Bucking a Trend

The sports biography Giannis by Mirin Fader scores the #4 spot on our hardcover nonfiction list. “Fader, a staff writer for the Ringer, makes good use of her access to NBA superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo and his family in her debut, an inspiring rags-to-riches account,” our review said. “This captivating portrait of a sincere, diligent, and humble talent serves as a refreshing antidote to the often-depressing stories of those who become corrupted by success.” In July,

Antetokounmpo led the Milwaukee Bucks to their first NBA championship in 50 years, and readers in the East North Central region, which includes Wisconsin, showed their gratitude.

TikTok Boom

The #6 book in the country is 2017’s The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. In an interview with the New York Times, Reid credited the title’s recent success to TikTok users who found the book amid publicity for her latest release, Malibu Rising; that novel has been on our hardcover fiction list since it pubbed in June. Four of the top 10 books in the country are backlist TikTok favorites: the others are It Ends with Us (#4), They Both Die at the End (#7), and The Song of Achilles (#10).

Sliding Towards Bethlehem

Tucker Carlson has the #3 book in the country with The Long Slide, which collects 30 years of the Fox News host’s writings for Esquire, the New Republic, and the Weekly Standard, among others. Many of the pieces, he laments, “couldn’t be written today” because “censorship is now the rule in popular media.”


Catherine Coulter
#5 Hardcover Fiction
Twenty-five books in, the author’s FBI thriller series “shows no sign of losing steam,” our review said. “Coulter does her usual fine job of building suspense by shifting between the parallel narratives” involving FBI agent Lacey Sherlock and her husband, fellow agent Dillon Savich.