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Here’s how sales of the National Book Award winners in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature changed the week after the November 15 ceremony compared to the previous week.
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
The Future Is History by Masha Gessen
Half-Light by Frank Bidart
Far from the Tree by Robin Benway
Artemis by Andy Weir, which lands at #7 in Hardcover Fiction, takes its name from the near-future lunar city in which the novel is set. Our starred review called the book’s heroine, Jazz Bashara—a porter who supplements her income by smuggling contraband—an “independent, wisecracking lead” who “could easily sustain a series.” It’s Weir’s first novel since his 2014 debut The Martian, and it’s off to a far stronger start than its bestselling predecessor.
New & Notable
#1 Hardcover Fiction, #2 overall
The third installment of a planned 10-book series called the Stormlight Archive enjoyed the best first-week print unit sales for the series to date, moving almost double the number that the second book, 2014’s Words of Radiance, did in its first week.
Promise Me, Dad
#1 Hardcover Nonfiction, #7 overall
In this memoir, the first title in a three-book deal with Flatiron, the former vice-president recalls his son Beau’s illness and death, and what it was like to mourn while in the public eye.
Future Home of the Living God
#21 Hardcover Fiction
Erdrich’s cautionary tale, set in a near future when pregnant women are rounded up by the government in a bid to save the species, is “strikingly relevant,” our review said.
Top 10 Overall
|1||The Getaway (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #12)||Jeff Kinney||Amulet||127,164|
|3||Hardcore Twenty-Four||Janet Evanovich||Putnam||56,796|
|5||The Rooster Bar||John Grisham||Doubleday||43,230|
|6||The Midnight Line||Lee Child||Delacorte||42,875|
|7||Promise Me, Dad||Joe Biden||Flatiron||39,607|
|8||Giraffes Can’t Dance||Andreae/Parker-Rees||Cartwheel||38,920|
|9||End Game||David Baldacci||Grand Central||38,536|
|10||Obama||Pete Souza||Little, Brown||34,360|
All unit sales per Nielsen BookScan except where noted.