Bestseller Stat Shot

At a time of year when New Year’s resolutions typically seem like a distant memory, U.S. readers are showing a penchant for self-improvement—spiritual, organizational, even culinary. Three of this week’s regional nonfiction bestsellers will be familiar to readers of our lists, and two are new this week from religion houses: Living Forward by Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy (Baker) encourages readers to create a life plan and embark on a methodical path to success, and (Un)Qualified by Steven Furtick (Multnomah) explains why embracing weakness is in keeping with God’s love of the imperfect.

Northeast: When Breath Becomes Air

Middle Atlantic: Cravings

East North Central: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

West North Central: Living Forward

South Atlantic: (Un)Qualified

South Central: Living Forward

Mountain: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Pacific: Cravings

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

New & Notable


Matthew Desmond

#13 Hardcover Nonfiction

Harvard sociologist and MacArthur fellow Desmond investigates the impact of eviction on eight families. PW starred this book, which is based on years of fieldwork in the poorest neighborhoods in Milwaukee.

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

Carlo Rovelli

#15 Hardcover Nonfiction

In this “enchanting” book (in the words of our review), an Italian theoretical physicist “looks at physics as a continually changing quest for understanding of our universe, instead of as immutable laws of nature.”

The Midas Touch

Even before the statues are handed out, the Oscars can mean publishing gold for books whose adaptations get an Academy nod. Now that the curtain has closed on another award season, here’s a look at the weekly jump in print-unit sales for the winning titles (both the conventional and the movie tie-in versions), from the week before the Oscars to the week after.

Top 10 Overall

Rank Title Author Imprint Units
1 Green Eggs and Ham Dr. Seuss Random House 40,257
2 One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish Dr. Seuss Random House 29,847
3 The Liar Nora Roberts Jove 28,369
4 The Cat in the Hat Dr. Seuss Random House 28,118
5 Country Danielle Steel Dell 23,435
6 Memory Man David Baldacci Hachette/Vision 23,322
7 The Gangster Cussler/Scott Putnam 20,162
8 The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up Marie Kondo Ten Speed 19,801
9 Fox in Socks Dr. Seuss Random House 19,610
10 Cravings Chrissy Teigen Clarkson Potter 19,408

All unit sales per Nielsen BookScan except where noted.