Aim High

In the Blood, which our review called former Navy SEAL Jack Carr’s “fast-paced fifth Terminal List thriller,” is the #9 book in the country. It represents the author’s best debut week to date, and lands just ahead of the July 1 premiere of Amazon’s The Terminal List TV series starring Chris Pratt.

Friends and Family

A pair of celebrity titles with starred PW reviews debut on our lists.

The #5 book in the country, The Office BFFs, is by Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey, who respectively starred as Pam and Angela on the American version of The Office. “From fleshing out the story of Angela’s cat, Sprinkles, to sharing humorous stories of their real and fake pregnancies and mutual admiration for Steve Carell, ‘the nicest man in show business,’ ” our starred review said, “Fischer and Kinsey leave no crumb of Dunder Mifflin lore uncovered.”

Actor Selma Blair takes the #11 spot on our hardcover nonfiction list with Mean Baby, which details “her odyssey through addiction, trauma, and illness,” per our starred review. “This compassionate and intelligent work will leave fans floored.”

A River Runs Through It

Candice Millard “recounts one of the greatest 19th-century British colonial explorations,” our starred review said, in River of the Gods, #7 on our hardcover nonfiction list. Millard’s account of the Royal Geographic Society’s expedition to find the source of the Nile is a “lushly detailed adventure story,” the review continued, that “keeps a steady eye on the racial power dynamics involved in this imperialist endeavor and brilliantly illuminates the characters.”


Emma Straub
#3 Hardcover Fiction
The morning after her 40th birthday, Alice Stern wakes up as her 16-year-old self and sets out to change her fate and that of her famous father. Our review called it “a delightful take on time travel” that also highlights “the impact of love and loss on the characters.”

Alan Shipnuck
#5 Hardcover Nonfiction
Sports Illustrated writer Shipnuck delivers a rollicking look at the career of legendary golfer Phil Mickelson,” our review said, but “it’s his particularly eye-opening treatment of the golfer’s less savory side—namely his recent involvement with a Saudi-backed golf league—that gives this account remarkable depth.”