The Cubs Way by Tom Verducci debuts at #9 on our Hardcover Nonfiction list. In it, the Sports Illustrated senior baseball writer digs into how the team ended a 108-year drought to become the 2016 World Series champs. You don’t need three strikes to figure out who bought the book; here’s a look.
Regional Sales for The Cubs Way
|The rest of the country||72.5%|
Jessica Shattuck, author of two well-received contemporary novels, delves into the past with The Women in the Castle, debuting at #8 in Hardcover Fiction. The book, about three German women who form a surrogate family in the aftermath of WWII, has roots in Shattuck’s conflicted feelings about heritage. The book received healthy prepub attention—the ABA named it the #1 Indie Next List pick for April, and Shattuck published an op-ed in the New York Times, “I Loved My Grandmother. But She Was a Nazi”—that likely helped first-week print-unit sales. (As of this writing, the op-ed had more than 500 comments on nytimes.com.)
The #10 book in the country (#3 in Hardcover Nonfiction) is How to Be a Bawse, the latest pep talk/memoir by a YouTube personality. Lilly Singh, a Canadian comedian, rapper, and actor (she voiced a pair of unicorn characters in Ice Age: Collision Course) entertains 11 million subscribers with riffs on her Punjabi heritage, friendship, and male-female dynamics, and in a 2016 episode called “Getting Schooled by Michelle Obama,” hosted the then–First Lady.
New & Notable
Bill O’Reilly and Bruce Feirstein
#1 Hardcover Nonfiction, #1 overall
Fox News host O’Reilly and Feirstein, a screenwriter and the author of 1982’s Real Men Don’t Eat Quiche, take aim at what they call “snowflake culture.”
#14 Children’s Frontlist Fiction
The author of the Daughter of Smoke & Bone YA fantasy trilogy launches a duology with a book that our starred review says is “gorgeously written in language simultaneously dark, lush, and enchanting.”
#23 Hardcover Fiction
Our starred review praised Tinti’s second novel, which charts the lives and fortunes of a father and daughter, for “seamlessly transposing classical myth into a quintessentially American landscape.”
#21 Trade Paperback
Bosker writes of quitting her job as executive tech editor at the Huffington Post to train as a master sommelier. Our review says that those who persevere through the heavy pours of wine lingo “will be rewarded with an appreciation of both wine and those pouring the bottles.
Top 10 Overall
|2||The Black Book||Patterson/Ellis||Little, Brown||40,819|
|3||Milk and Honey||Rupi Kaur||Andrews McMeel||19,307|
|4||Too Many Carrots||Katy Hudson||Capstone||19,247|
|5||Hashimoto’s Protocol||Izabella Wentz||HarperOne||18,635|
|6||A Man Called Ove||Fredrik Backman||Washington Square||18,146|
|7||The Obsession||Nora Roberts||Berkley||16,504|
|8||The Shack||Wm. Paul Young||Windblown||16,456|
|10||How to Be a Bawse||Lilly Singh||Ballantine||16,230|
All unit sales per Nielsen BookScan except where noted.