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Here’s how sales of the National Book Award winners in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature changed the week after the November 15 ceremony compared to the previous week.
Sing, Unburied, Sing Jesmyn Ward up 112%
The Future Is History Masha Gessen up 70%
Half-Light Frank Bidart up 310%
Far from the Tree Robin Benway up 113%
(See all of this week’s bestselling books.)
Artemis by Andy Weir, which lands at #7 in Hardcover Fiction, takes its name from the near-future lunar city in which the novel is set. Our starred review called the book’s heroine, Jazz Bashara—a porter who supplements her income by smuggling contraband—an “independent, wisecracking lead” who “could easily sustain a series.” It’s Weir’s first novel since his 2014 debut The Martian, and it’s off to a far stronger start than its bestselling predecessor.
#1 Hardcover Fiction, #2 overall
The third installment of a planned 10-book series called the Stormlight Archive enjoyed the best first-week print unit sales for the series to date, moving almost double the number that the second book, 2014’s Words of Radiance, did in its first week.
Promise Me, Dad
#1 Hardcover Nonfiction, #7 overall
In this memoir, the first title in a three-book deal with Flatiron, the former vice-president recalls his son Beau’s illness and death, and what it was like to mourn while in the public eye.
#21 Hardcover Fiction
Erdrich’s cautionary tale, set in a near future when pregnant women are rounded up by the government in a bid to save the species, is “strikingly relevant,” our review said.
Top 10 OverallRank Title Author Imprint Units 1 The Getaway (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #12) Jeff Kinney Amulet 127,164 2 Oathbringer Brandon Sanderson Tor 57,210 3 Hardcore Twenty-Four Janet Evanovich Putnam 56,796 4 Wonder R.J. Palacio Knopf 54,824 5 The Rooster Bar John Grisham Doubleday 43,230 6 The Midnight Line Lee Child Delacorte 42,875 7 Promise Me, Dad Joe Biden Flatiron 39,607 8 Giraffes Can’t Dance Andreae/Parker-Rees Cartwheel 38,920 9 End Game David Baldacci Grand Central 38,536 10 Obama Pete Souza Little, Brown 34,360
All unit sales per Nielsen BookScan except where noted.