Law and Order
Preet Bharara lands at #6 in hardcover nonfiction with Doing Justice, in which the former U.S. attorney shines a light on the work of his onetime Manhattan office. “With its approachable human moments, tragic and triumphant cases, heroic investigators, and depictions of hardworking everyday people,” our starred review said, “this book is a rare thing: a page-turning work of practical moral philosophy.”
At #15 in hardcover nonfiction, First by Evan Thomas examines the life and work of another legal figure: Sandra Day O’Connor, who in 1981 became the first woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Thomas “offers a well-sourced and sympathetic biography,” our review said, which “poignantly and affectingly” describes her 2006 resignation in order to care for her husband, who was suffering from Alzheimer’s.
Debuting at #9 in hardcover nonfiction, The Moth Presents: Occasional Magic collects first-person narratives originally delivered onstage at the Moth, a MacArthur Award–winning storytelling program and public radio staple. It follows 2017’s The Moth Presents: All These Wonders, which has sold 68K print copies and which appears on our Apple Books list (see p. 14). The new installment’s first-week print unit sales improve on the earlier book’s by 180%.
Read ’Em and Eat
A pair of titles with connections to major food magazines debut in hardcover nonfiction.
At #10, Vegetables Illustrated is a “sturdy must-have cookbook,” our review said, from the editors at America’s Test Kitchen. The 700-plus recipes using veggies from artichokes to zucchini are punctuated by sidebars explaining food science and illustrated prep instructions.
In Where Cooking Begins, #17, Bon Appétit’s Carla Lalli Music “shares her inventive take on food shopping and cooking,” our starred review said, praising these “exciting and inviting” recipes grouped under headings such as “Starring Produce”; “Egg-Centric”; and “Chicken Lots of Ways, and a Duck.”
New & Notable
The Right Side of History
#1 Hardcover Nonfiction, #2 overall
The conservative commentator laments a turning away from the belief that “freedom is built upon the twin notions that God created every human being in His Image, and that humans beings are capable of investigating and exploring God’s World.”
#2 Hardcover Fiction, #6 overall
Coben’s first in a five-book deal with Grand Central is a “bombshell-laden thriller,” our review said, in which a Wall Street financial advisor launches a desperate attempt to track down his drug-addicted daughter.
#14 Children’s Frontlist Fiction
In what our starred review called a “chilling novel [set] in the very near future,” 17-year-old Layla Amin contends with the changes wrought by a new U.S. president, including “a Muslim ban, exclusion laws, and the internment of Muslims.”
Top 10 Overall
|1||Where the Crawdads Sing||Delia Owens||Putnam||75,608|
|2||The Right Side of History||Ben Shapiro||Broadside||47,324|
|3||Girl, Stop Apologizing||Rachel Hollis||HarperCollins Leadership||42,257|
|4||The Home Edit||Shearer/Teplin||Clarkson Potter||38,818|
|5||Eat to Beat Disease||William W. Li||Grand Central||29,438|
|6||Run Away||Harlan Coben||Grand Central||29,356|
|8||Celtic Empire||Clive Cussler||Putnam||25,371|
|9||Little Blue Truck’s Springtime||Schertle/McElmurry||HMH||21,665|
|10||Educated||Tara Westover||Random House||21,587|
All unit sales per NPD BookScan except where noted.