Movers & Shakers
Celebrity endorsements and other prominent media mentions significantly boosted sales of several titles compared with their numbers the week before.
Up 150%: Things That Matter by Pulitzer Prize–winning columnist Charles Krauthammer, who died June 21, has sold 968K print copies since its 2013 publication.
Up 112%: I’ve Been Thinking... by Maria Shriver returns to our hardcover nonfiction list at #10. Oprah hosted Shriver on the June 25 episode of her SuperSoul Conversations podcast.
Up 106%: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas has been adapted for a film releasing October 19. The first trailer dropped during the BET Awards on June 24, and has since garnered more than 3.8 million views.
Up 76%: Children of Blood and Bone by newly minted PW Flying Starts pick Tomi Adeyemi is Jimmy Fallon’s first Tonight Show book club selection; he made the announcement June 29.
Debuting at #3 in hardcover nonfiction, Believe It is a spiritual memoir by Philadelphia Eagles quarterback and Super Bowl 2018 MVP Nick Foles, who is donating all of his proceeds from book sales to charity. It was the #1 seller in BookScan’s Middle Atlantic region—which includes New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania—beating out the otherwise dominant The President Is Missing.
Joker’s Wild Ride
Awakened, #16 in hardcover fiction, launches a near-future SF thriller trilogy by James S. Murray, who stars with three of his high school buddies on the TruTV hidden camera reality show Impractical Jokers. Murray’s debut, written with Darren Wearmouth, kicks off with a bloodbath on the inaugural run of the Z line, a fictional subway route linking Manhattan and New Jersey. Our review described the book as “Aliens meets The Taking of Pelham123.”
New & Notable
All We Ever Wanted
#2 Hardcover Fiction, #3 overall
Our starred review said Giffin’s “stellar latest” is a “page-turning story” that “will appeal to readers looking for a nuanced, thoughtful take on family and social dynamics.”
Before and Again
#11 Hardcover Fiction
This “rewarding, emotionally intense novel,” our review said, “follows one woman’s journey of self-discovery as she learns to face the ghosts of her past.”
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
#8 Children’s Frontlist Fiction
No, we’re not misusing a Time-Turner: Scholastic has just released 20th-anniversary editions of the original Potter books, with new covers by Caldecott Medalist Brian Selznick. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets also landed on our list, at #21.
Top 10 Overall
|1||The President Is Missing||Clinton/Patterson||Little, Brown/Knopf||50,138|
|2||The Rooster Bar||John Grisham||Dell||29,680|
|3||All We Ever Wanted||Emily Giffin||Ballantine||26,090|
|4||The Lost Continent (Wings of Fire #11)||Tui T. Sutherland||Scholastic Press||25,058|
|5||The Perfect Couple||Elin Hilderbrand||Little, Brown||22,926|
|6||Magnolia Table||Joanna Gaines||Morrow||22,476|
|7||The Outsider||Stephen King||Scribner||22,362|
|8||Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine||Gail Honeyman||Penguin Books||17,145|
|9||Kitchen Confidential||Anthony Bourdain||Ecco||16,530|
|10||Girl, Wash Your Face||Rachel Hollis||Nelson||15,205|
All unit sales per Nielsen BookScan except where noted.