Spare by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, is the #1 book in the country. “Sibling rivalry, fatherly neglect, and the crushing weight of public opinion haunt this anguished, searching, and occasionally vindictive memoir,” per our review. “The mix of dirty laundry and earnest soul-baring sometimes jars, but Harry’s frustrations are deeply felt and authentically conveyed, as is the joy he takes in nature and in his friendships.” In addition to the hardcover edition, two trade paperbacks made our list: a large-print edition at #10, and a Spanish edition at #11.
Picks & Pans
In the pandemic’s early days, a common refrain rang out among folks who were homebound 24-7: So. Many. Dishes. A partial antidote arrives with Jamie Oliver’s One: Simple One Pan Wonders, #3 on our hardcover nonfiction list. Each of the Essex native’s 120 recipes uses a single cooking vessel, including the pasta dishes, which he prepares in a frying pan. To be fair, those recipes all begin with that most British of phrases: “Boil the kettle.”
The #6 book in the country, The House of Wolves, is James Patterson and Mike Lupica’s “fast-paced if faltering sequel to 2021’s The Horsewoman,” according to our review. One notch below, Hell Bent by Leigh Bardugo is the “thrilling sequel to 2019’s Ninth House.” Both books bested their predecessors in first-week print unit sales.
New & Notable
THE GOOD LIFE
Robert Waldinger and Marc Schulz
#4 Hardcover Nonfiction
“Waldinger and Schulz, director and codirector of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, unpack in this fascinating outing some key findings of the landmark 84-year survey of human happiness,” per our review. “Combining intensive research with actionable steps, this penetrating testament to the power of human connection offers gems for almost anyone looking to improve their happiness.”
"YOU JUST NEED TO LOSE WEIGHT"
#13 Trade Paperback
The cohost of the Maintenance Phase podcast “interrogates misperceptions about fatness in this helpful handbook,” according to our review. “Throughout, Gordon interweaves personal reflections on her own experiences as a self-described ‘fat lady’ with sharp cultural and scientific analysis to make a persuasive case that ‘our bodies are neither reflections of our character nor comeuppance for bad actions.’ ”