And Still She Climbs
Amanda Gorman has the #1 book in the country with The Hill We Climb, a bound edition of the poem she read at President Biden’s January 20 inauguration; Oprah Winfrey contributed the foreword. Gorman, the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history, has two more books on the way, both slated for September: the collection The Hill We Climb and Other Poems and her debut picture book, Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem, illustrated by Otis creator Loren Long.
She’s So Money
Financial educator Tiffany Aliche, who goes by the moniker the Budgetnista (473K Instagram followers), debuts at #4 in hardcover nonfiction with Get Good with Money. “Aliche’s can-do attitude makes this an excellent primer for anyone looking to improve their financial picture,” PW’s review said, praising her for offering “practical, spirited advice” while addressing “the emotional side of money.” Aliche, a former preschool teacher in Newark, N.J., cowrote a bill, later made law, that mandates financial education in all New Jersey middle schools.
GMA and BuzzFeed April book club pick Of Women and Salt, Gabriela Garcia’s “dexterous debut” (per PW’s review) chronicling “the travails of a Cuban immigrant family,” lands at #19 on our hardcover fiction list. “The jumps across time and place can occasionally dampen the various threads’ emotional impact,” the review continued, “but by the end they form an impressive, tightly braided whole.” Garcia’s online tour schedule included an April 1 event with New York City’s Word Up Community Bookstore, in conversation with Roxane Gay; forthcoming appearances include the Junior League of Richmond (Va.)’s 76th annual book and author event.
NEW & NOTABLE
Kim and Penn Holderness
#8 Hardcover Nonfiction
The couple, who achieved fame when their 2013 “Xmas Jammies” holiday video went viral, make a “reassuring debut, ” our review said, with a book of marital advice. The “engaging tools and conversation-based exercises for couples will provide a great starting point for strengthening communication.”
THE BEAUTY OF LIVING TWICE
#12 Hardcover Nonfiction
The actor “revisits her small-town Pennsylvania youth, where strict ‘kitchen-sink Irish’ parents and incidents of abuse failed to crush her spirit or her subsequent roles as ambitious student, celebrity, sex symbol, philanthropist, and adoptive single mother,” our review said. The book’s “mix of moxie and vulnerability conveys a life well lived, and well examined.”