The #1 book in the country is An Unapologetic Cookbook by Joshua Weissman. He has 5.7 million TikTok followers and a “brusque charm [that] does not quite translate kindly to the page,” our review said, though “the impressive recipes he supplies certainly do.”
Two other recipe collections also enjoyed strong starts, including #6 on our hardcover nonfiction list, Once upon a Chef by Jennifer Segal. Our review called it a “resourceful roundup of the best recipes” from her Once upon a Chef blog, and suggested that “those craving more variety in their cooking routines should take a look.” Two notches below, Cook Once Dinner Fix by Cassy Joy Garcia offers “a savvy strategy for knockout, plan-ahead recipes,” our review said. “Built upon her ‘Dinner Series Concept’—which takes components from a meal to create new and ‘completely different’ fare—Garcia’s collection serves up ideas for 60 dishes with a second act.”
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As the Hulu adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s Nine Perfect Strangers sets viewing records, the author’s latest psychological thriller, Apples Never Fall, is the #2 book in the country.
“Moriarty’s superb storytelling continues to shine,” our review said, and the book’s debut week performance is a testament to the author’s growing popularity.
Two-time Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist Colson Whitehead has the #2 book in the country with Harlem Shuffle, “a sizzling heist novel set in civil rights–era Harlem,” according to our starred review, and more of a romp for the author than his recent outings. “Compared to the villains in The Underground Railroad and The Nickel Boys, Miami Joe’s pretty small potatoes,” Whitehead told PW in a prepub interview, referring to one of the underworld figures his protagonist tangles with. “Coming down from those other books, it was a relief to have normal-size villains. I think all the supporting cast was really fun to come up with: their language, their idiosyncrasies.”
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Writing with Salon editor-at-large D. Watkins, “NBA All-Star Anthony shoots and scores with a gripping account of how he went from being ‘a Black kid from the bottom’ to being a world-renowned pro athlete,” our review said. “Those in search of inspiration will find no shortage of it here.”
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Our starred review called this an “often funny, always provocative survey of species that ‘regularly commit acts that put them at odds with humans.’ ” She walks the talk, the review continues: “Roach hopes that humans can come to embrace coexistence even with creatures seen as pests—as she does the rat living in her own home.”