An Actor’s Author Odyssey
The #3 book on our overall bestseller list is An Author’s Odyssey, fifth in the Land of Stories series from Glee actor-turned-middle-grade writer Chris Colfer. Print unit sales have been strong, topping 1.1 million over five books, and after a sophomore slump, first-week sales have been on an upswing.
|2016||An Author’s Odyssey||28K|
|2015||Beyond the Kingdoms||19K|
|2014||A Grimm Warning||15K|
|2012||The Wishing Spell||11K|
|2013||The Enchantress Returns||7,393|
New to this week’s Hardcover Nonfiction list are a pair of titles by military veterans. At #9, The Field of Fight is a call to action by Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, an intelligence officer for three decades, and Michael Ledeen, a 20-year veteran of American Enterprise Institute. Its subtitle: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies.
The Last Punisher, at #12, offers an account of the 2006 Battle of Ramadi, written by Kevin Lacz with Ethan E. Rocke and Lindsey Lacz,
Kevin’s wife. Kevin Lacz was a member of SEAL Team Three with Chris Kyle, who is the author and subject of American Sniper; Lacz also played himself in the movie.
Movers & Shakers
Two books examining issues of race, a subject very much in the public consciousness these days, saw sales improve in the week leading up to the Republican National Convention. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, a mainstay of our Hardcover Nonfiction list for a solid year, had its best sales week since February, moving up two notches on the list to #5. Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson returns to our Trade Paperback list at #18 with its best showing since the December 2015 holidays.
The Black Widow
#1 Hardcover Fiction, #1 overall
Our starred review said that in his latest thriller, “Silva proves once again that he can rework familiar genre material and bring it to new life.”
#3 Hardcover Nonfiction
Dugard recounted her abduction and 18-year imprisonment in 2011’s A Stolen Life, which has sold 703K print copies. Here, she writes of how she has adjusted, postcaptivity.
You’ll Grow Out of It
#11 Hardcover Nonfiction
Amy Schumer contributed a cover blurb for this memoir by Klein, head writer on Schumer’s Comedy Central series. Schumer’s memoir, The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, pubs Aug. 16.
Top 10 Overall
|1||The Black Widow||Daniel Silva||Harper||51,663|
|2||The Girl on the Train||Paula Hawkins||Riverhead||50,583|
|3||An Author’s Odyssey (The Land of Stories #5)||Chris Colfer||Little, Brown||28,551|
|4||Serafina and the Twisted Staff||Robert Beatty||Disney-Hyperion||19,498|
|5||Night||Elie Wiesel||Hill and Wang||18,946|
|6||Crisis of Character||Gary J. Byrne||Center Street||18,851|
|7||Silver Linings||Debbie Macomber||Ballantine||17,419|
|9||Me Before You (movie tie-in)||Jojo Moyes||Penguin||15,970|
|10||Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children||Ransom Riggs||Quirk||15,017|
All unit sales per Nielsen BookScan except where noted.