Gains in all categories led to an 11.7% increase in unit sales of print books in the week ended Nov. 13, 2021, over the comparable week in 2020, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. It was the second consecutive week of double-digit sales increases. Jeff Kinney’s Big Shot, the newest volume in his Wimpy Kid series, remained #1 overall, selling just over 112,000 copies and driving a 15% increase in the juvenile fiction category. The Christmas Pig by J.K. Rowling was second in the category, selling more than 39,000 copies. The adult fiction category had another stellar week, with sales rising 25.6%. Mitch Albom’s The Stranger in the Lifeboat was #1, selling nearly 56,000 copies, while John Grisham’s The Judge’s List was second, selling almost 49,000 copies. Michael Connelly’s The Dark Hours was in third place on the category list, selling about 47,000 copies in its first week. Adult nonfiction sales increased 5.6% over 2020, led by Will Smith’s Will, which sold more than 86,000 copies in its first week. David Graeber’s The Dawn of Everything sold more than 25,000 copies in its first week, good enough for fourth place on the category bestseller list. The YA category had the biggest increase in the week, with sales jumping 26.2%. Adam Silvera’s They Both Die at the End was back on top of the category list, selling more than 10,000 copies. Juvenile nonfiction sales increased 3.4% over the week ended Nov. 14, 2020, as How to Draw 101 Animals by Dan Green stayed #1, selling almost 19,000 copies.
Volume 268 Issue 47 11/22/2021