Summer Loving

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.

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Wish Fulfillment

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.

New & Notable

Fleishman Is in Trouble

Taffy Brodesser-Akner

#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.”

The Last House Guest

Megan Miranda

#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

Rank Title Author Imprint Units
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.