The Heart of the Matter

First-time author Angie Thomas’s YA novel, The Hate U Give, is inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, but it’s more than an “issue” book. “Though Thomas’s story is heartbreakingly topical,” our starred review said, “its greatest strength is in its authentic depiction of a teenage girl, her loving family, and her attempts to reconcile what she knows to be true about their lives with the way those lives are depicted—and completely undervalued—by society at large.” The novel has received favorable attention from NPR, the New York Times, Salon, Entertainment Weekly, and Cosmopolitan, among other outlets. It debuts at #7 in children’s frontlist fiction.

Breakfast in America

Thanks to the annual Read Across America/Dr. Seuss birthday celebrations on March 2, Green Eggs and Ham is the #1 book in the country, and Seussian favorites take three more of the top 10 spots. While the verdant meal is the

favorite dish in most of the country, two other books are making their bid for main course. Portraits of Courage by George W. Bush, a collection of the former president’s oil paintings of U.S. military veterans, is the top-ranked title in the south Atlantic and south central regions (the latter includes his home state of Texas). Unshakeable by Tony Robbins, which aims to help readers achieve their financial goals, is making bank in the Pacific region.

(See all of this week's bestselling books.)

Movie Watch

The film adaptation of Wm. Paul Young’s inspirational novel The Shack opened March 3, boosting sales for three editions of the novel. Here’s a look at where the books are ranked and how print-unit sales compare with the week before.

Conventional trade paperback
#6 overall
Up 52%

Trade paper movie tie-in
#9 overall
Up 48%

Mass market movie tie-in
#11 mass market
Up 53%

New & Notable

Cop Under Fire
David Clarke Jr.
#6 Hardcover Nonfiction
The outspoken Milwaukee Country sheriff, a frequent critic of the Black Lives Matter movement, shares his views on racial politics, faith, and law enforcement. Sean Hannity contributes the foreword.

Jean Chatzky and Michael F. Roizen
#15 Hardcover Nonfiction
Roizen, chief wellness officer at the Cleveland Clinic and originator of the RealAge concept, and Today show financial expert Chatzky draw the connection between health and wealth.

Dodge City
Thomas Clavin
#22 Hardcover Nonfiction
This look at Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and other denizens of the infamous frontier town “brims with a colorful collection of real outlaws, sex workers, gamblers, and chorus dancers,” our review said, “whose personalities, deeds, and even nicknames help readers understand why the Western legend entranced the nation in the first place.”

Top 10 Overall

Rank Title Author Imprint Units
1 Green Eggs and Ham Dr. Seuss Random House 44,072
2 Portraits of Courage George W. Bush Crown 39,121
3 One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish Dr. Seuss Random House 32,524
4 The Cat in the Hat Dr. Seuss Random House 29,552
5 Unshakeable Tony Robbins Simon & Schuster 29,114
6 The Shack Wm. Paul Young Windblown 24,562
7 A Man Called Ove Fredrik Backman Washington Square 24,451
8 Hidden Figures (movie tie-in) Margot Lee Shetterly Morrow 21,605
9 The Shack (movie tie-in) Wm. Paul Young Windblown 21,253
10 Fox in Socks Dr. Seuss Random House 20,872

All unit sales per Nielsen BookScan except where noted.