Elena Armas self-published The Spanish Love Deception in February 2021. TikTok embraced the fake dating, enemies-to-lovers romance—videos hashtagged #TheSpanishLoveDeception have been viewed 73 million times to date—and in September 2021, Atria signed Armas to a two-book deal. “The slow-burning romance heats up the pages as Armas’s witty, intelligent protagonists reveal their innermost secrets and overcome their past misunderstandings,” our review said. “Rom-com fans will be riveted.” The book debuts at #3 on our trade paperback list; rights have been sold in 23 countries, and the sequel, The American Roommate Experiment, follows in September.
The Meh Generation
Pop culture critic Chuck Klosterman lands at #5 on our hardcover nonfiction list with The Nineties, a “nostalgic look at the waning days of offline culture,” our review said, that “both piques and entertains.” Klosterman characterizes the era as one of ambivalence, but the book’s opening-week sales have been decisively enthusiastic.
Latin Grammy Award–winning singer Chiquis Rivera lands at #8 on our hardcover nonfiction list with the memoir Unstoppable. A Spanish edition, Invencible, debuts at #20 on our trade paperback list. It’s the second Spanish-language title to appear on our lists in recent weeks; Anabel Hernández’s Emma y las otras señoras del narco, which pubbed January 25, was the #6 book in the country in its first week on sale. Another January 25 book, Isabel Allende’s Violeta, was released simultaneously in English and Spanish. The English version debuted on our hardcover fiction list at #11, and the Spanish version had a near miss at #28; the latter has sold almost 5,500 print copies since its publication.
NEW & NOTABLE
Tony Robbins et al.
#1 Hardcover Nonfiction, #1 overall
Motivational speaker Robbins, together with physician-entrepreneurs Peter H. Diamandis and Robert Hariri, take readers on “a journey of scientific breakthroughs,” they write, “many of which you can apply today to immediately improve the quality and perhaps the quantity of your life.”
THE WAY OF INTEGRITY
#7 Hardcover Nonfiction
This self-help title by life coach Beck pubbed in April 2021 and got a boost when Oprah picked it for her book club February 8. Post-announcement, the book moved a quarter of the 38K print copies it’s sold since its release.