Elin Hilderbrand has the #2 book in the country with Summer of ’69, a “superb novel,” our starred review said, “about the goings-on of a family during the summer of 1969 in Nantucket.” The author typically publishes two books a year, one each in her summer and winter series. Judging by her first-week print unit sales, readers get more excited about the sun than the snow.
Children’s author/illustrator duo Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson, whose 2015 picture book, Last Stop on Market Street, was a Newbery Medal–winning and Caldecott Honor book, have teamed up again for Carmela Full of Wishes, a “sensitively conceived and exuberantly executed” story, our starred review said, that conveys the title character’s “Spanish-speaking community as a vibrant place of possibility.” The book pubbed in October and has landed on our list for the first time at #15 in children’s picture books, with its best weekly sales to date.
The #3 book in the country is The Hidden Power of F*cking Up by the Try Guys, a quartet of YouTubers who got their start with BuzzFeed and now boast six million subscribers to their independent channel. The book’s first chapter spells out the group’s risk-taking philosophy: “Welcome to life. You’re going to fail.” It’s the latest in a recent trend of f-bomb-dropping motivational titles, including Mark Manson’s The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck (1.5 million print copies sold since 2016) and Manson’s follow-up, Everything Is F*cked, currently #14 in hardcover nonfiction.
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#12 Hardcover Fiction
The journalist, whose New York Times celebrity profiles tend to go viral, makes a “sharp and tender-hearted debut,” our review said, with “a sardonically cheerful novel that readers will adore.”
#16 Hardcover Fiction
“This searing small-town thriller from bestseller Miranda (The Perfect Stranger),” our starred review said, “explores the complexities of female friendship and the picturesque fictions that money can buy.”
Top 10 Overall
|1||Where the Crawdads Sing||Delia Owens||Putnam||45,818|
|2||Summer of ’69||Elin Hilderbrand||Little, Brown||42,046|
|3||The Hidden Power of F*cking Up||The Try Guys||Dey Street||21,966|
|4||Unfreedom of the Press||Mark R. Levin||Threshold||21,056|
|5||The Reckoning||John Grisham||Dell||20,199|
|6||Educated||Tara Westover||Random House||19,040|
|7||Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid||Jeff Kinney||Amulet||18,763|
|8||City of Girls||Elizabeth Gilbert||Riverhead||18,127|
|9||Before We Were Yours||Lisa Wingate||Ballantine||16,003|
|10||The Pioneers||David McCullough||Simon & Schuster||15,703|
All unit sales per NPD BookScan except where noted.