After its first week on sale, Rielle Hunter’s What Really Happened: John Edwards, Our Daughter, and Me sold 5,795 copies at the outlets tracked by Nielsen BookScan. The showing was good enough to put the memoir by Edwards’ former mistress in the twelve spot on the BookScan nonfiction bestsellers list for the week ending July 1.
Hunter has been engaged in a media blitz in recent weeks, appearing on numerous television and radio talk shows and making headlines in publications across the country. Hunter’s first week sales total is a solid one for publisher Ben Bella Books, but not big enough to make the major New York houses sorry to not have her on their list.
Nielsen BookScan tracks print sales at 75% to 80% of all outlets.