Animal Magnetism

The #1 book in the country is Charlie Mackesy’s 2019 illustrated fable, The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse. Initially buoyed by its December 2019 designation as Barnes & Noble’s book of the year, the book had seen consistently strong sales ever since, topping 1.2 million print units. Then, on February 22, the author appeared on Today for an interview with Hoda Kotb, and weekly sales more than quintupled compared with the week before.

Eat Your Words

Two buzzword-heavy diet books charted this week, backed by the star power of the authors and their supporters.

#2 Hardcover Nonfiction, #6 overall: The Pegan Diet by Mark Hyman, head of strategy and innovation for the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine; 1.3 million Instagram followers.

The recipe: paleo + vegan

Previous books include: 2012’s The Blood Sugar Solution, 230K print copies sold

#11 Hardcover Nonfiction: Intuitive Fasting by Will Cole, a functional medicine practitioner and cohost of the Goopfellas podcast; foreword by Gwyneth Paltrow.

The recipe: intuitive eating + intermittent fasting

Previous books include: 2018’s Ketotarian, 86K print copies sold

Inner Beauty

Believe It by It Cosmetics founder Jamie Kern Lima is the #3 book in the country. It’s a “cheery memoir,” our review said, “charting her meteoric rise in the sometimes-ugly beauty industry.” Lima launched the company in 2008 after struggling with rosacea and hyperpigmentation and sold it in 2016 for more than a billion dollars, becoming the first female CEO of a L’Oréal brand. The book doubles as a self-help manual: “She organizes her advice into three sections—believe, risk, and empower,” the review continued, “and highlights the skills that allowed her to flourish.” The author is donating her proceeds from the book to the charitable organizations Feeding America and Together Rising.


Ransom Riggs
#1 Children’s Frontlist Fiction
The sixth Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children installment concludes the decade-long series, which has sold more than five million print copies.

Kevin Garnett, with David Ritz
#18 Hardcover Nonficton
The NBA Hall of Fame defensive juggernaut, centerpiece of the storied 2008 Boston Celtics championship squad, writes about “fame, family, racism, spirituality, and music,” according to his publisher, with an assist from Ritz, collaborator on numerous musician memoirs plus songs including Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing.”