Bestseller Stat Shot
The Duck Dynasty empire rolls on. Si Robertson, a member of the extravagantly bearded Robertson clan, who struck it rich in the duck call business and then got famous thanks to a reality TV show, is the latest member of the family to hit the bestseller lists. His Si-Cology 1 (Howard) debuts at #1 on this week’s Hardcover Nonfiction list. It follows close behind Phil Robertson’s Happy, Happy, Happy (Howard), which had a lengthy run atop the same list for most of the summer, and is now nestled at #3. And of course, there’s also Willie & Korie Robertson’s original Duck Dynasty book, The Duck Commander Family (Howard), which is at #5 on the nonfiction list. Here are the to-date sales of each title.
Happy, Happy, Happy: 452,432
The Duck Commander Family: 359,449
Si-Cology 1: 70,373
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