Song of Myself

I Can Only Imagine, a memoir by Bart Millard, vocalist for contemporary Christian music group MercyMe, debuts at #20 in trade paper. The book takes its title from the name of the group’s big single, which hit the top 40 in the early aughts. A new movie of the same name, which also tells the story of Millard’s life, opened March 16 and was the #3 movie its opening weekend. Box Office Mojo called it the weekend’s surprise hit, and the movie’s unexpected success may be driving book sales, too.

Battle of the Bundos

Move over, Easter Bunny: two books about vice-president Mike Pence’s family rabbit debut on our lists. In Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Life of the Vice President, written by Pence’s daughter Charlotte and illustrated by his wife, Karen, the BOTUS (Bunny of the United States) follows the vice-president, whom he calls Grampa, around over the course of a day. It lands at #17 on picture books list.

The Pence family’s book sold about 1,300 print copies more than A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss, illus. by E.G. Keller, and presented by Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, which debuts at #8 in hardcover fiction. In the parody, a response to the vice-president’s anti-LGBTQ stance, two boy bunnies fall in love. First-time author Twiss, a staff writer on Oliver’s show, has also signed a deal for a YA novel with Razorbill; Love Inc. is slated for publication in 2019.

Empires’ States

Clinton Cash author Peter Schweizer has the#1 book in the country with Secret Empires, his latest take on political corruption.

Chapter titles include “Bidens in Ukraine,” “Barack Obama’s Best Friend,” and “The Trump Princelings.” The book sold best in BookScan’s south Atlantic, south central, and mountain regions, but Schweizer’s empire doesn’t extend across the country: three other books divvy up the top spots in other regions.

Top 10 Overall

Rank Title Author Imprint Units
1 Secret Empires Peter Schweizer Harper 32,503
2 A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L’Engle Square Fish 31,280
4 Accidental Heroes Danielle Steel Delacorte 26,042
5 Camino Island John Grisham Dell 23,694
6 Dog Man and Cat Kid (Dog Man #4) Dav Pilkey Graphix 21,621
7 Little Blue Truck’s Springtime Schertle/McElmurry HMH 18,621
8 Llama Llama Easter Egg Anna Dewdney Viking 16,872
9 Green Eggs and Ham Dr. Seuss Random House 16,279
10 12 Rules for Life Jordan B. Peterson Random House Canada 15,922

All unit sales per Nielsen BookScan except where noted.