Would Buy Again
John Green has the #2 book in the country with his first title for adults, The Anthropocene Reviewed, a “perfectly calibrated collection that reviews and rates various aspects of the current epoch,” our starred review said. “Taking on the style of a Yelp review, Green assigns a five-star rating to each topic he covers”—sunsets, Canada geese, and Diet Dr. Pepper are among his diverse subjects.
Turning the Page
The children’s book world lost two beloved creators this week. Eric Carle, who died May 23, published more than 70 books over the course of his career and is best known for 1969’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Lois Ehlert, whose dozens of book credits include the illustrations for 1989’s Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, died May 25. The two have long been mainstays of our picture book list, and this week is no exception.
Light the Way
The #4 book in the country is You Will Get Through This Night by YouTuber Daniel Howell. His first two publications, written with online collaborator Phil Lester, were more lighthearted and scrapbooky in style: 2015’s The Amazing Book Is Not on Fire and 2016’s Dan and Phil Go Outside. The new book includes intimate details—his coming to terms with being gay, his mental health struggles, a suicide attempt—but it’s “not a memoir,” Howell writes. Produced in consultation with a clinical psychologist, the book “is a practical guide, founded on science, that can help you understand and manage your mental health.”
NEW & NOTABLE
Daniel Kahneman, Olivier Sibony, and Cass R. Sunstein
#8 Hardcover Nonfiction
A psychology professor, a business professor, and a legal scholar “team up for this fascinating exploration of the bias and ‘noise’ that cause errors in human judgment,” our review said.
THE SOULMATE EQUATION
#16 Hardcover Fiction
In what our review called a “charming romance,” a freelance statistician and single mom is a near-perfect match with the founder of a DNA-based compatibility dating service. “Lauren creates tension and feel-good moments without making the plot too predictable.”
TOKYO EVER AFTER
#22 Children’s Fiction
Japanese American teen Izumi Tanaka discovers that the father she never knew is the crown prince of Japan. “A snarky voice plus interspersed text conversations and tabloid coverage keep the pages turning,” our review said, “in Jean’s fun, frothy, and often heartfelt duology starter.”