Graduation season is in full swing and once again, Dr. Seuss’s Oh, the Places You’ll Go! is the #1 book in the country. New to the lists this week, and #2 in the country, Identity by Nora Roberts made itself known in the West North Central region. Abraham Verghese’s The Covenant of Water enjoyed its best weekly sales to date and topped the New England charts, while Tom Hanks’s The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece was the toast of the Pacific region.
As David Grann’s The Wager marks its sixth week on our hardcover nonfiction list, a backlist Grann title, Killers of the Flower Moon, returns to our charts in high style. A trailer for the Martin Scorsese–helmed movie adaptation dropped May 18, and two days later the film premiered at Cannes to a nine-minute standing ovation. The 2018 trade paper edition—654K print copies sold to date, on top of 327K hardcovers sold—is the #10 book in the country.
NEW & NOTABLE
THE BOOK OF CHARLIE
David Von Drehle
#5 Hardcover Nonfiction
“In this feel-good entry, Washington Post opinion editor Von Drehle collects life lessons from an enigmatic centenarian neighbor,” per our review. The retired doctor’s life experience included “train-hopping across the U.S. as a teen in the 1920s and working on cutting-edge anesthesia techniques in the ’40s.”
ON OUR BEST BEHAVIOR
#15 Hardcover Nonfiction
Former Goop exec and Pulling the Thread podcaster Loehnen “debuts with a searching study of how the seven deadly sins (sloth, envy, pride, gluttony, greed, lust, and anger) developed into a web of ‘cultural programming’ that deems women ‘to be inferior in every way,’ ” per our review. “It’s a laudable effort to pull up the roots of patriarchy.”