The #2 book in the country is Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium and a telegenic science advocate. He’s written numerous books that have sold well over the long haul, but first-week sales for the new book are by far his best to date.
It’s a big week for children’s titles, with new picture books, middle grade novels, and YA fiction all hitting our lists. Of these, four books topped 10K in print unit sales.
|The Dark Prophecy||Rick Riordan||#1 Children’s Frontlist Fiction, #1 overall|
|A Court of Wings and Ruin||Sarah J. Maas||#2 Children’s Frontlist Fiction, #2 overall|
|Dragons Love Tacos 2||Rubin/Salmieri||#2 Children’s Picture Books|
|Way of the Warrior Kid||Willink/Bozak||#5 Children’s Frontlist Fiction|
Bunmi Laditan’s fiction debut, Confessions of a Domestic Failure, lands at #6 on our Trade Paperback list. She’s the adult behind the Honest Toddler Twitter account (326K followers), plus she’s got two nonfiction books of humor to her name: 2013’s The Honest Toddler (14K hardcover and trade paperback copies sold) and 2015’s Toddlers Are A**holes (68K hardcover copies sold). Our review said that her novel “will strike a hysterical and compassionate chord with new moms.” Next up: Laditan aims to entertain her adult fans’ children with a picture book, The Big Bed, illustrated by Tom Knight and scheduled for February 2018.
New & Notable
Into the Water
#2 Hardcover Fiction, #6 overall
Our review said that in this follow-up to the 2015 blockbuster The Girl on the Train, “Hawkins may be juggling a few too many story lines for comfort, but the payoff packs a satisfying punch.”
Women Who Work
#9 Hardcover Nonfiction
The first daughter releases a business book about, in the words of the subtitle, “Rewriting the Rules for Success.” For a preview of next season’s business titles, including several addressing women, check out our business-books feature in the May 22 issue.
Top 10 Overall
|1||The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo #2)||Rick Riordan||Disney-Hyperion||62,987|
|2||Astrophysics for People in a Hurry||Neil deGrasse Tyson||Norton||48,416|
|3||16th Seduction||Patterson/Paetro||Little, Brown||47,119|
|4||A Court of Wings and Ruin||Sarah J. Maas||Bloomsbury||44,689|
|6||Into the Water||Paula Hawkins||Riverhead||38,687|
|7||Oh, the Places You’ll Go!||Dr. Seuss||Random House||32,939|
|9||Against All Odds||Danielle Steel||Delacorte||26,464|
|10||Everything, Everything||Nicola Yoon||Ember||24,192|
All unit sales per Nielsen BookScan except where noted.