Journalist Jeannette Walls scored big with her 2005 family memoir, The Glass Castle, which has sold some four million print copies and spawned a 2017 film. Two novels followed her breakout hit—2009’s Half Broke Horses, based on her grandmother’s life, and 2013’s The Silver Star, with echoes of her own childhood. A decade on, she returns with Hang the Moon, #4 on our hardcover fiction list and a story further afield from her previous work. “Walls’s breathtaking latest traces the trajectory of two feuding Virginia families and a woman who rises to the top of a bootlegging empire,” per our starred review. “This is a stunner.”

Roman Holiday

Sweet Enough, #4 on our hardcover nonfiction list, is Alison Roman’s third cookbook and her first since her disparaging comments about Chrissy Teigen and Marie Kondo in a 2020 interview led, in her words, to her being “canceled.” But Roman, though no longer a New York Times contributor, continues to make herself heard. She has 219K YouTube subscribers, 233K Substack subscribers, 703K Instagram followers, and first-week print unit sales for her new book were only a little softer than those of its immediate predecessor.

Sweet Smell of Success

Alka Joshi completes her Jaipur trilogy with The Perfumist of Paris, #20 on our hardcover fiction list. Book one, The Henna Artist, pubbed in March 2020 and got a boost when it was named the May Reese’s Book Club pick. It and its sequel, 2021’s The Secret Keeper of Jaipur, have sold a combined 229K print copies. Her new book looks to be hitting the same notes for readers.


Dav Pilkey
#1 Children’s Fiction, #1 overall
The March 28 release of this 11th book in the Dog Man series heralded a plethora of celebratory Dog Man Day events that will last through spring. Venues include bookstores across the country and institutions such as the American Kennel Club’s Museum of the Dog in New York City.

Peter Attia
#1 Hardcover Nonfiction, #2 overall
“This rigorous debut by physician Attia dispenses guidance on living longer while staying healthier,” per our review. “The familiar suggestions to reduce stress, eat healthier, and exercise are elevated by the depth of detail and lucid prose that Attia brings to the table.”