As the basketball season winds down and baseball ramps up, two retired major players release memoirs. David “Big Papi” Ortiz, a 10-time MLB all-star, dedicates Papi, at #6 in Hardcover Nonfiction, “to Red Sox fans, my second family.” In Coach Wooden and Me, at #21, NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar recalls his longtime friendship with John Wooden, his coach at UCLA, who died in 2010.
Better grab the sturdy tote: a pair of beach-ready reads debut on our Hardcover Fiction list. At #4, Same Beach, Next Year by Dorothea Benton Frank reunites two couples over successive summers on Isle of Palms, a barrier island on the South Carolina coast. Secrets in Summer by Nancy Thayer, #18, brings family drama and new romance to Nantucket, Mass.
Full Dance Card
At #7 in Hardcover Fiction, Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar is a rare trade release for horror publisher Cemetery Dance, which typically produces signed, small-run collectors’ editions of books by the likes of Clive Barker, Justin Cronin, Gillian Flynn, and Dean Koontz. Here’s a by-the-numbers look at the publisher.
In 1988 Richard Chizmar launched Cemetery Dance magazine
In 1992 Cemetery Dance Publications released its first book
5 full-time employees
Approximately 350 titles published to date
500–2,000 copies in a typical limited-release print run
10,600 first-week print unit sales for Gwendy’s Button Box
New & Notable
No Middle Name
#2 Hardcover Fiction, #9 overall
Our starred review called this collection of the author’s Jack Reacher short stories, which includes a previously unpublished novella, “captivating.”
The Vanishing American Adult
#5 Hardcover Nonfiction
The junior senator from Nebraska urges the U.S. to, in the words of the subtitle, “rebuild a culture of self-reliance,” earning praise from fellow senators Cory Booker, Tim Kaine, and Marco Rubio.
Flame in the Mist
#16 Children’s Frontlist Fiction
Ahdieh, who sets her latest YA fantasy in feudal Japan, “is immensely skilled at crafting vibrant settings inhabited by sympathetic characters with rich pasts,” our starred review said.
Top 10 Overall
|1||Oh, the Places You’ll Go!||Dr. Seuss||Random House||46,845|
|2||Night School||Lee Child||Dell||34,137|
|3||Fat for Fuel||Joseph Mercola||Hay House||34,010|
|4||Into the Water||Paula Hawkins||Riverhead||29,112|
|5||Everything, Everything||Nicola Yoon||Ember||25,591|
|6||Astrophysics for People in a Hurry||Neil deGrasse Tyson||Norton||23,339|
|8||The Handmaid’s Tale||Margaret Atwood||Anchor||21,391|
|9||No Middle Name||Lee Child||Delacorte||20,566|
|10||16th Seduction||Patterson/Paetro||Little, Brown||20,239|
All unit sales per Nielsen BookScan except where noted.