Stephen King’s 1983 novel Pet Sematary spawned a 1989 movie and accompanying theme song by the Ramones, plus a 1992 sequel. Now, a second big-screen adaptation of the novel is on the horizon: it premiered at SXSW March 16 and opens April 5. The tie-in, which pubbed February 26, cracks our trade paperback list for the first time, at #12.
Emory University ethologist and primatologist Frans de Waal debuts at #11 in hardcover nonfiction with Mama’s Last Hug, which our starred review called an “illuminating and remarkably moving treatise on animal empathy.” With 600K Facebook followers and a TEDMed talk that’s been viewed more than two million times, de Waal is increasingly popular with the general public.
The roots of QAnon by WWG1WGA (Where We Go One We Go All), #14 in trade paperback, date to 2017 posts on the message board 4Chan claiming evidence of a worldwide criminal conspiracy implicating Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, George Soros, and others. The following year, outlets including Fox News reported seeing supporters holding signs reading “We Are Q” at President Trump’s rallies. NBC News recently described the book’s “outlandish claims, including that prominent Democrats murder and eat children and that the U.S. government created both AIDS and the movie Monsters Inc.”
New & Notable
#2 Hardcover Fiction, #4 overall
“Box is the king of contemporary crime fiction set in the West,” our starred review said, deeming this 19th book starring Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett “excellent.”
Don’t Stop Believin’
#7 Hardcover Nonfiction
The Aussie songbird comes by her memoir’s title honestly: In 1976, well before The Sopranos and Glee made use of the 1981 Journey song, Newton-John released an album of that name.
Top 10 Overall
|1||Girl, Stop Apologizing||Rachel Hollis||HarperCollins Leadership||72,930|
|3||Where the Crawdads Sing||Delia Owens||Putnam||30,315|
|4||Wolf Pack||C.J. Box||Putnam||25,283|
|5||Girl, Wash Your Face||Rachel Hollis||Nelson||23,820|
|6||Green Eggs and Ham||Dr. Seuss||Random House||23,661|
|7||The Woman in the Window||A.J. Finn||Morrow||22,724|
|8||Brawl of the Wild (Dog Man #6)||Dav Pilkey||Graphix||22,330|
|9||The First Lady||Patterson/DuBois||Grand Central||21,009|
|10||Educated||Tara Westover||Random House||19,927|
All unit sales per NPD BookScan except where noted.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this article misspelled the name of Wolf Pack protagonist Joe Pickett.