In the Details

Devil’s Bargain by Joshua Green, subtitled Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency, debuts at #2 on our Hardcover Nonfiction list. Green, a senior national correspondent for Bloomberg Businessweek, has had his eye on the White House chief strategist for a long time. The book is the result of six years of reporting and follows Green’s October 2015 Bloomberg Businessweek cover story about Bannon, titled “This Man Is the Most Dangerous Political Operative in America.”

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Story Mode

Debuting at #3 in Children’s Fronlist Fiction, Minecraft: The Island is the first officially sanctioned novel based on the open-ended video game. Author Max Brooks is best known for adult books, including 2003’s The Zombie Survival Guide and 2006’s World War Z, which was made into a movie; each of those two titles has sold well over a million print copies.

Movie Watch

The big-screen adaptation of The Glass Castle, based on Jeannette Walls’s 2005 memoir, hits theaters August 11. The tie-in edition pubbed July 11 and, in its second week on sale, debuts at #14 on our Trade Paperback list. The 2006 conventional trade paperback enjoyed stronger weekly sales than the tie-in; it’s sold more than three million copies since its release, 73K of them this year.

New & Notable

The Late Show
Michael Connelly
#1 Hardcover Fiction, #1 overall
The author of the long-running Harry Bosch series here introduces Hollywood homicide detective Renée Ballard, who has landed on the night shift, our starred review said, “in retribution for filing sexual harassment charges against her former boss.” It’s the author’s first series launch since 2005’s The Lincoln Lawyer.

The Breakdown
B.A. Paris
#9 Hardcover Fiction
Paris’s sophomore effort is “another first-rate psychological thriller,” our starred review said, about a teacher who begins to question her sanity after the murder of a recent acquaintance. Paris’s first novel, 2016’s Behind Closed Doors, is at #4 on our trade paperback list.

Meddling Kids
Edgar Cantero
#20 Hardcover Fiction
Members of a teen detective squad (think Scooby-Doo) reunite as adults to put to rest lingering questions about their final case. Our review called the story a “goofy, smart love letter to childhood adventure and enduring friendship.”

Top 10 Overall

Rank Title Author Imprint Units
1 The Late Show Michael Connelly Little, Brown 53,956
2 The Whistler (mass market) John Grisham Dell 38,050
3 Camino Island John Grisham Doubleday 23,735
4 The Woman in Cabin 10 Ruth Ware Scout 21,265
5 House of Spies Daniel Silva Harper 20,112
6 Milk and Honey Rupi Kaur Andrews McMeel 19,770
7 Dangerous Milo Yiannopoulos Dangerous Books 18,678
8 Wonder R.J. Palacio Knopf 16,360
9 Lilac Girls Martha Hall Kelly Ballantine 14,623
10 The Whistler (trade paper) John Grisham Bantam 14,466

All unit sales per Nielsen BookScan except where noted.