Peak Ratings

New books by two Fox News hosts claim the top spots on their respective lists. Megyn Kelly’s memoir, Settle for More, debuts at #1 in hardcover nonfiction and #4 overall. In it she details her sexual harassment allegations against former Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, as well as her famously contentious relationship with Donald Trump. Within hours of the book’s release, the Los Angeles Times reported, more than 100 negative one-star reviews had appeared on Amazon, via a pro–Donald Trump Reddit forum called The_Donald, which is not officially associated with the president-elect.

Over in children’s picture books, Take Heart, My Child by Fox and Friends cohost Ainsley Earhardt, illustrated by Jaime Kim, leads the pack. The book is, in part, a message to Earhardt’s daughter, who was born in November 2015.

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

Movie Watch

Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang debuts at #22 in trade paper-back this week, 14 years after its original publication. Why the renewed interest? One of the pieces in the anthology, “Story of Your Life,” is the basis for the much-lauded film Arrival, which opened November 11. We’ve had our eye on Chiang’s book for a long time; when it pubbed in 2002, our starred review called it “the first must-read SF book of the year.”

Swing and a Hit

Zadie Smith has been a critical and fan favorite since the 2000 publication of White Teeth, which, alongside other accolades, Time named among the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005. Swing Time, her latest, has garnered generally strong reviews (including a star from PW) and debuts this week at #15 in hardcover fiction, with Smith’s best first-week sales since BookScan began keeping records in 2001. Here’s a look at how earlier books compare.

First-Week Print Unit Sales for Zadie Smith

The Autograph Man (2002) 1,452
On Beauty (2005) 7,202
NW (2012) 4,707
Swing Time (2016) 9,272

Scrappy Somebodies

A trio of celeb memoirs passed the 10K print unit sales mark their first week out of the gate. Anna Kendrick, a best supporting actress Oscar nominee for 2009’s Up in the Air, debuts at #7 in hardcover nonfiction with Scrappy Little Nobody. Two notches below, Superficial is the follow-up to The Andy Cohen Diaries, by the executive producer of The Real Housewives and the host of Bravo’s Watch What Happens: Live. And at #12, Born a Crime by Trevor Noah revisits The Daily Show host’s apartheid-era South African childhood; as the son of a black mother and a white father, he spent much of his early life in hiding.

New & Notable

Turbo Twenty-Three

Janet Evanovich

#1 Hardcover Fiction, #3 overall

Evanovich nabs the top spot on two lists with her books starring bounty hunter Stephanie Plum; the previous book in the series, Tricky Twenty-Two, is #1 on our mass market list for the second week in a row.

Our Revolution

Bernie Sanders

#3 Hardcover Nonfiction, #9 overall

Sanders, whose book deal was announced in mid-July, shortly after he endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, delivers an insider’s account of his campaign as well as his vision for the future.

Top 10 Overall

Rank Title Author Imprint Units
1 Double Down (Wimpy Kid #11) Jeff Kinney Amulet 112,655
2 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (screenplay) J.K. Rowling Scholastic/Levine 99,778
3 Turbo Twenty-Three Janet Evanovich Bantam 64,689
4 Settle for More Megyn Kelly Harper 63,870
5 Tales from a Not-So-Friendly Frenemy (Dork Diaries #11) Rachel Renée Russell Aladdin 51,419
6 The Whistler John Grisham Doubleday 50,513
7 No Man’s Land David Baldacci Grand Central 49,218
8 Killing the Rising Sun O’Reilly/Dugard Holt 48,976
9 Our Revolution Bernie Sanders St. Martin’s/Dunne 44,735
10 Night School Lee Child Delacorte 39,144

All unit sales per Nielsen BookScan except where noted.