What’s Cooking?

Crooner and beach blanket bingo–player Frankie Avalon has become a fixture on QVC, selling a line of prepared Italian food (think sausages and rice balls). This week, Frankie Avalon’s Italian Family Cookbook debuts at #12 in hardcover non-

fiction with 6,026 print units sold. He’s not the only household name with a new cookbook on the hardcover nonfiction list: at #16 with 4,808 print units sold, My Kitchen Year presents the recipes that, in the words of author Ruth Reichl, “saved my life” after Condé Nast shuttered Gourmet, the magazine she helmed for two decades. And edging onto the list at #25, with 3,883 print units sold, Brunch at Bobby’s by Bobby Flay celebrates what the celebrity chef deems “the best part of the weekend.”

(See all of this week's bestselling books.)

Cabin Fever

Vimeo cofounder and designer Zach Klein started a Tumblr called Cabin Porn as a way to gather inspiration for building projects on the 55-acre forest retreat he shares with friends in upstate New York. Five years later, more than 10 million unique visitors have perused the site’s collection of rustic homes, according to Little, Brown, which just published Cabin Porn in book form. It debuts at #24 on our hardcover nonfiction list, with 4,076 print units sold.

Rabbit Redux

The Crown Books for Young Readers edition of The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep, originally self-published by Swedish author Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin,

debuts at #6 on our picture book list with 10K print units sold. The self-pub edition debuted on the list just six weeks ago, with 29K sold, and another 35K sold the following week. A spokesperson for Random House, which announced the acquisition September 2, said this week’s sales were tallied prior to a full distribution. By the end of the week, the book will be available at retailers nationally, across all channels.

Notable Debuts

The Murder House
James Patterson and David Ellis
#1 Hardcover Fiction; #2 overall
46K print units

The coauthors’ previous standalone thriller, 2014’s Invisible, has sold almost 193K in hardcover, and another 134K in trade paper.

The Aeronaut’s Windlass
Jim Butcher
#7 Hardcover Fiction
12.9K print units

Butcher is best known for the Dresden Files, a contemporary fantasy series of 15 books (and counting). His new book launches a steampunk series, the Cinder Spires.

Where I Am
Billy Graham
#13 Hardcover Nonfiction
5,899 print units

Subtitled Heaven, Eternity, and Our Life Beyond, the book has been positioned as “the final chapter” from the nearly 97-year-old evangelist.

Top 10 Overall

Rank Title Author Imprint Units
1 Killing Reagan O’Reilly/Dugard Holt 86,157
2 The Murder House Patterson/Ellis Little, Brown 46,179
3 The Martian Andy Weir Broadway 27,687
4 The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up Marie Kondo Ten Speed 26,593
5 Willow Brook Road Sherryl Woods Mira 24,405
6 Library of Souls Ransom Riggs Quirk 21,751
7 The Girl in the Spider’s Web David Lagercrantz Knopf 19,939
8 The Martian (movie tie-in) Andy Weir Broadway 18,202
9 Gray Mountain John Grisham Dell 18,140
10 Come Rain or Come Shine Jan Karon Putnam 17,999

All unit sales per Nielsen BookScan except where noted.