Series Expansion

Debuting at #5 in hardcover fiction, Tiamat’s Wrath is the latest entry in the Expanse series by James S.A. Corey, the pseudonym for authors Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck. A TV adaption of the series ran for three seasons on SyFy, from 2015 to 2018, then was dropped in May. Amazon picked it up a couple of weeks later and will release season four this year.

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

Maisie Chain

Jacqueline Winspear is hitting her stride with the Maisie Dobbs mystery series, initially set in the WWI era. For the 15th installment, The American Agent, which our starred review called “excellent,” Dobbs is working as a volunteer ambulance driver in 1940 London, aiding victims of the Blitz. It debuts at #6 in hardcover fiction.

Baseline Sales

Two days before Major League Baseball’s 2019 opening day, Inside the Empire, a behind-the-bleachers look at the New York Yankees by Bob Klapisch and Paul Solotaroff, pubbed. It debuts at #13 in hardcover nonfiction, with the Middle Atlantic region, aka New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, accounting for 65% of sales.

New & Notable

Bobby Hall
#1 Trade Paperback, #1 overall
The debut novel from Hall, better known as Grammy-nominated hip-hop artist Logic, arrives with the tagline, “Who knew you could find sex, drugs, and murder all in aisle nine?”

We Are the Gardeners
Joanna Gaines, illus. by Julianna Swaney
#1 Children’s Picture Books, #5 overall
Gaines, whose Magnolia Table cookbook and Homebody decorating title have together sold two million print copies, ventures into picture books.

Top 10 Overall

Rank Title Author Imprint Units
1 Supermarket Bobby Hall Simon & Schuster 63,724
2 Where the Crawdads Sing Delia Owens Putnam 47,107
3 Becoming Michelle Obama Crown 30,398
4 Girl, Stop Apologizing Rachel Hollis HarperCollins Leadership 29,826
5 We Are the Gardeners Gaines/Swaney Tommy Nelson 27,545
6 Little Blue Truck’s Springtime Schertle/McElmurry HMH 23,022
7 The Right Side of History Ben Shapiro Broadside 21,455
8 Educated Tara Westover Random House 19,842
9 The Cornwalls Are Gone Patterson/DuBois Little, Brown 19,555
10 The Path Made Clear Oprah Winfrey Flatiron 19,186

All unit sales per NPD BookScan except where noted.