Charlaine Harris's last Sookie Stackhouse novel, Dead Ever After, took #1 on Nielsen BookScan, selling 85,00 copies in the week ending May 12. The number was more than enough to outpace the #2 bestseller, Phil Robertson's Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life as the Duck Commander, which moved 58,000 copies in its first week, good enough to make it the bestselling nonfiction book of the week. James Patterson's 12th of Never fell off 32% in its second week, landing at #3 overall with 47,000 copies sold for the week. Another debut, John Sandford's Silken Prey, was #4 overall with 43,000 copies sold.
The Great Gatsby continues its rise, and landed at both #5 overall (trade paperback) and #12 overall (movie tie-in edition). Together, the two editions sold 60,000 copies last week.
Amanda Knox's Waiting to Be Heard fell back to #5 on the nonfiction hardcover bestseller list, losing 30% of its sales from its debut week and selling 15,000 copies in its second week, for a total of 36,000 copies sold on BookScan. Moving ahead of Knox on the nonfiction hardcover list were Lean In, David Sedaris's Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, and The Duck Commander Family by Willie Robertson, which were #2, #3, and #4, respectively, behind Happy, Happy, Happy.