With all categories posting solid gains, unit sales of print books rose 17.3% in the week ended Nov. 6, 2021, over the comparable week in 2020, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. Adult nonfiction had its best performance in months, with units up 17.1%. Though David Venable’s Half Homemade, Fully Delicious stayed #1 on the category list, with more than 64,000 copies sold, four new titles were among the top six category bestsellers. Philipp Dettmer’s Immune was in second place on the list, with more than 38,000 copies sold, followed by Paul McCartney’s Lyrics, which sold nearly 37,000 copies. Unit sales in adult fiction jumped 29.4%, with five new books among the top 10 titles. Mitch Albom’s The Stranger in the Lifeboat was #1, selling more than 52,000 copies. Lore Olympus, Vol. 1 by Rachel Smythe sold nearly 45,000 copies, followed by Janet Evanovich’s Game On, which sold more than 44,000 copies. Unit sales increased 28.8% in YA fiction. Marissa Meyer’s Gilded sold more than 9,000 copies in its first week, making it the top title in the category. Juvenile fiction sales were up 14%, with Jeff Kinney’s newest Wimpy Kid title, Big Shot, staying #1, selling just over 124,000 copies. In second place was Aaron Blabey’s The Bad Guys in They’re Bee-Hind You!, which sold more than 30,000 copies, followed by Aaron Slater, Illustrator by Andrea Beaty, which sold about 27,000 copies. Juvenile nonfiction sales rose 9.7% in the most recent week, with Dan Green’s How to Draw 101 Animals in the #1 slot, selling about 8,400 copies.
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