In Clubland

Abby Jimenez has the #2 book in the country with Just for the Summer, “an emotional tour de force,” per our starred review. Even without the Good Morning America Book Club nod, her trajectory has been blazing hot. The Read with Jenna pick, Holly Gramazio’s The Husbands, is #14 on our hardcover fiction list and “a charming speculative novel about a woman’s difficulty settling on a mate,” according to our review. Barnes & Noble Book Club selected I Cheerfully Refuse by Leif Enger, which our starred review called “a dystopian love story, a nautical adventure, and a meditation on loss, kindness, and natural beauty.” It’s #20 on our extended hardcover fiction list, available at

Winslow, Homer (& Virgil)

Don Winslow concludes his Danny Ryan trilogy with City in Ruins, #8 on our hardcover fiction list. Our starred review called it “an addictive finale that charts the Rhode Island mobster turned Las Vegas casino mogul’s turbulent business dealings and deadly feuds.” In a prepub interview with PW, the author discussed his inspiration for the series. “I’d recently read the Greek classics—the Iliad, the Aeneid, the Odyssey—and the reverberations of those great themes in contemporary crime fiction were just striking,” he said. “That’s where the idea came from: could I take these Greek and Roman classics and make fully contemporary crime novels?” The answer is a resounding yes.

Cooking the Books

The week’s biggest debuts include a pair of recipe books. PlantYou: Scrappy Cooking, the #8 book in the country, follows social media sensation Carleigh Bodrug’s 2022 debut, PlantYou. Her new cookbook emphasizes reducing kitchen waste by using radish tops, broccoli stems, and other scraps. The #9 book in the country, Indulge, is the latest from actor and former Food Network personality Valerie Bertinelli. “I have spent more than a decade changing my relationship with food,” she writes. “I learned to cook with love and infuse joy into every step of the process.”


Amor Towles
#2 Hardcover Fiction,
#7 overall

“Towles returns with an enchanting collection of stories about fateful encounters,” according to our review, which singled out the novel-length “Eve in Hollywood”: “The noirish tale is rife with double crosses, exciting chases, surprising reversals, and the vivid
historical atmosphere Towles is known for.”

Holly Jackson
#5 Children’s Fiction

“Jackson delivers a commanding performance in this smart, meticulously crafted thriller,” per our starred review. The author “keeps the intricate plot—punctuated with twist after shocking twist—firmly in hand, doling out clues that will have readers guessing right along with the characters.”