He Keeps Going and Going and Going...
The #1 book in the country is A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo, the Last Week Tonight with John Oliver–backed parody book featuring a gay rabbit who happens to be the pet of the vice president. The book had a rocky start when it published in late March, with many booksellers across the country frustrated that the title was originally available only through Amazon. (It was back-ordered on Amazon, as well.) Publisher Chronicle has since stocked its distribution channels, as evidenced by the huge surge in sales in the past few weeks.
(As for the book it parodies, Marlon Bundo’s Day in the Life of the Vice President by Charlotte Pence, daughter of v-p Mike Pence—it’s sold just over 26,000 print copies to date.)
New additions to two popular series top our Children’s Fiction list. At the summit is Rick Riordan’s The Burning Maze, which continues the adventures of Greek god Apollo, who has been ejected from Mount Olympus by Zeus and now lives as a teenager named Lester Papadopoulos. One spot below, Sarah J. Mass’s A Court of Frost and Starlight picks up a few months after the events of A Court of Wings and Ruin.
You’ll Want to Find That Shaker of Salt
Jimmy Buffett contributes the forward to Margaritaville: The Cookbook, by Margaritaville concept chef Carlo Sernaglia and prolific cookbook writer Julia Turshen. The laid-back cookbook cruised to #11 on our Hardcover Nonfiction list, and our review praised the book’s seafood recipes. Parrotheads can rest assured that there is indeed a recipe here for the Cheeseburger in Paradise.
Less Is More
Andrew Sean Greer’s Less won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in April and appears on our Hardcover Fiction list for the first time. It sold just shy of 4,500 copies last week, its best sales week since its July 2017 release and its third straight week of sales gains.
New & Notable
#5 Hardcover Frontlist Fiction
Palahniuk returns to Norton (publisher of Fight Club) for his latest apocalyptic romp, which is set in a near future where the U.S. has splintered into demographically-aligned states. Our review calls the premise “over-the-top” and the story “thin.”
Don’t Stop Believin’
#19 Hardcover Frontlist Nonfiction
Cain, keyboardist for the rock band Journey, shares stories from the road, his childhood, and the studio in what our review says is an “electric, revealing” memoir.
Top 10 Overall
|1||A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo||Twiss/Keller||Chronicle||191,603|
|2||Magnolia Table||Joanna Gaines||Morrow||90,076|
|3||The Burning Maze (The Trials Of Apollo #3)||Rick Riordan||Disney-Hyperion||52,834|
|4||A Court of Frost and Starlight||Sarah J. Maas||Bloomsbury||51,050|
|5||The 17th Suspect||Patterson/Paetro||Little, Brown||39,608|
|6||A Higher Loyalty||James B. Comey||Flatiron||39,302|
|7||Oh, the Places You’ll Go!||Dr. Seuss||Random House||28,994|
|8||The Fallen||David Baldacci||Grand Central||24,402|
|9||The Midnight Line||Lee Child||Dell||24,100|
|10||Hillbilly Elegy||J.D. Vance||Harper||16,762|
All unit sales per Nielsen BookScan except where noted.