Beach-read mainstay Elin Hilderbrand writes her first murder mystery with The Perfect Couple, the #2 book in the country. She hasn’t entirely thrown out the baby with the seawater: the book opens with the discovery of a dead body in Nantucket, the author’s favorite setting, and features characters from three of her earlier titles. If first-week print unit sales are anything to go by, fans are eager to take the genre leap.
Games People Play
Video may have killed the radio star, but video games are invigorating the book business. The #4 book in the country, The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia, collects three decades’ worth of the game’s characters, languages, artifacts, and more. A deluxe slipcased edition debuts at #10 in hardcover nonfiction; the two editions sold a combined 34K print copies.
Debuting at #1 in children’s frontlist fiction, A Hole New World is a graphic novel by Pat and Jen of PopularMMOs, inspired by their Minecraft-focused YouTube channel, which has almost 15 million subscribers.
Sarah Wilson, whose I Quit Sugar (2014) sold 71K print copies, returns with First, We Make the Beast Beautiful, about managing chronic anxiety. It pubbed April 24 and got a boost when Carson Daly mentioned it as his current “favorite thing” on the June 4 Today show. On June 19, Daly’s interview with Wilson aired, and Today’s website published an essay by the author. The book debuts on our list at #18 in hardcover nonfiction.
New & Notable
Fail Until You Don’t
#3 Hardcover Nonfiction, #7 overall
The nationally syndicated country music DJ and youngest inductee into the National Radio Hall of Fame encourages readers to embrace failure as a means to success.
Little Moments of Love
#4 Hardcover Nonfiction, #10 overall
Chetwynd’s first book collects vignettes from Catana Comics, where the cartoonist chronicles life with her boyfriend, John, for her 1.3 million Instagram followers.
Yes We (Still) Can
#5 Hardcover Nonfiction
Former White House communications director and Pod Save America cohost Pfeiffer offers “an entertaining work of memoir–cum–political strategy,” our review said.
Top 10 Overall
|1||The President Is Missing||Clinton/Patterson||Little, Brown/Knopf||60,402|
|2||The Perfect Couple||Elin Hilderbrand||Little, Brown||32,889|
|3||The Outsider||Stephen King||Scribner||26,554|
|4||The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia||–||Dark Horse||24,626|
|5||The Rooster Bar||John Grisham||Dell||24,031|
|6||Magnolia Table||Joanna Gaines||Morrow||22,461|
|7||Fail Until You Don’t||Bobby Bones||Dey Street||21,624|
|8||Kitchen Confidential||Anthony Bourdain||Ecco||18,732|
|9||The Black Book||Patterson/Ellis||Grand Central||16,007|
All unit sales per Nielsen BookScan except where noted.