Royal Reception

The #6 book in the country is The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher, based on the journals the late actress kept during the filming of the original Star Wars movie. The book pubbed November 22 and sold respectably, then charted for the first time the week after her death on December 27. Simon & Schuster told Entertainment Weekly that the publisher plans to go back to print on Fisher’s earlier work, including the 2008 memoir Wishful Drinking and the 1987 novel Postcards from the Edge.

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

You Say You Got a Resolution

New year, new you? Here are publishers’ latest pitches to the self-improvement set.

The Lose Your Belly Diet by Travis Stork
#1 Hardcover Nonfiction, #1 overall
The hook: Cultivate a healthy gut microbiome and burn off excess belly fat.

Green Smoothies for Life by J.J. Smith
#1 Trade Paperback, #7 overall
The hook: Incorporate green smoothies into a daily regimen for lasting weight loss.

Zero Sugar Diet by David Zinczenko
#10 Hardcover Nonfiction
The hook: Cut sugar out of your diet and lose up to a pound a day.

The Bikini Body 28-Day Healthy Eating & Lifestyle Guide by Kayla Itsines
#21 Hardcover Nonfiction
The hook: A personal trainer with six million Instagram followers offers a four-week diet and exercise plan, and seven-day access to her popular app.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
#24 Hardcover Nonfiction
The hook: “It’s the self-help book for people who hate self-help,” the author writes on his website. “It’s as much a pat on the back as a slap in the face.”

Staying Power

Overall print unit sales, predictably, took a dip (62%) after the holidays, leaving room for backlist titles among the country’s top sellers.

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
Pub date: Oct. 2015
First appearance on the top 10: Jan. 2017
Rank: #4
500K print copies sold to date

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Pub date: May 2015
Last seen on the top 10: Nov. 2016
Rank: #8
801K print copies sold to date

Series Successes

New installments in two children’s series hit our list hard last week, debuting among the top books in the country overall.

#5 Talons of Power (Wings of Fire #9) by Tui Sutherland

#10 Dog Man Unleashed (Dog Man #2) by Dav Pilkey

Top 10 Overall

Rank Title Author Imprint Units
1 The Lose Your Belly Diet Travis Stork Ghost Mountain 38,041
2 Double Down (Wimpy Kid #11) Jeff Kinney Amulet 29,352
3 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (screenplay) J.K. Rowling Scholastic/Levine 28,784
4 Milk and Honey Rupi Kaur Andrews McMeel 23,557
5 Talons of Power (Wings of Fire #9) Tui Sutherland Scholastic Press 21,481
6 The Princess Diarist Carrie Fisher Blue Rider 21,219
7 Green Smoothies for Life J.J. Smith Atria 19,658
8 A Man Called Ove Fredrik Backman Washington Square 19,643
9 Hillbilly Elegy J.D. Vance Harper 19,475
10 Dog Man Unleashed (Dog Man #2) Dav Pilkey Graphix 18,956

All unit sales per Nielsen BookScan except where noted.