A Little Help, Please?
The self-help category is booming: print-unit sales for the year to date are up 19% this year from the same period in 2017. Three new books enter the fray and debut on our hardcover nonfiction list.
(See all of this week’s bestselling books.)
#5: This Is Me
Chrissy Metz, who stars on the NBC hit This Is Us, shares her struggles with self-acceptance and encourages readers to love “the person you are today.”
#6: Dear Madam President
Jennifer Palmieri, Hillary Clinton’s former communications director, aims to motivate the next generation of women leaders with lessons learned from the campaign trail.
#8: Am I There Yet?
Mari Andrew’s book grew out of the illustrations she posted daily on her Instagram account (currently at 777K followers) after a bad breakup and the death of her father.
Embracing Their Faith
The week leading up to Easter was a good one for new and recently released Christian nonfiction. Lysa TerKeurst debuts at #2 with the devotional Embraced, and Jimmy Carter lands at #15 with the inspirational title Faith. Maintaining claims to our list are Kathie Lee Gifford’s The Rock, the Road, and the Rabbi (#12), Rachel Hollis’s Girl, Wash Your Face (#19), and Kate Bowler’s Everything Happens for a Reason (#20).
Lighting the Way
Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi debuts at #10 in children’s frontlist fiction. In this series launch, which draws on stories from the Mahabharata, the title character lights a cursed lamp on a dare, freeing a demon who’s bent on awakening the god of destruction. It’s the first book from Rick Riordan’s new Disney imprint devoted to mythology-based middle grade books, and our starred review said it “expertly channels the humor and action that have made Riordan’s own work so successful.”
James Patterson and Marshall Karp
#1 Hardcover Fiction, #4 overall
You’re not seeing double: a second edition of the Patterson-Karp thriller, the large print format, is #20 in hardcover fiction.
Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian
#11 Hardcover Nonfiction
This biography draws on interviews with more than 250 people and had the good fortune to appear as the golfer returned to Augusta National and the Masters for the first time since 2015.
Top 10 OverallRank Title Author Imprint Units 1 A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L’Engle Square Fish 34,683 2 Dog Man and Cat Kid (Dog Man #4) Dav Pilkey Graphix 32,026 3 12 Rules for Life Jordan B. Peterson Random House Canada 26,861 4 Red Alert Patterson/Karp Little, Brown 23,008 5 The Disappeared C.J. Box Putnam 22,969 6 Llama Llama Easter Egg Anna Dewdney Viking 22,883 7 Little Blue Truck’s Springtime Schertle/McElmurry HMH 22,467 8 Pete the Cat: Big Easter Adventure Dean/Dean HarperCollins 22,252 9 Camino Island John Grisham Dell 20,084 10 God Gave Us Easter Bergren/Bryant WaterBrook 18,962
All unit sales per Nielsen BookScan except where noted.