Sales (and) Goals
On July 5, the U.S. women’s soccer team beat Japan 5–2 in the FIFA Women’s World Cup final. While we await news that hat-trick hero Carli Lloyd is writing a memoir, her teammate Alex Morgan has been making her name in children’s publishing, launching the middle-grade footie-themed series The Kicks in 2013; her YA memoir, Breakaway, pubbed in June. Unit sales total almost 90K to date, with each title getting a bump the week after the final. Here’s a look.
The World Cup Assist: Print Unit Sales for Week Ended July 12
|Title||Increase Over Previous Week|
|Win or Lose||27%|
|Saving the Team||29%|
Will John Green strike box office gold twice? As the July 24 release date for Paper Towns nears, two editions of the YA novel are among the top-selling books in the country this week: the 2009 trade paper edition is at #2, second only to Grey, and the tie-in edition, which pubbed in May, is at #6. The #5 book, meanwhile, is The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz, a prequel to the Disney Channel TV movie Descendants, premiering July 31.
Elsewhere in YA page-to-screen adaptations, the revised and movie tie-in editions of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews are #5 and #9, respectively, in Children’s Frontlist Fiction; the movie opened June 12.
Over on the adult lists, tie-in editions of Zoo by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge, which spawned the CBS-TV series that premiered June 30, are at #10 on the Mass Market Paperback list and #14 on the Trade Paperback list. The trade paper tie-in edition of American Sniper by Chris Kyle is #15 on that list, and two notches below is the tie-in edition of Dark Places by Gillian Flynn; that movie opens August 7.
Code of Conduct
by Brad Thor
#2 Hardcover Fiction
25,564 print units
Book 15 in the Scot Harvath series finds the counterterrorism operative investigating the destruction of a charity-run health-care clinic in the Congo.
by Catherine Coulter
#4 Hardcover Fiction
19,531 print units
In Coulter’s latest thriller, book 19 in her FBI thriller series, husband-and-wife agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sher- lock track down terrorists in NYC.
Beyond the Kingdoms
by Chris Colfer
#3 Children's Frontlist Fiction
18,925 print units
This is book four in the Glee actor’s middle-grade Land of Stories series; a companion picture book, The Curvy Tree, will publish October 27.
A Full Life
by Jimmy Carter
#3 Hardcover Nonfiction
11,762 print units
At age 90, the prolific 39th presi- dent reflects on the personal and the political, from his youth in rural Georgia to his post–White House career.
Top 10 Overall
|1||Grey E.L. James||Vintage||108,631|
|2||Paper Towns||John Green||Penguin/Speak||43,525|
|3||The Girl on the Train||Paula Hawkins||Riverhead||31,217|
|4||Flesh and Blood||Patricia Cornwell||Morrow||28,208|
|5||The Isle of the Lost (Descendants)||Melissa de la Cruz||Disney-Hyperion||27,692|
|6||Paper Towns (movie tie-in)||John Green||Penguin/Speak||26,094|
|7||Code of Conduct||Brad Thor||Atria/Emily Bestler||25,564|
|8||A Perfect Life||Danielle Steel||Dell||25,040|
|9||All the Light We Cannot See||Anthony Doerr||Scribner||23,896|
|10||The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up||Marie Kondo||Ten Speed||23,492|
Nielsen BookScan Updated Lists
Due to a data reporting error from Nielsen BookScan, the PW bestseller lists for the week ended July 5 had to be updated after the July 13 issue went to press. The corrected lists are available on the PW website and in the July 13 digital edition.