Helped by a number of hot new releases, unit sales of print books rose 3.2% in the week ended Sept. 25, 2021, over the comparable week in 2020, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. The week’s top-selling title was Peril by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, which sold more than 192,000 copies in its first week. A year ago, Woodward’s second book on the Trump administration, Rage, sold approximately 355,000 copies in its first week. Still, the publication of Peril blunted the steady declines the adult nonfiction category has experienced since the beginning of summer, with sales falling only 0.8% from the week ended Sept. 26, 2020. Other new nonfiction releases that did well were Vanderbilt by Anderson Cooper, which sold more than 44,000 copies, and Crazy Faith by Michael Todd, which sold more than 20,000 copies. Amanda Gorman’s Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem sold nearly 158,000 copies in its first week, helping to lift unit sales in the juvenile fiction segment 5.5% over last year. Adult fiction continued to be a star category this year, with sales up 22.1%. Liana Moriarty’s Apples Never Fall remained #1, selling nearly 28,000 copies, followed by two new titles: The Jailhouse Lawyer by James Patterson and Nancy Allen, which sold more than 22,000 copies, and Bewilderment by Richard Powers, which sold more than 20,000 copies. YA unit sales rose 20.6% over 2020. Joining the usual backlist books that have been popular for months, a new title, Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao, landed in the fourth spot on the category list, selling more than 7,000 copies.
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