Words to Live By

Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered by My Favorite Murder podcasters Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark is the #1 book in the country. “Fans of the podcast—and those who recognize that it’s as much about the cases discussed as the lives of the hosts—will be particularly engaged by this candid, personable dual memoir,” our review said. The book topped all but two of NPD BookScan’s census divisions.

Dorothea Benton Frank “shows off her formidable storytelling chops,” our review said, in the new Queen Bee, the #9 book in the country. She rules the area that includes South Carolina, where she sets her novels. Plus Where the Crawdads Sing, up a notch to #3 in the country, was a favorite in the region just to the west.

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Southern Exposure

In its third week on sale, Spying on the South by Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Tony Horwitz, who died May 27, debuts at #18 in hardcover nonfiction. Our starred review called the book, in which Horwitz follows the path that Frederick Law Olmsted took across the American South in the 19th century, an “expansive and generously conceived travelogue.”

New & Notable

The Sentence Is Death
Anthony Horowitz
#16 Hardcover Fiction
“Fans of traditional puzzle mysteries will be enthralled,” our starred review said, by the author’s “superb sequel to 2018’s The Word Is Murder.”

David Epstein
#8 Hardcover Nonfiction
Epstein, author of The Sports Gene, contributes “an enjoyable if not wholly convincing work of Gladwellian pop-psychology aimed at showing that specialization is not the only path to success,” per our review.

Anthony Bourdain Remembered
#10 Hardcover Nonfiction
This tribute includes reminiscences from figures including Barack Obama, Jill Filipovic, and José Andrés, whose Vegetables Unleashed (#16 hardcover nonfiction) is the final cookbook from Bourdain’s imprint at Ecco.

Top 10 Overall

Rank Title Author Imprint Units
1 Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered Kilgariff/Hardstark Forge 60,792
2 Unfreedom of the Press Mark R. Levin Threshold 46,733
3 Where the Crawdads Sing Delia Owens Putnam 40,071
4 Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Dr. Seuss Random House 37,350
5 The Mueller Report Scribner 31,529
6 Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid Jeff Kinney Amulet 24,644
7 Howard Stern Comes Again Howard Stern Simon & Schuster 22,268
8 The Pioneers David McCullough Simon & Schuster 20,013
9 Queen Bee Dorothea Benton Frank Morrow 18,619
10 Educated Tara Westover Random House 17,027

All unit sales per NPD BookScan except where noted.