It’s Happening Again
Mark Frost, co-creator with David Lynch of Twin Peaks, lands at #4 in hardcover ficton with Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier. It follows Frost’s The Secret History of Twin Peaks, which pubbed in 2016. The earlier book may have been intended to stoke interest in the recent Showtime revival of the series, but first-week print unit sales of the two books suggest the opposite effect.
(See all of this week’s bestselling books.)
Making Herself Heard
What a difference a promotion makes: Katy Hudson’s A Loud Winter’s Nap, which pubbed two months ago, appears on our children’s picture book list for the first time since its publication, debuting at #2. Like its predecessor, Too Many Carrots, the book benefited from a partnership with Barnes Noble. How much of a difference has this made? In the first week of the promotion, Nap sold more than 12K print copies, or 23 times as many as it had in the previous nine weeks combined.
With a cartoon Donald Trump on the cover and the title Win Bigly, you might think this book by Dilbert creator Scott Adams, which debuts at #14 in hardcover nonfiction, dips into Doonesbury territory. Not so. Adams endorsed Trump for president, and his book, which our review calls an “enjoyably provocative guide to the art of persuasion,” focuses on how Trump “keeps the spotlight on himself and the topics of his choice, and used these skills to talk his way into the White House.”
#4 Hardcover Nonfiction, #10 overall
MSNBC Hardball host Matthews, who has written several books on political figures, including 2011’s Jack Kennedy, turns his attention to that subject’s younger brother and attorney general.
#15 Hardcover Fiction
Our starred review said this “fantastic novel”—which involves two academics, an undocumented immigrant, and the disposal of a dead body in Upstate New York—is “a suspenseful, icy adventure.”
Top 10 OverallRank Title Author Imprint Units 1 The Rooster Bar John Grisham Doubleday 73,209 2 The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get It! Ree Drummond Morrow 47,655 3 Two Kinds of Truth Michael Connelly Little, Brown 40,438 4 Origin Dan Brown Doubleday 38,509 5 Wonder R.J. Palacio Knopf 27,098 6 Leonardo da Vinci Walter Isaacson Simon Schuster 26,544 7 The Sun and Her Flowers Rupi Kaur Andrews McMeel 24,751 8 Dork Diaries 12: Tales from a Not-So-Secret… Rachel Renée Russell Aladdin 22,916 9 Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans Kilmeade/Yaeger Sentinel 22,411 10 Bobby Kennedy Chris Matthews Simon Schuster 22,292
All unit sales per Nielsen BookScan except where noted.