Life, Renewed

Journalist Suleika Jaouad lands at #15 in hardcover nonfiction with the memoir Between Two Kingdoms, a “big-hearted account of her devastating five-year battle with cancer,” our starred review said. She was diagnosed with leukemia at age 22 and began writing her “Life, Interrupted” column for the New York Times from her hospital bed; when she went into remission, she took off with her dog, Oscar, on a 100-day, 15,000-mile cross-country road trip, to meet some of the strangers who had written to her during her years in the hospital. “Every chapter ends with a cliffhanger, adding a surprising level of suspense to a work where the broader outcome isn’t in question,” our review said. “This is a stunning memoir, well-crafted and hard to put down.”

Body Language

When Sonya Renee Taylor’s The Body Is Not an Apology first pubbed in 2018, our review said the poet and activist “packs important ideas into this concise volume on body empowerment,” praising her “sensible and empathetic tone.” That edition has sold 52K print copies; the revised and expanded second edition debuts at #7 on our trade paperback list, with a new foreword from Ijeoma Oluo (So You Want to Talk About Race). Other additional content includes a new last chapter on how radical self-love can dismantle specific “isms” and “obias” (racism, ableism, transphobia). It replaces the previous edition’s last chapter, “Your Radical Self-Love Toolkit,” which has been reworked and expanded into the Your Body Is Not an Apology Workbook, pubbing in March.

Double Take

Wharton professor Adam Grant has the #8 book in the country with Think Again, which explores the value of reconsidering and challenging one’s beliefs. It’s his first solo outing since cowriting 2017’s Option B with Facebook chief operating officer and Lean In author Sheryl Sandberg.


James Patterson and Matt Eversmann, with Chris Mooney
#2 Hardcover Nonfiction, #4 overall
Patterson, retired U.S. Army Ranger Eversmann, and journalist Mooney “gather firsthand accounts from veterans, most of whom served in Iraq or Afghanistan, to deliver a vivid and authentic portrait of life in the modern military,” per our review.

Janet Skeslien Charles
#8 Hardcover Fiction
“Charles delivers a delightful chronicle of a woman’s life in WWII-era Paris and rural 1980s Montana,” our review said. “Historical fiction fans will be drawn to the realistic narrative and the bond of friendship forged between a widow and a lonely young girl.”