Regional Champs

The week’s debuts include the #1 book in the country, How to Do the Work, by self-described “holistic psychologist” Nicole LePera, whose daily aphorisms have a readership of 3.5 million on Instagram. Her book resonated in the Pacific and Mountain regions in particular, while the #5 book in the country, The Code Breaker by Walter Isaacson, was tops in New England; it’s the “lively biography,” per our starred review, of Nobel Prize–winning CRISPR chemist Jennifer Doudna. Another new release, Surviving Savannah by Patti Callahan, is #11 in hardcover fiction, and ruled the East South Central region. More than half the print copies were sold in the Birmingham, Ala., area, where the author lives part-time; Callahan signed copies for Alabama Booksmith as part of its First Editions Club.

Blossoms, Dearie

Instagram-famous florist and farmer Erin Benzakein blooms at #7 in hardcover nonfiction with Floret Farm’s Discovering Dahlias, a “comprehensive and enthusiastic guide to planting, growing, harvesting, and displaying” the title flora, per our review. In addition to Floret Farm–branded calendars and other products, Benzakein has two previous books to her credit; first-week sales have grown with each one.


Dana Perino
#2 Hardcover Nonfiction, #2 overall
Perino, a Fox News anchor and election coverage analyst who served as White House press secretary under George W. Bush, offers what the book’s subtitle calls “life lessons for young women” in managing their careers and relationships.

#3 Hardcover Fiction
“In this sobering near-future novel from Ackerman, a former Marine, and Stavridis, a retired U.S. Navy admiral, a number of incidents across the globe build toward war between the U.S. and China,” our review said, praising the writing duo’s skill at “depicting the human cost of geopolitical conflict.”

Kate Quinn
#2 Trade Paperback
The author revisits WWII in her latest historical, set among the Bletchley Park codebreakers. “Quinn’s page-turning narrative is enhanced by her richly drawn characters,” our starred review said, “and by the fascinating code-breaking techniques, which come alive via Quinn’s extensive historical detail.”