William Kent Krueger debuts at #6 in hardcover fiction with This Tender Land, an “enjoyable riff on The Odyssey,” our review said, that “follows four orphans as they search for safety in Depression-era Minnesota.” Krueger launched his tour in Minneapolis, and the book was ranked #1 in BookScan’s West North Central division (which includes Minnesota), where 39% of sales were recorded.
The September celebrity book club picks are out, and a pair of debut novels nabbed spots on our list.
Reese’s Book Club: The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott, a new release, lands at #9 in hardcover fiction.
Given how difficult it can be for a picture book to break onto a list packed with perennial favorites, it’s notable that three new picture books have landed at the top of that list.
The #1 picture book, and #9 book in the country overall, is Dr. Seuss’s Horse Museum, which credits Seuss as author and Andrew Joyner as illustrator. “Constructed from a manuscript and sketches found by the author’s widow,” our review said, “this lively excursion into the world of art explores the artist’s vision by focusing on works that take the horse as their subject.”
At #2 in picture books, Hey Grandude by Paul McCartney, illustrated by Kathryn Durst, sees a grandfather take the grandkids on what might be described as a magical mystery tour. And at #3, Just Ask! by Sonia Sotomayor, illustrated by Rafael López, is, our review said, a “meditation on the idea that we’re all different,” related in “a compassionate, forthright tone.”
New & Notable
Call Sign Chaos
James Mattis and Bing West
#1 Hardcover Nonfiction, #2 overall
Our review answers the obvious question: former defense secretary Mattis, in this memoir and leadership guide, “lets his resignation letter serve as his only direct comment on serving in President Trump’s cabinet.”
#2 Hardcover Nonfiction, #4 overall
Cartoonist Munroe “explores scientific problems with often Rube Goldbergian solutions,” our starred review said, in a “witty, educational” title that follows his popular What If and Thing Explainer.
Top 10 Overall
|1||For Whom the Ball Rolls||Dav Pilkey||Graphix||54,771|
|2||Call Sign Chaos||Mattis/West||Random House||51,100|
|3||Where the Crawdads Sing||Delia Owens||Putnam||41,141|
|4||How To||Randall Munroe||Riverhead||28,604|
|5||The Oracle||Jonathan Cahn||Frontline||28,155|
|6||Boy-Crazy Stacey (Baby-Sitters Club #7)||Martin/Galligan||Graphix||26,863|
|7||Vendetta in Death||J.D. Robb||St. Martin’s||24,969|
|8||Educated||Tara Westover||Random House||18,941|
|9||Dr. Seuss’s Horse Museum||Seuss/Joyner||Random House||16,226|
|10||The Goldfinch||Donna Tartt||Back Bay||14,375|
All unit sales per NPD BookScan except where noted.