Graduation season is here, which means that copies of Oh, the Places You’ll Go! are getting placed in the hands of every fresh-faced mortarboard wearer. Dr. Seuss’s pep-talk picture book is the #1 book in the country, up from #7 last week, and tops most U.S. regional lists. Last week’s #1, Emily Henry’s Book Lovers, drops to #2 but rules the Northeast.
YA author Jenny Han, no slouch in the sales department, hit it big with the 2018 Netflix adaptation of her rom-com To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and, later, its sequels. Before Han introduced lovelorn letter writer Lara Jean Covey in 2014, readers met Isabel “Belly” Conklin, protagonist of 2009’s The Summer I Turned Pretty and two subsequent novels. In February 2021, Variety reported that Amazon Studios ordered an eight-episode adaptation of the first book in the series. It’s set to debut June 17; a trailer—which doubled as the debut of Taylor Swift’s new single—dropped May 5, spiking sales of the 2010 trade paperback. A tie-in edition arrives May 31.
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The Summer Place
#2 Hardcover Fiction
In Weiner’s follow-up to 2021’s That Summer (currently #17 on our trade paperback list), “a family’s secrets and entanglements flare up during a Cape Cod wedding,” our review said, calling the author “a master of emotionally complicated narratives” whose “smart and witty writing is on full display here.”
#5 Hardcover Fiction
“In this devastatingly cunning suspense novel,” per our review, a Hollywood star and her new husband head to Tanzania for a 1964 safari honeymoon with family and friends, leading to “heart-stopping episodes of chaos and carnage as the shocking, twist-filled plot builds up to the revelation of ‘the real reasons for the safari nightmare.’ This brilliant whydunit is not to be missed.”
#14 Hardcover Fiction
With Rekulak’s second novel, the former Quirk Books publisher “isn’t looking to keep readers up at night,” our review said. “He’s holding a mirror up to white, affluent Gen X and asking pointed questions about class, trauma, and horror conventions.”