Tool and Historical Fiction". In Ezra Greenspan (ed.). Book History. Volume Three. Penn State University Press. pp. 286–304. ISBN 0271020504.
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- Bear, John (1992). The #1 New York Times Best Seller: Intriguing Facts About the 484 Books That Have Been #1 New York Times Bestsellers Since the First List, 50 Years Ago. Berkeley: Ten Speed Press. pp. 3-5.