Eat like a Swimsuit Model (It's Not What You Think)
Sports Illustrated cover model Chrissy Teigen has the #1 title on our Hardcover Nonfiction list and the #2 book overall, with her first cookbook, Cravings. It sold almost 32K print units this week. Our review praised the author's "self-deprecating wit and down-to-earth charm" as well as her "irreverent attitude and fondness for all things junk food-y." (To wit: French toast casserole with salted Frosted Flakes.) Teigen launched her food blog, "DeLushious," several years ago, and has 5.4 million Instagram followers and 1.3 million Twitter followers.
It's a big week for cooking and diet books: at #2 in nonfiction (and #8 in the country), with 19K print units sold, Eat Fat, Get Thin by Mark Hyman espouses the health and weight-loss benefits of a high-fat diet rich in eggs, nuts, oils, avocados, and other so-called super-foods. Previously, Hyman scored big with 2012's The Blood Sugar Solution and several follow-ups.
And Today show nutrition expert Joy Bauer, whose diet-conscious books have sold more than 330K print units, approaches weight loss from a different angle in the #12 nonfiction book, From Junk Food to Joy Food. She gives fattening foods a low-cal makeover, knocking a 1,100-calorie bacon cheeseburger, for example, down to 435 calories.
A Little Sales Magic
At #1 on our Children's Frontlist Fiction list, with more than 15K sold, Kazu Kibuishi's Firelight is the seventh entry in the author-illustrator's Amulet graphic novel series, which follows Emily; her younger brother, Navil; and their mother, Karen, who move to the children's great-grandfather's house, where they discover a portal to a dangerous alternate world. In November, 20th Century Fox acquired film rights to the series, which will be produced by the team behind the 2014 movie adaptation of John Green's The Fault in Our Stars. Sales of books one to six have topped 625K print units, and things really took off after Kibuishi was tapped for a high-profile project: he illustrated the covers for the paperback editions of the seven Harry Potter novels.
Not Kids' Stuff
Several coloring books that spent weeks on our Children's Picture Book list make their debuts this week on the adult Trade Paperback list, thanks to a new BISAC code we expect to see a lot more of: GAM019000, otherwise known as Games/Activity Books, which includes coloring books. The Harry Potter Magical Creatures Coloring Book and Harry Potter Coloring Book are #4 and #5, and Enchanted Forest by Joanna Basford is #13. (Basford's books with Laurence King had been classified with a juvenile BISAC; her Lost Ocean, which Penguin published in October, has always been categorized as adult.)
New & Notable
Doctor Who Coloring Book
#1 trade paperback,
Get those TARDIS-blue pencils ready: at least two more Doctor Who–themed titles are on deck: Doctor Who Travels in Time coloring book (Aug.) and, perhaps signaling the next wave in activity books for adults, Doctor Who Dot-to-Dot (Oct.).