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.
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
#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.”
#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
|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.