Politics and Prose
Pete Souza shares 300 of the nearly two million photos he took during his 2009–2017 tenure as chief official White House photographer.
Former Democratic National Committee chair Donna Brazile presents her account of the 2016 presidential race.
#15 What Unites Us
Veteran journalist Dan Rather and his longtime collaborator Elliot Kirschner call for an end to partisanship.
MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell offers, our review said, “an in-depth examination of the tumultuous 1968 election year.”
#24 You Can’t Spell America Without Me
Actor Alec Baldwin and Studio 360 host Kurt Andersen bring Baldwin’s satirical impersonation of Donald Trump to the page.
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Secrets for the Mad, a memoir with song lyrics by YouTube singer-songwriter Dodie Clark, debuts at #10 in trade paper. It follows Adultolescence, an illustrated book of poetry by fellow YouTuber Gabby Hanna, #25 on our current list and also published by Keywords, Atria’s imprint for social media stars. In contrast to the typical Keywords title, which shows a photo of the author, the jackets of these two books are illustrated in soft pastels not unlike the cover of the newest release from Instagram poet Rupi Kaur, which is #1 in trade paper for the sixth consecutive week.
#1 Children’s Frontlist Fiction, #1 overall
After a dozen Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, Kinney still finds plenty to write about. “Childhood is such a big universe,” he told PW, “with an almost unlimited amount of topics to cover.”
#2 Hardcover Nonfiction, #5 overall
Jennifer Lawrence won a Golden Globe for her 2015 film portrayal of Mangano, the self-made millionaire inventor of the Miracle Mop and newly minted memoirist.
Top 10 OverallRank Title Author Imprint Units 1 The Getaway (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #12) Jeff Kinney Amulet 230,195 2 The Midnight Line Lee Child Delacorte 76,748 3 Obama Pete Souza Little, Brown 76,219 4 The Rooster Bar John Grisham Doubleday 52,201 5 Inventing Joy Joy Mangano Simon Schuster 42,945 6 The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get It! Ree Drummond Morrow 41,780 7 Wonder R.J. Palacio Knopf 37,705 8 Origin Dan Brown Doubleday 34,646 9 Medical Medium Thyroid Healing Anthony William Hay House 34,264 10 The Sun and Her Flowers Rupi Kaur Andrews McMeel 29,604
All unit sales per Nielsen BookScan except where noted.