Knowing Me, Knowing You

Our Hardcover Nonfiction list has serious star power this week, with five new bios and memoirs from the worlds of music, Hollywood, sports, and royalty.

At #3, The Most Beautiful is Mayte Garcia’s account of life with the late musician Prince, to whom she was married in the late 1990s.

In Nevertheless, at #11, Alec Baldwin takes readers back to his Long Island childhood and subsequent rise to fame.

Chipper Jones, eight-time All-Star slugger for the Atlanta Braves, delves into his relationships with teammates and opponents in the #16 book, Ballplayer.

Prince Charles, #19, is the latest biography by Sally Bedell Smith, who has previously profiled Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Diana, among others.

And at #21, retired WWE champ A.J. Mendez Brooks recounts her life and career in Crazy Is My Superpower.

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

New & Notable

American War

Omar El Ekkad

#17 Hardcover Fiction

Debut novelist El Ekkad “creates a world all too familiar in its grisly realism,” our starred review said, in his depiction of a future, collapsing United States.

Hallelujah Anyway

Anne Lamott

#2 Hardcover Nonfiction

In a book subtitled “Rediscovering Mercy,” the Bird by Bird author encourages readers to practice kindness to others and to themselves.

At the Bottom of the World

Bill Nye and Gregory Mone

#18 Children’s Frontlist Fiction

Science educator and TV personality Nye and science journalist and children’s book author Mone launch the middle-grade Jack and the Geniuses series.

Page to Screen

The tie-in edition of Everything, Everything, Nicola Yoon’s 2015 debut YA novel, lands at #22 in Children’s Frontlist Fiction, ahead of the film’s May 19 release. The conventional trade paperback, which pubbed March 7, is #2 in Children’s Frontlist Fiction, with print unit sales up 10% from the previous week.

The April 28 release of the movie The Circle, starring Emma Watson and Tom Hanks, is renewing interest in the 2014 trade paper edition of Dave Eggers’s novel, on which it’s based. The title had its best week since release, with print unit sales up 64% from the previous week. Plus, sales of Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why are surging thanks to the much-discussed Netflix series. In the second week after the premiere, three editions (at right) got a big bump from the week before.

Sin Sells

R.H. Sin has sold 29K print copies of his 2015 self-published book of poetry, Whiskey Words & a Shovel. Andrews McMeel picked him up and in 2016 published Whiskey Words & a Shovel II, which has sold 57K print units, followed by Rest in the Mourning, with 24K print units. Now comes Whiskey Words & a Shovel III, which enters our Trade Paperback list at #22, Sin’s best first-week showing to date.

Top 10 Overall

Rank Title Author Imprint Units
1 Old School O’Reilly/Feirstein Holt 41,262
2 Thirteen Reasons Why Jay Asher Razorbill 31,849
3 The Black Book Patterson/Ellis Little, Brown 31,386
4 All By Myself, Alone Mary Higgins Clark Simon & Schuster 22,564
5 Big Little Lies Liane Moriarty Berkley 19,360
6 Milk and Honey Rupi Kaur Andrews McMeel 19,318
7 All the Light We Cannot See Anthony Doerr Scribner 19,196
8 13 Reasons Why (TV tie-in) Jay Asher Razorbill 18,132
9 Magic Danielle Steel Dell 17,159
10 Too Many Carrots Katy Hudson Capstone 16,948

All unit sales per Nielsen BookScan except where noted.