A steamy memoir by former New Jersey Gov. James E. McGreevey, who left office amid a gay sex scandal, has become a best-seller on two lists.

Released Sept. 19, "The Confession" will be ranked No. 3 in nonfiction hardcover sales in The New York Times book review in the Oct. 8 issue, the newspaper said. The review does not disclose sales figures.

The book ranked No. 1 in biography-autobiography and No. 4 in adult nonfiction based on first-week sales of 15,000 recorded by Nielsen BookScan U.S., The Star-Ledger of Newark reported in Thursday's newspapers.

McGreevey, who had largely avoided public statements since leaving office in 2004, promoted the book with several television appearances last week, including a taped interview on "The Oprah Winfrey Show."

McGreevey, elected New Jersey governor in 2001, stunned the nation when he announced in August 2004 that he was a "gay American" and would leave office three months later.