Going Platinum

Dolly Parton and James Patterson have the #1 book in the country with Run, Rose, Run, “an exhilarating rags-to-riches story,” our review said, that “revolves around the troubled past of plucky singer/songwriter AnnieLee Keyes.” The star power of the multi-hyphenate entertainer helped make for an exceptional first week, even by the standards of perennial bestseller Patterson.

Wok This Way

J. Kenji López-Alt’s first cookbook, The Food Lab, won a James Beard Award and has sold 650K print copies since its 2015 publication. It debuted at #7 on our hardcover nonfiction list. This week, his follow-up, The Wok, is #1 on that list and the #3 book in the country. “The intricacies of wok culture are brilliantly explored in this definitive offering from chef and New York Times cooking columnist López-Alt,” per our starred review. “While the more than 200 recipes are nothing to scoff at, what makes this a stunner is the extensive coverage of cooking techniques and culinary history.”

Pride and Porridges

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen fans are insatiable when it comes to their beloved author. Jane Austen’s Table by Robert Tuesley Anderson, #6 on our hardcover nonfiction list, aims to satisfy their cravings with more than 50 recipes inspired by her life and work. For instance, Henry Tilney’s Nice Mushroom Patties with the Nicest Onion Jelly pokes fun at a Northanger Abbey character for mansplaining the proper usage of the word nice. Mrs. Cassandra Austen’s Scrambled Eggs, served on brioche with soured cream and Parmesan and named for the novelist’s mother, is pure flight of fancy; “Mrs. Austen and her daughters,” Anderson writes, “usually ate only a very modest breakfast.”


Tim Tebow
#3 Hardcover Nonfiction
“Former Denver Broncos and New York Jets quarterback Tebow seeks to help Christians identify their God-given purpose in this earnest and often quite funny motivational guide,” per our review. “This pep talk will spark the hearts of faithful readers (particularly sports fans) needing a kick start.”

Amy Bloom
#13 Hardcover Nonfiction
In what our starred review called “a stunning portrayal of how love can reveal itself in life’s most difficult moments,” Bloom, whose previous books include the novel White Houses, “looks back on the beauty and turmoil of accompanying her husband through the final days of his life.”

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