Sellout Sales

In the wake of his October 25 Booker Prize win for The Sellout, Paul Beatty is enjoying a nice sales boost. The trade paperback edition, which pubbed in March, debuts at #8 on that list with its best weekly sales yet­­—a quarter of all print copies since release were sold this week.

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

Coloring Corner

Adult coloring books have become less prominent on our lists recently, but don’t count them out just yet. This week, bestseller Johanna Basford is back with Johanna’s Christmas, which debuts at #2 in Trade Paperback. Her March release, Magical Jungle, has been on our list since its publication; it’s at #18 this week.

A new name in the coloring book world, Claire Belton, debuts at #11 in trade paper with Pusheen Coloring Book, based on the popular (9.4 million Facebook likes) kitty character. Belton’s 2013 collection of Pusheen comics, I Am Pusheen the Cat, has sold 56.5K print copies.

Cookbook Collection

At #1 in Hardcover Nonfiction, and #2 in the country overall, Cooking for Jeffrey is Ina Garten’s culinary love letter to her husband. He’s a familiar figure to fans of Barefoot Contessa, Garten’s long-running TV program that showcases multicourse meals for family and friends. Her hospitality is such a given that even noted trash-talker Anthony Bourdain can’t help but acknowledge it: in his first cookbook in a dozen years, Appetites (#5 in nonfiction, #9 overall), the chef had kind words for the Contessa, writing of his “Ina Garten–like need to feed the people around me.”

It’s a big week for new cookbook releases, with three more titles hitting our hardcover list: #9, 100 Days of Real Food: Fast & Fabulous by blogger Lisa Leake; #17, The Sprinkles Baking Book by TV personality and cupcake-shop owner Candace Nelson; and #24, Dorie’s Cookies by James Beard Award–winner Dorie Greenspan, which we recently named one of 2016’s best books. Plus, on our Trade Paperback list at #24, Well Fed Weeknights is blogger Melissa Joulwan’s newest paleo cookbook.

New & Notable

The Whistler

John Grisham

#1 Hardcover Fiction, #1 overall

Lawyer Lacy Stolz investigates complaints against Florida judges, leading to a “high-stakes game of gambling, greed, and murder,” our review said, in this “tense legal thriller.”


Tim Tebow

#4 Hardcover Nonfiction, #8 overall

The NFL quarterback–turned–minor-league outfielder, famous for kneeling in prayer on field, follows up his 2011 memoir, Through My Eyes (308K hardcover copies sold), with lessons from Scripture and inspirational stories, including his own, of triumph over adversity.

DanTDM: Trayaurus and the Enchanted Crystal


#2 Children’s Frontlist Fiction

12.9 million YouTube subscribers watch professional gamer Dan Middleton, aka DanTDM, play Minecraft. This graphic novel is inspired by the worlds and characters that he has created.

Top 10 Overall

Rank Title Author Imprint Units
1 The Whistler John Grisham Doubleday 124,580
2 Cooking for Jeffrey Ina Garten Clarkson Potter 112,131
3 The Magnolia Story Gaines/Gaines W 47,782
4 Killing the Rising Sun O’Reilly/Dugard Holt 40,588
5 Two by Two Nicholas Sparks Grand Central 28,788
6 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child J.K. Rowling et al. Scholastic/Levine 26,987
7 The Girl on the Train Paula Hawkins Riverhead 26,585
8 Shaken Tim Tebow WaterBrook 25,369
9 Appetites Anthony Bourdain Ecco 21,973
10 The Girl on the Train (mass market movie tie-in) Paula Hawkins Riverhead 19,879

All unit sales per Nielsen BookScan except where noted.