Calamity Begins at Home
Shari Lapena lands at #5 on our hardcover fiction list with Not a Happy Family, her latest domestic thriller. She debuted in 2016 with The Couple Next Door, which to date has sold more than one million copies in hardcover, trade paper, and mass market. While that book remains her most successful, each new title has enjoyed a better opening week than the last.
The latest helping fromThe Great British Baking Show winner Nadiya Hussain, Nadiya Bakes, is “stunning and scrumptious,” our starred review said, with recipes that “balance rich flavors with her trademark precision.” It secures a debut-week spot on our hardcover nonfiction list at #5 and, in addition to sweet treats, offers “savory bakes, perfect for lunches or dinners.” (Editor’s note: If you think mango and coconut yogurt cake with German buttercream sounds just right for breakfast, no judgment here.)
The #4 book in the country is Colleen Hoover’s It Ends with Us, a 2016 publication and certified #BookTok hit: videos hashtagged with the author’s name have garnered 89.6 million views. In one of the most popular, with one million views since June 20, user @barrett_emily emotes to Rex Orange County’s “Pluto Projector.” A text overlay reads: “I read this book in 1 sitting over a month ago and still think abt it every day... Genius writing.”
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THE AUTHORITARIAN MOMENT
#2 Hardcover Nonfiction, #2 overall
Shapiro’s follow-up to 2020’s How to Destroy America in Three Easy Steps sounds the alarm against what he calls “a threat to our most basic liberties”: “the monolithic lefties who dominate the top echelons of nearly every powerful institution of American society, and who frequently use their power to silence their opposition.”
RAINBOW IN THE DARK
Ronnie James Dio
#12 Hardcover Nonfiction
The heavy metal powerhouse whose frontman stints included turns with Rainbow, Black Sabbath, and the eponymous Dio was working on this memoir around the time of his death in 2010. His widow, Wendy Dio, and music journalist Mick Wall saw it to completion.