Human for the Holidays
The #2 book in the country is Humans of New York: Stories, with 97K print units sold. Sales, which have been strong since its October release, are up 632% this week over last, bringing release-to-date sales to almost 195K print units. Brandon Stanton’s first book, 2013’s Humans of New York, is up 411% this week over last, with almost 12K print units sold.
New & Notable
Tom Clancy: Commander in Chief
#3 Hardcover Fiction
33K print units
Greaney offers his third solo effort in Clancy’s Jack Ryan franchise, which began with 1984’s The Hunt for Red October.
#23 Hardcover Nonfiction
7,186 print units
Classicist Beard’s history of ancient Rome pubbed November 9 and this week had its best week yet, prompting its list debut.
Today Is Going to Be a Great Day!
#21 Trade Paperback
6,868 print units
This coloring book from Christian Art Publishers includes DIY bookmarks, gift tags, and quotes from scripture, e.g. “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.”
Pogue’s Basics: Life
#24 Trade Paperback
6,555 print units
The prolific tech writer widens his scope, offering advice on everything from how to score cheap airfare to how to peel a banana.
Rowling Right Along
J.K. Rowling is, of course, no stranger to our lists, whether she’s writing under her own name or a pseudonym. Career of Evil, her third crime novel written as Robert Galbraith, just concluded a six-week streak on our Hardcover Fiction list and has sold more than 72K print units to date. This week, the world of Hogwarts takes over: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, newly illustrated by Jim Kay, is #2 in Children’s Frontlist Fiction with almost 33K print units sold this week. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander, which was published in June, had its best week yet, landing at #25 with 4,096 print units sold; a movie of the same name is in production and scheduled for a November 2016 release. In the setting of the original Harry Potter books, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a textbook used by Hogwarts students, and Scamander a famed “magizoologist.”
On our Picture Book list, the Harry Potter Coloring Book, which pubbed in November, sold 29K print units this week, a 23% increase over last week. And older editions of the Harry Potter books had a strong week, too: the 2009 paperback boxed set sold almost 11K print units this week, 166% more than last week.
Top 10 Overall
|1||Old School (Wimpy Kid #10)||Jeff Kinney||Abrams/Amulet||152,314|
|2||Humans of New York: Stories||Brandon Stanton||St. Martin’s||97,361|
|3||Elf on the Shelf (boy doll)||Carol V. Aebersold||CCA&B||85,250|
|4||Elf on the Shelf (girl doll)||Carol V. Aebersold||CCA&B||60,011|
|5||First 100 Words||Roger Priddy||Priddy||52,828|
|6||The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime||Ree Drummond||Morrow||49,090|
|7||Lost Ocean||Johanna Basford||Penguin||49,048|
|9||Cross Justice||James Patterson||Little, Brown||46,335|
|10||Enchanted Forest||Johanna Basford||Laurence King||44,968|
All unit sales per Nielsen BookScan except where noted.