The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers of 1944 Wikipedia
This is a list of adult fiction books that topped The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers list in 1944.
The most popular books of the year were A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith and Strange Fruit, by Lillian Smith with respectively 22 and 15 weeks at the top. A "sleeper" success, A Tree Grows had been published fully 6 months before it eventually made it to the No. 1 spot. Somerset Maugham's mystical The Razor's Edge spent several weeks at No. 2, four times displacing Strange Fruit at No. 1.