Outsider Chance

Stephen King has the #1 book in the country with The Outsider, which our review called a “nicely executed extension of his Bill Hodges detective trilogy.” First-week print unit sales were better than those for any of the books in the series.

Against the Tide

Sen. John McCain has the #4 book in the country with his memoir The Restless Wave, coauthored by Mark Salter, McCain’s former chief of staff and collaborator on several other books. McCain’s subjects include his work toward bipartisan immigration reform, in the chapter “Fighting the Good Fight (with and Against Ted Kennedy).”

Another political memoir debuts at #6 in hardcover nonfiction: Facts and Fears by James R. Clapper. In the introduction, Clapper, who was director of national intelligence under President Obama, details what led him to write the book: “My fear is that many Americans are questioning if facts are even knowable, as foreign adversaries and our national leaders continue to deny objective reality while advancing their own ‘alternative facts.’ ”


Bill Gates posted a list of “five books worth reading this summer” on his Gates Notes blog May 21. In the week ended May 27, four of the five titles saw bumps in print unit sales compared to the prior week; the fifth, Origin Story by David Christian, pubbed May 22.

Everything Happens for a Reason by Kate Bowler: up 225%

Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson: up 118%

Factfulness by Hans Rosling, with Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Ronnlund: up 98%

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders: up 48%

(See all of this week's bestselling books.)

New & Notable

Beach House Reunion
Mary Alice Monroe
#5 Hardcover Fiction
The fifth installment in Monroe’s Beach House series arrives on the heels of a Hallmark Channel TV movie adaptation of the first book.

Bad Blood
John Carreyrou
#13 Hardcover Nonfiction
Pulitzer–winning Wall Street Journal reporter Carreyrou expands on his investigation into Silicon Valley biotech firm Theranos in what our starred review called “a bracing cautionary tale about visionary entrepreneurship gone very wrong.”

Claire Legrand
#17 Children’s Frontlist Fiction
Our review said of this fantasy trilogy opener, “Action and steamy romance abound, but character development takes a back seat to worldbuilding and an excessively complicated mythology.”

Top 10 Overall

Rank Title Author Imprint Units
1 The Outsider Stephen King Scribner 96,713
2 Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Dr. Seuss Random House 46,058
3 Magnolia Table Joanna Gaines Morrow 39,497
4 The Restless Wave McCain/Salter Simon & Schuster 33,482
5 The Soul of America Jon Meacham Random House 20,762
6 The Cast Danielle Steel Delacorte 15,858
7 Into the Water Paula Hawkins Riverhead 15,073
8 The Midnight Line Lee Child Dell 14,036
9 Princess Patterson/Jones Grand Central 14,027
10 How to Change Your Mind Michael Pollan Penguin Press 14,001

All unit sales per Nielsen BookScan except where noted.